Workplace competition is increasing with each rising day. Technology turns new with growing crisis, competition and updates occurring globally. Amidst all the challenges, every working professional is expected to upskill himself and match the speed of these mushrooming competitive work cultures. Here the designation has nothing to do with the need of being updated, nor how well you network with people around the world. During the global pandemic, mostly all individuals have put efforts into networking, rejuvenating acquaintances and upskilling themselves online, offline, reading books, watching videos or any manner possible.
Ultimately, when people were working from home, their skills of relating with their peers, team members, subordinates and superiors were their identity. A few were recruited while at home and have shifted to office after our lives returned to normalcy. How was the relationship differentiated with the image of working from home and that of working in office, it were the skills individuals projected while working.
An efficient professional is the one who keeps the main job responsibilities in mind while executing one’s tasks. Working chiefly on executing one’s responsibilities is a highly regarded feature for any candidate at an organization. Keeping a vision of your activities, future prospects, working in the direction to accomplish your professional goals is what we lack to foresee. We simply dream big, but we lack the realization of what needs to be done. Mind mapping and goal mapping can help you create a goal for your future. These are skills required to reach your goal. These are the skills that will enable you to have extraordinary outcomes at par with a designated CEO.
Learn how Technology works: None of the work areas today are untouched by technology. Marketing, Sales, HR, Advertising, Production, Manufacturing, Education, and the list goes on. Whichever sector you are in, your operations will be managed and monitored only through technology. Most of us are afraid of tech-solutions, but once you get to know them your life becomes easy.
Decentralization: When each department is given equal power of operating, delegate leaders to take care of those tasks, the load reduces. Distribute the decision making as the department and areas are distributed. The mental pressure is reduced as the work targets are ensured and executed by the leaders. They certainly follow the mission, vision and values of the organization, however they can have their own methodologies to accomplish the objectives.
Collaboration: While working on large projects, having all expertise under one roof is not necessarily available. Hence, collaboration with trustworthy companies or vendors that have proven their services will add value to your services by saving time and money on investment in staff, resources and research and development while you simply pay for the best collaboration for your final product or service.
Define Effectiveness: Being a leader often calls for perfection. However, you alone can work on perfection. As a leader you need to ask for perfection, better efficiency and effectiveness. Policies and work methods should be crafted in such a way that it is measurable and doable. The measurable work patterns should be further aligned with human factors as well as productivity factors where the mental well-being of an individual as well as performance at work should be optimum. Appraisals, performance perks, incentives, awards, appreciation and a lot more can be attributed to this, however human factors and work life balance should be an integral part of effectivity.
Crisis Management: Working on solutions is the pressing need. One should be capable of analyzing a problem and finding appropriate available resources to use to start working immediately. Often when in crisis, individuals tend to panic. With great power, come greater responsibility; hence panic is not the solution. One must review the situation, analyze what is required to extinguish the fire, check through available resources and get the best of your team players to fight the crisis. It is certainly easier said than done, however presence of mind will help to manage critical situations.
Open Mindedness: Being open to newer suggestions and possibilities makes you open to learning new ways of dealing with monotonous and new tasks in a better way. Here two aspects play a significant role in our emotional processing, suggestions and feedback. Usually we are not used to taking suggestions, as we presume people like sharing suggestions unnecessarily. This presumption often filters away useful suggestions too that could turn out to be our loss. Secondly, we often misunderstand feedback with a negative reflection. Feedback could be negative or positive, how we utilize them to reconstruct our execution matters. Hence, one needs to have an open mind to accept suggestions and feedback and execute them after positive analysis only.
Continuous Learning Opportunities: From formal course taking to casual social learning. It involves self-initiative and taking on challenges. Upskilling is a serious deficiency found in most of the working people, as they are unavailable to learn, not ready to learn, not open to learn or not considered for learning. Unless it is considered as a personal responsibility, nobody can help you learn or upskill. That is where you are open to options and opportunities to challenge yourself into learning something new for yourself, career or passion. Nonetheless, learning needs no age, it only needs a curious mind.
Skill Development: Stagnancy will lead to rusting at work, hence skill development is essential for promoting one’s skills and knowledge. Take all the opportunities available from the workplace to ensure your skill growth. However, if the workplace isn’t in the practice of offering such development programs, as an individual you must indulge into learning new skills for your work each day. Learning from a newcomer is no harm, it will certainly bring a newer perspective of working on the same old monotonous task in rather an easy way. Online courses, in-person coaching or a small skill certification always turns out to be handy and profitable.
People's Person: Be an approachable individual that gives your peers and other people a chance to come to you, either to learn something new or share their thoughts. Being available is a good sign but make sure you don’t end up taking their work on you. There is a way of helping others, one could probably show the methods of doing something, assign assistance, help people connect or engage with the apt professionals so that neither of your tasks or time management is hampered.
Take the Initiative: To be a leader, a designation is not important at all. It is the mindset that is required to lead. It neither needs a team to drive, all it needs is the willingness to drive the task in the suitable direction towards accomplishment. Taking the initiative is hence highly important as a mindful trait for one to become a leader.
These are behavioral skills that one needs to adapt. These are no soft skills that someone can be trained on. One needs to consciously build these into one’s day to day life in order to direct one’s actions, mind and soul to the aspired goals. CEO is not simply a designation that could fetch you a fancy 6 or 8 digit pay per annum. Being a CEO calls for a lot of emotional sacrifices no matter which designation you are working at, because it is ultimately chiefly executing your responsibilities at your workplace, as work is ultimately one’s worship!
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