Surprisingly many of my clients operate on a faulty assumption. They assume if they work hard and do good work they will get ahead.
Quite frankly these two variables are not key differentiators. Except for those who I call vacationers, most employees are invested and take pride in doing good work.
Vacationers, on the contrary, are not tied to the larger mission.
If you ask vacationers to articulate the larger strategy or how their role connects to the organisation’s purpose and value creation they either don’t care or have no clue.
Every organisation has vacationers. They do their job, collect their paycheque, wait with relish for every statutory holiday, and count the hours and days until their vacation.
You know who I’m talking about. Corporations have employees who coast.
So why are they there?
Well, for a whole bunch of reasons.
Maybe the organisation is too large and they are flying under the radar, maybe somebody is protecting them, maybe they do have a hard to find skill, maybe they aren’t being managed well or maybe their boss shares similar traits.
Whatever it might be, as an employee you have a choice.
A choice to be angry with these lacklustre employees or you can put your energy into achieving your aspirations.
To get ahead you must hustle.
Hustling means you are doing something that differentiates yourself from the pack. If you are part of the pack then you will be recognised for that.
Leadership means that you must be in front of the pack.
Very few employees step back and ask what will make them stand out. They just show up, keep their head down and follow their mandate.
One of my very esteemed senior colleagues put it best. She said, “I have come to the conclusion that most people just want to be led.”
So think about this. She is very right. There is comfort in being led. You don’t have to challenge, engage in debate, controversy or go against the status quo. You just are. The slogan for being led is “just be”.