Extracted from The Effectiveness Guide:
Do you do your BEST work everyday?
Another way of becoming a more effective follower tomorrow than you are today is by doing your best work every day.
Have you ever wondered what your leader considers when assessing your performance? After this lesson, you won’t have to wonder any more.
No surprise that your performance is the most important components of becoming a more effective follower tomorrow than you are today.
What are your Personal Standards? Some people are quite happy doing the minimums just to get by. For others, only their best is good enough. Which are you?
Here’s a great story about doing your best work:
It’s rumored that when Dr. Henry Kissinger was Secretary of State, in the administrations of Presidents Nixon and Ford, he asked for a security assessment be made of a foreign country.
The next day, when a subordinate delivered the report, Secretary Kissinger asked, “Is this your best work?” The subordinate thought for a second, and walked out of the office.
The next day, the subordinate returned with the report and Kissinger asked the same question. The subordinate again thought for a moment and walked back out of the office.
The following day, the subordinate returned and Kissinger asked for the third time, “Is this your best work?” This time the subordinate said, “Yes”. Kissinger then responded, “Good, now I’ll read it.”
I tell this story to highlight the fact that there are no shortcuts to greatness. Your success will always be linked to “doing your best work”.
Do you do your best work every day? Would your leader agree?
Next weeks post from The Effectiveness Guide will be Section 2.9. Do you do your Best Work everyday?
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