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Employee Development, leadership, Management, Nolan Knight, SCMG, Scott Sensat

Are You a “Net Gain” or a “Net Drain”?

Have you ever asked yourself this question? We believe you should ask this of yourself on a frequent basis. What’s funny is that the vast majority of employees will think they are a net gain. The reality is that on many teams only 1 or 2 employees are pulling the load. Most statistics show that roughly 17% of the employees do 85% of the work, hence the so-called 80/20 rule. So let’s get real about things before the new year begins and ask ourselves this question and pay attention to what you’re doing on a daily basis.

Are you a Net Gain??? Here are a few things to consider in order to measure where you are…

  • I abide by the Non-Negotiables – If you’re not aware of the non-negotiables, then get them from your manager. If your manager isn’t aware of the non-negotiables or your organization hasn’t established non-negotiables then stop reading and consider finding a new job because there are serious issues within the organization and it is either stagnant or losing ground.
  • I go out of my way to help – This means doing something above and beyond what your normal job description is and then doing it with a positive attitude. There’s nothing worse than someone supposedly going out of their way to help and making a flippant comment like “this isn’t my job”. Are you exceeding the expectations of your job and at the same time are you making the team better?
  • My Values = My Words = My Actions – No one likes a hypocrite. Many people claim to have certain values and do a nice job saying all the right things but when you really pay attention and watch what they do their actions tell a different story. You can fool some people for a while but those that pay attention will see who you really are. Understand your core values. If you truly believe them they will come out in what you say and what you do.

Are You a Net Drain??? Have these phrases come out of your mouth recently?

  • I don’t have time – If you ever catch yourself saying this phrase… Stop it!!! Take it out of your vocabulary. We all have the same amount of time. This is just another way of saying I don’t manage myself very well. Sure we all have busy parts of our day or week or month, but if we’re honest, we can all make time to go out of our way to help. When you’ve exceeded all your expectations and your department is experiencing remarkable growth, then you’ve earned the right to ask for additional help or staffing.
  • I’ll do things my way. I know best – If you’re experiencing remarkable growth in your department and exceeding all expectations then you might be able to get away with this comment. The funny thing is, 99% of these successful people continue to ask questions, seek out more effective ways of doing things and know they don’t have all the answers. If you’re not demanding honest feedback and not pushing new innovations then you’re probably a drain.
  • My core scores don’t represent my true value – This statement is just sad. Your core scores define who you are. If you ignore them you’ll never see success and your organization will suffer for it. Don’t have a core score or don’t know what that is? Then go to your manager immediately and get it. If your manager doesn’t know your core score it means that leadership has failed in this area. This is one of those times again when you start looking for another job, unless you just enjoy being in a job with no purpose, collecting a check.

Hopefully you now have a general idea of whether you’re a “Net Gain” or a “Net Drain”. Don’t be another drip aimlessly flowing down the drain pipe of life. Take control beginning today. Memorize the non-negotiables or find an organization that has them. Make an effort to help out others to improve the team’s performance and insure that your actions define your words and core values.

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