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Ask Not What Your Company Can Do For You — Ask What You Can Do For Your Company

It has been almost 50 years ago that John F. Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country."

I have always admired JFK and not only what he said but how he said it. Clearly he was a great communicator. I believe his famous quote should be tweaked ever so slightly in 2009 and changed to "Ask not what your company can do for you — ask what you can do for your company."

Hopefully over time your company has provided for you. During that time you received training, went to conferences, had your 401k funded, received raises and bonuses and provided a nice atmosphere. If they haven’t, you might be working for the wrong company.

Unfortunately in 2009 companies need their staff more than ever. They need you to find ways to increase revenue, decrease expenses and improve the bottom line. They need you to take care of clients. Deliver every day on every project. In essence the new standard is to be GREAT! Anything less than that and your current clients might go elsewhere. They might call your competitor which will obviously have a negative effect on revenue.

Companies today need your best effort! This is the hardest business environment that I have ever worked within and I am sure that is true for many of you.

So I say to you, "Ask not what your company can do for you — ask what you can do for your company."

What are you doing for your company?

How are you going above and beyond for your company?

Do you believe most people are working harder now?

I look forward to reading your comments.

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