Be Authentic, Be Real, Be Tactful – Part 1 (Success at Work Series)

The corporate jungle.

It is a well known fact that everyone is fighting for survival nowadays. In part, this could be attributed to the rising costs of living. Work is getting stressful and holding on to one is getting trickier as well.

Apart from the fact that the actual work can be demanding, we also have to navigate through the treacherous waters that is occupied by the diversity of personalities in the office. And sometimes, the latter could be trickier to handle than the former.

With the advancement of social media, lives have “opened up”. People are “sharing” more. But this does not necessarily mean that intentions are clearer than before. In fact, clarity of one’s character and personality is even more blurred. There is the online persona, and then the other side. It is getting harder to truly know someone and understand them.

With knowledge of that, we then can look inward and decide for ourselves how we should carry ourselves if we truly desire success at work.

To be continued…

Bring your Value to the Organisation (Success at Work Series)

For most of us, we seek progress in our workplace. Reasons for this may include wanting a higher pay, more opportunities to learn new things or even as simple as wanting to be better than your peers.

Whatever the intent or motivation that drives you, we need to know how we can make this progress happen. You heard it right, progress is given but only to those that are worthy of the responsibilities that come with it.

In order to progress, there has to be a history of good work contributed. Now, whether you do it sincerely (good work) or just simply to “earn” the progress, there is difference. Doing it sincerely is definitely more sustainable. It ties back to the saying of “If you love what you do, it is never work”. Thus, you will be able to last longer in this pursuit of progress.

So how do you do good work?

You need to know where your value lies in. With knowledge of this, you will be able to set forth actionable steps to improve your organisation. This is important because every business organisations exist to produce profits. The more improvements an organisation can make, the better the chance of surviving and thriving in an ever increasing competitive environment.

What are some of the values you can bring to your organisation?

For example, if you are a meticulous person and you love details, you can review the administrative processes to see how you can tweak to ensure that only relevant information are recorded, so as to increase efficiency.

Another example would be that if you are a great communicator, you can aspire to works towards aligning the vision of the company with your teammates. Through motivation and leadership by example, the team may become more focused and effective, thus bringing good results to the organisation, which is very good work.

Remember, without good work and positive contribution to your organisation, it is not easy for the organisation to realize the value you may possess. And if you are able to consistently produce good work sincerely, any good organisations will appreciate and reward you with the progress you DESERVE.