The dictionary definition of status is the prestige of a high rank or standing in a community, workforce or organization or a condition that is subject to change. Some people see status as being the number of friends they have on Facebook or followers on Twitter. Status symbols often come from an abundance of debt and consumption by choosing to own a luxury car, designer clothes or a home in an upscale neighbourhood or a lack of debt and consumption by choosing to live simply, silently, selectively and sustainably. Status also involves measuring how much progress you have made on the sale or development of a product or service in your business, on the pursuit or negotiation of a new role inside or outside of your organization or on the growth and success of a relationship with yourself or with another person or situation in your life. Depending on its context and meaning, status can be a positive contributor to success. You can be either status content or status conscious when it involves assessing prestige or progress. Status climbing can be a negative contributor to success as it can often be seen by others as being selfish and manipulative and putting your own interests ahead and above those of client/customers, colleagues and the organization.
Are You Status Content?
You have already won the prize once or many times. You are happy with your life and passionate about your work. You are riding a wave of success where you feel rewarded, recognized, appreciated and accomplished. Things are going extremely well in both your personal and professional lives. You have a close and caring circle of supportive family and friends in your personal life and a solid and sustainable circle of successful clients/customers and colleagues in your professional life. You start every day with energy and enthusiasm and end every day with grace and gratitude. You are happy with whom and on what you are spending your time and energy. You are focused, disciplined, motivated and competitive with yourself. You are committed to helping others to succeed and are happy when they do. You have much to look forward to and allow for both strategic planning and bursts of spontaneity in both your personal and professional lives. Many look at you with a mixture of awe, envy and admiration at your contentment. You are neither negative nor a complainer. You make the most of every minute and waste very little of your time. You are a voracious reader and eager learner who believes that change is a constant and continuous improvement is a requirement. You may want to hire a coach or find a mentor to maintain this momentum or to create a plan for your next move.
Are You Status Conscious?
While you may have won the prize once, it seems like it was a long time ago. Complacency has replaced competence. Apathy has taken over ambition. More and more, you seem to be falling behind, sitting on the sidelines or letting things slide. Your energy and enthusiasm seem to be waning. Things that were fast and easy seem slow and difficult. You are increasingly aware of your lack of progress and abundance of resistance to change. You are also watching many colleagues who were at or below your level getting more and better opportunities. You have fallen into the trap of comparing yourself to and measuring your success against others and finding yourself increasingly feeling like a disconnected and discouraged failure. You know you need to make some changes in your life, career or business yet seem to be stuck at the side of the road as others continue to zoom ahead of you. You may want to hire a coach or find a mentor in your organization to get you unstuck and work with you to create and implement a plan for you to get to the next level.
Are You Status Climbing?
You have your eye on the prize. You are a fast talker and a slow listener. You present yourself as being confident, competent and committed to taking on as much work as possible. You eagerly take credit when things go right and give blame when things go wrong. You see yourself rising quickly in an organization motivated by the money and goaded by the glitz and glamour of a senior title. You selectively and strategically spend your time being visible with the right people, credible with the important work and accessible to the profitable clients/customers. You are willing to step over anyone and anything to climb the rungs of the corporate ladder. While initially your abundance of getting makes you seems like a rising star and fast tracker, your lack of giving may cause your star to fall and find you stopped in your tracks. If you are currently status climbing, you may want to work with a coach or mentor to create a plan to gain the skills, abilities, knowledge and experience and build the relationships that can get you to the next level.