Don’t Be ROD

I attended a conference a few months ago. One of the speakers was a former police officer.

During her presentations she introduced an interesting concept when she referred to colleagues as being ROD.

ROD it turned out stood for Retired on Duty.

The basic message she was giving was that some people were simply turning up at work and going through the motions.

I guess this is not something that is unique to policing.

These days if you are going to get on in your career, you have to be contributing and adding value. tmp41-large

Employers can find people who turn up, do their job and go home.

Trouble is these people never get very far in their career.

So how about you? Are you really contributing? Are you actively seeking out opportunities to add value?

A simple thing you could do is look for something in your organisation, function or team that is not working as well as it could and then improve it.

Will it take some effort? Of course it will. At the same time it will be hugely rewarding. Better still it will demonstrate that you are the person who goes out of their way to make things happen.

So will you take action to move your career forward or are you quite happy to be ROD?

Duncan Brodie helps accountants and professionals achieve more career success. He invites you to sign up for his free ebook here.

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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