Our #1 Job: We Help Others Succeed

(Note: This is an occasional series of Top 20-related articles from Principal Rathke)

When we intentionally build positive culture, we know that our #1 job is to help others succeed.

See a quick video about helping others succeed.

Let's begin by thinking about our jobs. What were you hired to do? People are hired to do many different things: teach, sell, coach, facilitate, prepare meals, heal people, etc. Although these are essential, in a Top 20 culture they're not our primary jobs. Everyone in a Top 20 culture is hired to help others succeed. This is everyone's first job. Beyond that, we're expected to teach, sell, coach, facilitate, prepare meals, heal people, etc. When helping others succeed is embedded in our culture and is the expectation and norm for what we do, we have created one of the most powerful forces on the planet: a team. Teams are rare. There are countless groups of people that are called 'teams,' but they are not really teams. A team really does only one thing: It is a group of people who help each other succeed in accomplishing a common goal.

It sounds overwhelming. How can I possibly go to work or come home to my family and concentrate solely on helping others? I am already struggling to find that elusive twenty-fifth hour in each day! Well, it's simple if you consider this: everyone at work, everyone in the family is living by the same credo. Sometimes you will need help from others to succeed. But sometimes you will be able to help others succeed. That's true for all of us and that’s the natural cycle of life when living as a Top 20. We need to help each other succeed and to be able to count on each other to help us succeed. When we do that, we create safety via positive energy and ALL of our potential will explode.

How about a student athlete example? Jenny was a member of our school's basketball team a few years ago. She was voted Most Valuable Player by her teammates during her senior season... and she scored only six points total that year! Jenny helped others succeed on that team: in practice, off the court, on the bench. She made it her #1 job to help her teammates be as successful as possible, and her teammates acknowledged that effort. People notice.