Would You Hire You?
How many times have you sat around the office and chatted with your co-workers about how deserving you are of that corner office? I mean clearly you’re a genius and someone would be crazy not to understand that you and you alone could turn this horribly failing, in your expert opinion, company around and get it into profit city in no time! So often we talk ourselves up because we aren’t behind the helm, but more often than not, we fail to really check ourselves before we well, wreck ourselves (you like that? *winks). Here are a few ways to tell if you really are the savior that your workplace needs.
- Do People Actually Ask Your Opinion?
“If it were me I’d”… “they should”… “If I were the boss”… If your peers or your boss tend to pull you in for a second opinion or run ideas by you to see what you might think, pat yourself on the back you’ve gained one point on the “people actually give a damn” score board.
- Are You Any Good?
While this one is subjective, there are ways to figure out if you and your work are actually worth a second look. Are you prepared for meetings both large and small? Do you turn the project in on deadline or better yet, before deadline? Does your work turn heads and get feedback? If the work that you produce evokes any emotion in the sea of sameness, you might be the Kanye of the office space! This will make you laugh, but proves my point-https://youtu.be/7hsmqLZD6iU
- Can The Show Go On?
Let’s have a moment of honesty here, you with me? Often times, we imagine our exit from our jobs as this dramatic Oscar Nominated movie. For some reason, we tend to think that if we walked off the job today, the company would shut down and close for business because we are the glue that holds the place together. NEWS FLASH: more often than not, your are absolutely replaceable. In some cases, you actually are that good and would be hard to replace. The question is, how do you know? Simple, your employer asks you to stay. If new opportunities come up or word gets out that you might be leaving, the tell-tale sign that you are that, “Genius” is when your employer asks you to stay. Most leaders wont bother asking an employee to stay if the value is not there. If you’re threatening to leave through the grapevine and your boss doesn’t call you in for the “how can we get you to stay” talk, subtract one point, you are not the father!
- But What Did You Learn?
An old co-worker of mine would say, “You can’t teach an old house new tricks” ok, she was German and didn’t really have all of her sayings down, but we all know what she was getting at. If you have held a position for over a year and haven’t dug in to learn more or get additional professional development, I’m sorry to report that you will not be passing go. Not staying with the trends and investing in professional development will not only keep you stagnant, but also makes it just a little easier to replace you with a better more knowledgeable person. If you’re looking to be the Knight In Shining Armor for your company, make sure you have the skills to keep up with changes in the industry. If not, in the great words of Justin Timberlake “BYE, BYE, BYE!”