Mary is a woman who changes jobs often. As a result, it is not unusual for her to have long periods of unemployment between jobs.

Several months ago, she told me that she had a new job and was pleased with the work and liked her boss. She was bubbling over with excitement because she had been unemployed for many months.

Last week, when I asked her about her new job, she replied. “I quit that job.”

“What happened?” I asked. She said, “That boss wanted me to do things that were not in my job description. It was not what she hired me to do and she was not paying me to do more than what was in my job description.”

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Mary is no longer young and, unfortunately, has never learned an important Principle of Creative Followership.

She has read my book, has a pleasant personality, is honest and trustworthy, is a good worker, but she is not willing to practice this Principle:

Do More Than Is Expected.

How about you? Are you willing to do more than is expected? No matter whether the boss asks, or you do it without being told?

You will probably be able to keep a job by meeting the minimum expectations in your job description. Even if you do the minimum required and the boss keeps you, you are not likely to be rewarded with pay increases or promotions.

Think with me about Mary’s situation. Maybe, Mary’s new boss wanted to see if Mary was capable of doing the work involved in a higher paying position. Maybe her boss wanted to see how Mary reacted to a more stressful role or more responsibility.

Mary may have missed a track that would have lead to a bigger responsibility and higher paying job.

If you want to advance your career, you will need to do more than the minimum. That means you must,

Do More Than Is Expected.

When the boss asks you to do more than is in your job description, seize that opportunity to show what you can do. When you recognize something needs to be done, do it before the boss has to ask.

To advance your career you must make the boss glad that you are on his/her team. Convince the boss that you not only want more responsibility, you can handle it. You want to convince your boss that you are worth more than you are currently being paid!

To receive the recognition and reward that we all desire, you must,

Do More Than Is Expected.

Jimmy Collins

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