This month we’ve tackled one of the more common dysfunctions in recent years “I thought I was a rock star… until they let me go.” We’ve spotted the warning signs and we’ve leaped over the traps. Now it’s time to think proactively about what we can do to maintain our status as “rock stars” at work. Here’s your prescription – refill as necessary:
Your Daily Rock Star Regimen
- 2 Doses of Humility Daily – Are you staying humble? Perpetual rock stars never lose sight of the reality that their “fame and fortune” could be gone tomorrow. For your first dose of humility, know everyone at work by their first name and say “hello.” This includes the receptionist, temporary employees and even the cleaning crew. For your second dose of humility, always be willing to do the dirty work. You are never too good to get your hands dirty. Make sure everyone sees you working alongside of them – not above them.
- Deliver at a High Level Daily – You became a rock star because of your work ethic and work product. Don’t ever let that slip. Just like with any good health regimen, maintaining your rock star status involves an ounce of discipline and a shot of ownership / pride in your work. Maintain your standards. Remember, organizations have short memories. What have you done for them lately? Make sure you are reliable and consistently contributing.
Your Weekly Rock Star Regimen
- 2 Lunches Weekly – Be intentional about building relationships up, down and across in your organization. This is what nearly all rock stars do to get to the top. Keep it up to protect your status. Every week you should have at least two lunches scheduled with your co-workers to make sure you are building relationships throughout the organization. Don’t dine alone.
- Stay Current with Trends and Sell Tickets Weekly – Make sure you are asking questions regularly of others about the challenges they are facing weekly (not monthly or worse yet, annually). Your job is then to position yourself as the solution to their challenges. Enduring rock stars always have their pulse on the issues the organization is facing and position themselves as part of the solution. In other words, you can never stop selling tickets to your show. Trends change. If you don’t stay current, you’ll be part of last season’s fashions fast.
Your Monthly Rock Star Regimen
- Brand Check-Up Monthly – How do your co-workers perceive you at work? This is your brand. Make sure you are taking the pulse of your brand monthly. Get yourself one or more trusted advisors that will tell you the truth without pulling any punches. Check in with them monthly to make sure your fans are still around. One bad fan can poison the well so make sure if you have an unhappy “customer” (a co-worker that is upset with you), you become aware of it as soon as possible and manage it quickly. You don’t need unintended enemies. In addition, as part of your check-up, listen closely to how people perceive you. What are the words they would use to describe you to someone who is new to the organization? Is it what you would want them to say? Image isn’t everything, but it matters. Manage it well.
There you have it – the prescription to maintaining your rock star status at work. It will take discipline, hard work and intention. Keep it up, watch for the warning signs and avoid the traps. Before you know it, you’ll be entered into the “rock star hall of fame.” Where is that these days anyway?
Stay tuned to March’s dysfunction of the month – “I don’t trust my boss.” Juicy!