We are busy with General Evaluations at smartMI and it is an interesting journey to see +-60 people tell you what they think or feel about the Company, their office, their work environment, what their dreams are, what they like and what they dislike.
It is always easy to read the good things, but when you read the not so great comments, you have to change your approach or mindset. I've taught myself that criticism is healthy and plays a vital part in how we learn to improve and grow.
To be honest, you never arrive at perfection. For a perfectionist in many aspects of life, this is hard.
But a few years on in life, I understand that it is the journey and not the destination that matters. And in any event, life is too exciting and fulll of possibilities to reach a destination and end there!
At smartMI we are on a journey towards achieving something that hasn't been achieved before.
Reading the evaluations, I am reminded that we all have dreams and aspirations. We all want to be better and improve. We all want to achieve. We all want to be the Boss.
It is interesting to see that some Team Members have a more realistic approach towards growth, and others just want it to happen to them very quickly.
I prefer the slow approach .... this way you get to enjoy and appreciate the journey towards achieving greatness. You value the privilege. When you "achieve" too quickly ... you have no real understanding of what it means, and you easily let it slip.
We all only achieve because of opportunities we were given, or people who believed in us. We never achieve on our own. It is therefore always a privilege to be able to grow, to be able to achieve. Yes, you need to do your part, but if you do not get those small "chances" in life, you cannot achieve.
At smartMI we have a few Team Members who have patiently, with dedication, been growing over the years. It is a privilege to be able to think back to when I first met them, how they interacted and what their capabilities were.
Today they are strong leaders and mentors in the Company and I'm so proud to be working with them. They were afforded opportunities, they grabbed it with both arms and they made it happen.
We have an interesting mix of personalities at smartMI. Each person appreciated and celebrated for who they are. We are a variety of cultures and age groups, with even a few men mixed in between all the women. Because of this, there are some beautiful reasons why people love working at smartMI.
I can tell you all about how they love learning, love serving, love their clients, love challenges, but absolutely nothing sums up working at smartMI like this comment:
"Because it makes me famous"!
What is so beautiful and honest about this comment, is that it doesn't come from the person who holds the "highest" position in the Company. It comes from a person who has embraced working at smartMI, and being smartMI, with her entire heart and soul. Because of this, she is loved and admired by her colleagues, family, friends and her community! She is famous indeed.
And I agree with her ..... being famous is so much cooler than being the boss!