Game 7 of the 2014 World Series starts in about 30 minutes. No one knows what the outcome will be at the end of the evening, but one thing is for sure. The Kansas City Royals have provided a fantastic story to follow during the postseason.
This is most definitely not a sports blog. However, the Royals improbable run provides some great lessons for all of us as we think about how we perform our duties on the job. Top of the list is that you don’t have to be a home run hitter to achieve great results.
Yes, the big hitters get a lion’s share of the attention in any organization. The star salesperson who closes a multi-million dollar sale will probably end up on stage at the company award banquet with all the fanfare that accompanies a sale of that size. The thing to remember is that for every employee that makes a splash of that size, there are dozens, if not hundreds who are doing the little things every day to make sure things don’t fall through the cracks and cause big problems.
Just like the small ball baseball teams, there are people on your team who will make sacrifices so that one of their co-workers can meet a deadline or close a deal. There are people show up, day in and day out, and do their job without complaining. There are people who perform their tasks flawlessly without making errors that cost the organization time or money.
If you are a manager and you have people like this on your team, take some time to give them the feedback about how valuable they are to the team. If you are one of these people, who walks through the front door every day without needing to stand in the spotlight and are satisfied with the feeling you get from consistently meeting the expectations of your boss and the company, please know that your work does not go unnoticed!