Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Last week I had the opportunity of attending an interview with an upcoming media firm. However without divulging much of it, I learnt some valuable lesson that I thought are worthy blogging about.
The world of work is endowed with a constant pressure to give more, be more effective, be more efficient and be more productive. In such a demanding and competitive environment one needs to think differently and be different. It is with that in mind that I set on a pursuit to distinguish myself and move above the commodity crowd of graduates.
In order to distinguish oneself it is important to embark on a continuous expedition of self improvement. This involves working on short term skills that provides short term results as well as developing competency in technical skills which are necessary for success in the competitive world of work.
One thing I have learnt on my present-day journey to success is “sometimes you win and sometimes you lose”. However what determines whether you are one of the statistics or stand out above the commodity crowd is not the failing down but how fast you recover from a failure and start marching on.
There are many limitations in life nevertheless in order to live our dreams we do not have to extend these limitations to our imagination. We need to be creative and innovative so as to live our dreams. Setting the right expectations is of paramount of importance. The application of the philosophy ‘under promise and over deliver’, of customer relation management to setting realistic expectations is of value in minimizing dissatisfaction.
In the quest for personal growth and success one has to seek ways of improving relationships with friends, family and also work on how to get or keep a dream job. In order to do so, certain personality factors which are sometimes technically referred to as ‘Likeability factors’ are indispensable.
In his book titled “How to boost your L factor and achieve your life’s dreams”, Tim Sanders highlighted four critical factors of individual personality that should be boosted.
•Friendliness: your ability to communicate liking and openness to others
•Relevance: your capacity to connect with others' interests, wants, and needs
•Empathy: your ability to recognize, acknowledge, and experience other people's feelings
•Realness: the integrity that stands behind your likeability and guarantees its authenticity
The improvement of these areas goes beyond boosting your likeability factor, to bring out the best in others and give a hand in surviving the life’s challenges whilst enabling you to outperform your daily responsibilities.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
I was able to explore how to use creativity and innovation to align myself with opportunities for a successful career in the world of work. Among other imperatives the diverse composition of the participants and guest presenters such as Kuseni Dhlamini, Professor Lovemore Mbigi and Roy Blumenthal to mention a few, generated an enriched understanding of factors that influence corporate context, culture and climate. Such a programme provides an optimal leverage that is indispensable in the transitions from a learner environment into the challenging spheres of employment.
Friday, May 11, 2007
The session on AIDS impact on business, presented by Christine Randall, highlighted the significance of having a running AIDS programme within an organisation. In her profound presentation, she critically pointed out problems a company can expect from the scourge of AIDS and more importantly solutions that have proved effective remedies. The first challenge of developing an AIDS policy is to get management to appreciate the relevance of the programme and its potential to address their organizational needs.
However, I strongly suppose that AIDS prevention and care activities by businesses can maintain and sometimes even increase productivity and profitability. AIDS goes beyond causing illness and death for employees and severe economic and emotional disruption for their families. It also increases the cost of doing business.
Some of the costs of AIDS to business are:
- Increased health care expenses
- Increased retirement, pension and death benefit claims
- Decreased productivity as worker absenteeism rises owing to personal illness or absence from work to care for sick relatives
- Increased recruitment, labour turnover and training costs from the loss of experienced workers.
Theses costs makes it imperative to establishing an HIV/AIDS programme and policy in the workplace as a cost effective solution which will help reduce the future spread and impact of the disease. Even so, the establishment of a comprehensive and sustained HIV/AIDS programme with appropriate policies depends on the foundation of genuine management commitment to the endeavor.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
In today’s intensely competitive and highly demanding business environment, the ability to manage emotions effectively is indispensable. Emotion states such as happiness facilitates happiness are instrumental in facilitating innovativeness and creativity. Ability to manage emotion in oneself and others by moderating negative emotions and enhancing pleasant ones, fosters an enabling environment for establishing good relationships and team work initiatives.
According to Goleman, many people with very high intellectual intelligence do poorly in work and relationships because they have low emotional intelligence. In life a person needs to be effective both alone and as a team player.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Monday, May 7, 2007
In the presentations, it came out strongly that, what separates people is never genetics, good breeding or some social advantage. Instead, what separates people is their level of commitment to self improvement and excellence. We had the opportunity to do prompt presentations on topics of choice with an imaginary audience. As luck favours the prepared mind, it was really a challenging learning encounter that required practice and preparation.
The following site has useful personal marketing presentation statements, perhaps you may have a look at it.http://www.your-career-change.com/personal-marketing.html
Sunday, May 6, 2007
The Human Resources department in any organisation has a role of maintaining a conducive environment for its employees and it has a greater impact when it has policies that helps maintain this. Conflicts are best solved if the department is effective and this will help keep the work of the organisation to standards.
Conflict is seen in different dimensions, that is, among workers (sexes, races, religion, and gender), between employees and employers and the trade unions. Sexual harassment is one of the many problems that arise in many organisations and especially when it involves the top management and subordinates. Employees infected by HIV/AIDS have also been stigmatised and most have ended up loosing their jobs. When such problems are not addressed and dealt with in an organisation they are bound to cause distraction in the work and aim of the organisation.
In conclusion, I recommend that for all organizations to achieve their goals there is need for a strong and effective Human Resources or board that aims to resolve all kinds of conflicts that may arise in the organization. Engaging employees and employers in workshops of conflict resolution is a very important step in nurturing a community of tolerance in the organization.
Friday, May 4, 2007
Creativity is a life tool that I am going to take with me into the world of work as it stretches my imagination. The session seemed more childish but at the same time it helped us stretch our minds and create new things out of imagination like what children do. It needed some brain storming and a lot of imaginery ideas to come up with a totally new invention. This is really what sustainable development requires, coming up with new and creative ways to sustain our economies and societies.