Work attitude ethics for progress

Written by Pierre de Bruin du Plessis

Continued from page 1

Be open-minded and ready for organisational changes.

Whenever changes are announced, be positive and display a leadership role in executingrepparttar new policies and strategies. If you participated inrepparttar 109365 planning ofrepparttar 109366 changes, then you were forewarned. But even if you experience unexpected changes, be first to look out for positive reasons for such changes and to influence others around you to accept it with positive attitudes. Defending superiors and higher management will increase your leadership status and trustworthiness. In a political sense it will display your role as siding with management againstrepparttar 109367 disgruntled crowd.

Arrange and organise your paperwork.

A good filing system allows you to retrieve required documents and information fast for own use or for use by other parties. It is a reflection of your efficiency and your ability for sound logic thinking. If you surround yourself with paperwork to impress on others how busy you are, you are makingrepparttar 109368 mistake of your life. It can be interpreted in many different ways, like you cannot cope withrepparttar 109369 workload, you cannot delegate, you spend too much on time wasters, you are too slow and worst of all you cannot manage yourself or others. If you cannot get rid of papers, you will not findrepparttar 109370 time to attend torepparttar 109371 needs and development of your subordinates. You will also not findrepparttar 109372 time to liase with colleagues or to discipline your section or department. You will be a walk over and ripe for being misused by subordinates not respecting you. Rather be a reliable source of information withrepparttar 109373 time for training your subordinates and others. Clean up your desk to make time for others.

Read up onrepparttar 109374 principles of supervision and management.

Familiarise yourself withrepparttar 109375 knowledge on how to be a good supervisor or manager. If you can display management capabilities, you will sooner be identified for promotion. It is better to be promoted for your managerial capabilities than for your technical proficiency. It will allow you to perform your managerial duties better. Apart from being technically proficient, prepare yourself in advance for possible promotion. Make yourself ready and available for your employer andrepparttar 109376 future needs of your organisation.

Confidential information.

Your treatment of confidential information is going to be a good gauge of your character. You only have to make one mistake in this area, not to be trusted ever again. If you have a problem in this area, rectify it quickly. Your superiors and employer have to trust and rely on your discretion with confidential information. Some information must be kept confidential or secret until it is time for disclosure.

You must proof your ability for discretion with this type of information, so that they know they can trust and rely on you. Let them know and understand that you are part and parcel of management.

Show initiative.

Make suggestions to improve methods of work and systems. See problems as opportunities for improvement. Do not just report problems, but analyse it wisely and make recommendations for improvement. Recognise opportunities for improvement and development and utilise it.

Be honest, open and direct.

Harboring a secretive attitude of slyness with hidden agenda’s, will not remain a secret for long. Other persons will eventually detect it and despise you for it. You can just as well fire yourself, because that is where you will end up. Nobody will trust you after you have been exposed. Be open and direct in your communications and handling of conflict situations. Do not be afraid to air your opinions, as long as it is genuine and true. Truthful mistakes can always be remedied later on.


Life is ever so short that nobody can really afford to remain average inrepparttar 109377 obscured crowd of nobodies. Make yourself stand out as someone with strong principles and work ethics, so that others can rely on your strengths. Qualifications alone, without work ethics, are totally worthless. Makerepparttar 109378 following words part of your life and your philosophy on your outlook of work:

Tenacity – keep on trying Conscientious – keep on thinking about ways to finalise and improve your work Humorous – make life bearable and enjoyable Urgency – you must finalise your work with speed and accuracy Trustworthiness – proof yourself to be a reliable and dependable person Openness and honesty – be a person of honour and proud of yourself

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Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants

Written by Marc Prensky

Continued from page 1

Digital Immigrant teachers typically assume that learners arerepparttar same as they have always been, and thatrepparttar 109364 same methods that worked forrepparttar 109365 teachers when they were students will work for their students now. But that assumption is no longer valid. Today’s learners are different.

The people sitting in their classes grew up onrepparttar 109366 “twitch speed” of video games and MTV. They are used torepparttar 109367 instantaneity of hypertext, downloaded music, phones in their pockets, a library on their laptops, beamed messages and instant messaging. They’ve been networked most or all of their lives. They have little patience for lectures, step-by-step logic, and “tell-test” instruction.

So is it thatrepparttar 109368 Digital Natives can’t pay attention, or that they choose not to? Often fromrepparttar 109369 Natives’ point of view their Digital Immigrant instructors make their education not worth paying attention to compared to everything else they experience – “Every time I go to school I have to power down,” complains one student – and then they blame them for not paying attention! And, more and more,repparttar 109370 Digital Natives won’t take it.

So what should happen? Should we forcerepparttar 109371 Digital Native students to learnrepparttar 109372 old ways, or should their Digital Immigrant educators learnrepparttar 109373 new? Unfortunately, no matter how muchrepparttar 109374 Immigrants may wish it, it is highly unlikelyrepparttar 109375 Digital Natives will go backwards. Inrepparttar 109376 first place, it may be impossible – their brains may already be different. It also flies inrepparttar 109377 face of everything we know about cultural migration. Kids born into any new culture learnrepparttar 109378 new language easily, and forcefully resist usingrepparttar 109379 old. Smart adult immigrants accept that they don’t know about their new world and take advantage of their kids to help them learn and integrate. Not-so-smart (or not-so-flexible) immigrants spend most of their time grousing about how good things were inrepparttar 109380 “old country.”

So unless we want to just forget about educating Digital Natives until they grow up and do it themselves, Digital Immigrants had better confront this issue. It’s time to stop grousing, and asrepparttar 109381 Nike motto ofrepparttar 109382 Digital Native generation says, “Just do it!” If you don’t know how, just watch your kids!

Marc Prensky is a thought leader, speaker, writer, consultant, and game designer in the critical areas of education and learning. He is the author of Digital Game-Based Learning (McGraw-Hill, 2001),and founder and CEO of Games2train, a game-based learning company . More of his writings can be found at Contact Marc at

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