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“Let’s See How They Do Without You”


by Glenn Shepard
February 28, 2017
Category: Professional Development




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     In the movie “Jerry McGuire”, Tom Cruise makes a huge scene when he and Renee Zellweger leave their agency.

     He says to her, “Let’s see how they do without us!”

     But to their dismay, the company hums along just fine without them, and their presence is barely missed.

     Like it or not, your company CAN do without you.

     Anyone can be replaced. There’s ALWAYS someone out there somewhere that can fill your position in a second and be as good – or even better.

     In order to be successful at whatever you do, it’s crucial to understand what it means to be indispensable to your company.

     One definition of indispensable is “absolutely necessary”. No one individual employee is absolutely necessary for a company to survive. It wouldn’t be much of a company if that were the case. A real company will survive even after losing key employees at the highest level.

     For proof, look at Steve Jobs. He was the face of Apple and was one of the most recognized CEO’s in the world. Yet customers who bought Apple products before his passing continued to buy them afterward.

     Another definition of indispensable is “essential”, which means something is of the highest importance for achieving a specific goal. This is the definition successful people use.

     Payroll is the biggest single expense for most companies. This makes employees their biggest investment, which is why the personnel department has become “Human Resources”. No business can thrive if it doesn’t get a good rate of return on its biggest investment.

     While there’s no one single employee companies can’t live without, there is a category of employees companies can’t live without if they are to excel. You must become part of that category if you wish to be indispensable.

     Being a good employee doesn’t make you indispensable; it only makes you valuable. Companies need good employees but hope and pray for indispensable employees. You must be better than good in order to be considered indispensable.

     This doesn’t mean you have to be extraordinary; few of us are. I divide employees into three categories:

     1. The highly valued employee

     2. The run of the mill employee

     3. The lowly valued employee.

     You must become a highly valued employee if you wish to become indispensable.

To Your Success,


Glenn Shepard

P.S. This was excerpted from “How to be the Employee Your Company Can’t Live Without”, which emphasizes the importance of showing up for work, being on time, working well with others, and being low maintenance.

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