Do you know the secrets of success in the corporate environment? You might guess that they involve technical skills or specific corporate knowledge. However, if executives could pick just one essential skill they wanted to see their employees, what would that skill be? The major thing is people skills involving communication, listening and a high degree of ethics. At this juncture, let us examine in detail, the skills executives look for in employees as postulated by Kevin Hogan.
Integrity and Honesty: Have you ever head anyone who says that he has integrity or that he is honest? If you heard ever heard such profession; do you realise that you doubted whether the person possessed the attribute? Why? Because the word integrity and honesty are so powerful that they immediately evoke its antonym characteristics. Therefore, people must not hear you say that you are an honest person or that you work for a trustworthy company. So, how do you let people know that you are an honest person who holds integrity in high regard? You must communicate with others in a way that makes it evident that you have integrity and that you are honest.
People Skills: What are people skills? As already stated, these are concerned with the ability to communicate with other people efficiently. People skills also include dealing with difficult customers, fellow employees who are a pain to cope with, and representing your division, office or company grandly in person and with the phone. People skills take time to develop. Sometimes the socialiser personality is natural at people skills though they do tend to go on and on, on occasions. People skills are best defined as the skills necessary to build and maintain rapport with other people.
Action Oriented: How do you know that you are an action-oriented person? Like all other traits, you can’t brag about this. Once gained, you must let people hear you communicate your orientation to action in your daily communication: “You know it; it always fascinates me that people will wait until the last minute before beginning a project that they know will be critical to the office. Then, of course, they don’t finish on time, and other projects add up on the way. Do you know what I mean?” This as an assertion says that you have already had the forethought to think through and participate in action-oriented thinking.
Creativity: Creativity is vital in developing products, problem-solving and taking old ideas and putting a new spin on them to improve what was once without changing everything overnight. It is usually best that people see your creativity in small and financially efficient ways before recommending moving your company headquarters, changing anything too dramatically, or even altering clothing styles too much. However, when you begin to make small changes that work within the company, you will start to be seen as a visionary. When communicating with others about creativity, note that what another company did that worked in a similar situation and make remarks about the creative genius behind the idea. This allows others to see that you are indeed creative and that you might just be the person to go to when something similar comes up in your office.
Goal Orientation: What you didn’t say might speak volumes when it comes to goals and strategic thinking. How can someone know that you are a goal oriented person without your talking about your own goals and your goal achievement history? Consider asking questions that reflect in-depth thinking such as: what is the company’s goal for growth this year? What is our sales objective for the month? What would it take for our stock price to go up by 10%? All these questions show a goal orientation. It should be evident to people that you are a goal oriented person and that you are actively setting and accomplishing goals. Sometimes actions speak louder than words. It might also be prudent to let people overhear you talking about goals that you have met and set; on the telephone, without making your telephone calls sound like you’re bragging to the listener.
Persistence: If you were the parent of a child caught in a burning building, you’d figure out a way to get your baby out, and fast. That’s what persistence is. Persistence is not doing the same action repeatedly and getting the same failure as a result. That is called insanity. Persistence is being able to stick to doing something until it is done right and profitably. Persistence pays. Communicate to others your ability to persist until you succeed by your non-verbal language.
Positive Thinking: Some executives like the Pollyanna attitude of always keeping a smile on your face, always faking it onto you make it. That can be useful for some companies, but not in most businesses. A person who is a positive thinker is not voicing dismal pessimism when a project goes awry. When things go wrong, the positive thinker says, “Huh, something must have gone wrong. Will have to correct that and get it done right as soon as possible.” It’s not so much saying that all bad experiences are lessons and that failure is just another form of feedback (tell that to the pilot who crashes into the mountain). Positive thinking really is the “nothing will stop us” attitude. No one ever must hear you brag about your positive attitude. What they will hear is how you respond to the calls that life and business throw at you.
Vision: Do you have the ability to communicate your vision of your future and your company’s future to other people in the business? It’s always worth being careful when discussing your future with your company, mainly when your future vision includes a position that is significantly different from the one you are currently occupying. Imagine that you are in the development division of a company and you are continually talking about your future in the sales and marketing division. You could be perceived as being very dissatisfied with your current position. How do you deal with this paradox?
Time Management: Your communication should not review it time urgency. People who constantly are pressed for time at busy, but it often will appear to others that you are you prepared or disorganised. However, your communication should reveal that you are working and that continue to accomplish all your important work. As in all communication, your actions and words will determine whether people see you as a winner or as someone on the way down. One way to deal with people who were at the top, or closer to the top than you are, is to discover what their values are in time management. However, it is not, and therefore many people spend their days majoring in minors and working their way down or out of the company. You can be different by learning how to be an effective manager of your work and the clock.
Financial Management: Do you have what it takes to be prudently frugal? Any money spent should promote some greater financial figure. Some areas of financial management are difficult to measure, of course. Anyone can calculate the value, cost, or savings of turning lights off at the end of the day or upgrading a PC instead of buying an entirely new one? However, how do you calculate the value of attending a seminar of bringing a corporate speaker to your company? What about understanding the importance of employee contentment programs ranging from simple awards and plaques to contest and competitions for cruises or trips? Employees who enjoy their work tend to outperform employees were not happy with the jobs.
Ongoing Learning: The average employee at work is average. The people who go to the top are people participate in continuous learning. The read books, take classes and go to seminars.