Message from my mentor to all Farming Industry employees
So, you think you are in a rut. It’s been a long time since you got a praise or a promotion. What can you do about it? For starters, let’s look at it from the boss’s point of view.
Human nature is the same whether a person is the employer or the employee. The same things that motivate you motivate bosses. They want to succeed, to increase their businesses, to increase their personal incomes. Otherwise, they would be off playing golf rather than risking their capital and expending their energies at their desks.
Your employer wants to promote you and give you raises—if you make it worth her while. If you help her achieve her goals, she is bound to help you achieve yours. If she doesn’t, she is not the type of person you should be working for.
The surest way to success is to render more and better service than is expected of you. If you just barely fulfil your daily quota, if you perform only what is required, if you show no interest in the firm’s welfare—you have no right to expect advancement. Perhaps it’s time to jar yourself out of your lethargy and wage a definite campaign to get out of that rut. Start with the philosophy that the boss isn’t going to promote you—you are going to promote yourself.
Begin by seizing every opportunity to demonstrate your ability to hold a higher position. Instead of shirking responsibility, go out of your way to seek it. When others pass the buck, you be the one to make decisions. The most significant mark of leadership is the willingness to make decisions and accept responsibility for them.
Decide on the job you want and train yourself for it. Take advantage of company training programs, or attend adult-education courses offered by your local school or college. Or tell the boss frankly that you want to learn how to fill that job and you would appreciate her help.
Above all, keep the boss’s viewpoint in mind. Remember, if you have been successful in your effort, you will probably be a boss yourself someday. Take the same interest in your firm as your boss does. Try to see the farm, the office or the shop through her eyes.
In adopting this attitude, you’ll condition your mind toward an executive outlook. You will find yourself thinking oof increased production, lower costs, bigger sales and larger profits. You’ll find yourself bubbling with ideas to achieve those aims.
Let your enthusiasm and imagination roam. Don’t be afraid of an idea because it’s novel or daring. And don’t let negative minded people deter you with the argument, “It’s never been tried before”. That’s all the more reason for trying it.
Start with the job you now hold. How can it be performed faster, better, more efficiently, cheaper? What operations can be eliminated or merged? What changes would result in a superior product at less cost?
Almost every company these days has a suggestion system to take advantage of the brainpower offered by its employees. Through it, you can present your ideas to the boss. If your firm lacks such a system, a simple note will do.
Remember, however, your efforts for promotion must be sincere. No one is quite as phony as the apple-polisher and the yes-man. You can test yourself on this point. If you are sincerely trying to help the company, you will enjoy a keen sense of personal satisfaction, whether or not you receive immediate recognition from your superior.
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Make sure your ideas are positive. You can’t climb to success by pushing others down. If your ideas consist of complaining about or criticizing your fellow workers, forget it. Your ideas should be of the type that will create new jobs and higher income for everyone.
Remember too, that no ideas are worth noting without a plan of action. If you consider an idea worthwhile, do something about it—immediately. Try it out yourself if you’re in a position to do so, or take it to the person who can. But don’t let it die untried.
Without action, an idea is never born. And nothing is more tragic than the stillbirth of a good idea.