This is the concluding part of our article on how to make yourself an asset in any set-up. Click on this link to read the preceding part of the article. We highlighted four points in the first part. Find eight more below.

5. Assets help the set-up or the organisation to perform better

Now, there is a difference between faster and better – faster in terms of speed, better in terms of process. Assets help the set-up to perform better. They help the set-up to get things done in a better way so they are seen in better light by outsiders and among stakeholders. Liabilities on the other hand are those who drag the set-up or organisation backward. They are the ones that are usually seen as dispensable. No set-up or organisation wants to keep someone who is infringing on the corporate performance.

6. Assets help the set-up to get things done cheaper, as against very expensive

For you to be an asset, you must be able to help your set-up to get things done at cheaper rate. It doesn’t have to be expensive for it to be effective. Assets help the organisation to get things done cheaper. They take all the options into consideration before making a choice and they settle for the option that effectively meets the need at a cheaper cost while not compromising quality. Such people are prized in any set-up, be it in the family, in the church or in an organisation.

7. Assets help the set-up or organisation to grow as against shrinking

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Assets help the set-up to grow; they are growth agents. They help the set-up or organisation to become bigger, to be more than it used to be. People who are liabilities shrink the progress of the set-up, they are not growth agents. The presence of liabilities causes a depletion of resources but assets bring increase to the set-up.

8. Assets help the organisation or set-up to save cost rather than incur unnecessary cost

Are you helping the set-up to save cost or to incur cost? For instance, in a set-up where everyone uses computer systems, the way you manage yours determines if you are helping the set-up to save cost or incur cost. If your computer is always breaking down, you are incurring costs. If the set-up is always spending money on you beyond normal limits you are a liability. Assets are low maintenance individuals; they help the set-up to save cost.

9. Assets help the organisation to break into new markets

Assets help the set-up or organisation to get new clients and break into new markets. They create new business opportunities by developing new products and services or by bringing the set-up’s offerings to the awareness of a new set of people. Liabilities on the other hand drive people away thereby creating loss of market.

10. Assets develop new skills so that they remain relevant

Assets evolve. They are not like the dinosaur which went extinct as a result of not being adaptable to change. You have to adapt to new developments. You must be innovative and in tune with the latest trends in your field. Develop new skills to make yourself relevant. It is not enough to have the core skills required for the job, you should develop accessory skills that will add value to what you do. Developing new skills will make you an asset both to the set-up and to the people that you serve.

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11. Assets help the set-up to reduce risk

There is risk everywhere, but assets help to reduce risk whether work-related or environmentally induced. Assets are self aware, detailed and conscious of their environment. For instance, if water spills on the floor, an asset will not wait for someone else to mop it up. Assets seek to prevent injury and mitigate risks while liabilities either don’t care or they are the ones increasing the risks.

12. Assets help the set-up to be productive as against creating waste

You can show yourself to be an asset or a liability in the way you use things. The way you carry out tasks, even something as simple as using the tap or using paper in the office, can show whether you are an asset or a liability. When you use the tap and don’t close it properly, you are wasting resources. Assets help the set-up to maximise resources towards productivity while liabilities create waste. A company or any set-up can only get better to the extent that it maximises its mental resources, material resources and human resources. Assets are the people who make this happen.