Deep within the heart of your organization’s cubicle farm and hidden down hallways of closed office doors, you and dozens of your heads-down colleagues are working hard to stay employed. Our performance appraisal, metric-based culture has created generations of individuals like you who believe that good performance alone ensures job security.
You believe that the attainment of a 4.2 on your annual performance appraisal and 100% completion of your MBOs (management by objectives) are the best strategies to employ to receive a promotion or avoid a layoff. At the same time, the importance of value creation in your organization continues to grow. Because no one or no behavior can guarantee you a job for life, you might be making one or all of the following mistakes as you navigate your organization:
- You are not creating value for your organization.
- If you are creating value, you and your boss are unable to describe it.
- You believe that good performance equals value.
The unemployment landscape is filled with high-performing individuals who thought that doing a great job, achieving their MBOs, and getting an “exceeds expectations” on their last performance appraisal would make all the difference. Today, a valuable employee is a good performer who creates value. She can tell stories about her good performance and the value she creates for her employer. Her boss and her organization know the value she creates.