I once worked for a guy that told me that to be successful I needed to do three things at work. The first was the job I was hired to do (the compete job description) and excel at that and then two other things that helped the organization.
It never really dawned on me as to the Power of the Three. At google they talk about doing your job, but taking 10% (I think that is the #) of your time to doing something innovative. In my past iot was setting up or being a part of a social group – that ultimately helped me know people, relate better and have more fun. Lead the roll out of training or CRM, which always helped me focus on what was core to the role I played and how to be more productive.
Now that I am helping lead Project X, my power of three is even more important, not just as much for me as for the people we bring aboard. My new take is it should be a corporate cultural thing. The following are some of the categories I think should be considered:
- Your job – with enthusiasm
- Evangelist – internally and externally – we all sell whether we know it or not
- Productivity – do something that makes your organization more productive, this will increase profitability or decrease cost to customer or just help you in your organization
- Innovation – Create your innovation value network, and spend time at it. In this I mean give, share your knowledge expertise whatever and when you need it later on wow will you be surprised who is there to help you.
- Community and Social Involvement – a great way to give back and get involved in the area you live.
- Make work fun – we spend more time with our customers and fellow employees than we generally do with our family (awake time) so we need to ensure we have the best opportunity to enjoy our work
- SWAT Team – create your own swat team to take on a problem and fix it – six sygma, whatever, but make it go away
- Invest in the Customer – take some time to better understand their business, walk their stores, talk to store managers, try and see the picture outside of your project.
These are just some thoughts, so please feel free to comment some more and I will add them to the list.