Module 11: THE CHARACTERS/ATTITUDES OF TOP PERFORMERS

The top performers in every field of life often have common attributes which are found as instrumental to their iconic performance.

Courage:

Top performers are all courageous and undaunted by momentary challenges. They don’t take no for an answer and have the courage to challenge mediocrity in their place of work. Courage is about fearless actions that ultimately help you to achieve a desirable goal.

Confidence:

This is the stabilizing power of mover. Confidence puts you in charge of everything around you without being ruffled by the pressure of the job. There are many pressures and deadlines to meet, confident people sail through when others crash out. If you want to become a top performer you must learn to build your confident level. If you cannot handle pressures at work you cannot become an extraordinary performer in life.

Learn to smile in spite of challenging moments. Everyone will face harsh circumstances at certain stage or moment on the job but ensure you confidently ride on with optimism of positive outcome at the end of the day.

Determination:

This entails the 3 Ps of perseverance, patience and persistence. This is the ability to hold on until you get over an issue or project without despairing or wavering. You must be determined to learn and execute the codes of your job responsibilities. There would be many factor that may want to hinder your upward movement or achieving your goal but learn the art of holding on and getting through.

Honesty/Truthfulness:

No one is taken seriously who has bad reputation of dishonesty. This is one of the prized characters expected from any one on the job. Live by the truth and you can be depended upon. Those who are trusted advance better on the job.

Devotion/Loyalty:

Every employer wants to have workers they can count on during critical moments of the job. Don’t be a fair weather employee. Stick to your organization’s policy, vision and goals with utmost loyalty. Loyalty stands you out as dependable and to be dependable is to be counted upon for critical assignment. And more so help the management to include you in the future plans and growth of their organization.

Morality:

This entails showcasing good and upright behaviour which is acceptable in a place of work without having to be monitored or forced. Morality is endeavoring to uphold good behaviours instead of vices whether convenient or not.

Conscience:

This is the adherence to inner prompting to do what is right. Your conscience is like the North Star to a ship. Always respect your conscience, often it will always tell you what you are about to do is right or wrong.  If you do not like a thing yourself, your conscience will often check you away from afflicting it on others: it tends to guide using the Golden Rule principle. The Golden Rule says: Do unto others what you want them do unto you.

Further thought

At the place of work always put yourself in the shoe of your employer, superior, workmates and subordinates; then you will likely understand why they behave the way they do.

At the end of the day, your character or attitude will take you farther on the job than your skills; remember there are more skillful people out there than men of character. The man with character will always handle sensitive positions and will be ahead of the skillful.

Your character is whom you are when no one is critical or watching you; yet your character is like a smoke that will always find its way out. Your character is your real self that can never be hidden for long. Therefore, cultivate the best of characters because the ultimate test for your elevation will be a test of character.

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Module 7: KNOWLEDGE FACTOR

We are in an age when information is king; today people make more money from their wealth of knowledge than physical exertions. An automated system which is a product of knowledge will make more output and money than a manual system. Upgrade your knowledge about any field you may find yourself. Don’t be satisfied with the general way of doing things. With the right knowledge you can increase your output in the following areas:

Quality

Speed

Quantity (production)

Sales, etc

The knowledge of the job you are employed to do is very important. Be sure you know what to do. If you don’t find the means to learn it satisfactorily by means whether through external training or on the job training you will not perform excellently well.

A sharp cutlass will do more work than a dull one. Skill development is like the sharp cutlass in the workplace.

External training represents training beyond the confines of the establishment that employed you. This could be in the form of seminars, workshops, apprenticeship, etc. On-the-job training is experiences you gather while doing the work.

On-the-job training is internally learned skills gathered within the walls of the establishment or organization where work is being done. Most of what is learnt through this platform is internalized in the form of working experiences.

A very important touch in the training you acquire is your ability to turn all theoretical training into the practical equivalents. The workplace is not the place to hypothesize but a place to bring reality out of knowledge. This is the major difference between the workplace and school. The workplace is where you are being paid for how best you can use your knowledge to bring changes and answer to the challenges of employer and the clients out there.

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Module 4: BUILDING EXPERIENCES

When you have a target job; let it be your ultimate goal. Often your dream job will usually be beyond your grasp at the beginning for lack of necessary experiences. It is your dream to always go for jobs bigger than the one you are currently occupying.

Experience cannot be gathered right in your home. The wisdom of top achievers is to be on the going; find some job(s) relevant to their dream job in order to gather enough experiences. The smaller job should have some correlations, features and similarity with the ultimate job.

I have a young man whose experience in a one-man telecommunication business gave him the little experience that launched him into a multinational telecommunication firm.

Don’t take a job without a purpose; every job should be purposely chosen. This is why a lesser paying job that has correlation to your ultimate job should be given much consideration than some medium level jobs that has a dead-end.

While on the job, be conversant with the skill sets necessary and needful to be learnt and of useful consequence in subsequent dream job.

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Module 3: TAKING ACTION

Action is the step that makes the difference between your thought and what you become. Don’t think opportunities will come to you on platter of gold. Everything that works out well must be labored upon. Even when a door is opened you still need to walk through it.

Here are some actions that could help you to achieve your dream job

  1. Take the list of places you will want to work. Let the list be few so that you can be focused.
  2. Make research on those companies, what you know about an organization will determine whether your interests will be renewed or you want to look for another firm.
  3. Make friends in those establishments; sincere friendship. Don’t wear it on your face that you are befriending them because you want the job.
  4. Know the requirements that could get you a job in the firms.
  5. Update yourself with requisite skills before next openings.
  6. Find the power brokers in those organizations and seek how you can legitimately impress them.
  7. Be patient, keep the job at hand if you have any and do your best while on the job.

Another set of action useful ahead of getting a job:

  1. Self development: Build your self esteem; make yourself the kind of person people will want around them.
  2. Skill development: develop new skills everyday that will give you the edge
  3. Personality development: Work on your temperament and adjust it to suit the particular kind of job you are seeking; there are different personalities for different kinds of job.
  4. Develop a winning attitude. A bad attitude could make getting or keeping a job a daunting experience while the right attitude could open many job doors for one.
  5. Relational development: Learn how to flow and relate with every kind of person out there. The workplace is an assembly of diverse character.
  6.  Dressing and fashion taste: Dress for the job, understand the dress code; simplicity, cleanliness and being moderate often pass in many corporate organizations.

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Module 2: CREATING SWOT ANALYSIS

SWOT analysis (alternatively SWOT matrix) is an acronym for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats and is a structured planning method that evaluates those four elements of a job, organization, project or business venture and can be applied towards job search and to evaluate an employee.

Strengths: characteristics of the job seeker (personnel) that gives him an advantage over others

Weaknesses: characteristics that places one at a disadvantage relative to others

Opportunities: elements in the environment that the job seeker or personnel could exploit to advantage.

Threats: elements in the environment that could cause trouble or limitations e.g. competition.

SWOT analysis groups key pieces of information into two main categories:

Internal factors – the strengths and weaknesses internal factors that are intrinsic or part of you. You must know your strength and weakness. Your strength guides you to what kind of job you should look for. Again, you must know those weaknesses you must surmount e.g. seeking for more training or education. The more you reduce your weakness factor the more you become relevant.

External factors – the opportunities and threats presented by the environment external to you. You must find a way of harnessing your environment. This is where creative ingenuity comes in. Two people could be equally qualified for an opening. Yet one may not be abreast of the opportunity, so the other who is aware would lay hold of the opportunity.

When you are job searching you must know your abilities, your resources, gifts and talents; they are your marketable strength. Your weaknesses include those limitations within you which include qualification deficiency, physique, language, etc. Seek for ways to build up or overcome your area of weakness.

Find opportunities and make the best of them, failure to get or access opportunities makes our skills of little value.

Threats to your career growth include competitors i.e. other applicants or personnel that have similar competence; what you need to do is to use your creative power to beat through the competition in the market place.

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