by Beth DeLemos
My dad is a big fan of Dale Carnegie’s book How to Win Friends and Influence People, and as a kid, it seemed like he was always grooming us to be good employees/volunteers and overall a great person. Countless dinners were spent imparting wisdom to me and my twin sister & my brother, and I thought I’d share some of it with you. Dad always said…
Don’t be just another average employee who clocks in a few minutes late and clocks out a few minutes early, who just “does their job” for the most part because Anybody can do that!
Be EXTRAORDINARY. Brainstorm; provide vision and ideas; and celebrate the growth and success of your organization. If you see a need, fill it (gracefully of course). When you go to your boss with a problem, bring a solution, too, one with some thought and reliable research behind it.
Don’t lie – EVER!! Always be honest but measured. Our society has lost the art of holding ourselves accountable to always being honest while maintaining professional decorum. If you are juggling too much, and you are concerned and stressed about dropping everything, don’t say, “No sweat; I got it.” Ask for help prioritizing the jobs or projects. Then you have their blessing to rework your timing. On the other hand, no one needs to know the gross details of your illness, so just say it was difficult… and that you are glad to be back. Don’t be crass. It’s unnecessary, and it doesn’t belong in the workplace.
And finally, be a blessing and a joy to work with by observing those you work for and learning how to truly please them. If you can bring light to their day rather than being another problem to deal with, you will truly be invaluable and irreplaceable.
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