7 Ways To Be Excellent In The Workplace
1. Proactively do something beneath your position.
It is totally normal and should be expected that you will work hard at something you are supposed to do, but what if during your lunch break, you cleaned the dishes in the sink, wiped up the bathroom, helped someone catch up? Choosing to do a task that is beneath your position not only shows humility but also demonstrates that you care for those who work with you and/or for you. Jesus, our King, washed his disciple’s feet, the work of a servant. Be creative in finding ways to serve those with whom you work!
2. Be obsessed with solutions not problems.
It’s easy to be a naysayer, squash other people’s ideas, focus on difficulty and point out flaws. It takes courage to put ideas forward and navigate difficulty in a positive way. That is crossroad where the average and the great are determined. I recently said in a Sunday morning sermon that you’ll never form a positive action from a negative thought process. It’s also true in the workplace…don’t be that guy that everyone sees and rolls their eyes. To be obsessed with the problem is to give up before all has been considered. To be obsessed with the solution will make (seemingly) impossible possible.
3. Speak up half as much as you’d like.
When I was a kid they used to tell us in school, “we have one mouth and two ears so that we’ll listen twice as much as we speak.” That advice still applies. You might have some good ideas/opinions and want to blurt them out. However, before you voice your idea/opinion think through the value it will bring. Many meetings would be half as long and twice as productive if we were more selective with the things we share. And, by the way, we are instructed in the book of James to be slow to speak and quick to listen, soooo yeah, I’d say that it’s pretty important.
4. Be willing to give away wins and own losses.
Whenever there is success people will climb over each other to get credit. If you want to be exceptional, give away the credit for the success. In failure, when most start pointing fingers, that is the time to step up and own it. This world has no shortage of people who want credit for things they didn’t do. Why don’t you destroy that process and be exceptional?
5. Have the ability to pivot and demonstrate agility.
Here at NWC, we recognize the need for flexibility in work/ministry. Semper Gumby (Always Flexible…*not a real translation) is a term used from time to time. Sometimes priorities can change quickly, whether in response to an unforeseen problem or a response while adapting something new, Those who can adapt quickly to that change and respond gracefully will make all the difference in the success of your work. And embrace the clause that is likely in your job description …“Other jobs as assigned” with great zeal.
6. Be self-aware, but not self-absorbed.
If we’re honest, most of us tend to be pretty self-absorbed. Those rare few who actually look around and take steps to care for others always stand out in a workplace. It sounds so rudimentary, but there is a profound affect in a workplace when a person demonstrates genuine care for others before themselves.
7. Be a people developer!
Some of us think that harboring our job responsibilities make us more important or needed in the workplace. However, I would encourage you to have a spirit of teaching and development as you train your team members. Excellent employees think about their own succession plan, regardless of their position. Develop those around you to continually improve their skillset and enhance the quality of your team.
These are just a few things that make employees exceptional and excellent in their work. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says “…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” And 1 Corinthians 16:14 says, “Let all that you do be done in love.” Strive to be the best at what you do.
Pastor Jeff Sharp