Monday, July 24, 2017

Take it easy on your perfectionist inclinations at Work!!

Are you a perfectionist? A healthy balance of perfectionism is usually a good thing. As a professional, you want to give 100 percent at your job. You want to make sure that your clients and all key stakeholders are happy and that any task you are handed is completed to high standards. But for some professionals with perfectionist tendencies, this can provide extra stress. The need to create perfection at every turn starts to impact your productivity, stopping you from getting things done and leading to a string of missed deadlines., Gradually it starts to impact your sleep and health, thereby turning you into an irritated nagging individual.
Like so much in life there’s a balance to achieve, a level of output quality that you can live with and those around you are happy is at times good to go with. If you’re struggling to control your own perfectionism, here’s how to rein it back in.

Use your skill set wisely.
Perfectionists have a special skill set that allows them to provide high quality, and a high level of detail at their jobs. While we all have some level of perfectionist tendencies, some find it harder to control the tendency than others. Determine when it is appropriate for you to use your perfectionist tendencies to their full potential.

Learning to say No.
There are positive and negative ways to say no, of course, so learn how to turn down work that you can’t handle with grace, professionally and positively.

Stick to the objective in Hand.
Most of the time the important thing is getting things done, something finished, rather than aiming for perfection. At the end of the day every task is different. Some projects demand total perfection, others are more forgiving and just need to be done to a standard that’s good enough. Knowing the difference can change a perfectionist’s life for the better. Having a solid, detailed brief and a strict timescale for a project helps perfectionists reel themselves in and keeps other people’s expectations under control.

Learning to delegate
It is just not possible to do everything on your own. Delegating to other people has considerable business value. Making them feel trusted and respected, helping them to grow in their role, feel more confident and take their skills to the next level. It’s really important not to criticize colleagues whose work is less than your version of perfect.

Knowing everyone is different

It’s important to understand that everybody is different. When you understand other people’s motivations and working styles, it helps you treat people with more respect and also helps you dial down the enormous amounts of pressure you apply to yourself. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Develop your Leadership Skills- best thing you can do for yourself and your career.

You can leverage the key fundamentals of successful leadership in order to impact your team and become the leader you desire to be. No matter where you are on the career ladder, it is never too late to start or continue developing your leadership skills. Leadership is often described as a set of behaviours and skills which can be trained and enhanced, just like many other skills.

Leadership is about stepping up and becoming the kind of person others aspire to be.  There are ways to create these opportunities for yourself—no matter where you work. There are many tips, depending upon every individual, however, few traits needs to be engrained to be successful.

Doing the best job doesn’t require a spectacular Title.

Being a leader has nothing to do with your job title. You don’t have to be the boss or have a corner office to be a leader. Leadership today is not about title; it is not about the position you have in the organization. Every day, you are faced with situational leadership opportunities that allow you to demonstrate that you can take charge and bring people together with a common goal. A good leader doesn’t need a title to make their point.

 Preach what you teach.

The best leaders are those who lead by example. Putting in the extra time to get the job done shows passion and commitment to a common goal as well as loyalty to the team and the organization. If you want your team to work hard, you must work hard yourself to gain everyone’s loyalty and get them to follow your lead.

Prioritise and set that Goal.

Good leaders focus on the solution, rather than the problem. They are very focused on the objectives that need to be achieved and they use their energies to develop a plan and strategy to achieve these objectives. They are good at prioritising so that the most important and urgent things are done first.

The Onus is on you, Take it with pride.

When things go wrong, they don’t just start pointing fingers – instead, they are not afraid to take first-person responsibility for the team’s actions and consequences. This shows integrity and gains people’s trust.

Develop your People. It is a part of the process of developing yourself.

Great leaders build people, empower them, trust them to create a stronger team – which benefits the organisation overall. They achieve this by being a keen observer of human behaviour, so that they learn about the strengths and weaknesses of different members of their team, and a deeper understanding of team dynamics. They then use their communication skills to empathise with each of the team members and build relationships with them and between them.