Saturday, April 11, 2015

Three Lines You Should Not Use at Work

Nowadays, more and more people, men and women alike, are career-driven and would like to move up the corporate ladder. Gone are the days when you content to just bring home the bacon. Now, you want to be able to bring home the pig and then some.

In order to start your way up the corporate ladder, though, there are three lines that you should not use.

First, stay away from the lines, "this is how we've always done it" or "in my previous company, this is how we did it." There is nothing wrong with following best practices and there is nothing wrong with learning from previous experiences, as long as they do not stop you from recognizing new and better ways to perform on the job. One scenario that is always given is about tying one's shoe laces. When you were young, your parents taught you how to tie your laces and this is something you carried with you until now. Now, however, it is advisable to double knot your laces. So, while you've been tying your laces the same way all your life, it is better to double knot. It will stay tied longer.

You should also be careful about saying "I don't have time ... " Time management is very important in order for you to succeed in the corporate world. Along with managing your time, you should learn to choose your battles. You cannot make time for everything, but you should make time for battles you can win and delegate other tasks to those who can do well in it. This also means that you should know your strengths and how to use them to your advantage.

Finally, how many times have you said "I can't do that" without first trying the task? Most of the time, you shy away from the unknown. On the other hand, you can only learn new things if you explore beyond your comfort zone. So, the next time you feel like saying, "I can't do that," try saying "let's try it" and see how much further you can push yourself and you never know, you just might surprise yourself too.

It takes work for you to be able to work your way up the corporate ladder. If you are not comfortable of reaching beyond your usual ways or stretching yourself further, it will be much harder and will take longer for you to get to the top.

No comments:

Post a Comment