I have been truly fortunate throughout my career to have had the opportunity to work with, learn from, and mentor some incredible people. I often get asked, in these difficult economic times and in this frustrating job market, for advice, encouragement, and suggestions. As I think through the many people I have encountered, who come from all walks of life, I find they do have some traits and skills and beliefs that make them more similar than dissimilar
Although I do not profess to be an expert, I am a lifelong learner who has been shaped and influenced by some outstanding people – at all levels. So, let’s look at these traits, attributes, and skills, and together we can then build a skills inventory that you may want to use as you perform your SWOT analysis on yourself.
I believe it starts with Values. It is what you do when no one is watching that counts.
Integrity can often be used to describe this activity, but I would like to take it further – it is the integrity of your word as well as your actions. The integrity of our actions is something we can grasp and relate to. But what do I mean by the integrity of your word? Simply put, you make a commitment to follow up on something, respond to a request, commit to an action – and you do!
I believe that two fundamental ingredients of a successful person are Hard Work and Enthusiasm.
There is no substitute for Hard Work. The equation that I believe successful people use is….
Time + Effort + Enthusiasm = Results.
Enthusiasm is what fuels your drive and keeps the engine revving. Without Enthusiasm, your equation is time and hard work. Although these are two important ingredients to success, always remember that hard work without enthusiasm is just that… HARD WORK. Hard work by itself gets old without enthusiasm.
Another way to look at this is: Make it Fun, Make it Happen but MAKE IT HAPPEN.
I believe we should all ask ourselves some key questions and answer them with a critical
eye and with honesty of purpose:
– How can I add value in this current position and going forward?
– Do I have a process mind with a strategic vision and the ability to tactically execute the strategy?
– Can I develop a strategy, build a business plan, and execute that plan?
– Can I provide clear communication and walk the talk?
– Can I coach my teams to learn to take better control of their day and balance multiple priorities, while always measuring and following up for continuous improvement?
– Do I accept the responsibility for my P&L and my results?
Finally, can I effectively assess:
- Who am I?
- What do I stand for? and
- What will I never compromise?
Once you have answered these questions, you have set your Ethics and Integrity compass. It becomes your enduring purpose and your brand. You will exhibit uncompromising integrity and commitment to your values, principles, and to your organization, along with your business conduct policies. You will build trust. This instills self-confidence through mutual respect and ongoing communication with the people in your care and the organization.
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