Two tips for performance improvement
Finding success at work can be a difficult task, particularly when faced with an economic crisis and wondering if you'll even be able to keep your job, or be sent to the unemployment lines. Performance improvement is broadly defined as a process for achieving desired institutional and individual results. However, when faced with turbulent economic conditions, performance measures may need to re-evaluated.Â Let's check out two tips in this article.
Let's prefice this with a look at the current work environment in which we find ourselves. You can get multipleÂ predictions of change in personal careers. Changes in how oftenÂ you and I will make a position change, much less a career change,Â e.g. change ourselves and what we do to make a living and with whom.
In addition, there's predictions that the nature of work will change, read the post
below with a recent email from the Economist.
"Today, humanity is on track to advance mentally, physically and economically more than ever before. But serious challenges lie ahead. We will soon be a world of at least 9 billion people. In an age of high unemployment and aging demographics, how will we educate billions of new people and manage their successful entry into the global economy?
The nature of work and talent development must evolve dramatically. Your office may never look the same again."
Then again, a quick scan of forums exposes that the reality ofÂ managing work change looks considerably messier, and challenging.
Here's a sample from Bestyears:
"I'm really bored with my job, and I feel like I'm going nowhere career-wise. It's starting to drag me down and I think getting out of it would be a really good thing for me. But I'm 32, and I'm worried about starting over this late. I've spent 10 years pursuing this career and climbing the ladder in this profession, and I don't know if I can handle being back at the bottom again. I definitely don't have as much energy for that stuff as I used to..."
So what do you do? Here's two tips for starters:
1. Concentrate on value and think like an entrepreneur.
A lot of people assume they are valuable on the job. In fact our brain is greatat convincing us we are valuable and really should be treated well, if not betterÂ than we are.
That's not what I'm speaking about. If you think about value (think outside
of yourself, not personal value) and you also think like an entrepeneur, then
you discover the conversation in your head to be something like this:
"Where is there a need that not's being resolved? A need by people who have
the resources to fund a solution? How can I begin and be part of/create
In this way creating value is like selling hamburgers, if you're an
entrepenuer. You have to discover a market of hungry buyers with money, and
get your shop right in front of them, e.g. be a very prominent, "in your face"
So imagine you are regularly going to scan your work environment for
unmet demands by those that have resources, because that represents a value
opportunity, and decide whether or not it's worth it to you to get in front of
that demand and market yourself as (part of) the solution.
2. Get noticed by following-up.
The world at work is filled with more starts and stops than an LA freeway at 5pm
on Friday afternoon. Meetings get canceled, sometimes you receive call backs,
often you don't. Lots of information, but continuity is in modest supply.
Be noticeable by owning continuity, in your own behalf, initially. Persevere in asking the value question and pursuing the opportunity to reinventÂ yourself to fulfill that opportunity. Keep moving ahead, keep testing whatÂ works, keep learning, keep trying. As some would say, "keep on keeping on".
Keep challenging your assumptions about what creates value and whatÂ you should have to do to reach your goals, to discover if they still seem sensible inÂ the world NOW, in addition to the anticipated tomorrow. Then extend thatÂ continuity to your work network. Be the person that returns calls,Â that remembers, that prompts, that keeps the goal as your intended purpose.
Following up, not only to maintain contact, but to create value, or inÂ pursuit of creating value, as defined TODAY, will help you stand out andÂ navigate the volatile workplace projected by the Economist. YourÂ follow-up on the process of "how do I succeed, and succeed by identifyingÂ opportunities to create value?" will stand out to others in time.
The world of work is a volatile place, filled with starts, stops and unexpected
turns. Give attention to Creating Value and Followup as two essential skills to help you navigate the instability and develop a capable set of sea legs along the way.