What does it take to stand out from the crowd in today’s workforce? In the competitive environment that exists today, there are many around us with more education, greater skills and richer experience. That doesn’t mean we have to fade into the background and become invisible to those who exert sway over the direction of our careers or influence our level of compensation. It does mean we have to intentionally examine ourselves to determine what we must do in order to even the playing field. We can also listen to those to whom we are accountable in order to discover what they consider the greatest attributes they seek in their employees.
Brian Tracy, in his book, Goals!, relates an interesting finding from a survey reported years ago in Success magazine. In the survey, CEOs were given a list of 20 employee qualities
The ability to prioritize is crucial if you desire to be a valued employee (more so if you are self-employed!). One key in the process is to determine what is most important to those to whom you answer. What appears to be a priority to you may not be to them. Working hard on the wrong thing first could be detrimental to your reputation and/or career.
Getting a job done quickly and correctly involves several things, including goal setting, time management and self-discipline. Self-discipline enables us to combat procrastination and to remain persistent despite any obstacles or setbacks we may encounter along the way. Time management aids us in allocating our time and energy in the most efficient manner while goal setting facilitates an organized approach to the task at hand.
You may not be the person with the most advanced degree, complete skill set or years on the job in your workplace. You can still stand out from the others by developing the ability to prioritize and by being known as the member of the team who can always be counted on to get the job done quickly and correctly the first time.