Tips for your new job….

Congratulations on getting your new job. You got through the application phase, you did well on your interview and you just accepted the offer for this new role. Now what?

Whether it’s your first job or your tenth, you are still about to start a new journey. You are about to meet new people and you will have new responsibilities. Using the following tips may get handy as you embark on your new career.

 

Understand how your boss communicates

It goes without say that you need to have a good relationship with your boss. Try to understand his communication style from day one. Every person has different ways of conveying messages and it’s important for you to learn your boss’s style. Whether he gives adequate notice or if he gives last minute instructions, it will be up to you to adapt to his style. Knowing how to plan your work around his communication style will get you far ahead in the game.

 

Understand how your role impacts the organization

Be as authentic as you can be. If you don’t know something, don’t be afraid to ask. Try to learn and understand everything about your job and how it links to the organization you’re in. This will help you understand the value you are bringing to the organization which will help you transcend the way you work.

 

Meet everyone in person

Plan to meet everyone who you will interact with in person. Go to their desks and get to put a face to the name. This way they will also be able to put a face to the new hire. People often respond faster to those who they know in person. Also by meeting your coworkers in person you will get to learn more about the office decorum and environment. That way you may blend faster in the organization. Be careful not to spend too much time walking around though.

 

Make your boss and organization look good

Try to identify where your boss and/or your organization are struggling with an issue and identify areas/solutions which you can help with. By helping with such issues your boss will immediately look good in front of his bosses which will show him how you add value to his team.

 

Although these tips are extra valuable to those starting a new job, they can also be used by existing staff as a reminder of how to improve their working environment.

 

 

The road to success

Many times clients come up to me and tell me that they would like to be more successful. They want more success, more money, more fame or they want to be better parents, lovers, sons and daughters. Then I ask them how they measure success and they often stumble. What does success mean to you, how would you define it I often ask and they take a long pause. Then after some deliberation a beautiful answer comes out and it’s never the same for any of my clients. Each one of us has a different definition for success.

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To me success is a journey that leads to and ends up in happiness. Success is measured by how happy a person is. That means that a person could have short success trips during any given day celebrating small wins and longer ones which may span over their lifetime. It doesn’t matter how long it takes as long as it results in happiness.

After all, the road to success has no end; it knows no beginnings and does not have one single definition. It’s up to you to draw the map.

 

Choosing a career path

At a very young age I remember playing different roles with my school friends or alone (I had a wide imagination and still do), and although each of us played a different role every time we met (teacher, business woman, dentist, and housewife) , I really believe that the roles we held during playtime are a significant element in highlighting our dream jobs or career aspirations. We may have found ourselves acting as the doctor treating pretend sick playmates or the school teacher controlling the class of mischievous children in the past but the values held during play time show a great deal about what was important for us in a career during childhood. A career for us at that time was more of a dream that resembled the lives of those who we knew and admired.

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As we grew up the definition of a career became more and more related to academic subjects. We may have found that we enjoyed chemistry as a subject in school and hence sought out a career path that incorporated chemistry e.g. pharmaceutical studies or we may have enjoyed history or drama and hence sought out social sciences for further studies.

For some people however, a career path was chosen for them by their parents, family or society. They may have become doctors because their fathers had that dream for them or engineers because of their mothers’ wishes. They may have chosen a business major so that they may join their family business when their hearts were truly in art and architecture. Gradually they may have found a passion hidden in what was chosen for them as a career. Or they would have discovered what would be their true passion along the way.

Whether or not people take action on pursuing this new passion requires courage and strength. This is very true when so many barriers are put in place against such decision such as a family member, money, prestige, society expectations etc. Therefore not many end up taking that courageous step of stepping into the unknown and following their passion. Only those who find the strength to take that step may find fulfillment at work.

The main thing to point out is that whichever way a career path is chosen; it could change at any given time during our lives as our priorities change or as our interests change. There is nothing wrong with wanting this change if it will serve our life purpose and will place us more in line with our passions. It is however necessary to be in a place of no regrets before embarking into anything new. It is necessary to take the learning from every decision we take and the experience it gives us. It is also necessary to hold on to a chosen career path if it fulfills us and helps us grow. It is necessary to be brave and fight for what we want and it starts now regardless of our age.

To sum up, careers are chosen because of:

1. Passion –knowing the impact we want to have on this world and choosing a career that will honor that.

2. Inspiration – looking at a role model (e.g. father, sibling, famous artist) and deciding to replicate their lives into ours.

3. Experience – picking a career based on the accumulated experiences we gain during our early lives.

These choices shape up a major part of our lives and who we are. How did you choose your career path?

 

Lessons from the world cup

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Ever since childhood I’ve been somewhat of a football fan. It’s not that I must watch every single game that is on TV but when it comes to major tournaments like the World Cup my heart gets set on that screen and I start feeling the football fever. This is exactly what happened this year too and I’m grateful to say that this time I’m not only being entertained by the game, I’m also learning. You see there’s a lot more to the World Cup than just pure entertainment. There are lessons to be learnt too!!

Team Work

Watching those men on the field makes you realize how much team work it takes to win a game. When you watch a good performance its usually not a one man show, it’s a one-team show. Players on the field work together towards one objective. The team manager has assistants, specific coaches and physicians who are there to support the players in achieving the best outcome in each game. When all of the stakeholders are in sync with each other and everyone knows how his role contributes towards the overall objective of winning, the result becomes outstanding performance.

Resourcefulness

Many families and friends get together to watch the games in one place. Some travel abroad to attend the games themselves. People will look for means and solutions to ensure that they can witness each match. They will make sure they have the right resources around. From having the right people watching with them, to ensuring snacks and beverages are available all the way to ensuring the connection is all set. Creativity sparks in many forms. This proves one thing. When people get creative they can become very resourceful.

Reflecting on organizations

I find that if these qualities were replicated in organizations we could be looking at better performance from employees. If more organizations sought out to learn about driving performance from events like the World Cup, then a lot can be achieved. That’s what’s drawing me into looking further for more hints from these professionals who spend their early lives doing what they love – football. I think they are worth to watch, what do you think?