Monday, April 06, 2015

Stop Settling For Mediocrity



70% Aren't Contributing

Who am I talking to here?  I’m talking to you if you’re part of the 70% of U.S. workers that make up the disengaged portion of Gallup’s year-after-year research results.

“Gallup reported in a world-famous study that only 30% of U.S. employees are engaged at work. Worse, over the past 12 years, these low numbers have barely budged, meaning that the vast majority of employees are failing to grow and contribute at work.

If you’re not growing in your current role, don’t assume that the grass is greener in another company’s role.  While you might find greener grass, perhaps a more surefire way to grow is to develop and execute your own personal growth plan.

Personal Growth

Last week I wrote a blog suggesting that it might be time to take responsibility for your own personal growth and development.  Why would I make such a statement?  

If you go to any major job board and look at 10 jobs, I suspect you’ll be hard-pressed to find a job description that tells you how you will personally grow, develop and advance by taking on the job described.

Here’s the giveaway.  The first part of the job description describes the duties you’ll perform.  The second part of the job description describes what you have to bring to the table.

Here’s what will likely be missing.  You won’t be told anything about why a position is open.  You won’t be told anything about the person the job will report to, their track record of growing and developing people and how a particular job might be a stepping stone to something bigger and better in the future.  

Since people quit bad manager relationships more often than they quit companies, wouldn't you like to know why the person you might go to work for would be great to work for?

Take Personal Responsibility

Gallup’s year-after-year research suggests that 70% of people in the U.S. who go to work aren't particularly happy, they aren't growing and they don’t contribute much.  Gallup’s research also suggests that only 1 in 10 people who carry a manager title are actually built to be a great manager. 

If you aspire to be a manager, find out if you have what it takes in terms of traits and strengths to become a great manager.  

If you don’t have what it takes to become a great manager, you might want to set your sites on becoming the best architect in the building.  There’s not only nothing wrong with following the path that could lead you to tapping into your own personal greatness; doing so could turn you into a rock star!


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