We have made it to the end of January and are now officially over that embarrassing time when you see someone for the first time in the year and are not sure whether you should say happy new year or not!
January is a funny month because everyone is chilled in the first few weeks and exhibit the same lethargy as your Grandpa on the couch after Christmas lunch! I did a few spin classes in the first few weeks of the year and I could have sworn some people were going in reverse! Why do people find it so hard to engage and get on with the daily grind in the new year? Maybe that is the answer…”the daily grind”…it doesn’t sound too inspiring. Perhaps people feel that it is a case of the “same ole, same ole”.
By the end of January many who have held high hopes for the new year are at that stage where they have either broken new year’s resolutions (yes, there are a lot more empty seats at the spin classes!) or resigned themselves to the fact that 2014 will be no different to last year. Well here’s a bit of a reality check…it’s no way to live your life. You owe it to yourself to achieve more out of life. Life is a collection of every minute, every hour and every day you live.
If you are an employee and are not passionate about your job then find something you are passionate about. But before you go handing in your notice, it is worth having a chat to your boss first. Your boss is not a mind reader and presumably recruited you because they saw something special in you. So you owe it to both parties to find a way of making it work. By discussing this with your employer it could promote positive action that results in increased responsibility, a transfer to a new department or agreeing a career path you can both work towards. You will be happy and so too will your employer!
And for employers the same applies. When appraising your team or performing one to ones, for goodness sake find out about what your employees really want from their career and encourage them to achieve it. If you can help them achieve this within your organisation then that is even better. But make sure you take action – having an unhappy and bored employee is no good for anyone…it impacts morale, productivity and makes the workplace an unpleasant experience for everyone. And for us Finance Directors, that translates into lower revenues, higher costs and reduced profitability – which makes us unhappy .
And the same applies to new recruits. As Finance Directors, often we are called in for hiring and firing. I have done my fair share of both over the years. Many wise mentors I have had the privilege of working for have always advised me to recruit based on attitude. And they are right. Any bad hires I have made have been because I didn’t take my time, needed to desperately fill a gap or didn’t go with my gut instinct. Get a person with a positive attitude and they and the business will go places.
Having a person who loves their job and with a real “fire in their belly” reminds me of the closing scene of Skyfall. Forgetting whether you enjoyed the movie or not, the final scene is very powerful. James Bond has been shot at, knocked down, betrayed and everything else you can imagine by his employer but he is ready to get back to work. Sure you might say it is because of the Aston Martin, the bespoke suits, the vodka martinis and the exotic lifestyle but if you see the film clip (attached below) you sense that it is much more than that. Could you imagine what you could achieve if you had a team with that sort of passion and desire.
How many people in your organisation do you know with that sort of attitude? Would you include yourself in that list?
This is the year to be true to yourself….it all starts now…..so ask yourself this question….do you love your job?