Measure yourself against your own standards

Never judge your performance or benchmark yourself according to what your boss expects. You end up just being a pawn for what someone else wants, while never pushing yourself – resulting in a lack of confidence and self-motivation. Instead, set your own high standards for your performance, and judge yourself according to those. Then be … Continue reading Measure yourself against your own standards

Give your opinion when it’s asked for

During your early years as an employee and thereafter, you’ll be asked your opinion on various aspects of the company and industry by your boss and superiors. It’s incredibly frustrating when young employees answer these questions with “I’m not sure” or “I don’t know”. Not only are you not contributing anything to the conversation, you’re … Continue reading Give your opinion when it’s asked for

Excellence is the next 2 minutes

Excellence is in the current moment. What are you doing now? Do it well. If you’re working on an excel sheet, give it 100% focus to ensure it’s accurate. If you’re talking to a co-worker, give them the attention, respect and acknowledgements that will make them feel valued instead of looking bored and trying to … Continue reading Excellence is the next 2 minutes

Do you have a destination?

Somebody drops you in a strange city you’ve never been to, gives you a vehicle and tells you to make your way to a certain landmark within the city. He explains the landmark to you and says it’s about 10km away, but gives you no instructions or directions. Would you jump in the car and … Continue reading Do you have a destination?

Mindfulness has a place in the office

The concept of mindfulness is often spoken about purely in spiritual terms, when in fact, it is something that is particularly relevant to your life in the business world. What is Mindfulness? The website PsychologyToday.com does a very good job of defining the concept: Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When … Continue reading Mindfulness has a place in the office

Knowledge is a choice: 4 basics for young employees to incorporate

I don’t think we realise just how fortunate we are in the modern world when it comes to access to knowledge and information. Answers to almost any fact or piece of information you’d like to know are accessible within seconds on our mobile devices. It presents a great opportunity for personal and career acceleration for … Continue reading Knowledge is a choice: 4 basics for young employees to incorporate

Good communication – the workplace skill you can’t avoid

Here’s a secret when it comes to climbing the career ladder, and some might say it’s an unfortunate secret: You need to be noticed. You need to make yourself heard instead of blending in with the crowd. For example, if you’re working in a group, volunteer to be the one who presents back. In group … Continue reading Good communication – the workplace skill you can’t avoid