Finding career success and satisfaction really isn’t complicated. Some people try to make it difficult by listing the “10 Steps For Career Happiness” or “The 24 Most Important Skills To Get That Next Promotion.” While those 10 or 24 steps may in fact be very important, career success really requires just three skills.
We’ve already reviewed the first two skills. The first one is Critical Thinking. Being able to sort through, analyze, and prioritize the vast amount of` information at our disposal is critically important. So is our second skill, the ability to communicate well. Verbal and written communication, listening, and our actions are all part of effective communication.
The last skill needed for career success? Valuing people. In a recent blog post, Thenappan Radhakrishnan, stated, “Genuine appreciation seeks out the value, the worth, within every employee, every customer interaction and every situation and then uses that value proactively to generate business success.” I believe the same can be said for personal success.
Golfer Phil Mickelson understood this concept during the 2013 British Open. After a birdie on the 15th hole during the first day of play, Phil noticed a little boy with a cast on his left arm. So on his way to the 16th tee box in one of the biggest golf tournaments of the year, Phil threw the birdie-ball to the young fan, saying, “Here you go, little man.” Phil gets it – he values people.
Lots of people contribute to your career success. Coworkers, bosses, people who report to you, people who serve you by keeping your computer running or bathrooms clean, they all deserve your appreciation. Customers, vendors, even friends and family play a part in your career so valuing their contribution to your success and satisfaction is important!
Here are some practical ways to value all of those people around you.
Get to know those around you and take a real interest in who they are. Where were they born? Do they have a family? What drives them? What is their personality? People are interesting so get to know them!
Put others first
This starts by getting over yourself and not taking yourself too seriously. Many people contribute to your success so show your appreciation by serving them and letting them have the spotlight.
Empathy is the ability to understand how someone feels, seeing things from their perspective, putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. Being able to do this well will help you connect with others.
Don’t be a complainer
No one likes a whiner. Need I say more?
Have a sense of humor
Humor, used appropriately, disarms people and makes you an easy person to be around.
According to Harvard Business Review, good manners allow business to function well. “Manners are the lubricating oil of an organization. Manners—simple things like saying “please” and “thank you” and knowing a person’s name or asking after her family—enable two people to work together whether they like each other or not.”
Smile a lot!!! Right along with no complaining and humor, smiling is a way to keep an upbeat attitude and atmosphere. Isn’t it more pleasant to be around a smiler than a frowner?
You come in contact with dozens or even hundreds of people every day. Valuing them, showing appreciation for the impact they have on your life, will not only positively influence your life and career but also make the world a better place for everyone.
How do you value and appreciate others?
Darren K. Ford
I've enjoyed a great career. Worked in many different industries with great coworkers and customers. I talk to a lot of people while drinking a lot of coffee. I read constantly. From all of this, I have much to say.