What if you piloted your work as you would a sailboat,
in any body of water?
MAKING U TURNS
Another important skill of professionalism is the ability to reassess and take another path when warranted. A professional is willing to make a U-turn, especially when staying on the original path means driving off the edge of the cliff. A non-professional will just follow orders and march to their death, usually bringing not only themselves but a whole group of others, even the company, down with it. This is NOT the good behavior of staying ‘focused’. This is the thoroughbred race horse with blinders on that purposely by denial or otherwise, can’t see the train careening at it from the side and thus, can’t avoid or prevent a train wreck. Continue reading
What if you could do work as circumstances deemed, not as rules demanded?
If you are doing professional work, there will always be differences of opinion. A person may suggest another way for a project to develop for variety of reasons.
- The person has experiences which inform the suggested other action as a better or different one
- The person sees something amiss and suggests the other action to prevent a bad outcome
- The person sees another outcome, different from the expected, as preferred
In all cases the person should be listened to and the difference discussed. Experience is always a good teacher. Bigger or better outcomes than those first planned or expected most often occur from listening to others’ advice and points of view. Intelligence and continuous learning are skills of professionalism. Continue reading
What if you went to work knowing that you could really trust?
Here are the important questions you need to answer. Do you really want a professional project? Do you really want a professional or just someone to control the troops? Do you want someone to take and pass along orders from above or someone who can discern and take the best course of action? Do you want a job that goes according to plan or work that accomplishes the best outcomes? What is professionalism anyway? Continue reading