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by Marcus Grodentz
If you work in the corporate world in any sort of capacity you probably often feel that you are in the firing line.
There is the threat of job insecurity coupled with the constant need to perform, meet targets and ‘prove your worth.’
So we get into work early and we stay late. Anything to demonstrate that we are ‘one of the team.’
But in reality we are often the exact opposite.
I was listening to a talk recently by motivational expert Simon Sinek. If you don’t know him then check him out.
He was talking about military heroes – the ones who at great personal risk go and rescue colleagues under heavy gunfire and bring them back.
They don’t do it for personal glory or the inevitable medals that follow such action.
When asked why the answer is almost always the same – “Because those guys would do exactly the same for me.”
In corporate life we don’t need to risk our lives for our colleagues. But we hardly ever recognise the achievements of others because we are too busy trying to prove our own worth.
It’s not a team effort – it’s a competition.
We constantly try to prove that we are better than our colleagues.
So what would it be like to be more ‘generous of spirit.’
How could your life be changed if it wasn’t always about ‘you.’
Give it a try.
If you are in the corporate world try praising and acknowledging the efforts and achievements of others more often.
If you are in business don’t always make it about the money and the next ‘sale.’
You’re not risking your life – but you could be making a huge difference to the life of someone else.
Marcus Grodentz is a former head of communications for Gloucester City Council and now runs Novus Life Coaching. He offers a free two-hour coaching session - contact him for more info.
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