In these challenging times, we are more pressed to become guided by virtues because these values make us whole in the midst of the wrong we see around us. In doing our daily business, we have to practice what is right in order to build trust. There is always a crowd before us. We have to do right, even when it is hard to do right.
If we are ethical in our personal life, we will know the difference of behaving in high standards. Personal ethics is the foundation of professional ethics. It will entail us to go by dependability, patience, compassion, loyalty, respect, objectivity and wisdom. These values will be the pillars of our strength as individuals. How do we learn the standard? From growing up, we are taught moral principles, and those things that are right or wrong. As we age, we further learn that conforming to the norms and standards of society provides us better opportunities to advance in our relationships, both personal and in business.
Respect is a word which bears a heavy meaning in all relationships, and without that, good relationships cannot be cultivated. Respect for others breeds tolerance for them even if they don’t share our perspectives. It would be hard to exist in a world where we would always try to change people’s opinions and impose on them our personal judgments. However, practicing integrity is a choice and living a life of integrity will present us issues to tackle and sacrifices to endure. Nevertheless, our ethical behavior will help create an environment of respect and dignity. If we want to build lasting and wholesome relationships in business, we must align ourselves with the ethical standards of organizations where we belong. Then we would have no need of rules when this is ingrained in our very being.
We can stand tall, when we have integrity. Have you got it on you?
By Richard Templar
Rule 1- Walk your talk
1. Get your work noticed
2. Never stand still
3. Volunteer carefully
4. Carve out a niche for yourself
5. Under promise and over deliver
6. Know something others don’t
7. Be 100% committed
8. Enjoy what you are doing
9. Develop the right attitude
10. Never let anyone know how hard you work
Rule 2 – Know that you’re being judged at all times
1. Dress well
2. Cultivate a smile
3. No limp fish – develop the perfect handshake
4. Exude confidence and energy
5. Develop a style that gets you noticed
6. Pay attention to personal grooming
7. Be attractive
8. Be cool
9. Speak well
10. Write well
Rule 3 – Have a plan
1. Know what you want long term
2. Know what you want short term
3. Study the promotion system
4. Develop a game plan
5. Set objectives
6. Know your role
7. Know yourself – strengths and weaknesses
8. Identify key times and events
9. Anticipate threats
10. Look for opportunities
Rule 4- If you can’t say anything nice, shut up
1. Don’t gossip
2. Don’t bitch
3. Stand up for others
4. Compliment people sincerely
5. Be cheerful and positive
6. Ask questions
7. Use “please” and “thank you”
8. Don’t swear
9. Be a good listener
10. Only speak sense
Rule 5- Look after yourself
1. Know the ethics of your industry
2. Know the legalities of your industry
3. Set personal standards
4. Never lie
5. Never cover up for anyone
6. Keep records
7. Know the difference between the truth & the whole truth
8. Cultivate your support/contacts/friends
9. Understand others’ motives
10. Assume everyone else is playing by different rules
Rule 6- Blend in
1. Know the corporate culture
2. Speak the language
3. Dress up or down accordingly
4. Be adaptable in your dealings with different people
5. Know where to hang out, and when
6. Understand the social protocols
7. Know the rules about authority
8. Know the rules about the office hierarchy
9. Never disapprove of others
10. Understand the herd mentality
Rule 7- Act one step ahead
1. Dress one step ahead
2. Talk one step ahead
3. Act one step ahead
4. Think one step ahead
5. Address corporate issues and problems
6. Talk of “we” rather than “I”
7. Walk the walk
8. Spend more time with senior staff
9. Get people to assume you have already made the step
10. Prepare for the step after next
Rule 8- Cultivate diplomacy
1. Ask questions in times of conflict
2. Don’t take sides
3. Known when to keep your opinions to yourself
4. Be conciliatory
5. Never lose your temper
6. Never get personal
7. Know how to handle other people’s anger
8. Stand your ground
9. Be objective about the situation
10. Put things in perspective
Rule 9- Know the system and milk it
1. Know all the unspoken rules of office life
2. Know what to call everyone
3. Know when to stay late & when to go early
4. Know the theft or perk rule
5. Identify the people who count
6. Be on the right side of the people who count
7. Be well up on new management techniques
8. Know the undercurrents & hidden agendas
9. Know the favorites & cultivate them
10. Know the mission statement and understand it
Rule 10- Handle the opposition
1. Identify the opposition
2. Study them closely
3. Don’t back-stab
4. Know the psychology of promotion
5. Don’t give too much away
6. Keep your ear to the ground
7. Make the opposition seem irreplaceable
8. Don’t damn the opposition with faint praise
9. Capitalize on the career enhancing moments
10. Cultivate the friendship & approval of your colleagues
2009 was a gorgeous treat for me.
Another year is in store for all of us, one that is full of promise– and I am excited to find new territories to conquer again. Yet there are more lessons to learn, more people to thank for – my family, the people I work with across the US, and all my friends. The long hours I spent in creative ferment will one day see its prize.
So, alone in this inspired path I would go; tho’ none notice, as I would not require the presence of negative influences *grin. No time to waste on inappreciable company. My rule now: detach from people who are affecting me negatively (at least I hope I can).
Just thankful that I have a clear take on where I want to head for because I have decided to refine my focus on things that will matter to me.
Happy 2010! May this year see us a better person.
All the best,
Tara Estacaan (**,)
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A hint to micromanagers: When you look at people too closely, you will surely find flaws.
I would like to identify zero-target managing, a serious case of micro-managing as sub-atomic managing. Ever heard of that word, sub-atomic? Well, here it is now, I’m telling you.
Once the staff is being treated poorly at work— that’s zeroing on at the false target. If results are low, it could be that the unfortunate personnel is not being negligent at work, but just frustrated at infinitesimal how-to-do details that are handed.
Hindered. A worker cannot carry out what one is supposed to achieve. This can be the upshot of managers overly-communicating with them. Things can get confusing on which task to do first, and precisely in the manner that was given.
When the nature of work inclines with the creative, micromanaging is a creativity-killer. Do not expect good results when people are given the impression that they are not trusted for what they can do.
Seasoned personnel can feel low in morale when a micromanager steps into the scenario, telling everyone what to do, step by step, line by line. They feel let-down with the fact that they get no good completion at tasks plus they often get reprimanded for not doing the manager’s minute method of doing things.
The issue of micromanaging is indication of the manager’s distrust on people. Disregarding the staff’s efficiency and problem solving skills makes a slump in the organization’s total performance. Everyone suffers when micromanagers are actively pursuing their responsibilities.
On the contrary, status checking and reporting can be set on a regular basis so the flow of work can be tracked down. Follow-up and ask if person assigned needs support or experiencing some problems with the task. It would be better to delegate work while the manager supplies the tools. Focus on the results that workers can furnish at the end of the day. Everyone has unique ways of accomplishing work; it does not have to be mechanical.
Managers will develop efficient employees when they are allowed to absorb job knowledge and make decisions. People were hired, primarily to do their jobs. Now let them.
Assertiveness can be defined as a way of standing up for yourself while still considering the rights of other people. In contrast to the non-assertive people who exhibit either passive or aggressive behavior, assertive people know what is right for themselves and for others.
Passive individuals are those who allow others to breach their own rights and are afraid to voice out their feelings.
On the other hand, aggressive individuals take too much a liking to defend their rights and forget to consider the rights of others also. They make much insistence on what is the rightful treatment for them… that they harm other people in the process.
What is assertiveness? It can be shown in the following statements:
I have the right to:
1. Think & act for myself.
2. Provide no explanation for my actions.
3. Refuse to find answers for the problems of other people.
4. Change my decisions.
5. Make my mistakes.
6. Say no without guilt.
7. Admit that I don’t understand some things or ideas.
8. Acknowledge that I don’t care for some things or ideas.