Going to work every day, and showing up for work, are two very different concepts. Workers go to work – they perform their job to the basic level; they may not like their work, their organization, or life in general but these workers feel they need the money or benefits, which chains them to that life. Meanwhile, workers that show up are ones that like their job – or find things to like about it; they feel engaged and take pride in their work and doing the best they can. Usually, these workers think like their boss in the respect that they understand and are committed to the goals of their department and the organization and fully do work that ensures these goals are achieved.
Thinking like your boss doesn’t mean that you lose your individuality or that you become a ‘brown-noser’ who will do anything to stay in the good graces of their leader. Thinking like your boss means that you are willing and able to look at what his role consists of and what he is charged to do; you get the ‘big picture’ and understand that when you help him you are helping yourself. You will be learning new skills and gaining experience while being a part of making the organization successful; in the long-run, this can help you get noticed with more opportunities for more projects and challenging work and advancement. When you think like the boss, your confidence and attitude will increase and you will find more satisfaction in your work. If you are unhappy in your present position, why not observe those high-performers to see how they think and act and then model after them; after all, your happiness with your work is your responsibility. If just going to work, while hoping things will change Ii.e. gets better) is serving you, then be prepared for a lifetime of unhappiness and unfulfillment. But if you want to feel job satisfaction, it is up to you to make the decision and to take action to get there. Thinking like your boss can help to begin this transformation and shake things up in your career.