Can you change your work behavior?
There are simple steps you can take in order to help your everyday work behavior and increase productivity.
For many of us, our work lives are characterized by the following behaviors:
- A focus on getting our work done.
- A tendency to stay at our desks.
- Reliance on our expertise and the things we already know (because that’s what we are being paid to do).
- Collaboration and brainstorming with people who are a lot like us.
- Rarely looking beyond our walls for ideas and inspiration.
- Avoiding, at almost all costs, stepping out of our comfort zones.
- And a tendency to avoid people who are different than us.
here’s nothing wrong with these workplace behaviors, but they are not likely to enable us to create real breakthroughs, find the best people, build more meaningful collaboration, gain new customers, or become a better leader. They are the living and breathing, embodiment of a closed mindset and a guarantee that we will lead only incrementally to better work and personal lives.
Contrast these with the following set of workplace behaviors -- behaviors that we can and should be trying to incorporate in our everyday lives:
- A focus on finding the real potential in our work.
- Getting up and away from our desks to connect with colleagues in new ways and engage the world around us.
- Acknowledging the strengths and limitations of our expertise and seeking to find new knowledge and approaches that will make us even more successful (because that’s what we’re really being paid to do).
- Seeking out opportunities to collaborate and brainstorm with people who are very different than us.
- Consistently looking beyond our walls for ideas and inspiration.
- Looking for opportunities to stretch outside our comfort zones.
- And, seeking to engage with strangers -- especially if they are very different than us.
These are the living and breathing, embodiment of an open mindset and a guarantee that we will be more open to reaching our full potential.