I loved this article. I loved it so much I reposted it on my LinkedIn account when I first saw it a little more than a month ago.
I completely agreed with this article.
Leadership can be shown through ignoring job descriptions. If I had a nickel for every time I heard others say “that’s not my job” I’d be rich. People who feel justified by saying that line don’t instill faith or loyalty from others, and are shocked when someone uses that same line on them.
Being a little be different is a good thing. One of the best engineers I’ve ever worked with reminded me of Clark Kent. This man had the same glasses and everything. He even had a set schedule that he stuck with everyday. You could set you clock by him. He was great. He was the go to guy for equipment design.
People who operate outside of the invisible office group respectable zones get canned. Being loud, obnoxious and throwing tantrums are a good ways to lose your job and future references.
Praising others for good deeds is a no brainer. I know I do this outside of the office as well as in. How much better would your day be if you heard a few kinds words. There is a serious lack of appreciating others in this world.
I hate when that one guys goes off on a tangent on a conference call which derails the whole call and the rest of us are picturing ways to patent a shock therapy treatment through the phone and sharing our ideas of the volts needed over Instant Message. All this could have been avoided by scheduling a separate call at a later time. SO SIMPLE.
Speaking when others won’t can be risky. But if you don’t do it you’ll only have your self to blame later when your project fails. Better to be safe than sorry.
I don’t think employees really like to prove others wrong so much as they want to find the right answer. You don’t have to tear somebody down, rather give someone with an opposing opinion examples of what you’re talking about to show them your side.
This is my favorite. People are always big on processes and chances are that they’ll get dictated to you. Why wouldn’t you suggest something that makes sense as well as making your life easier. You also don’t have to be the only one to make the suggestions. You can elicit your coworkers in on it to. This helps you to build relationships with them.
Imagine a whole group of employees with remarkable qualities. I’m lucky enough to be in such a group and it is AWESOME.