I find many people fail to advance within a company because they don’t take responsibility for the overall success of the company. It is as if they perform their job with blinders on; ignoring anything that is going on around them. They have decided that they are ONLY responsible for their job, function, task, assignment, or duty and nothing else. Now, I am not suggesting that you should mettle in other people’s jobs. But, when you see a problem or mistake getting ready to happen that could be avoided if you just took a moment to bring it to their attention, I think you should speak up; especially if it is going to cost the company money or the loss of a customer.
Years ago I came across a wonderful explanation of what I am suggesting. I think when you read it you will better understand the point I am trying to make. (the author is unknown)
This is a story about four people named,
Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done,
and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did.
Somebody got angry about that,
because it was Everybody’s job.
Everybody thought Anybody could do it,
but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody
when Nobody did what Anybody could have.
I know successful companies are looking for people who are willing to take the initiative; people willing to do something even if they haven’t been asked to do it. If you want to advance in your company, I suggest that when you see a problem, take the initiative to fix it without waiting for a directive to come down from your boss. You can focus on just your job or you can also be concerned about helping to make your company be successful. Personally, if I was putting together a team of people for a major project, I want people who are both FOCUSED and CONCERNED.
It is as simple as oiling a door that has squeaky hinges. Every time Somebody opens that door it makes an annoying, squeaky noise that bothers Everybody in the room. Anybody could have taken the initiative to oil the hinges, but Nobody did. Everybody thought Somebody would eventually oil the hinges … but you guessed it … Nobody did it. If you were working for me and I found that your “REAL” attitude was … that is not my job, I wasn’t hired to do that, or that is beneath my job title … you soon wouldn’t be working for me. Start being the Somebody who does what Anybody could have done, but Nobody took the initiative to do. Because if you do, Everybody is going to want you on their team.