Raising the bar
On BusinessInsider.com recently I read an article that featured Seth Godin [former Yahoo! marketer, author of various books, including Linchpin and Permission Marketing (Amazon affiliates)].
Godin makes mention that the current recession is a forever-recession, and that being an average worker in this economy will drive you right to the bottom. Basically, he was talking about the idea that you need to brand yourself and your skills to showcase how you are unique and invaluable to any organization that you work with or would like to work with.
I would add that you simply need to personally offer better customer service to others – inside and outside of the workplace. In other words, be a good and genuine person who doesn’t have a hidden agenda. If you have an agenda, that’s fine, make it known, most folks don’t want to play games. Also, simply do what you say you’re going to do – this one will surprisingly get you farther than you think, which is sad to have to admit.
Just simply be above and beyond the average. A positive attitude is helpful. Be a resource for others as much as you can, often without expectation of anything in return. I personally do this all the time. In fact, I ask people to let me know how I can be a resource for them when I connect via social networks, and if they happen to take me up on that offer, I do my best to offer a sincere response to their request.
How can you be above average today? How can you motivate yourself to carry the “above average challenge” into tomorrow, and the next day?
Posted by: Nick Ventuerlla
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