“TELL ME WHAT TO DO AND I WILL GET THE JOB DONE.”
My thinking was that if I have the degree, I automatically qualify for the job and that is what I thought. I thought if I showed up with the degree I could not be refused. Many people still think that way, that their top grades would secure a high earning position and salary.
What a shock! Such a graduate doesn’t get it when he is told, he is not needed even with his high scores and degree qualifications. Why? It is because every employer wants to employ somebody who will get the job done. Not somebody who flaunts his certificate and degrees. But somebody who will be humble enough, somebody who would be submissive enough to realize that his relevance is in his ability to listen to instructions.
“You will be as much value to others as you have been to yourself.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
“Tell me what to do and I would get the job done.” That statement talks about the willingness of an applicant to listen. Wow!! I will give any amount of money to get somebody to listen. A lot of employers are ready to pay any salary if they could get somebody just to listen to the instruction of the employer. To listen to the injunction of the bosses. To do what they are been told. Not to do what they think they know but what they are been told to do. “Tell me what to do and I would get the job done”
Expatiating further on this statement, the second part of that sentence says “…and I would get the job done.” That talks about commitment which is an attitude of relevance. Every employer is dreaming of an employee who can guarantee results. Now, that is relevance! Our graduates must be taught not just to talk the talk, but to also walk the walk.
Even right now as I write, I am still dreaming of staff members in my team, who will get the job done the way it is supposed to be done, without me chasing, cajoling and correcting them two three times before the job is done.
“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.”-William James
Industry owners are always too busy for that kind of cajoling. They are usually men of vision. They want to start a new project. They want to run with another vision. They want to go to the next level. Nothing frustrates them like employees that can’t guarantee results.
To be continued tomorrow…