Tuesday, January 1, 2013

ASQ Influential Voices: Help the Team Succeed!

In his blog this month, ASQ CEO, Paul Borawski writes about the recent salary survey, and asks about ways that quality professionals can justify a pay raise.

It's natural for our minds to instantly jump to our own personal accomplishments.  We start thinking about our project achievements, or how we personally saved operating expense, or what we did to improve quality.  But is that truly the best way to demonstrate your value to the organization?

To use a sports analogy - yes, it's fantastic when a player hits 40 home runs, or rushes for 1500 yards, or shoots for 60 points in a game.  But at season's end, what is it really worth if the team doesn't succeed as a whole?  In fact, when you look at some of the championship teams this year, you'll find less "mega stars" and more "role players" who understood their part and were willing to sacrifice for the larger team.

If I was in charge of handing out all the raises this year, I'd look for those individuals that continually help the entire team grow, prosper, and achieve.  Isn't that what it's all about in the end?  Better quality - higher productivity - less expense - faster delivery - and happier customers!  

Let's start 2013 by setting and working towards team-based goals.  And when the time comes for that raise, let's start the conversation by talking about the accomplishments of others - and then demonstrate how we played a role in our team's success.

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