Build your people skills by developing people in your sphere – your clients, colleagues or managers. At Jidaw the emphasis here is not on formal classroom training; career development and growth is about enriching experiences with people.
Jidaw asks: Can you really get on well with your colleagues if you don’t share in their achievements? Get interested in what others are doing and people will be interested in what you are doing. Grow up! The world does not revolve around you. It has never been just about you. Grow beyond yourself. At Jidaw we urge students to think – You are very proud of your achievements but in celebrating your achievements have you made others feel useful and respected? Do you want growth? Then promote growth where you work and with the people you work with – that is your primary assignment.
Going out of your way to encourage others is a sign of initiative. It is a sign that you care. It’s a realization that it’s not just about you; it’s a practical way of putting people first. In the words of William Purkey “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”
As our trainees at Jidaw achieve success in the training and certification sphere, we continually tell them to keep their feet on the ground. You have achieved technical certification; how have you encouraged your peers and subordinates in this area? Let me tell you something – if you people around don’t grow, you don’t grow. You appear very sure of your self worth? Help others discover their self worth. Do your people feel good about themselves when they are with you? The people around you are directly connected to your success and the achievement of your career goals. Jidaw’s tip – Develop yourself by developing others.
Give honest and sincere appreciation. How well are you sharing and exposing others to growth opportunities? “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jidaw notes that you seek encouragement; the question however is that do you encourage others? Create a personal network. Use the network to keep people informed on issues and challenges. Pay attention and show interest in others for example in their important milestones and concerns. Jidaw insists that going beyond self is the path of growth.
Teach others, encourage, guide. Do it with sincerity not just from the “immediate-benefit-What-is-in-it-for-me” perspective. Arouse a real desire for growth in others. This works both ways if you are sincere – you will get their support and encouragement, and they will open doors for you in ways you can’t imagine. Never underestimate the power of goodwill – the power of people.
At Jidaw we reemphasize the simple lesson: develop others and you develop yourself. Self development, career growth is not an exclusive out of this world experience. It must be grounded in reality by putting people at the center.
HAVE YOUR SAY: How well do you develop those around you? How important is people in your career development? Please share your comments, thoughts and opinions.
Innovation and Development Advisor, ICT at Jidaw
ICT Development Advisory Support and Consulting