“Try not to be a man of success, but rather a man of value.” – Albert Einstein
Have you ever asked yourself – What value am I providing in my current role? If you can’t confidently answer this question, it is unlikely that anyone else will be able to either. This is something that you could be asking yourself daily, but at a minimum, you should be reviewing on a regular basis. The timing decision is a personal one.
We all get caught up with our day to day activities and don’t take the time to step back to reflect our value to the company, organization, etc. The challenge is that others are continuously in observation mode and while they may see a high level of activity, can they see the value output from the activity? In the perfect world, others would recognize your value; however, they are in a similar position of busyness and don’t necessarily carry the same perspective as you do.
There are several reasons to reflect on your value. First, there is a level of positive psychology in reviewing your value and contributions you are making. It stimulates positive thinking and sets you up to be more positive throughout the day. While “positive psychology” was initially seen as a fluffy term, since the late 1990’s, research has proven the beneficial impacts to not only a person’s performance, but also their health, learning and many other benefits. At a minimum, creating a habit of thinking about the value you are contributing will provide a plethora of personal benefits.
If you can’t clearly articulate where you are adding value, you have an opportunity to modify what you are doing to remedy the situation. A value assessment allows you to either modify what you are doing or look for another role where you feel more comfortable that you’ll be able to contribute. This will be a positive practice, if you are taking action on your finding.
Additionally, assessing yourself helps you clarify your value into your communications and helps build your level of confidence. You don’t want to come across as arrogant, but you do want to ensure that your value is understood.
Let’s face it, work life is competitive. While we all want to work within a “family” environment, there is also competition within a family. Have you ever been confused as to why someone received a promotion or got the position you wanted, even though you believed you were more qualified? It may have been that they were able to communicate and promote their value better.
Ensure that you are relevant to the success of the organization and company.
What value will you add?