So you’re just starting out in your career. You’re just out of college and your whole life is still very much in front of you.
You’ve always worked hard, you’ve always been a good kid, and now you want to get on. You want to avoid wasting time and you want to avoid being crushed.
So how do you know?
How do you know if you’re successful?
What does it feel like?
What is it made of?
What are the components?
What if all the money and the trappings aren’t really up to the hype?
What if all the effort leaves you feeling kinda *Meh* at the end of thirty years?
What if I do everything right, and I still fail?
These are all good questions. Scary questions, brutal questions, but still… good questions.
And though some of the answers are pretty profound, a lot of them are also surprisingly ephemeral and temporary.
It’s just hard to know. What works for Tom may not work so well for Dick or Harry. Or Pam. Or Claire.
The only thing we do know for certain is that you can measure the success of your career in direct proportion to how seriously engaged your employees and or your colleagues are.
Regardless of how much money you make or don’t make, regardless of what status you might have or don’t have, the more engaged with the work your immediate group is over time (and you with them), the happier you will be. End of story.
“Employee Engagement” isn’t just a nice little management term. It’s the very stuff of life. Neglect it at your peril.