Work in Japan Advice Board
Have you ever taken a job which you found to be quite different from the job description? Can even you describe your job to others in a way that is authentic and engaging?
When people lose sight of the higher purposes of the organization, a company can descend into an adversarial morass, in which employers pay just enough to keep people from quitting, and employees work only enough to keep from getting fired.
If it comes to that, no wonder companies look for ways that they can outsource work rather than employ people to do it. The problem with outsourcing is that even though it may provide low-cost temporary solutions, it creates no gains in company know-how, experience, or loyalty.
How do you answer the question, “What you do for a living?” Most people give the name of the company they work for or describe what they do in their job. Few people can describe the place where they work in terms of an enterprise.
Having 360-degree awareness about your work means asking the right questions about the company you work for or would like to work for. Quality questions will improve your awareness of where and how you fit in the enterprise. It will make you stand apart from the person who applies for a job based on a resume featuring skills or job experience.
It doesn’t matter if you are already employed or looking for a job. The quality of the questions you ask determines the value of the answers you receive. For the sake of the enterprise, these are questions you should be asking yourself, your employer, and the people you work with.
Ask Enterprise Questions
Ask Customer Questions
Ask Network Questions
Ask Partnership Questions
Ask Social Questions
Ask Investor Questions
Ask Change Questions
Entrepreneurial thinking will also prepare you for the day when by choice or by chance, you find yourself self-employed or looking for a new job. Here is the dilemma. When the pressure is off, people tend to get lazy and forget to ask quality questions. Yet when the pressure is on, people tend to focus on questions which are urgent but far less important. The solution is to get into the habit of thinking like an entrepreneur all of the time, not just when the issue comes up.
Your time is your life. Before you trade the majority of it for a wage, think it through.
Can you identify the value of the enterprise and your potential place within it?
Can you contribute to the value of the enterprise and reap rewards accordingly?
If you are not going to stay there forever, what is your next best move?
William Reed is a renowned author-speaker who coaches physical finesse and flexible focus for a creative career path. A certified Master Trainer in Guerrilla Marketing and 7th-dan in Aikido, he combines practical wisdom of East and West to help you learn personal branding at the Entrepreneurs Creative Edge.