Is it personality or is it about choice? Perhaps, it is both. Your personal choices for workplace behavior will illustrate your professional brand.
In the meeting, you hear what you perceive as unfavorable news. Perhaps, even threatening for your job role.
The night before you didn’t sleep well. You feel cranky.
You make a mistake but decide to blame it on the circumstances.
It’s all about choice.
You have a choice regarding your behavior. It is not about the choices that others make, it is about your choice.
You can choose to learn more, do more, and give more. Giving more works for knowledge, empathy, and patience.
You have talents and abilities that you’ve acquired through years of devotion and commitment. Will you share or selfishly hoard?
Have you made a conscious choice to build things up, or are your actions and behaviors more about tearing things down?
Do you jump on board when someone starts to criticize others, or do you move towards some constructive action, search for solutions, or offer a different perspective?
Is the path you choose one of comfort and ease or is it more about overcoming obstacles, exceeding a personal best, or being willing to explore something new?
If you make a conscious decision to stop learning, stop growing, or to always seek the easiest path, you’ve made a choice about your professional brand.
Someone will always try to beat the system, take a shortcut, or achieve something better at the expense of others.
That’s not a brand you want to represent.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.