👋 Hi, Sabir here. Welcome to this week’s issue of The Pursuit of Perfection, your weekly guide to help you do things well without half-assing them!
Company culture seems to have become a buzzword of late. Companies are being celebrated for having a “good company culture”, others being damned for not.
Yet, there doesn’t seem to be a clear cut definition of what good company culture looks like. Is it plentiful bean bags? complimentary coffee? a monthly 1-1 with the boss?
Perhaps the reason why it’s so vague is that every company that claims to have good company culture will define what it is in their way, leaving a vacuum for varied opinions.
My point is this - If you think you need “good company culture” (whatever that is) to do exceptional work, your results will always be mediocre because you are placing reliance on something other than yourself.
The Actual Reality
All you need to flourish in the workplace is a safe working environment. Everything else within it will never remain constant; it will ebb and flow throughout your time with the company.
It’s your role to remain constant as often as possible. Constant in your quest to be a standout performer. Remember, it’s your professional development that is always on the line. It deserves to be looked after. Always.
I’ve worked in several organisations, and each of them had its flaws - no big deal. Just as you and I are a work in progress, so too is the company for whom you are working. To expect a magical environment where everything is right all of the time is simply fantasy. It will never happen.
If you want to excel in your role, know that your biggest successes will not come from a bright and rosy environment. They will transpire through moments of struggle when you don’t have everything at your disposal (the things you think you need to succeed).
This will force you to think outside of the box, to be different and original. It is in these moments that you can really push the boundaries beyond the status quo; the accepted, comfortable level of effort must no longer be acceptable by yourself.
The Game Changer
Instead of shouting your displeasure at the hierarchy, consider remaining silent and let your example do the talking.
I’ve mentioned this in a previous issue but I feel compelled to mention it again - focus on bringing to life that which you feel is dying in your workplace.
Perhaps it’s the standards? Maybe it’s the way projects are executed? Or planned?
Whatever it is, stop complaining and do something about it. Otherwise, you are part of the problem.
Please believe me when I say this. There is no greater feeling on earth than putting your heart and soul into producing breathtaking results.
Allow yourself to experience the ups and downs of this endeavour, and the ultimate high when your plans begin to form. It’s truly phenomenal.
See you next week,
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