10 Ways to Survive Today's Office
Life at work can be fun, serious, harried, confusing, and
rewarding. Sometimes it happens all in the same day. In a world
where the only thing constant is change, here are 10 things to
learn, not only to survive, but to thrive!
1. Don't expect anything - like someone to always tell you
what to do Have you ever sat and waited on others for direction.
(They should be telling me what to do right?) If someone wanted
to tell you what to do, trust me, they would have done it
already. Be confident and move forward.
2. If someone else is making a decision, let them own it Wishing
you had the authority to decide something on another's plate
won't change their decision. It also doesn't do them any favours
if you are trying to hold on to whatever they need to do. Allow
them to do what they believe is right.
3. Fix what you can, don't sweat what you can't If you have the
ability to make something better at work, to clear up a
misunderstanding, make a decision, or recommend a better
process, then do it. If you don't have the ability to change it,
simply let it be.
4. Everyone wants to do a good job Really! People don't set out
to get it wrong, or miss the mark. They act on what they know,
and what they actually heard of the directions.
5. Let your head drive business, and your heart guide your head
Use your brains, it is what got you to the job you are in, but
always pay attention to your gut, if something doesn't feel
right, it is worth digging into, and if it feels good, go with
6. A lot of it is point of view You may work hard producing
something that only gets 5 minutes airtime at the meeting, but
without that piece of information, the meeting may have revolved
for hours around the lack of that knowledge. A certain piece of
information means something different to different people in
different areas of the organization, and most certainly to
different levels of management.
7. Effective direction conveys the intent and allows the other
to develop the content Paint a clear picture of the desired
result, the best end state (including anything you don't want
along the way), then give freedom and space which allows others
to use their knowledge, skills and creativity to build something
beyond your imagination. Of course, if you know exactly what you
want, and how you want it done, then just say that. There is a
time and a place for each.
8. Don't just react, write the e-mail, walk away, then re-write
it a couple of times without the negative emotion Peel it back
to facts and data, don't assume, and clarify information.
Perpetuating negative emotions can make them grow exponentially.
Make it your standard to always drop the bad feelings, and get
on with business.
9. A leader stands in their own space and allows other to do the
same Leaders understand their own ability to influence any
situation they come into contact with, and they accept that
responsibility. They respect all others, acknowledging that we
all have purpose in being here, and that no one of us is greater
10. Don't take work or yourself too seriously There will be
times when things go wrong, when work piles up or needs to be
re-done, and stuff happens. So why not enjoy it anyways?