Thursday, 6 November 2014

#Work: How To Know You're In The Wrong Place

I'm not a workaholic. I've dangled around the threshold but manage to find time for the things that are truly important. However, you may be right if you say I am 'almost' one. I like to work and do it well. It gives me joy when I can do things excellently and say yeah, we said we were going to do it and we did.

You would think that would make me the toast of the corporate world. Far from it...
It is actually the exact opposite. My fascination with excellence is a royal pain; I have found that out time and time again. Those who are used to doing things the way they have always been done can't stand my knack for turning things on their head in my bid to put your best foot forward. Now I have learned the diplomacy of business. I choose my battles carefully. Very carefully.

But back then, I was just a sorry case. I wanted to save corporate Nigeria. I could practically die on top the matter. Things had to be done well, very well; I couldn't understand why most people couldn't see that. It was okay to get the sabi-sabi tag from colleagues or the 'Naomi just send the document' instruction said through gritted teeth (Even when the typos were glaring) I could deal with all of that. The day my boss, exasperated, told me, 'Naomi, I'm not here to breed superstars, just do your job' was the day I thought, Whatever men...

While bending over backwards, it was my impression that I was working in a place where we were all gearing up to be superstars - corporate heroes tackling business problems at the speed of Superman. I was wrong. The head honcho didn't want to upset the status quo - whatever that was. He wanted the job done with as little disruption as possible and there I was, attempting to update templates and overhaul processes in my bid to be more efficient.

I didn't last very long there. It occurred to me that I was in the wrong place. It's been quite a few years since I left, the place is still the way I left it - same staff, same clients, very little growth; everyone is still 'Just doing their jobs.'

I have gotten to the point where I'm no longer sorry if I upset the system while trying to make things better, easier. It has become a personal responsibility to do whatever my hands find to do well, as far as it depends on me. So far, it has paid me way more than it has hurt me and I intend to keep it that way.

Here's the thing: if the values you hold dear are being challenged by people who would rather settle for less, you are in the wrong place. If average, mediocre is good enough, you are in the wrong place; except if average is your aspiration in the first place. If the people who surround you have an issue with your quest to aim higher, be good or better, you are hanging out with the wrong crowd. If your dreams for the company intimidates the people who birthed it, you are sooo in the wrong place. If the 'toxicness' of your workplace makes you wake up with a slight fever every Monday morning, you are in the wrong place my dear

Question is, what are you still doing there?

©Naomi Lucas

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