YOUR BEST WORK FORWARD
  • Providing outcomes that represent the best efforts for the task at hand
     
  • Going the extra mile to deliver completed assignments to co-workers and customers
     
  • Refusing to be satisfied with incomplete or inferior work

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“Your Best Work Forward” means doing tasks and fulfilling responsibilities to the best of your ability.

In this age of e-mail, Twitter and instant messaging, it is tempting to view other people as just another data feed => streams of information flowing onto the screen in front of me. And in our jobs, when we begin to dehumanize people, it’s easy to stop caring about the support that we offer them.

I, for one, regularly need to be reminded that the source of that frustrating e-mail in front of me is not a computer. It is a real, live, human being. This means that they have feelings; they have needs and anxieties; they have hopes and dreams; and sometimes they get tired, hungry and/or cranky. Because they are a person, this means that my work will have an impact on their life. My work holds the potential to lessen their load, brighten their day, or keep them out of trouble. That is an amazing opportunity and I shouldn’t take it lightly.

This is why at Funds For Learning® we strive to put our “Best Work Forward.” This silly phrase is our declaration that in this electronic age people still matter and that the work we do isn’t just about data, forms, or federal funding for technology. There are real people on the receiving end of the work we do and there are very real responsibilities and consequences hinging on us. Those people are important (if not to us, then to someone) and we shouldn’t stop short of delivering the best work we can for them.

Here are a few practical steps to putting Your Best Work Forward:

  • Push 5% further than you feel like pushing. Our finest work usually lies somewhere just past the point we would normally stop.
  • Take the time to fix it, even if it is hard and you want to quit. When there is a nagging feeling that something could be done better or isn’t quite right, listen to that voice.
  • When the work is done ask for feedback from other people. Listen to the feedback, and, if there’s times, make changes accordingly. Sometimes this may entail wholesale changes. That’s okay. The work is usually better as a result.
  • Don’t confuse wanting to be done with being done. Stick with it until the project is complete and the needs have been met.

It’s important to remember that the work we do will effect someone else’s life, for better or for worse, and we should always do what we can to give it our best effort.

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Key Words and Phrases

Excellence; Greatest degree of good; Maximum effort; Highest quality service; Do your best; Top performance; Finest; Complete, lacking in nothing.

Opposite Terms

Lacking; Incomplete; Unprepared; Shoddy.

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