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Is it Enough to be Good at What You Do?

If you are a salesperson, delivering consistently on your numbers, then management should give you “elbow room” on the admin "stuff" … right?

If you regularly deliver your projects on time and under budget then the company shouldn’t worry about small policy items … right?

If you are a top recruiter, regularly finding candidates for your clients then who cares if you miss some paperwork here and there … right?

Certainly this line of thinking is common in some companies, but there are some minefields in that thinking … for both company and individual.

1. The minute you start to think that you are good is the minute you start to exude that message … and clients, co-workers and bosses really don’t like it.
2. To be “technically” good at your job is really just expected these days, once that is “under control” the individual needs to polish all of the other aspects of their game … the communication skills, presentation skills, their “look”, their “cache” with the company etc.
3. Situations change … the markets go soft, a client decides to move their business and all of a sudden the “star” isn’t looking so hot, not a good position if you are also labelled as having an “attitude”.
4. Good habits are developed over time and need to be maintained over time, so it is important to always work at being on top of your game, if you intend to get there and stay there!
5. If you are sloppy about “the little things” then your attention to detail will slip, and slip, and before you know it you have worked hard to develop habits … except they are bad ones!
6. Sometimes what are “the little things” to you, are not considered the same way by management.

For my part, I will take someone with a good attitude and a willingness to work at getting better over a so called “superstar” any day!

Thought for the day … Do you really know what management think of you?

Are you a legend in your own mind … just waiting to take a fall?

“Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.”

Colin Powell

Kevin Dee is the founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)

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I write these articles with the intent of sharing MY experience and knowledge gained during MY life journey. From the 16 year old joining the Royal Navy, through many incarnations, to the grey haired guy who built a business. If you find a nugget here, then I am happy. If the message offends you then I apologise, that was never my intent. I know and recognize there are many people and groups who have a far bigger challenge than I have had and I only wish you well.