Entrepreneurship has many dimensions. It has many facets. There are active entrepreneurs and then there are passive or silent entrepreneurs. So today I am taking a break from the active entrepreneurs to focus on the not-so-talked about key players of the value chain. These are the employees hired by the entrepreneurs.
You see, being an employee is not as bad as we say when we speak to you in the entrepreneurship language. The truth of the matter is, we speak what we think or believe people want to hear. Some confession I guess. Fact is, the success of any business is not possible without the employees. I am not going to talk about the general staffers but employees who make things happen. Are you an 𝒂𝒔𝒔𝒆𝒕𝒕𝒐𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒆𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒐𝒚𝒆𝒓𝒐𝒓𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒂𝒃𝒊𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒚? If you want to be successful in your finances, marriage, family or health, be an asset to the company you are working for. Be a loyal employee. This is the foundation of entrepreneurship.
There are successful CEOs of corporate organisations like MTN, Multichoice, Samsung, FNB, Eskom and so on. These are employees but something separates them from other employees. They are value-added and value-adding. Value-Added in terms of their knowledge, experience, expertise, leadership skills etc, value-adding in that they add value to the organisations they work for. There is no successful CEO who is not an entrepreneur. Forget about being “ℎ𝑖𝑟𝑒𝑑𝑡𝑜𝑓𝑢𝑙𝑓𝑖𝑙𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑜𝑛𝑒’𝑠𝑑𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑚”. Your skills or knowledge may not work anywhere else, believe you me. Established companies have vision, strategies, systems and policies in place which create the environment for you to be a successful Value-Added Employee. Outside that organisation, you might just be a learned someone who does not add any value to the economy of the country, let alone your own family.
You must be relevant to your employer, and to yourself. When you are an asset can be well-priced. I mean, your price tag will be desirable. Will your employers celebrate your departure from their company or do whatever it takes to keep you? Will they feel a gap when you are off sick or on annual leave? Will your colleagues miss you? Will the clients of your employer commend you for the good service your employer company provides or if they could, would they have you relieved of your duties? The point is, be valued-added and add value to your employer. Keep developing yourself. Come up with new ideas in the company, improve your performance, improve your productivity. This will not only satisfy your employer but yourself the most. Don’t matter when they pay rise does not come or is lower than you expected. Set the level and you can actually ask to sit your employers down and name your new price; and get it. Oh yes.
Learn more about being 𝑽𝒂𝒍𝒖𝒆–𝑨𝒅𝒅𝒆𝒅𝑬𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒐𝒚𝒆𝒆 and how to move from a passive entrepreneur to an active entrepreneur. Be the pillar of your organisation and set higher standards. You may not even think of starting or running your own business. DON’T tell others, I am whispering: Not everyone can run own business. Not every entrepreneur runs his or her own business. You will hardly hear this at those business seminars, entrepreneurship workshops and summits. You can only hear this from me.
Email me and sign up for Value-Added Employee coaching sessions and start making the most out of those “peanuts”, as you call your salary. Start seeing peanut butter. 𝑽𝒂𝒍𝒖𝒆–𝑨𝒅𝒅𝒆𝒅𝑷𝒆𝒂𝒏𝒖𝒕𝒔.