The corporate world is often portrayed as a cold, soulless entity that would eat you alive if it could. It could if you were unfortunate enough to be in the wrong organization. But if you belonged to a great organization, it could provide invaluable life lessons.
You have to have your Vision/Mission Statement
Like Stephen Covey teaches in his best-selling book “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, you must begin with the end in mind. It’s easy to move forward when you know where you’re going. If you’re still in two minds, start small. If you haven’t figured out what it is you want to do, visualize where you want to be in one, five, or ten years. Then you can break it down into smaller plans to get where you want to be.
Feedback is a gift
Too often, we take feedback personally. Well, it is, but it can be a learning tool for you to improve as a person. The key is to communicate effectively by doing it often, not just in one go. If you got a complaint from a friend, ask what specific thing or action you can do to mitigate it. Check back with that friend to see if you were successful in addressing his concern. It also goes both ways. Don’t let small things accumulate until you’re too angry and you won’t make sense if you burst out your anger over a trivial thing.
Attitude is what makes your day
Every job is hard, that’s why it’s called work. And not every day can be sunny. As a manager, the things that you will value most in an employee is their attitude. As an employee, you’ll often experience change and how you handle it will spell how much stress you’ll have.
Who or what do you work for?
It’s not the company that you work for, you work for yourself. You work for your dreams, your family, your passion. Who or what you work for is your motivation. It cannot be for someone else. A company may go down, your department may get dissolved, your colleagues may leave, but your reason for working is still there. You still have your vision, and because of that, you will still work on working on.