I recently received a great question as to whether “Making Yourself Indispensable” is self-serving. I thought others might have the same question and appreciate reading my response. Here’s part 1:
Part 1: Is “Making Yourself Indispensable” self-serving?
March 17, 2012 by 3 Comments
The point of the book is that being truly indispensable is not an ego statement based on “self-interest”. Being indispensable is defined by “being of VALUE to others” -Your value to the organization, your team and even your family.
The book describes six choices to being indispensable. While all six choices are linked to increasing your “value proposition” there are three in particular that speak directly to NOT being self-absorbed. Purpose-Driven where your purpose is to serve a greater good. We-centered rather than Me Centered which is about considering the impact on your team and others. Value others, which is all about including and acknowledging others, rather than taking all the credit and going it alone.
For leaders, being indispensable means that you are developing other leaders and build winners. It is NOT about you winning at the expense of others…that is the fast track to being dispensable.
I would love to know your thoughts. Please share below.