Do I deliver?
Do others enjoy working with me?
So many nuances to those two questions. But, if you had to sum up what defines our professional value, I believe that would be it. Forced to make a choice between the two, I’d choose to deliver.
Of course, there’s no need to choose between the two. After all, who wants to be a results-producing machine who’s tolerated (tolerated … ugly word)?
Am I a pleasure to be around? Do I care about others? Am I patient, kind, and honest? Am I quick to listen (really), slower to speak? Am I encouraging? Am I interested and enthusiastic? Am I real? (Do I Love My People? Am I a Smover? Do I Lead Simply?)
Did I deliver?
Did others enjoy working with me?
Two great questions to put on your calendar for the conclusion of every week … maybe even every day. (Might be helpful personally, too.)
One more thought … be sure not to coddle yourself (coddle: to treat yourself in an indulgent or overprotective way) with the answers to those two questions. In the long run, truth will have you enjoying more.