Pride In A Job Well Done

There are many ingredients that contribute to a successful project or professional activity in general. Just to name a few, let’s say technical competence, mature processes and/or practices, good management, fair compensation, inspiring leadership, responsibility and professional ethics. Among many others, of course.

But there is a single one thing that melts among the ingredients I’ve mentioned … sometimes it makes them emerge, sometimes it empowers them. But for sure, it’s not just one more, it’s special, it’s the one that makes quality emerge from the very inner core of the individual, beyond management, processes or anything else … and to me, this is PRIDE IN A JOB WELL DONE.

You may be saying “What?, Pride?” … and yes, I said pride in a job well done. That is, feeling well in doing a good job just for the sake of it! It is not that more material rewards do not make you give your best. They do, many times, and it’s just the normal thing to happen … but there are also many times when you can get the same payment, raise, promotion, etc, for doing a job just of average quality. And in these cases, the difference is made by pride in a job well done: doing your best within your possibilities, disregarding that you probably would receive the same reward (money, etc) with a job of inferior quality.

People who take pride in doing the best possible job are probably the best asset an organization can have. You can have disagreements with them about salaries, positions, working hours, workplace furniture and whatever you may think. But be sure, people who take pride in a job well done put quality first for a very personal reason. They know that any discussion or disagreement can’t put their job’s quality in jeopardy. Eventually, they will leave a job in which they’re not comfortable, but still, they will give their best until the last day. They’re quintessentially professional … the very spirit of quality.

Unfortunately, I find that these kind of people are becoming rare … more and more difficult to find. Maybe corporations are to blame, because they have not rewarded these people better than their less-quality-conscious colleagues in the past. Maybe it’s just no longer fashionable to have pride in a job well done. Maybe it’s just that I’m getting older … or maybe it’s that I’m just an idealist, a dreamer.

But in any case, and rare as they may be, I am fortunate to know many people that take pride on a job well done. And believe me, they make a huge difference! Do you know someone who, beyond being technically brilliant, takes pride in a job well done? If the answer is “yes”, lucky you … because then, you know one of the exceptional individuals that make quality possible in our world.