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Thursday, June 09, 2005

Empowering Yourself to Succeed

An interesting article I came across from Job Market Weekly newsletter I was subscribing to when I was looking for a job. Funny how these newsletters contain useful gems even when you think you've fallen out of the categorary of "unemployed". Don't working people sometimes take their jobs for granted? Maybe it's just me, but I do get that impression...

I'm also posting it in the wake of Laura the Tooth disappearing for a week to do her mundane things, like working and paying the bills....

I have put in bold some of the priceless gems that West touches on. I do not think they are unique to her; many other authors have touched upon it over the years/decades, but to have someone from the business world, which I am not, pen it in this way makes for a refreshing read.

Don't make me bug you to comment, please...:-)

By Christine M. West, The Business MD

All people need to provide some means to pay their bills and maintain the lifestyle they have created. Therefore, most all of us must go to work.

The question is: do we work to live or live to work? What motivates us at work? It is interesting to note that money is not always the prime motivator, nor is fear.

Turn over is expensive for companies, as is change in management teams and company restructuring. Everyone deals with change differently. Change in life is inevitable, but how do companies manage that change?

Psychology plays a tremendous role in the business world. Human behavior is more complex than just seeking rewards or avoiding punishments. Human motivation has a deeper cause and a more profound purpose.

When a person desires to engage his or her talents and realize one’s true potential in life, this is called self-actualization. Once a person is self-actualized, he/she is in a position to follow his/her calling. A leader needs to lead, a manager needs to manage, an engineer needs to engineer and salesperson needs to sell. If these needs are not met, the person feels on edge and lacking something.

Maslow's Heirarchy

One of the challenges in the current business world (regardless of the industry) stems from the fact that management teams are often managing employees as though they are seeking rewards or avoiding punishments instead of accurately understanding what the needs are of each individual. Clearly, each person is an individual and is motivated by different incentives. However, most organizations do not allow a person to reach an individual’s highest potential.

Another challenge in many organizations is that management teams use the word "empowerment" too loosely. If an employee is empowered to do his or her job responsibilities, then that employee needs to be allowed to be creative and think out of the box and be allowed to make decisions. Many management teams do not take the time to evaluate individual behaviors, instead micromanaging the employee. This creates a parent-child relationship in the workplace. Most employees would be more productive if management teams managed as an adult to adult. Adults communicate to other adults; parents control children. When employees are treated as adults, this boosts moral and creates true empowerment.

We spend a lot of our time at work and it should be a positive experience. Some people have been living in a world that always told them what to do. This makes life easy for them. They never let themselves discover their weakness or failures, not to mention their strengths. One can learn from self-actualizing people what the ideal attitude toward work might be under the most favorable circumstances. These highly evolved individuals assimilate their work into their identity of self, where work actually becomes part of the self and part of the individual’s definition of self.

It is easier for each of us to be who we are instead of working towards being something we are not. This is true empowerment.

Christine M. West is the President and owner of The Business MD, LLC. She created the organization through the embracement of life, turning perceived failures into successes while rising to her destiny. The elementary ingredients that produced The Business MD encompass
Christine's professional background, blending together business, technology, sales, counseling, psychology and a splash of spirituality.


At Friday, June 10, 2005 8:43:00 pm , Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Thanks for stopping by and supporting me, you seem a great individual.

I'd like to link to you but you've so many blogs...

Which one?

Email me!

At Friday, June 10, 2005 9:57:00 pm , Blogger Masha said...

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At Wednesday, June 15, 2005 1:15:00 am , Blogger portuguesa nova said...

Interesting...I've always felt like once I had the freedom not to think only about the need for survival chunk of the pyramid when it came to holding a job, I'd be much happier...perhaps that has nothing to do with it.

At Monday, June 20, 2005 3:27:00 pm , Blogger Emmanuel.K.Bensah II said...

sorry for the late reply...but:

Daniel--I have sent you an eml to this effect. You can link to this one, though I do write quite regularly for my Trials and Tribulations of a Freshly-Arrived Denizen Thanks for your kind comments!

Masha--pls read my response to Daniel's:, or this one. You can link to this one. Incidentally, hope you are well. Hope you are enjoying your travels!!

PNova--it appears you need to be enjoying what you do. Which makes so much sense. If you dislike what you do, yet are doing it for the sake of getting paid, then you're running the risk of learning zilch and feeling fulfilled. Never mind the pizza-joint works, etc, we're talking about doing something and being so involved that you forget that you are doing it and getting paid. Getting paid for it becomes a bonus, in the long run.

At Sunday, June 26, 2005 11:34:00 am , Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Give us another post dude!


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