What Is Your Workplace Dot? Your Career Success Depends On It05/28/2015 12:00AM
By Glenn Llopis
Workplace success is a byproduct of how well employees work together and accomplish goals to help the organization grow profitably. Sustainable success is a function of how well the employees know each other’s strengths and utilize them rightly to maintain momentum. In the most fluid and high-performing workplace cultures, the differences in people, their cross functional roles and department duties and the dynamics of hierarchy and rank are perfectly in sync. Simply put, it’s about how the “dots connect” within the workplace’s interconnected field of diverse personalities, capabilities and skills sets, competitiveness and expectations. What still remains unknown in most workplaces is the dot each employee represents.
Your workplace dot is not your job title, description or responsibilities. It’s something much more. Your workplace dot is being aware of where you fit within the culture and the most critical function you play within your organization. It’s about the areas you can best influence directly or indirectly and having the courage to enable your influence every day. Your workplace dot changes as the culture changes and new leaders enter into the fold.
Let’s face it — you do much more than your job description. If you were asked to review the job description you were hired to perform, you would probably have to rewrite it. People define their jobs, not the business. That has been one of the most fundamental shifts in the workplace today. It’s less about the business defining the individual – and more about the individual defining the business. This is why each person defines their own job in the new workplace – because there are so many different variables that an individual brings to work that it is impossible for a job description to define them all.
With each new job you assume and/or organization you serve – your workplace dot changes. Those who have successful careers and continuously increase their market value know how to navigate the changing terrain. They are like a chameleon; they master the art of exploration and know how to integrate themselves into any environment and make the most impact. This is why they represent different shades of each department they influence.
They know how to align themselves with people whose strengths are complementary so that their collective efforts reverberate throughout the organization to deliver maximum results. People gravitate to their workplace dot.
The employees that know how to seamlessly maximize the impact of their workplace dot across any environment are the ones that can instantly multiply their interconnection points (amongst people, resources, situations, crises, changes, etc.). They strengthen their influence and performance impact along the way – benefiting both themselves and others. They are the employees that will ultimately develop the most powerful personal brands throughout their careers.
Within what type of workplace do you exist? Is your leader aware of your workplace dot and where it best fits? Does your leader know how to multiply your interconnection points?
The traditional workplace is a siloed field of disparate parts; it is a workplace culture that is stagnant and that few employees get excited about. Every department has their own agenda and most keep their work to themselves. They rarely engage with other departments beyond staff meetings and they create disruption for other departments because they don’t connect the dots between their employees. This workplace represents more of an operations-driven, “order-taking” environment where innovation is slow and people are not inspired to think big. During times of crisis and change – the traditional workplace is most vulnerable to risk.
The new workplace is a highly integrated field of knowledge where innovation is an embedded part of the culture. This is the type of workplace culture that breeds high-performers and demands strong employee personal brands. This workplace represents a market-driven environment where ideas and ideals are continuously being tested and where a leader’s primary responsibility is to connect the dots between their employees. They are always looking for ways to make things better to assure they improve their market leadership position.
So what is your workplace dot? How can you best enable it, shape it and allow it to flourish? What role can your leader play to assure your workplace dot remains relevant and in demand – and that it’s continuously in interconnection mode?
You can’t control your ultimate career success and significance – unless you know how to maximize the impact and influence of your workplace dot and that of others.
When you go to work today, ask your colleagues, what’s your dot? When you are in a meeting, try to figure out what your colleague’s dots are and if you can help your leader connect them.
Welcome to the world where everyone must know the workplace dot! Define yours today and help your colleagues do the same. It’s the only way we can work more effectively together and make the workplace fun again!
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