Deirdre Elphick-Moore, Co-Founder of The Office Coach
Deirdre Elphick-Moore of The Office Coach has found in the training sphere,
for employees to get the most out of the role and their career - attitude is everything!
The right attitude can get you ahead.
According to American motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar, “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
It is said that 90% of your success in life will be determined by your attitude, and only 10% by your aptitude.
So it stands to reason that if you find ways to positively manage, develop and improve your attitude - you are 90% of the way to personal success.
Deirdre advises: “To ensure that your attitude is empowering you, remember to take full advantage of the opportunities that surround you every day.”
There are certain behaviours that all managers wish every employee knew, and when used are the key to earning more and getting promoted faster:
1. Take responsibility for your role as a part of the organisation
Write your own career script rather than waiting for someone to write it for you.
Go the extra mile and work well beyond your job description.
Confidently build your skill level and continually look forwards to make yourself more valuable.
Identify and focus on your strengths; actively look for opportunities to apply and showcase them.
2. Focus on your career goals
Without goals you have no direction. You must decide what you want to achieve and why.
Your goals should have a clear result and purpose, backed up with an action plan.
Write your career goals in a journal and ensure that you do something each and every day that moves you towards these goals.
3. Ask for what you want
The future belongs to people who ask for what they want. Don’t sit back, hoping things will improve.
Ask in a courteous and polite manner, but persistently ask. This will effectively communicate your ambition, intent and leadership potential to your boss.
4. Develop the ability to communicate in a powerful and persuasive manner
Can you effectively and quickly capture your listener’s attention and get your message across? Can you write clearly, persuasively and with impact?
Get books on these subjects and improve these stand-out skills.
The good communicators tend to attract the best jobs and projects.
5. Commit to continuous learning
Take courses, read books, and continuously learn and develop new skills.
The quest for never-ending improvement will give you motivation, energy and drive. This learning attitude will always show in your performance.
6. Guard your reputation
All successful business and personal relationships are based on trust. Your character and reputation is your single most valuable asset - guard it.
7. Stay abreast of business trends
Regularly read the business section of your newspaper or business magazines.
Be able to identify trends that will have an impact on your industry over the next two years, and any potential threats to your industry or profession.
The ability to anticipate trends is a superb business skill.
8. Develop a positive attitude
Your attitude at work will always determine your level of eventual success.
People who are cheerful and optimistic will always be liked more than the moaners and groaners.
The best team players are those who display a supportive and positive demeanour.
9. Create a successful image
People do and will always judge you on what you look like. Make every effort to look like the winner you are at work.
10. Always treat people well
Treat all people in the manner that you would wish to be treated. The more people that like and respect you, the bigger your chance of success.
Deirdre finally adds: “I always recommend [committing] to small increments of improvement every single day.
You have abilities, talents, and strengths that you haven’t begun to reach for – you have unlimited power within you. Use it!”
For more information visit The Office Coach.
Pic Credit: Nikki Gill, Amos Tayts,Resume Target.