Center of Excellence, Best Practices and Subject Matter Experts…

These are three terms used way too frequently by us (the workforce) in the corporate workplace today.  I’m OK with the idea, the theory and the reasoning behind these 3 terms (born of this new Millennium) but not the way we take them for granted. If we (the workforce) plan on identifying and aligning ourselves with these three terms, then we need to be accountable for our behavior, our results and our ability to walk this walk and not just talk this talk.

 In the past I would’ve looked at this as just another make believe corporate spin on how to “dress up” and improve how we’re identified and represented in the workplace.  But since becoming C.A.R.E. certified in the workplace, I see it differently.  Sometimes we (the workforce) flat line, sometimes we just go to work, do our job and go home.  Maybe go home is an assumption; so let me re-phrase that to simply leave the workplace until tomorrow when we get to do it all over again. 

 Anyway the point is when we (the workplace) fail to self motivate, then the corporate visionaries and planners will make an attempt to motivate us, but only for the sake of the company.

 We (the workforce) may simply call where we actually work as just that; “where we actually work”.  Corporate says, “C’mon, we can do better than that!”  You should be proud of where you work; YOU chose the job remember!  So let’s call where you work a “Center of Excellence”.    Same with your job description.  I know co-workers who’ve been working all their adult life inside a corporate workplace and when asked what they do, they simply say; “I’m a programmer”.  Well now Corporate says; no you’re better than that; you’re a Subject matter expert!  And then the hope is others in the workplace will get it, others will strive for excellence and perform proudly as a subject matter expert.  Those examples then become “best practices”.

 When you become C.A.R.E. certified in the workplace these three terms (Center of Excellence, Best Practice and Subject Matter Expert become part of your DNA.  There is no need to say it; it’s in there (like Prego!).

 However be wary of the co-workers that walk around wearing these three terms on their shoulder (like the way Laverne wore the giant “L”.)  The flipside of this is the spin from us (the workforce).  When someone says, “we need to look internal for best practices before we proceed”, it may only be “show me what I should be doing” in disguise!  Unfortunately this has become a way for us (the workforce) to actually avoid making any decision at all which is a terrible strategy. Then as this behavior starts to spread it actually becomes the best practice because everyone is practicing it.  Then no decisions are made and slowly (but surely) productivity downwardly spirals.

 Please be wary of this; question everything and proceed with caution. 

 Becoming C.A.R.E. certified will not solve all the problems that exist in today’s workplace.  But when your only motive at work is to have the COURAGE to take ACTION RELEVANT to EVERYONE, and that motive is common among your teammates; then you your team and therefore you companys’ chances of success are greatly improved.

 What do you think?  I’d like to know.

 This is CharlieSpeaking

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Charlie Lobosco is a Corporate Technology Executive, Shared Leadership Expert, Agile Coach and trainer with lessons learned in over (20) Fortune ranked Corporations since 1973! Charlie is Co-Founder (with Eva Lewandowski) of the VisionOp Group LLC a consulting, coaching and training company. For more go to
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