Ideal employee pledge

Today a likeminded friend shared this resourceful article with me.

The article is about the Leadership Pledge that successful CEOs would take for 2013, written beautifully by Lisa Petrilli.

Lisa is the CEO of C-Level Strategies, Inc. Find more about Lisa here.

We continued our discussion to find out what would be the pledge an ideal employee would make for 2013. Here it goes:

Ideal Employee Pledge for the Year 2013

  1. I will develop skills to fit my role or create a role that fit my skills.
  2. If I am not the right person for the job, I’ll convey it to my senior management. I won’t stop here. If I know who is the right person for the job, I’ll direct my management to that person.
  3. Regardless of my title, I’ll work as a Chief Servant of the values that my organization has subscribed in.
  4. I’ll remind myself every day, “I’m the most important part of my organization and I’ll do my best to make it successful.”
  5. When I encounter challenging situations, I will focus on solving the problems rather than defending myself.
  6. I’ll be attentive to the details. I’ll be specific in my communication and I’ll be precise in my expectations from everyone I work with.
  7. If I don’t know something, I’ll be brave enough to admit it. First, to myself and then to an appropriate audience. Articulation is fine but I’ll put in every effort to accept it, learn from it and move forward. I’ll beat my ego if it comes in my way.
  8. I’ll work to make my team and my management successful. I’ll help create the opportunities for learning and facilitate resources with my best capacity.
  9. No matter what role I’m playing presently, I’ll exhibit excellent personal leadership. That also, by example.
  10. I’ll take the ownership of the task that I’m responsible for.
  11. Often times, I’ll extend my help to other teams. Helping others creates great relationships and that’s what I’m up to.
  12. I’ll request feedback, positive or otherwise, on regular basis. I’ll give straight feedback too.
  13. I’ll deeply understand my organization culture, and expand it throughout the industry to help make my organization a model organization for that culture.

Despite the type of your business or the personality you possess, you want to be successful in your business, don’t you?

You might say, “but I’m just doing my job.”

Well, it is good to get clear on this sooner than laterYour Job Is Your Business.

Lisa Petrilli, by whose writing this post is inspired, has written an excellent book on success in business and leadership. You might want to check it out as well.

Let me affirm – regardless of your personality type (introvert or extrovert) – if you are clear about it and remain true to yourself, you can leverage it.

Your to-do list shows who you are

You say that your son matters to you the most but if spending time with him is not all over your list, it conveys something else.

You say that creating a business that is not evil is most important to you but your project manager’s to-do list includes hiding a project risk so that your client will eventually have to opt for buying additional resources from you that otherwise would not be required, it shows something.

Similarly an organization publishes everywhere that their primary value system involves around ensuring about delivering happiness but most of the employees’ work-item backlog includes accomplishing whatever is in their list, no matter what it takes then it highlights a totally different thing.

All of the above events highlight the gap between what is said and what is on the list.

"What you do speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you are saying." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Well, the problem is not with spending no time with your son and creating an evil business or expecting employees to work for long hours but the actual problem lies in saying something and doing something else.

Saying something and doing something else invites people not to believe in you, affects what you intend to achieve adversely and reduces your credibility. That isn’t a wiser act, is it?

Instead, choose to say what you intend to do. Say that for you your son is second priority, earning money matters to you the most no matter how and getting things done by sacrificing anything is what you value as an organization.

Being specific about what matters to you and communicating it clearly would prevent many problems that you encounter otherwise.

Oh, and it’s not a matter of being right or wrong, its a matter of being CLEAR about what matters to you.

Your to-do lists don’t lie, then why do you?