It Matters How We Look

Don’t be fooled by the title. While the way you present yourself matters, this isn’t where this post is going at all. In addition to consulting, I also tend bar for a great restaurant in Branson, Missouri. I don’t know that I have ever enjoyed a position any more than this one. I have done many things in life and I have come to realize that the way you look at your position makes all the difference. When I say this I am not simply talking about your job; I am referring to the place you find yourself in each day. Mentally, physically, and emotionally you need to know where you are at so that you can truly get the most out of the experience and keep yourself in check throughout the process.

As I prepared for this post I watched a great episode of Ted Talks that helps to extenuate the point I wanted to get across. Rhea Miller discusses the concept of resonance and the way we look at things.

The key to so much of understanding the harmony in life is being able to grasp the big picture in any circumstance you are involved in. We live in a society that is so focused on putting people and things in compartments we forget that things can work best if we don’t fight the natural harmony of a community and the things that go on within it. I would like to mention a few things that will help you as a person as you interact with your work mates, and society in general. Hang with me here, you may not agree with me on everything, but you might also find that contrary to some thoughts in society’s circles we may be able to be more fulfilled if we simply understand why we are where we are and bloom where we are planted in whatever situation we find yourself in.

Know Your Role

Whether you own the joint or you are taking out the trash, your role is important. However, getting wrapped up in that role and either holding it over someone’s head or making people feel as miserable as you are for having the role is counter productive. So many problems seem to occur when you forget that you were added to the team because of the gifts you have to bring to the table at that moment.Your position is a valuable piece of the community puzzle regardless of what you do but your personality can make that experience less than useful if you lose focus of your role. A person who loses focus of their position on a team is just as counter productive as the as the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers who thought that his position as an activist was an essential part of his role as a QB. it wasn’t, and we see what has happened throughout that process.

It’s not your job to tell others what you are; it’s your job to do your job and through the process you will emerge. I always told my kids growing up that it is more important to play the game than to tell people how you play the game. Your excellence will reveal itself with how you carry yourself and play. The prancing around after you made a catch or basket will just wipe out all the good stuff you did before.Colin Kaepernick and his antics worked him out of a job. Don’t let that be your demise as well.

Know Your Job

It’s so important to know what is expected of you in your role as well as the job description itself. I have worked with a person that spent the first two months talking about what she did in her last job instead of actually learning the job she has now. That can be a real detriment to your position. You need to know your current position and do it to the best of your ability.You may have been hired because of some of the things you did in the past, but there may be other things expected of you in this current position.

I want to tell you a story of a guy who came to manage for a company I worked for. Let’s call him Dave. Dave was hired to manage a restaurant because he had done well in other positions. Dave was a nice guy and people liked him. Dave had a lot of good things going for him. Very soon after Dave returned from training he started trying to make changes in the restaurant. As front of the house manager he felt the need to get involved in the menu and what we put on it. The problem with all of this was he didn’t know the job he was hired to do. He also had an issue with chain of command and the people he should be communicating things with. He ended up moving on and the management staff was faced with dealing with the aftermath of decisions he made and never told the rest of the management team. It’s not enough to have talent, but you also need to understand your role and act within it. The resonance of natural team activity wasn’t allowed to happen because so many obstacles were placed in the way which blocked that natural harmony.

Always remember, that knowing your role is always more important than telling others what their role should be. Unless your job for a company is defining and holding people accountable for their positions than it isn’t your responsibility. The harmony will resonate throughout the organization much more freely if we all realize that.

In conclusion,  the way that you act within your vocation is just as important as the role you play in your company. It’s not your job to explain how you should look to others; doing your job with dignity will speak volumes for you and you will never have to blow your own horn.

I am certain that other people will also have stories and opinions regarding this subject and I would love to hear them. Please feel free to comment or ask questions. I look forward to hearing from you!

– Cheers


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