Charlie Sheen’s idea of ‘winning’ is a bit one dimensional, especially when it comes to careers and the workplace. Developing a winning attitude at work takes more than just saying it.
So what does it take to have a ‘winning’ attitude at work? Below are four areas to keep in mind – especially when performance review time rolls around.
Willingness to engage. A good number of our readers likely started working in middle school or high school by mowing lawns in the neighborhood to make a few extra bucks. It was a little tough, but once you got the hang of it the money made up for any good times missed with your friends and most, if not all, look back on those times as experiences that taught the willingness to do what it takes to get a job done. Not everyone has to mow lawns as a teenager to learn the lesson but the lesson is still valuable for all ages. Showing your willingness to take on assignments at work, even if they are the work no one else wants will display a winning attitude possibly to others but especially to yourself.
Good listener: You’ve heard the cliché – There’s a reason you have two ears and one mouth, it’s usually stated by a parent to a child who talks more than they listen. As we get older we lose that person who reminds that we speak too much, so listen. Make sure you’ve quietly listened to someone’s point before commenting and in a group take in all the ideas before presenting yours. Too often we speak to be heard not because we have something of value to add to the discussion. Winning at work requires others perceive you as a serious listener.
A healthy self-awareness: You are as you are perceived. Speaking of perception this can be tough. What if someone tells us they perceive us as a real ass and we are surprised because we know deep down inside we are a very caring person. Well Sherlock there is a disconnect somewhere and best we find out where it is so start with a good look in the mirror. If someone perceives you in a negative light and it’s surprising to you, take the time immediately to find out what you have done to deserve the perception and if after careful objective personal observation you find this perception to be true you had better get with the person or people to make it right. A winner has the confidence to do this because they understand that this is a learning and growth process.
Celebrate growth not just wins: Pat yourself on the back when you learn and grow not just when you win. Those who specialize in sales know that a ‘NO’ is to be celebrated because it means you are one step closer to a YES. And in a number of selling situations this is true. In life many times our setbacks and failures can be viewed the same way. Very few ‘winners’ in business won their first time out, they lost and many lost several times. With each loss they crept closer to winning. View your work life the same way. Sure failure can be a killer at work but there is a lesson to be learned so take advantage and learn from all mistakes.
I don’t know Charlie Sheen and can’t judge his ‘winning’ approach but can say that if you’re willing to work hard, listen to those around you, and pay special attention to how you are, you will have plenty of time to celebrate your growth through work and life.