Learn how to be great on the job every day, in every situation.  Make people love you at work, in a totally professional, platonic work-appropriate way.

Is all about being generous, taking initiative, focusing on forward momentum, and being transparent. That is the gift of great on the job, and we’re going to talk today about putting that into practice immediately.


Generosity, initiative, forward momentum, transparency. Those are skills that you don’t need to learn.

But the thing about it is, they’re not skills that everyone puts into practice. They’re not top-of-mind everyday. And once you start thinking about incorporating the gift of great on the job, your antenna’s going to go on high alert when you see your colleague who isn’t generous. When you notice that person on your team who’s not taking initiative and drops the ball. Or you will be really mistrustful when you don’t have full information, when the boss isn’t being transparent.

Here´s how to practice everyday in all of your interactions so that you are the person at work that everyone loves. In this post we will only be talking about Generosity, but you can go to the full course and activities in the course section.


What do I do, besides sharing my time and energy? How do I put that into action every day?

Here’s what you do. Every conversation you start, whether you’re calling someone on the phone or you’re stopping by their desk, the first thing you need to do is ask them if they have a moment to speak. It is the generous thing to do. Don’t launch into the conversation, don’t start talking and telling me about this important piece of business. Ask me if I have a moment to speak.

And when you’re sharing information, when you have 10 minutes worth of information to share and I have about 30 seconds to listen to you, lead with the punchline. Tell me front and center what’s new, different, or important. That’s how you’re a generous communicator. Don’t make me guess at why you stopped by my office. Don’t make me sit there wondering why we’re having this conversation, what are we talking about? The way to be a generous communicator is to organize the information so I know exactly what I need to do next or why I have to listen to you.

What about on a personal level? What about you being generous? If you think of the most successful leaders, you’re probably not saying to yourself, oh, generosity. That’s what’s at the core of that person. But generosity is the key to getting ahead at every level in every organization.

Share your time generously, roll up your sleeves, do whatever it takes. Share your expertise, mentor others, stay to help out the team. Be someone who shares credit broadly. Give props to everyone on your team. Don’t take credit for yourself, give it to everyone else. Share your network, make introductions amongst people. Always be looking to connect other people.

And here’s generosity in the most simple form. It’s walking in every day and asking yourself this question, how can I make my team’s life better or easier? How can I make my boss’s life better or easier? How can I make my client’s life better or easier? If that is the question that you ask yourself, you are going to be the person that people love.

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