Do you give it your all when you tackle a task? Is ‘good enough’ your typical effort level? Or are you one of those folks who does just a little bit more or something unexpected? Anyone can do just enough, not everyone will bother with giving their best. People who go that extra mile will stand out. Leaders look for ways to go above and beyond – that’s how you get to new opportunities.
I’m collaborating on a project with a great group of professionals who love leadership and exemplify it in everything they do. Working with them causes me to step up my game. I like to do something a little different than what was asked. I often will find a new and different way to present the information we are pulling together. This is for a several reasons:
- I want to make sure I add value to them each time we talk
- Finding new ways to share information is important to me in my work so I bring it to the group as well
- All of them give 100+% to what we are doing and I won’t do less than they do
- I get to explore new methods in a very safe environment
Rarely does it take me much longer to provide this extra stuff and yet the team is always amazed and surprised by what I’ve done. I think they believe I’m spending lots of extra time on it which really isn’t the case at all. Often it’s a function of things I do well and like to share with others.
The interesting thing about this stepping up in this area is that I find I’m doing it more and more elsewhere. When I am working on something, anything really, I am looking for ways to do just a little bit more, to make it the best I possibly can. Does this mean extra work for me, sure but it also gives me huge satisfaction to be able to look at what I’ve done and know it’s my best work.
People will notice when you do a little bit more, go that extra step and exceed expectations. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture each time. Just a little extra is unusual and much appreciated. How do you want to be known? As someone who does just enough or someone who does just a bit more? You get to decide which way you are seen so choose wisely.
The group I am working with has dubbed me Wonder Woman for my efforts. I admire each of them so much for what they do that it is very humbling for me to be seen as a superhero – to me they are all superheroes. If you are curious about these folks – check out LeadWithGiants as they all can be found there. http://www.leadwithgiants.com/