TRIPLE III TIME: Work Ethic Maintenance
Today one often hears comments about work ethic and how today’s young people don’t seem to have the same level as generations past. True or false…these types of observations have caused me to reflect on who had the greatest impact on developing my work ethic.
Quality: My Grandfather Nick, who would hoe a field of beans over and over so NO weeds would ever be found.
Responsibility: My Dad who only gave an order once…and YOU knew what your job was and who was expected to get it done.
Efficiency: Frank, one of my early “Bosses” who made you learn on-time/multi-tasking early and often.
Effectiveness: My first “real” job with a community action agency where I tried to make a positive difference for every person I served.
Specialness: Creativity, innovation and the pursuit of establishing YOUR SPECIAL was encouraged by my long-time friend and mentor Dr. B.
Leadership: My core leadership work ethic principles were “planted” by a quiet-spoken, country-style small county commissioner…Cal. He prioritized getting and keeping everyone involved.
But wait…wasn’t/isn’t the topic: Work Ethic MAINTENANCE!
As you mature in the world-of-work I believe your work ethic time-appropriately evolves and is now principally maintained by YOUR PERSONAL EXAMPLE SETTING. Yes, you will still look for examples of Quality, Responsibility, Efficiency, Effectiveness, Specialness, and Leadership, however, the work ethic spotlight now falls more on YOU to set and be a great example.
Therefore, as always…don’t waste this legacy building opportunity!