To Success in a Work setting
I went to professional development class and I want to share what I learn
1) Trust Your First Impressions
Forget everything your mother told you. When negotiating a contract with a potential vendor, you often can -- indeed, should -- judge a book by its cover. After all, everyone is on best behavior at the beginning of a business relationship. IF something look too good be true its usually is.
2) Study the system.
If you want to fit in, take mental notes. Addition to it watches how your co-workers interact, how they work and how they blow off steam. Studying and then imitating these nuances is essential.
3) Make allies.
Start with your boss and immediate teammates. But don't overlook colleagues and managers beyond your department. New hires that spend time internally networking within the company perform better are promoted faster and can expect to have a much stronger network than those who don’t.
4) Get in the game.
If you don't have enough work on your plate, offer to take some off your manager's or teammates' hands. Likewise, when attending your first meeting, dive into the fray right away. Be prepared to join the discussion (or at the very least, introduce yourself and convey your excitement about joining the team). Be mindful, though, that you don't hog the floor or come off as a know-it-all.
5) Exceed expectations.
Ask your boss what she expects you to accomplish your first three months on the job. How does doing your job fit into meeting the department's goals? The more you understand how your role fits into the overall picture, the easier it will be for you to emphasize the right things in your performance." And the sooner you know your boss's expectations of you, the sooner you can work on exceeding them.
6) Ask questions.
No one will fault you for asking a lot of questions. As the department newbie, it's pretty much your job. Most of us do not get the benefit of a formal training program. A question that should have been asked and wasn't can have catastrophic consequences that will not soon be forgotten
7) Admit mistakes.
Own up to your goofs -- immediately. work with your boss to find a viable solution and implement it right away. Doing so shows integrity and an ability to troubleshoot.
8) Nail the details.
Looking like you have everything under control is half the battle. So, make your deadlines. Show up to meetings on time and prepared. Follow up when you say you're going to follow up. Memorize people's names and learn to pronounce them correctly. Take notes if you have to. Spell-check and proofread your work religiously. And clean up your workspace once in a while.
9) Nix perfectionism.
There's proofreading your work and there's spending four hours trying to perfect a one-paragraph email and missing a critical deadline in the process. Instead of trying to make it perfect, use the "reasonable man test." If a reasonable man or woman would find it great, then press enter."
10) Take lunch Break.
Sure, you want to show that you're working hard. But miss lunch every day and you miss a chance to get the inside scoop on the organization, your department and its key players. Go and dine with your higher-ups twice a month. You'll be among the first to know about big changes coming down the pike and prime opportunities you can jump on and these time to really good.
11) Be true to yourself.
Corporate America calls for a certain amount of faking it till you make it. But that doesn't give you license to lose yourself along the way. It's easy to look at those that have succeeded before you and try to imitate them. But remember that you have your own unique set of strengths and weaknesses. Embrace them. If you are trying to be someone you are not, you will never do justice to your real strengths. "The corporate world has had enough pretenders -- we need you to be you."
Good Luck in Corporate my FIONE Businessmen: