One must avoid joining the corporate world without having any plans on how to succeed in it. The knowledge of the kind of business one wants to engage in and the ways and means to succeed go hand in hand. For all who wish to join the corporate world must establish ways and means, before investing in any business, on how they will go about it so as to be successful. All who want to join the corporate world must keep in mind that success does not come on a silver platter but one needs to work very hard to achieve it.
The main aim of the paper is to give information and possible guidelines on how to achieve success in the corporate world. It will have some guidelines and secrets used by the successful businessmen. For anyone to succeed, they need not only to depend on themselves but also seek advice from all corners. In the contrary, one must be wise to choose the best methods because not all methods work for all areas. Improper selection and use of the guidelines can lead to failure.
In the paper, there is advice on how to prepare oneself to succeed. One cannot succeed if they are not prepared to do so. Communication is vital if one wants to succeed in any situation. Individuals in the same field need to know their goals, what they are doing and how they can do it. This can only be done through communicating. Team work or working in groups has been known to work in many success companies. It is important to know how to form groups, encourage team spirit and ensure use of every group members’ talent or specializations. Leadership and qualities of good leadership will be highlighted. Lastly, for a person to be successful, they should keep balance in their life.
Preparing to succeed
Success means an achievement of an objective or goal. For any one to achieve a business goal or objective, they must prepare themselves to succeed.
There are four categories in which individuals should prepare in order to succeed; integrative learning, knowledge of human culture and the physical and natural world, intellectual and practical skills and personal and social responsibility (Hart, 2006.p.3).
Integrative learning constitutes the ability to apply knowledge and skills to the real world settings. It can be done through internship, job training and other hands-on experiences
Knowledge of human culture and the physical and natural world is important. One must have knowledge on the concepts and new developments in science and technology, global issues and developments and their implications for the future, the role of the United States in the world and the cultural values and traditions in America and other countries.
Intellectual and practical skills entail knowledge on teamwork skills and the ability to collaborate with others in diverse group settings. One must have the ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing. Critical thinking and analytical skills are crucial in preparation for success. One must ensure that they have the ability to locate, organize and evaluate information from multiple sources. To be innovative and think creatively is also important. The ability to solve complex problems, work with numbers and understand statistics is important in the preparation to succeed.
Personal and social responsibilities entail having teamwork skills and the ability to collaborate with others in diverse group settings. One must have a sense of integrity and ethics. Cultural values and traditions in America and other countries is a priority.
Communication is sending a message which may or may not be understood accurately by the other person. Communicating with others is about gauging ones current effectiveness in communicating a message and learning strategies and techniques for improving ones interpersonal communication effectiveness.
To succeed in any business, it is important for an individual to posse’s interpersonal communication skills. They are tools that are used by individuals to let others know what they think, feel, need and want. They also aid in letting others know that what they think, feel, need and want is understood. Individual contributors in the work place need to be able to communicate effectively with their bosses and customers. Through communication, one is able to know what the boss expects form them and they can easily meet the wants of their customers. Communicating with other colleagues can help one be successful at their job because they get to learn new things easily.
Communicative ways have to be put up to ensure individual and group communication is reached. Upward communication involves sending messages from the subordinates to the leader of the business. It can be done through reports, formal letter writing and memos. Downward communication, whish is mostly used, is information from the leader to the subordinates. It is mainly done through notices, memos, formal letter writing and meetings.
To ensure success in a business, communication must be made easy for every person. Leaders must communicate more with their employees to ensure that they are working towards the organizational goals.
Working in groups
A working group is an interdisciplinary collaboration of researches working on new research activities that would be difficult to develop under traditional funding mechanisms. Working groups are also known as task groups or technical advisory groups. Such groups have the tendency to develop a quasi-permanent existence once the assigned task is accomplished; hence the need to disband the working group once it has provided solutions to the issues for which it was initially convened. Such goals to be achieved may include: creation of an informational document, creation of a standard or resolution of problems related to a system or network. The work group may assemble experts on a topic together for intensive work. Occasionally, a group might admit a person with little experience and a lot of enthusiasm.
Working in groups gives those with little expertise to learn more. It also ensures that work is not only completed but done very well to bring out wonderful results. This is so because when people are united in solving issues, it is done faster and well considering everyone contributing to their area of expertise.
Success in working in groups is due to effective communication and good team work skills. It is good to ensure that every group member’s decision and contribution is heard and put in to consideration. Group members must be ready to meet rejection of their decisions positively and rejection of a decision must be done in a polite manner. Working groups are made for some reasons; to elaborate, consolidate and build on the consensus of the decision makers; and to ensure coordination among the various segments of the organizations. A shared commitment to agreed common aims develops among the parties as they work together to clarify issues, formulate strategies and develop action plans.
Leadership in work place
Leadership style influences the level of motivation. However, throughout a lifetime, man’s motivation is influenced by changing ambitions and/or leadership style he works under or socialize with. Command-and-control leadership drains off ambition while worker responsibility increases ambition.
There are some characteristics of the behaviors and approaches of outstanding leaders (House and Podsakoff., 1994): vision, outstanding leaders articulate an ideological vision congruent with the deeply-held values of followers, a vision that describes a better future to which the followers have an alleged moral right.
Passion and self-sacrifice where leaders display a passion for, and have a strong conviction of, what they regard as the moral correctness of their vision. They engage in outstanding or extraordinary behavior and make extraordinary self-sacrifices in the interest of their vision and mission. Confidence, determination and persistence-there is a high degree of faith in themselves and in the attainment of the vision they articulate. Theoretically, such leaders need to have a very high degree of self-confidence and moral conviction because their mission usually challenges the status quo and, therefore, may offend those who have a stake in preserving established order.
Image-building- outstanding leaders are self-conscious about their own image. They recognize the desirability of followers perceiving them as competent, credible and trustworthy. Role-modeling- a leader’s image building sets the stage for effective role-modeling because followers identify with the values of role models whom they perceived in positive terms. External representation-outstanding leaders act as spokespersons for their respective organizations and symbolically represent those organizations to external constituencies. Expectations of the confidence in followers- outstanding leaders communicate expectations of high performance from their followers and strong confidence in their followers’ ability to meet such expectations.
Selective motive-arousal- outstanding leaders selectively arouse those motives of followers that they see as of special relevance to the successful accomplishment of the vision and mission. Frame alignment-leaders persuade followers to accept and implement change. They engage in “frame alignment” which refers to the linkage of individual and leader interpretive orientations such that some set of followers’ interests, values and beliefs as well as leader’s activities, goals and ideology become congruent and complementary. Inspirational communication-leaders often but not always communicate their message in an inspirational manner using vivid stories, slogans, symbols and ceremonies.
All these suggested characteristics are but the few that can be used to ensure that a business is successful. The most important thing is to choose a style that suits the employees one is dealing with, the task to be completed and the time the task is to be completed.
Keeping Balance in your Life
“The trick is not just to become more peaceful, but it isn’t to become more energetic either. The trick is to keep balance. Study too much and your relationships suffer. Play too much and your productivity suffers. Try too hard and your spontaneity suffer” (Khan., 1999). Balance is an exceptionally good practice. It is never ending because an individual continually finds their balance. It is never achieved. Life always throws people off balance thus it is important to find it al the time.
There are times in business when difficulties are met like loss of customers, new technology and so on. Such changes make people via off from their balance but it is important for every individual to get back their balance for the sake of the business. Instead of panicking, solutions must be sought.
There are times when an individual experiences personal problems like death of a close person, sickness and so on. This can make an individual lose balance of what they are supposed to do. It will greatly affect the business returns, thus, it is important for one to have ways in which they can find their balance al the time they experience an imbalance.
Any individual should struggle to have some ability in any area of a business. One should not be extraordinarily good in one area and pathetic in the other. For example, one can perform mathematical calculations instantly in his head but cannot get along with others at the work place. Such a person is a good example of having difficulties in balancing.
It is possible to find the balance. For example the brain has limited abilities but it carries out the vital concept; balance. One can get better at balancing by increasing the awareness and knowledge so as to detect sooner when one is losing balance and how to restore it. One must not set their course once and for all; instead, they must be ready to change the direction. They must keep checking and keep correcting their course so that they arrive where they want to go. Everything needs to be roughly in proper position. The secret to the previous dilemmas of study versus relationships or play versus productivity, the dilemmas are solved not by choosing one or the other, but by allotting each their time.
One must avoid joining the corporate world without having any plans on how to succeed in it. The papers objective has been met by highlighting and explaining some of the crucial things that anyone needs to have in mind for as successful business. The knowledge of the above-explained processes should be taken in to consideration and be well implemented.
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