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add service to your routine

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
― Martin Luther King Jr

Female executive drawing business concept on a whiteboard.

Serve others better

People often ask how they can improve their chances of getting promoted at work.   The answer is rather simple, serve others better, serve others with excellence.   The service formula is rather simple and it is one that people quickly ignore.   If there was a secret to getting ahead it would be service.  Now, the problem is that it is so easy to do that most people don’t even want to do it.

What job doesn’t involve some sort of service?   Your job likely involves interacting with other people at some level.  How are you serving them?

Serving is about caring and caring is easy to do in principal and much more challenging when your own life is need filled.   Take some time and consider some ways you can increase your service to others in your place of work.  What can you do to show that you care?

In your place of work do you believe you have a purpose?

Do people acknowledge who you are?

Does your work matter to others?

What does service mean to you?   How can you serve better in the workplace?

When you are cared for in your place of work that behavior is shared with others and you begin to care about the work you do and the people you serve.  With employee engagement hovering in the 30% area it would make sense for the organization to care about you so that you could care about your work.  Often the belief is the other way around, we pay you to do your work and because of that you should care about the place you work.  It doesn’t work that way.

What would allow you to serve better?


Two powerful words

Thank-you!  What do you want to be thanked for?  This is a bit different than be thanked by someone else for something you did that pleased them.  This is about you, what do you need to be thanked for?

For many people this is something that is difficult to think about or talk about.  Some people would say, “I don’t need to be thanked”.   Deep inside us is the need to be appreciated, it might be a spiritual law, the need for appreciation.    What do you want to be thanked for?

There is a simple exercise that you can do that will open doors.   Ask someone you know what they would like to be thanked for and then thank them for that.   Thank them with genuine appreciation – thank them for what they did with your heart and see what happens.

Next time, ask someone you care about what they want to be thanked for.  Tell them it could be something small, something that no one would have noticed but them, but in their heart they are yearning to be thanked.  Try it, and see if it doesn’t reveal something special within them that you may not have seen before.  

Practice thankfulness with others.