When I was 25 years old, I was offered a project manager position in the company where I had only been working for a year. I accepted this post that I occupy now for 4 years (I let you calculate my age :-)). I have since evolved a lot and I think I am a recognized element. I am asked for my opinion on subjects that do not concern my work and my leader adds me more and more to the strategy of the company.
Finally almost every time I ask something to my leader, he agrees. Often I am even rewarded before I have to ask anything. Of course I am talking here about reasonable requests and no wage increases of 10% per month or several additional weeks of vacation per year (unfortunately the world does not work like that :-)).
Let me be clear: I am not telling you all this to “shout” (a widespread French expression that means “trying to show oneself as important to impress others”) or because I am arrogant. I tell you this because I want to help you and give you some tips that you can try to apply in your career.
I think that my professional success is based on 4 pillars. The majority of these points are obvious. Yet they are little applied because in the corporate world everyone is in a hurry and stressed. The majority of people tend to “forget” these principles. Whatever your profession, if you respect the 4 principles described below, you will be different from your colleagues. You will be an excellent employee that your company will absolutely want to keep. And you can get (almost) everything you want from your chef …
1- Be autonomous
As I wrote above, everyone is in a hurry in the business. You have to work ever more, faster and always make less error. This is true for almost all employees. This is also true for chiefs. Your chef is probably very busy because he himself has a chef who always asks him more. So he will not appreciate that you need him for each of your activities. If you go into his office or call him several times a day to help you with your work, he will waste time. And generally, the chiefs do not like this … What they like, on the other hand, are self-employed: employees who have perfectly understood what they have to do and the time they have to do it.
When your leader gives you a job, you need to make sure these two points are clear. If he does not tell you clearly, ask him. It is better to lose a few minutes when your leader gives you instructions (= “instructions”) than not to understand what he expected from you and to disturb him later.
Ideally you do not have to bother your boss in his office to tell him you’ve finished the job. If there are points you are not sure about, make a speculation and talk to him when you’re done.
2- Be reliable
It is also important for your chef as well as for your colleagues, that you are reliable. What does that mean ? It’s simple, it means you have to do what you said, within the time frame you were given. If you told your boss: I will finish this work in 3 days and you give him half the work after 5 days, he will not be happy. And it will be normal.
To be reliable, once again, you must have fully understood what your leader expects of you. Do not hesitate to ask him questions so that everything is clear. If you think the time it leaves you to do the job is too short, tell him. If your argument is justified, it will appreciate your honesty.
In the field of reliability, punctuality is very important. Punctuality is the fact of being on time to your appointments. Being punctual is the opposite of being late. In my opinion, people are too late, whether in private life or at work. Be different. Always be on time and be reliable in your work. Everyone will appreciate this brand of respect, your colleagues as your leader.
3- Be honest
Many of the people I’ve worked with do not dare tell their leader that they do not agree. They think that the leader is always right or that the employees are not allowed to give their opinion. I think just the opposite!
A chef does not need a team of people who always say yes. It needs intelligent employees who give their opinion and make proposals.
Of course you should not criticize or judge the situation with your emotions: if you say “but you are wrong” or “you are wrong” you risk having problems. Just give your opinion politely in the form of a proposition: “We could do like this …” or “What do you think of the following proposition: …. “
If your leader refuses your proposal, it does not matter, he decides. But whatever happens he will appreciate that you have given your opinion and will be glad to have in his team an active employee who makes proposals.
4- Respect people
This is a very important principle. Yet it is often “forgotten”. People tend to be aggressive among themselves. Everyone sees his personal interest and many people are ready to argue with a colleague to progress in the business. I think this is a dangerous strategy because one day you will definitely need your enemies in your work. It is therefore better to have correct relationships.
Of course, you also have to be respected: give your opinion (principle 3) and not accept that someone criticizes us in public. But it must be done intelligently and avoiding having too many negative emotions (anger, fear …).
Another point related to this principle is to be respectful towards people who have a lower position in the business. I work in the foundry development justify. Every day, when I go into the factory, I say hello to all the workers I see. It is very important for me to be polite with everyone. I have the same respect for the factory manager as for the cleaners.
When I talk about respecting people, I’m not talking about manipulating them, thinking, “I’m gonna be nice to him to help me in the future.” People are not stupid and will quickly notice that you are not genuine. I am talking about a sincere respect for all your colleagues. They will appreciate you for that and your leader will notice it.
These are the 4 principles I suggest you start practicing in your business.
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