Whether you are the CEO, a middle manager, or a worker on the production floor, YOU are responsible for your career success (or failure).
I had a discussion the other day with a very eager middle manager about employee success. He was willing to go the extra mile or maybe even the extra ten miles for the people on his team. I am always happy to see that level of caring. It tells me that a person is in the right role when they genuinely care about the success of the people on their team. He was just having trouble with where to draw the line.
It’s the manager or supervisor’s role to set performance targets, give feedback along the way, and provide access to resources that can help employees achieve their goals. The employee has to communicate what they want to achieve and do the work. Each individual is responsible for their own personal success. It’s really that simple.
The blame game can be far easier than an honest self appraisal and it can be used as an excuse for low performance. There are countless excuses that can be used:
- It’s the way the company is structured
- My boss doesn’t like me
- My peers are incompetent
- I have a lot of pressure at home
- I can’t catch a break
- It’s like there is a dark cloud over my head that follows me around (my personal favorite)
Regardless of the company or where you are in an organization, everyone has challenges. That’s Life! The people who are most successful know where they want to go and they have the persistence to make it happen. They take responsibility for their behavior and actions. They make committed decisions to do what is necessary to succeed.
The Start… Or The End:
It all starts with open and honest communication. Managers and employees have to understand the goals and make plans for their achievement. In some cases, clear communication of goals can indicate misalignment between the employee and the company. That’s a good thing! Both parties are far better off knowing that there is misalignment now rather than 2, 5, or 10 years from now.
Remember, the time you are spending in a career makes up a percentage of your Life. Ask yourself if you would be happy spending 40% of your Life in this career. If so, then hop to it and make some success. If not, it’s probably time for a new role and maybe even a new company.
In the end, your Success or Failure… is up to YOU!