Monday, December 31, 2012

Don't Sweat The Small Stuff

Very often in life and in business, people sweat the small stuff, rather than focus on the big picture.  Employees are often very concerned about job titles, job grades, office size, the equipment they are given, back office support and tasks they are asked to do that may not be in their job description.   None of this stuff matters.  When all is said and done,  it is pointless to worry about stuff you can't control, particularly when it is used as an excuse to do a poor job. 

Valuable employees ask for more work, or certainly step forward to help others with their work when they can.   They never complain about the work they are given to do and they never, never use the words, "That is not my job".   Valuable employees get promoted, or maybe even more important, when there is a downturn, they are rarely get laid off.   Valuable employees don't sweat the small stuff.   They are in it for the long haul and they realize that there will be up's and down's in any job, or business; but life will go on just fine anyway. 

Taking the small stuff in stride eliminates a lot of unnecessary stress on the job for everybody.   It also reflects a mature business personality.  I can also say from a Senior Management perspective that employees focused on the big picture, instead of the small stuff, are a lot more productive and enjoyable to work with.   This CEO Blogger just doesn't have time to focus on the small stuff.   People who continue to focus on the small stuff test my patience; usually not a good thing in any company.   It also shows that they are small thinkers, when it is big thinkers that are valued most.   Get the picture. 

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