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Your Job Is A Game Make Your Opponents External

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EmploymentCrossing.com CEO A. Harrison Barnes discusses how jobs are like games and the importance of making your opponents external.

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Your Job Is A Game Make Your Opponents External

  1. 1. “ Your Job is a Game: Make Your Opponents External”
  2. 2. <ul><li>Communication </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Jack Canfield, Co-author, </li></ul><ul><li>along with Mark Victor Hasen, </li></ul><ul><li>of “Chicken Soup for the </li></ul><ul><li>Soul” </li></ul>
  4. 4. A Lesson from Heller Ehrman <ul><li>Real competition is external </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Slices of the Pie are Unlimited <ul><li>Wallace D. Wattles </li></ul>
  6. 6. ALL JOBS ARE GAMES <ul><li>Your ability to play the game will determine your success or failure. </li></ul>
  7. 7. GAMES CONSIST OF: <ul><li>Rules </li></ul><ul><li>Barriers </li></ul><ul><li>Freedoms </li></ul>
  8. 8. RULES <ul><li>When to be at work </li></ul><ul><li>How the work is done </li></ul><ul><li>Required number of completed tasks (or “points”) </li></ul>
  9. 9. FREEDOMS AND BARRIERS <ul><li>Things you can do! </li></ul><ul><li>Things you can’t! </li></ul><ul><li>Freedoms </li></ul><ul><li>Barriers </li></ul>
  10. 10. THE OPPONENT <ul><li>The most significant part of any game is the presence of an opponent. </li></ul><ul><li>Organizations have opponents who are internal and external. </li></ul>
  13. 13. INTERNAL OPPONENTS <ul><li>“ Two is company and three is a crowd.” </li></ul>
  14. 14. INTERNAL OPPONENTS <ul><li>Two people often collaborate better than a group of three people. </li></ul><ul><li>Two people may come together, excluding the third person. General Electric ranks its employees: </li></ul><ul><li>-Those in the bottom 10 percent have 1 year to rise or they are fired. -This ensures that underperformers are excluded from the team. </li></ul>
  15. 15. HOW CAN YOU AVOID INTERNAL OPPONENTS? <ul><li>Do not imagine the people you are working with as opponents, but rather look at them asteam members. </li></ul><ul><li>Externalize the opponent. </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that you are playing by your company’s rules and are always seen as part of the team. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are not, you will find very quickly that the team is against you. </li></ul>
  16. 16. BE A TEAM PLAYER! <ul><li>When interviewing, Stress that you are a team player. </li></ul><ul><li>When doing a job, ensure you are winning for your team. </li></ul><ul><li>Be an asset. </li></ul><ul><li>Be public about helping the team. </li></ul><ul><li>Never speak negatively about your team </li></ul>
  17. 17. HOW CAN YOU BE AN ASSET? <ul><li>Employment stability is very important. The best workers are the people who have the most stability. </li></ul>
  18. 18. WHAT DOES A STABLE EMPLOYEE DO? <ul><li>Joins teams, instead of “get jobs” </li></ul><ul><li>Their presence brings positivity to the organization </li></ul><ul><li>Positive team members don’t speak negatively of others, they remain neutral. </li></ul><ul><li>NEGATIVE PEOPLE ARE CANCERS TO COMPANIES AND CAN CAUSE THEM TO FAIL! </li></ul>