Monday, February 19, 2018

8 Signs an Employee Is Exceptional (Which Never Appear on Performance Evaluations)




We can all spot a great employee: she's dependable, proactive, hardworking, a great leader, and a great follower. She brings a wide variety of easily defined -- but hard to find -- skills to the table.

Some employees, though, are exceptional. They have skills and qualities that aren't evaluated on performance appraisals but make a huge impact on that individual's performance, the performance of the people around her, and especially on the company's results.

Here are eight signs an employee is truly exceptional:

1. They think well beyond job descriptions.

The smaller the company, the more important it is that employees can think on their feet, adapt quickly to shifting priorities, and do whatever it takes, regardless of role or position, to get things done. When a key customer's project is in jeopardy, exceptional employees know without being told there's a problem, and they jump in without being asked, even if--especially if--it's not their job.

2. They're quirky...
The best employees are often a little different: a little eccentric, sometimes irreverent, even delighted to be unusual. They seem slightly odd, but in a really good way. Unusual personalities shake things up, make work more fun, and transform a plain-vanilla group into a team with flair and flavor. People who aren't afraid to be different naturally stretch boundaries and challenge the status quo, and they often come up with the best ideas.

3. And yet they know when to rein in their individuality.

An unusual personality is a lot of fun--right up until the moment it isn't. When a major challenge pops up or a situation gets stressful, the best employees stop expressing their individuality and fit seamlessly into the team. Exceptional employees know when to play and when to be serious; when to be irreverent and when to conform; and when to challenge and when to back off. It's a tough balance to strike, and a rare few can walk that fine line with ease.

4. They praise other people in public...

Praise from a boss feels good. Praise from a peer feels awesome, especially when you look up to that person. Exceptional employees recognize the contributions of others, especially in group settings where the impact of their words is even greater.

5. And they disagree in private.

We all want employees to bring issues forward, but some problems are better handled in private. Great employees often get more latitude to bring up controversial subjects in a group setting because their performance allows greater freedom. Exceptional employees come to you before or after a meeting to discuss a sensitive issue, knowing that bringing it up in a group setting could set off a firestorm.

6. They ask questions when others won't.

Some employees are hesitant to speak up in meetings. Some are even hesitant to speak up privately. An employee once asked me a question about potential layoffs. After the meeting I said to him, "Why did you ask about that? You already know what's going on." He said, "I do, but a lot of other people don't, and they're afraid to ask. I thought it would help if they heard the answer from you." Exceptional employees have an innate feel for the issues and concerns of those around them, and step up to ask questions or raise important issues when others hesitate.

7. They like to prove other people wrong.

Self-motivation often springs from a desire to show that doubters are wrong. The woman without a college degree or the man who was told he didn't have leadership potential often possesses a burning desire to prove other people wrong. Education, intelligence, talent, and skill are important, but drive is critical. Exceptional employees are driven by something deeper and more personal than just the desire to do a good job.

8. They're constantly exploring.

Some people are rarely satisfied (I mean that in a good way) and are constantly tinkering with something: reworking a timeline, adjusting a process, tweaking a workflow. Good employees follow processes. Great employees tweak processes. Exceptional employees find ways to reinvent processes, not just because they are expected to... but because they just can't help themselves.

From Worms To War




Fear can paralyze grown men too. Gideon must’ve been afraid when the angel of the Lord came to him as he was threshing wheat in secret, hiding from his Midianite enemies. The angel told him he had been chosen by God to lead His people in battle.

Gideon’s response? Pardon me, my Lord,…but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family. After being assured of the Lord’s presence, Gideon still seemed fearful and asked for signs that God would use him to save Israel. And God responded to Gideon’s request. The Israelites were successful in battle and then enjoyed peace for forty years.

We all have fears of various kinds – from worms to wars. Gideon’s story teaches us that we can be confident of this – if God asks us to do something, He’ll give us the strength and power to do it.

Lord, thank You for the assurance that You are with us.

To take the fear out of living, put your faith in the living God.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Hovering Over Us




We too may face challenges of many kinds, but we can take comfort and courage in this reminder that our God will never leave us. When we feel that we are falling, the Lord like an eagle will spread His wings to catch us as He brings us peace.

Father God, Your love as a parent is greater than anything I can imagine. May my confidence rest in You and may I share Your love with others.

Our God hovers us with love.

Divine Interruptions




Interruptions can be opportunities to serve.

Conceived In Crisis




I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.

Whatever crisis we face today, we can run to God for help. Then, we can praise Him as we wait expectantly, confident in His infinitely creative care for us.

Your crisis is your opportunity to trust our unfailing God.

How Long?




I knew God could change my circumstance. Why wasn't He?

Are you waiting on God? Are you asking; How Long Lord?

There are days when we too feel as if God is doing nothing. Like Habakkuk, we have continuously asked God - How Long?

Yet, we are not alone. As with Habakkuk, God hears our burdens. We must continue to cast them on the Lord because He cares for us. God hears us and in His time, will give an answer.

Lord, thank You for bearing my burdens. I know that You hear my cries and will answer in accordance to Your perfect plan and purposes.

If I Knew Then




Leave your heavy burdens with God.

Wake-Up Call




Many people find that scheduling some extra time each morning to read the Bible and talk to the Lord in prayer helps them stay spiritually alert. It's not a job but a joy to spend time with Jesus and know that He prepares us for whatever lies ahead that day.

Your Safe Place




God is a safe place in life's storms.

White Mischief




And then hor…previously when I was under Ursula…Ursula only apps me greetings for Christmas & New Year…never CNY leh…if my memory serves correctly lah…so this year…Ursula apps me wor…before I apps her…hahaha…