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The professional values that underlie all success are a set of core beliefs that enable professionals to determine the right judgment call in any given situation. Highly prized by employers, this value system is integral to, and supportive of, each of the transferable skills.
Motivation and Energy
You always give that extra effort to get the job done and get it done right. Motivation and energy express themselves in your engagement with and enthusiasm for your work and profession. They involve an eagerness to learn and grow professionally, and a willingness to take the rough with the smooth in pursuit of meaningful goals. Motivation is invariably expressed by the energy you demonstrate in your work.
Commitment and Reliability
The committed professional is willing to do whatever it takes to get a job done, whenever and for however long it takes to get the job done, even if that includes duties that might not appear in a job description and that might be perceived by less enlightened colleagues as beneath them. This means dedication to your profession, and the empowerment that comes from knowing how your part contributes to the whole. Your commitment expresses itself in your reliability.
The determination you display in tackling the problems your work dumps on your desk every day speaks of a professional who does not back off when the going gets tough. The determined professional has decided to make a difference with her presence every day, because it is the right thing to do, and because it makes the time go faster. She is willing to do whatever it takes to get a job done, and she will demonstrate that determination on behalf of colleagues who share the same values. It’s a professional value that marks you as someone who always chooses to be part of the solution.
Pride and Integrity
If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right. Pride in your work means attention to detail and a commitment to doing your very best. Integrity applies to all your dealings, whether with coworkers, management, customers, or vendors. Honesty really is the best policy.
The successful professional always works toward productivity in his areas of responsibility through efficiencies of time, resources, money, and effort.
Remember the word “frugal”? It doesn’t mean miserliness. It means making the most of what you’ve got, using everything with the greatest efficiency. Companies that know how to be frugal with their resources will prosper in good times and bad, and if you know how to be frugal, you’ll do the same.
Systems and Procedures
This is a natural outgrowth of all the other transferable skills and professional values. Your commitment to your profession gives you an appreciation of the need for the systems and procedures that help a company function effectively. Consequently, you understand and always follow the chain of command. If ways of doing things don’t make sense or are interfering with efficiency and profitability, you work through the system to get them changed. You don’t implement your own “improved” procedures or encourage others to do so.
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