I want to help the industry I am part of with several items I see a lot of in the IT industry. This series is entitled:
“What Are We Doing?”
As we progress through these articles, I encourage you to post input or topic suggestions or problems that you may experience so we can improve our industry as a whole together.
Continuing on, this week’s topic will be:
“Be Excellent Right Where You Are”
In an industry that moves at a laser pace it can be hard to keep up with the latest technology and how to configure, adapt and implement new things into a network, let alone getting training. Also, there may not be a lot of movement in the ranks of an IT organization for advancement. And yet many of us may want to advance and move up the corporate ladder. So how can this be done?
Hence the idea if “Being Excellent Where You Are” comes into focus. Even though there may not be direct opportunities for immediate or future advancement, we cannot be cantankerous about limited opportunity or the current workload. Why not be the best we can be right where we are? If you enjoy who you work with and you have fun, have fun in your current work environment. Be the jovial person where you are now. I really enjoy encouragement and positivity so I send my team articles about the value of positivity and encouraging quotes. If you like to laugh tell jokes to lighten stressful situations. Jon Gordon has a great book about this concept call “The Seed” that talks about this concept of being the best where you are. So many times we look outside of our current environment and situation for solutions. We need to look inside and see how we can improve so it shows on the outside.
When we are the best where we are, we show people not only our technical knowledge but also our interpersonal skill knowledge. After all we are all people first. Not just machines trying to get specific tasks done. Even though we cannot change our position at the immediate time, look at the positives of what you have now. So many times people will complain about what they have and focus on what they don’t have that they forget what value they have and are now. Try this, literally list out the positives about your current position, take out a piece of paper and a pen and write down the positive items.
As we grow to be the best where we are, we can show how we take our development seriously and how we can grow. Isn’t your development your responsibility first? How many books have you read this month to improve who you are as a person? Being “self-motivated” or a “self-starter” is a good skill if you want to grow into management. It shows that you value and can take initiative. As Jim Rohn said “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job”. I am sure you have experienced or seen situations that a person will get promoted based on technical skills and then they have to deal with “people things” and they fail. Not appreciating a bigger picture or the value of interpersonal type skills in our field will hurt us in the long run.
So What Are We Doing? Are we complaining about being overlooked for advancement and the workload we have and not appreciating what we have and where we are now? Or are we taking our own initiative to improve ourselves right where we are?
How can I Help You?
I offer Keynotes, Coaching and Encouragement for Positive Action.