Focusing on effort yields greater results
WITH STEVE MULLINS
SHRM-CP, PHR, BUSINESS OFFICE SUPERVISOR FOR KAPIOLANI MEDICAL SPECIALISTS AND VOLUNTEER WITH THE SOCIETY FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (SHRM) HAWAII CHAPTER
Most people strive to be perfect. But attempting to have perfect efforts rather than perfect results each time, generally creates a greater likelihood of success.
When you strive to be perfect, there will be higher highs and lower lows and this swing in performance can be detrimental to your career. If you strive each day to be perfect in your efforts, the curve will be minimal and you will become a more reliable performer.
Q: Do I have to maintain the same level of work performance every day?
A: Many people might say, “This is going to be a great day, and I am going to make a difference today, be a star and get noticed.” But what happens when you say this is, rather setting yourself up to succeed, you are setting a tone that if you “fail,” the negative impact and feelings are much deeper and harder to resolve. Rather, if you say to yourself, “Today, I am going to do my very best, I will have some successes and I will have some possible negative outcomes, but I will celebrate the wins and learn from the losses,” you will be able to better focus on execution over outcome. Honing in on execution in your efforts will bring more positive results in the long run over time.
Q: I don’t always have the resources I need to do my best at work, so what can I do?
A: Communicate this with your boss or leadership. Having the tools and resources to effectively produce at work daily is vital to not only your success, but that of any organization. Good organizations want their employees to work smarter and more efficiently, and that takes resources.
Q: How do I give perfect effort when learning a new job?
A: Anytime someone starts a new job, there is a learning curve. Talk with your manager and ask them who they see as being effective. Furthermore, what are they doing that is making them successful?
Q: How will my boss know if I am giving my 110 percent?
A: If your boss is engaged (and they should be) with their staff, they will see and know your performance indicators on a daily basis. Do not try to step to the front to be in the spotlight. Tasks often take teamwork. Each person has a role to play in what the group does each day — win as a team, and lose as a team. Communicating effectively and often is very important.