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Getting Better Every Day
by Roxanne Emmerich, CMC, CSP

If you are the kind of employee that waits for your supervisor to provide feedback before you work on improving yourself, you're in for a long painful life of disappointment.

The employee of today must constantly be focusing on improving with a self-motivated plan. It is important to evaluate your performance not only in the areas of skills but also in the area of attitude.

Here are some questions to help you hold the mirror up to your performance. Answer them as honestly as possible and revisit this every few months to see where you need to make future improvements.

_____ Are you an innovator? Do you always look at every project as one that could be done better?
_____ Are you a visionary? Do you have the ability to see the organization's goals and values in total?
_____ Are you a risk taker? Are you willing to try new ideas of your own with no guarantee of success?
_____ Are you confident? Do you have the ability to say, "I don't know", or "I made a mistake." or "I like their idea better than my own?"
_____ Are you a leader? Do you have the ability to excite others and motivate action toward accomplishing your ideas?
_____ Do you have courage? Do you have what it takes to think for yourself and stand up for your ideas?
_____ Do you anticipate the needs of the organization? Do you see unfulfilled needs and suggest ideas to meet those needs?
_____ Do you take criticism well? Do you seek out criticism as an avenue for personal growth?
_____ Are you intuitive? Do you have those strong feelings based on hunch? Are you willing to follow them?
_____ Are you an avid reader? Do you devour books, magazines, and tapes both in your field and on personal development topics?
_____ Do you have high integrity? Do you ask yourself before making a decision what would be the ethical thing to do?
_____ Do you live up to your promises? Do you meet the commitments you make to customers, co-workers, and your boss?
_____ Do you deal with conflict productively? Do you attack the problem without attacking the person?
_____ Do you defend the reputation of your boss and your company? Do you always speak positively of your organization in public?
_____ Do you give credit where credit is due? Do you make sure to recognize people for their accomplishments?
_____ Are you goal oriented? Do you have an organized and effective approach to accomplish the important goals as opposed to just the urgent goals?
_____ Do you suggest what else you can do to help? Do you offer to take more responsibility without being asked?
_____ Are you a problem solver? Do you come to your boss with solutions as opposed to whining about the problem?
_____ Do you have good relationships with your associates? Do you treat your co-workers with respect?
_____ Do you keep your nose clean of office gossip? Are you the type of person that your boss perceives as being confidential?
We all need work and we all make mistakes. The real winners at work and in life are constantly aware of their behaviors and committed to continuously improving.

Roxanne Emmerich is the author of Profit-Growth Banking: How to Master 7 Breakthrough Strategies of Top-Performing Banks. She is renowned for her work with helping many of the top-performing banks in the country stay miles ahead of their competitors. Roxanne Emmerich is one of the most applauded business women in the United States. She is listed by Sales and Marketing Management magazine as one of the 12 most requested speakers in the nation for her unparalleled ability to create immediate, profound, and sustainable transformations for her clients.

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