Formal education will make you a living, self-education will make you a fortune
- Jim Rohn
Complaints among employees about lack of upward is not uncommon in all organizations. In reality, no organization can satisfy all employees’ expectations. Two employees who started their jobs on the same day and at the same rank would likely perform differently. Some employees even with noticeable talents and skills would prefer to spend time complaining about lack of promotion, rather than engaging in constructive engagement. Employees should understand that there is no challenge more challenging than the challenge to improve themselves.
The following strategies will help employees move to a recognizable hierarchy within the organization:
- Employees should bring A-game on every task assigned: They must ensure that they develop and display expertise on tasks assigned by the employer. Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.
- Employees should be visible: They cannot advance in their careers in an organization they are not known by the significant others within the organization. An empty lantern provides no light. Self- care is the fuel that allows their light to shine brightly. They should know that the only person they are destined to become is the persons they decide to be and life is not as much about who they used to be, it is about who they choose to be.
- Employees should not accept responsibility they cannot effectively handle. This will save them from unnecessary frustration and job stress. They should endeavor to honestly seek and accept jobs they can do best. This is not to say that they should remain in their comfort zone. They should remember the moment they accept total responsibility for everything in their life is the moment they claim the power to change anything in their life.
Self- development is the name of the game, and your primary objective is to strengthen yourself, not to destroy an opponent.
- Maxwell Maltz