You know these people at work. They live under the radar. But more than that, they get special recognition and even rewards for things they do when many others in the organization consistently are doing the same thing. They get promotions. They get or give themselves new titles. They undermine the company culture, but somehow they are seen as the “darlings” of the executives.
Truth: doing the right thing and being the right person does not guarantee you will win at work. You’ve been around long enough to know that life is not fair and sometimes, you end up on the short end of the deal.
Question: is living up to standards, achieving and exceeding goals, being professional and mature…is it all worth it?
Quick answer: YES! Refusing to live and act to the lowest common denominator is worth it! Doing the right thing and being the right person is always right.
It is not easy, but it’s worth it. You know that. I know that.
Being reasonable with unreasonable people is difficult.
Being certain in an uncertain work environment is difficult.
Living up to standards while others around you are trying to constantly redefine the standards to make sure their behaviors fit it…that is difficult.
While I’m not that old, I have learned some things about folks who seem to “get by” and get ahead for all the wrong reasons. It will not last forever. It won’t.
Doing the wrong thing and being the wrong person will create:
* the lack of trust from others. That leaves that person having to constantly look over their shoulder as alliances change.
* the lack of respect from others. They become a joke behind their backs.
* the manipulation of the numbers, goals, results (or at least the understanding of those things), and that will not last.
* isolation. The wrong people end up alone or with very few around them as other “followers” get tired of the games that get them no where. Followers don’t always win in these situations. It’s usually about the “wrong” leader getting ahead and no one else.
* a removal from power. When those around the wrong people have had enough, actions can be taken to remove that person from power.
The choice is yours. Do the right thing and be the right person. Looking in the mirror with no regrets is healthy and will lead to success. It will.