Be Unique And Get With The Program

“We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.”
   –Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860)

Teenagers are my favorite people to watch. Their crusade to be different leads them to dress alike, talk alike, and act alike. They are uniquely the same. It’s also a survival


mechanism that leads to acceptance as well as the avoidance of getting whupped for standing out in a crowd and being too different.

I’m not sure that this phenomenon is any different in organizations. Let’s face it: if expectations include cookie-cutter behavior, who wants to be the first to respond to a call for innovation, creativity, and risk-taking? In fact, it’s probably difficult for people to believe that the request is even genuine.

How to Be Unique At Work–And Thrive

Your boss is looking for “better.” Better methods, better revenue, better savings, better results, better quality. These give you two meaningful ways to show off your individuality:

1. What you produce that is different from anyone else’s output (see “better” above).

2. How you go about doing it using your own methodology.

Once you’re successful at those two, feel free to spike your hair, put rings in places they shouldn’t be, and invite your boss to sing with you on company Karaoke night. We’ll upload the photos here.

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Steve has designed and delivered leadership and communication programs for some of the world's largest organizations, and has more than 30 years in training, development, and high-level executive coaching. His Roesler Group has created and delivered leadership and talent development internationally for corporations such as Pfizer, Minerals Technologies, Johnson & Johnson, NordCarb Oy Ab, and Specialty Minerals--Europe. Steve is currently involved in the latest update of his Presenting With Impact program, a cross-cultural presentations workshop that has been delivered on five continents to more than 1,000 participants representing nearly 60 nationalities.


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