Feb 162011

“I hate this job!” You hear this often from people who are not satisfied with the job they hold.  But they can’t take this thing called “job” away from them because it brings food to the table, buys them clothes and shoes to keep them in fashion, buys medicine to keep them healthy, and pays for almost everything they need on a day-to-day basis. Technically, it’s ironic that something like a “job” would be hated by so many people when it can bring them many benefits.

Psychologically, if you hate your job, it only means it’s something you do against your will.  Anything that resists a flow makes the flows difficult.  Similarly, anything that assists a flow makes the flow move faster.

Equating this with the way you may think about your job, if you put “love” instead of “hate” to your job, work becomes easier for you.  This will make you more productive. The company will profit more. As a result, they will pay you more.  Then, everybody becomes happy.

If you are the employer, you can also do many positive changes that will benefit your employees.  In the end, you will be the biggest beneficiary of this change.

You can start by putting up slogans around the walls of the workplace.  These slogans may promote unity and harmony between management and staff where everyone will benefit out of it.  The slogans may suggest positive attitudes that will form part of their work habits.  There is power – a guide for people to change in positive ways. It would be wise to turn these words into action.  In time, the “I hate this job” chant becomes “I love this job”.  This improvement in work attitude will be reflected in turnover of employees. As an employer, you will find less people leaving the company and more employees being satisfied.

Visitors visiting your company will be impressed with the slogans you place on the walls of your work place. So make them as meaningful as possible.

If you’re the employee, a change in the way you think about your job will bring a different result.  It cannot be denied that hating or loving a job has a lot to do with the way you treat it.

There are many instances where an employee does not see the good side of his job until he has left or lost it.  You need not wake up one morning to this kind of circumstance. Let the good side of keeping your job pervade your thoughts.

Treat your job as though you are doing voluntary work.  Think of your job as though you are helping the needy without expecting anything in return.  You will be astonished with the result it will bring to your heart, health, and pocket.  Treating your job as a volunteer work makes you work wholeheartedly, without any resistance.

It’s either you keep your job or you don’t.  Hating it is not an option.


Nov 052010

When the first generation of women entered the workforce in earnest in the 1970s, they succeeded in the only way they could – by imitating men.  Authoritarian leadership and tight control was the hallmark of business style back then, and women were not exactly welcomed into the ranks of management.  Well ladies, that was yesterday, and today is today!

Today’s CEO/entrepreneur can no longer tap his/her company’s full potential using a “command-and-control” style.  The 21st century business woman needs to be able to build a vision based on the awareness of economic transformation, then help her partners and staff fulfil that vision.  She must draw on a wide range of skills to get to the top and stay there.

Following are 7 Key Characteristics that are essential:

Sell the Vision:

A leader with a fresh, independent plan for her company’s growth and future has a distinct advantage in luring and keeping great talents and investors.  Vision is not some lofty ideal, but an obtainable concept that is easy to understand and will make the company grow to another level.

Reinvent the Rules:

While women have traditionally been socialized to please others, the 21st century leader knows that good girls rarely post great returns. The strong managers/owners today not only anticipate change, they create entirely new organizations that respond to shifts and search for innovation.

Achieve With A Laser Focus:

Take the path where others fear to tread!  Being aggressive and ambitious has long been considered male traits, but they are key qualities for new leaders.  Today’s business woman has the ability to home in on opportunities that others may simply not see, and then excel in that uncharted territory.

Use High-Touch in a High-Tech Era:

When a number of leaders are conducting business by e-mail, voice mail, passwords, and PINs, the female entrepreneur succeeds because she guides with a strong, personal, bed-side manner.  Today’s business woman is just as technologically savvy as her peers, but her skill with staff and customers is “high-touch” which gives her a critical edge and separation from the “pack”.

Challenge or Opportunity?

Women are great at turning a challenge into an opportunity instead of using the “slash-and-burn” approach.  They are able to make bold strokes, but they also win the cooperation of others in the organization in making any transformation a success.

A Customer Preference Obsession:

In this information age which makes it easier to shop around for the best “whatever”, businesses must work harder to give people what they want before their competitors do.  There is no substitute for spending time with clients to become expert at their businesses and learn their demands.  Female leaders are almost intuitively adept in doing just that, and without the client even suspecting.

Courage Under Fire:

Show me any career woman or female entrepreneur today that isn’t able to “stand-the-heat” in any tough-call situation.  Their decision-making skills are rooted in a high level of confidence, because they’ve had to weather and surpass any and all “corporate” storms they’ve encountered over time.

It takes a certain mindset for anyone to start their own business and succeed, but it’s even more difficult for a female entrepreneur.  Let’s face it, ladies!  We’ve always had to be twice-as-smart and twice-as-confident as any male counterpart in the corporate world.  After all, if we can bear and raise the future generation, how can running a successful business scare us?