The words "It's not my job" usually causes a leader or manager to hang their head in disgust. But we've been exploring the idea that possibly the phrase could be a positive launching point to move people to a greater sense of purpose and to be more engaged.
What would the employees in a large organization think if they heard their leaders and managers use the same term? How could the concept of "not my job" actually help managers and executives be more productive? Many successful leaders in business practice some form of this attitude. Here are four methods that can help you manage your own "not my job" attitude and become more successful:
- Think like a CEO or Business Owner
- Inventory Your Workload, Prioritize Your Worth
- Dominate Your Space, Delegate with Grace
- Do What Others Are Not Willing To Do
Get ready for a big shift in your energy, focus and creativity. Let's look at the first method:
Think Like a CEO or Business Owner.
Your title does not matter. You may be the VP of ________, the Manager of ________, or the Shift Supervisor. Your role is not defined so much by the title, but by the value you contribute to the company and the results that are required. People who look beyond the job expectations or the to-do list, and think of themselves as the CEO / Owner of their part of the company are the people who move the organization forward. What does a CEO or Owner think about?
Responsibility to stake holders, customers, and employees
Accountability to produce the right results.
Stability - financial, personnel, culture.
Productivity - their own and the company as a whole.
Development - a focus on growth. What am I doing to equip leaders in my organization to make better decisions and to be big-play makers? What are we doing to “create” as opposed to simply sustain?
Visionary - has a deeply personal view of what can be, not just what has been.
This is your job - to think proactively and to act accordingly. Once you know what should be on your mind, then you can move on to the hard work of working only on your priorities.
PS - What do you think about that list? What else should be on that list?