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Top 7 Ways to Survive Today's Office
By Ann-Marie Latoski
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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 7 things to learn, not only to survive, but to thrive!
- 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.
- Fix what you can, donít sweat what you canít.
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.
- 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 it!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 than another.
- Donít 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?
Ann-Marie is a dynamic leader, speaker, author and coach. As former Marketing Director for the printed SuperPages in Canada, Ann-Marie is known for her vision, passion and business success. Her first book, Sweet Success and Integrity is full of practical wisdom and guidance for surviving life at the office. Visit her at http://www.amcoaching.ca [http://www.amcoaching.ca/book/index.php].
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Article Submitted On: January 12, 2006