“Same Stuff Different Day,” or versions of it has been made an infamous response to greetings, made famous by movies featuring employees of “corporate America.” The people that use this phrase are those who begrudgingly go to work, push their pencils around all day, confuse “hardly working” with “working hard,” take long lunches, call off on sick days, etc. In a nutshell, you might say they have a bad attitude about their work.
Interestingly, they (or you) could be one of those rotten apples that could spoil the whole bunch. Think about it – if you were to come to work, each day, complain about everything that is going wrong with you, your spouse and your job, how motivating would those around you feel? When people come to you with the same type of information, how motivated do YOU feel?
Thinking back to those movies – normally, at the end of the movie, the person who was famous for saying SSDD wasn’t saying it any longer. Why was that? If you notice, his or her focus had changed, resulting in a change in attitude. The change in attitude made them more productive, able to accomplish more and appreciated by those at their workplace.
Is this just a movie phenomenon? No – absolutely not. The key is identifying the motivators. It’s not just a question of doing something different, it’s a question of aligning skills, abilities and interests with a job. For some, that means starting a new company. For others, that means getting their business back on the original track it was on. For others, still, that may look like finding a job that provides them with the motivation and focus they need to be successful.
No one person can tell you how to escape that mentality. However, as a business leader, for your team to be effective, you’ve got to be effective, yourself. Essentially, you need to be the C.E.O. of your life – the one that creates the vision, defines the mission, sets the goals, addresses the needs and drives the activities of your life. If you are a spiritual person, this allows you to be more aligned with your spirituality. If you are individualistic, you will probably get greater satisfaction out of your accomplishments.
Kris Cavanaugh, one of The Business Strategy People ™ , goes into the CEO mentality, in great detail, on her website – www.begintoshift.com. Sign up for one of her e-courses or for a free coaching session. Tell her you want to be the Boss.
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