In these current times I feel it is important to know that as an individual you add value and when you go home each day you can be proud of what you have achieved, so I recently created a set of personal promises that guide me in my working life, they are:-
- I commit to engaging and involving people internally and externally in the design, development and implementation of innovative solutions including the use of social software and social media for increased business value and business change.
- I will only do so where a clear connection to business outcomes and objectives can be demonstrated.
- I will ensure that a plan for realising the value and benefits is in place.
- I will ensure that appropriate risks are acknowledged and mitigated and any successes and failures are shared so that others can learn from the experience.
- I accept that technology on its own offers no value and that i must ensure that there is clear ownership of the business change.
- Value is a set of measures and is whatever the organisations strategies and operating plans say it is.
- I must never refer to myself as a Guru of any kind – My value comes from offering guidance, support and influence.
Updated: 17th February 2011
After reading this post by Dave Briggs I have also adopted the following as a reminder of how I should behave and operate.
- Be networked – be comfortable meeting new people and cultivating relationships. Be happy to connect with folk online and off. Concentrate on networking with people outside your organisation as well as inside it. Get to know people, what they are good at, and connect them with others.
- Be entrepreneurial – have a strong commercial sense of value and opportunity. Be creative with the budgets you have and find new ways of improving them.
- Be inspirational – through your actions and words, be able to enthuse and motivate people to go outside their comfort zones.
- Be collaborative – understand the value of involving others in what you are doing. Be aware of your own skills and the gaps, and welcome people who can help fill them for you.
- Be creative – don’t just look to what other people have done and replicate it, but come up with your own solutions and ideas – and don’t be afraid to share them with others.
- Be risky – understand risk and how to manage it. Don’t see risk as an excuse for inactivity but as a challenge to be met head-on.
- Be bold – if you are convinced an approach is the right one to take, do so with confidence and encourage others to support you. Don’t be fearful of what others may think.
- Be human – don’t be a corporate drone. What makes you different to everyone else? Emphasise it, and make the most of it. Be someone people outside your organisation don’t mind talking to.
- Be studious – always be learning and looking out for new things to understand. Never stop looking round the corner to see what the next new thing is going to be.
- Be generous – with your knowledge and your time. Having a reputation for helpfulness is a wonderful asset.
- Be open – accept when you’re wrong, or when you aren’t sure about something. If you have half an idea, share it, and let others help out and finish it.
- Be innovative – always be on the lookout for new, better ways of doing things. Be open to new ideas, no matter where they emerge from. Develop systems and workflows for testing and implementing new ideas to ensure the best ones succeed.
- Be Persistent – persistence to keep going when stuff gets hard – if you don’t ask you don’t get.