Sometimes called “I” vs. “R.”

In the book, You Can’t Teach a Kid to Ride a Bicycle in a Seminar written by David H. Sandler, he talks about our value as a person on a scale of 1 to 10, and our value as a manager/business owner/employee on a scale from 1 to 10. How do you rank your individual value versus your role value?

Our value/capabilities/accomplishments do not vary much, or at least shouldn’t, regardless of what happens in a day. Our job, our roles as an employer, as a manager, can bring some very hard and disappointing days. We can feel really good about things in a day and then drop like a rock. When this happens, our countenance, our self-worth may bounce like a ball in a pinball machine. We have good days and not-so-good days. But this is an isolated value based on performance at work. That value is not the real you.

But in reality, who we are as a person really did not change. How we judge our self-worth and our value as a person, our capabilities, our accomplishments did not change. So, our individual identity should stay very steady between a 9 or 10. Be aware of your value, take an inventory of your self-worth. Do a S.W.O.T statement of yourself. Take a really good assessment, like the TTI Tri-Metrix HD with the 25 skills and competencies to get a real good look at your self-value.

These values do carry over to our roles and work. But these values don’t go up and down in work life. They stay solid no matter what happens. What are your personal skills and self-worth? This is the real you. Appreciate who you are and what you know as a person, your value as an individual, unique from others.

Also, get to know how this translates to work life. Work-life disappointments happen, But our value, who we are, remains a solid 9 or 10. We are who we are.

Roger Stalheim, President of TAB Iowa