What determines how much you’re worth?

Excelling at work comes naturally to a few folks. They appear at the top of high-potential-talent-list. They get considered for the most important and challenging jobs at the company. Their projects and ideas get the best-sponsor-support and of course, best results too. They are considered and treated as the-most-worthy. How does this happen? What determines how much you’re worth at work?

Value you add to things –  tasks you work-on, artefacts you build – your craft – irrespective of how small or important it is. It reaches all people-in-the-chain, and of course, the customer, the user and beneficiaries. It has the most latent reach both in distance and time you can imagine. Valuable articles are kept well, used well and distributed well! Your work-product becomes your signature at work!

Value you add to people – those who work with you, those who work for you, your bosses and the customers, users. Every interaction with individuals should be a value-adding-experience to remember. Keeping it short, sweet and focused makes it highly-valuable. How you learn, share the learning and genuinely help others excel in their jobs and goals, makes you more valuable. They in turn, add value to your career.

Value you add to yourself – the skills you learn and use, the subjects you master, the promises you make and keep to yourself and that big-smile you carry on your face all the time – makes you more valuable for yourself. When you realise the self-worth and its impact on you, the people and the things, you get to the flow-of-performance. A freewheeling effect prevails. This takes you places.

Practice adding value to things, people and yourself. This determines how much you’re worth, at any point of time.

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Dealing with difficult people is an essential skill

Dealing with people is what you do at work, most of the time. They come in different shapes and forms. They come with their own views of their life and yours as well. Dealing with them effectively, ensures that you are on-track with your mission. Some people are difficult-to-deal-with. Irrespective of the role they play at work, they definitely have an influence over how you work, sometime on what you work with. Learning to deal with difficult people is an essential skill.

Difficult people are predictable people. They are not just difficult with you. They are into themselves and are difficult with everyone. Study them. You will notice that they are stuck in their ways. All you have to do is manoeuvre. You have to use your brains with them a lot, more than emotions.

If you encounter that nit-picker, give them enough detail. Be factual. If you see the other person as abrupt/ impatient, get straight to the point – kill the story. If the guy is full of ego, tell them how good they are from your idea/solution point of view. Strategy is Simple. You won’t be able to change them. Just focus on your outcome through the encounter and manoeuvre. Imagine being on the line-of-fire. Sidestepping is a good thing.
Focus on your craft. Keep your brains active and emotions at rest.
Be cautious in not letting difficult-people get under your skin. When you encounter too-many of them and too-often, they have a greater influence on you. Guard yourself from being one-difficult-person to deal-with.

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It takes good practice to be the best at career athletics

Look at athletes and sportsmen/ women. They start early in life to train, compete and participate in events that lead them to a fulfilling career. It takes a lot of work and a series of small sacrifices to become good at what they choose. Being best at work is no different. The field you choose and the work you do, presents similar set of challenges and opportunities like that for an athlete on a track or field. The difference is how an athlete goes about building the career and the way people do while working at their company.

Finding and pursuing dream jobs require the career athleticism and perseverance like that of making it to olympics. You should be in the greatest shape and fitness to win. So, start early, practice hard and stay fit. Participate in small, but meaningful initiatives to start-with. But continue to compete and contribute in challenging tasks that impact the business the most. Choose a mentor/coach. Train regularly and build new skills and techniques that help you stay at the peak of performance. Like sports, you might miss some and win some. But stay fit and compete well. Play remarkably.

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Persistence of mission is an essential element for success

Success has a variety of definitions. In simple terms, meeting and exceeding set goals is one of them. Entrepreneurs-in-Residece who are obsessed with their craft, have to fight an ongoing battle to stay on their mission. When you are convinced with the potential of your idea/solution, but finding it difficult to get support from internal stakeholders, persistence-of-mission becomes an essential element of your course of life at work.

Many-a-times, it might take months/years to get that off the ground and let it fly well. But, keep at it. Show-and-tell the benefits to those who matter. Write and let people experiment with little risk. Garner support from potential users and possible customers, without hurting the relationship-chain-of-command. If it is useful, it’ll find its way. You might be just out-of-synch with timing. But that’s what makes you ahead-of-time innovator!
Check what Spencer Silver had to say about his “glue that doesn’t glue”…

You have to be a zealot at times in order to keep interest alive, because it will die off. It seems like the pattern always goes like this. In the fat times, these groups appear and do a lot of interesting research. And then the lean times come just about at the point when you’ve developed your first goody, your gizmo. And then you’ve got to go out and try to sell it. Well, everybody in the division is so busy that they don’t want to touch it. They don’t have time to look at new product ideas with no end-product already in mind

Let your craft speak for itself!

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Being a leader where there is a need

Situations at work demand leaders of various sizes and capabilities. Most of them need ones without leadership titles. They need people who make a difference, then and there. Those who contribute in these situations go-a-long-way with the company and people who benefited.

It is not opportunism. It is genuine interest to be part of the company and its need is what counts. Pure-play opportunistic pursuits become easily visible to everyone around. Genuine efforts yield better results and garner peer-support. It is a nice feeling to be wanted, at work. This sets you free and puts you in an orbit of being at the right place. A dream-job-zone. Raise your hand where there’s a need. Build small wins and set yourself free, at work!

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