Continued from page 1
Also take responsibility for your knowledge. Time and time again I hear following: “Well, my company won’t pay for class, so I’m not going to take class.”
I say to that, “Find way to gain knowledge!” There are too many educational options not to have knowledge. Whether you pay for it yourself, receive online training, volunteer, etc., there are ways to receive knowledge.
Remember, once you receive knowledge it is your knowledge to take anywhere you go in life.
3. Communication. Communicate, communicate, and communicate. Talking is one half of communication process. Listening is other and sometimes most important part of communication process. Listening means being open-mined to new ideas.
Communication also means learning how to give and receive feedback. Giving feedback means giving feedback that is honest and fair and leaves person wanting to do better. Receiving feedback means information given to you, and it may include questions for clarity and understanding about what needs to be done.
Communication is also good follow-up with employees and management. Do you inform your managers or co-workers about process or changes in project on which you are working?
4. Appreciation. Appreciate to motivate others. Be accountable for your words. Once you say something, it’s hard to take it back.
Show and give praise to others in workplace. Work at finding them doing something good and praise them (Read my article Appreciate to Motivate.). The more you do this, more you will tear down barriers and motivate others in workplace.
5. Solutions. Be a solution creator, not a problem dictator. Anyone can find problems; but employee who can find a problem or challenge and create a solution is an employee that can write his/her own ticket for success. Take it upon yourself to be a part of solution and not a part of problem.
Ask yourself these questions: * What is positive that can come out of this challenge? * What will I learn from this challenge? * What are some solutions I can present? * How will I present my solutions so that organization sees immediate benefits?
Apply these techniques and you, too, will become perfect employee.
Ed Sykes is a professional speaker, author, and leading expert in the areas of leadership, motivation, stress management, customer service, and team building. You can e-mail him at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at (757) 427-7032. Go to his web site, http://www.thesykesgrp.com, and signup for the newsletter, OnPoint, and receive the free ebook, "Empowerment and Stress Secrets for the Busy Professional."