Are you ready to work? What about being ready to learn, contribute, or go the extra mile? Project work may be exactly what you need to create more success.
We might call work, work, but project work has a slightly different feeling. Thinking of work in terms of a project assumes that there is a beginning and an end. It is more than an ongoing effort with little urgency and a boring trudge that never ends.
Front line job roles often suggest they need self-starters, people who are motivated and people who show up both physically and emotionally.
Since it may not be described as a management role, it also implies that successful employees will receive direction from a boss or other colleagues.
Some people expect this style of leadership. They arrive, but they don’t start until they are given direction. Some roles this is appropriate for, but for those seeking more things are going to have to be different.
Should you start a project?
One reason some employees never appear to be in any hurry is because there is always tomorrow. Tomorrow they’ll do the same thing they are doing now and the same thing they did last week.
No rush, no hurry, just another day on the never-ending project.
Workplaces often need more. They need people who not only accept direction and complete assigned work, but they need contributors.
Employees might consider how they can give more instead of doing less.
What if you took a risk to make a reasonable suggestion? A suggestion delivered with tact and respect not grumbling or aggression, might that make a difference?
Imagine if you bought a book that connects with your job duties or industry sector. Imagine what you might learn and how it may help you accomplish more.
What might happen if you asked about the possibilities of workshops, seminars, or other learning events.
How would things change when you do more for the customer, your team, or to benefit the organization?
When you think about it as a project it doesn’t have to be boring work that never ends, or a painful trudge day-in and day-out.
Have a goal, make the start, finish the project and then start another.
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.