After another melt down in the office last week from the director, it became apparent that the negative motivator was fear. The fear was with the director's manager. If the director did not meet the expectations or present the best data, then fear appeared about the outcome with the manager. Nothing seemed to focus on having the skills to do the work. It raised the question of how many employees create what appears to be a successful outcome out of fear instead of competency of what they really could bring to the table.
It's a legitimate question to ask yourself when you respond to situations in the workplace. Ask yourself if you are responding out of fear; fear for your job, fear for your reputation, fear of something versus confidence in your competencies.
Once you show a vunerability, you create your own dart board for others in the workplace to start throwing darts at you, questioning your competence and in some cases, deflecting from their own incompetence. What does this mean for you? Outwardly, always show confidence. When you receive an assignment, don't just make it a task. Learn everything you can about the assignment. Become knowledgeable with the background of what you are doing. Never hesitate to acquire knowledgeable through a subject matter expert if you do not know enough. Do not fall short on the quality of the assignment. More than anything, never have a public melt down if something goes wrong with the assignment. Maintain your emotioinal strength and show confidence, not fear of the outcome.