Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Napoleon Hill - Is it a "problem" or an "opportunity"?

I haven't posted about Napoleon Hill in a couple of months but I received this "thought for the day" a few days ago and happened to open it back up today.

Why do we so rarely see jobs that aren't "officially in our job description" as someone else's responsibility or an annoyance instead of seeing them as "opportunities"?

I ask not only you this, but also myself...

Above and beyond our day to day responsibilities and duties what else do you see that needs to be done around the office, in your department, or for the company? I've seen it from time to time in almost every company where I have ever worked - and I know you have too. There is that employee (or group of employees) that is never happy or satisfied by the job they are doing or what the company does for them. Why is this? What is so wrong with enjoying what you do and being excited about what your company does?

I could go on but I'll stop for now.

Check out the quote below and truly sit back, reflect, and be willing to see these "problems" as real "opportunities".


Someone once observed that the reason we often fail to recognize opportunities is because they come disguised as problems. When a customer, a colleague, or your boss has a problem, it may create a valuable opportunity for you. It isn’t important to the person with the problem how your company is organized or whose responsibility it is to solve the problem; he or she only wants the situation resolved. The next time a customer, a colleague, or your boss asks for your assistance in something that falls outside your area of responsibility, instead of referring them to someone else, offer to help. Look at the situation from the other person’s point of view. How would you like the situation handled if the roles were reversed? Take the initiative to find the answer, solve the problem, or keep the project moving forward.


Ask a Manager said...

I love that -- if it isn't your job, maybe it's your opportunity. It's completely right.

Doing things outside of your job description can lead you to a better position, maybe one that will make you happier. (I actually wrote about an aspect of this recently, right here.)