Two Paths for Workplace Accomplishments

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Two Paths for Workplace Accomplishments

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In life it seems we often have at least two choices. Since childhood we’ve often embraced it as good or bad. When we consider workplace accomplishments, there are at least two paths for getting the job done.

Which path are you on?

Your Choice

Imagine there are two organizations. Both employ a sizable number of people. You have a choice about which organization to join.

Inside the first organization you see people interacting. As you listen in, you notice the talk is about short-comings, observations of work are critical and not highly appreciated. Days are spent in defensive postures, covering up mistakes, and hoarding work.

You look to the second organization and peel back the cover. You look inside and you see energy, excitement, and congratulatory appreciation for work accomplished. The environment appears supportive, hands are helping hands, and the work is largely accomplished in teams.

Now for your choice. Which one would you join?

Seems pretty simple and clear, right?

If so, then why do we engage and help co-create the type of organization which no one would really enjoying working in?

Some may quickly suggest money. Perhaps one pays more.

Someone else may suggest one organization has a better work schedule, benefits, or is a slightly shorter commute.

What are your trade-offs?

Workplace Accomplishments

One organization is going to accomplish more.

One organization is built on purpose, values, and the consideration of a long-run game.

The other is built on drama, criticism, and blame. No one is interested or understands the path to the future because the spotlight is on the past, self-protection, and playing defense.

Both organizations have movement, yet only one is accomplishing something important and valuable.

How would you assess your workplace accomplishments?

Life is about choices.


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 or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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