This blog reflects on life at work at comments on the latest news that shapes my 9-5 working day in a Corporate Communications consultancy.

About Me

I am a born and bred South African who has always loved to read and write. As a child my mother used to read to me and my siblings, from classics like the “Lord of the Rings” but later also from her own stories. She would write children’s stories and then use us as her test audience, but I loved to hear what she had written long after my siblings had tired of it. So I grew up in an environment of reading and writing, which inspired my love of these things. I hope to write a great book some day, and have learnt first hand the determination and will that it takes. My love of English inspired me to continue my study of it at university. I majored in Law and English in a BA degree at UCT where I found that I took to English much more than law. I enjoyed learning about South Africa’s history and the development of our liberal Constitution, which increasingly made me committed to the hope this country has for the future. Ideally, I’d like to find myself in a job where I am able to write; that allows a good mix of time spent with people and being able to work on my own.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

How to manage your work life

Hello all, I thought I'd kick off my re entry into the blogging world with some tips on how to manage your work life (and become a star!)

Happy holiday season everyone!

1. Initiative. Blazing trails in the organisational chaos by going above and beyond the accepted job description to offer new, often bold, and value-adding ideas.

2. Networking. Overcoming knowledge blocks in your daily work by plugging into the knowledge net of technical gurus.

3. Self-management. Managing your whole life at work by contributing to the critical path and ensuring high job performance.

4. Perspective. Getting the big picture by learning to see things as your customers, competitors, colleagues, and bosses see them.

5. Followership. Checking your ego at the door to lead in assists while exercising independent, critical thinking on goals, tasks, and methods.

6. Leadership. Doing small “1” leadership in a big “L” world by partnering with colleagues to accomplish important tasks.

7. Teamwork. Becoming a positive contributor to group goals, commitments, work activities, group dynamics, and accomplishments.

8. Organisational savvy. Using street smarts to navigate the organisation’s competing interests, to win others’ help and cooperation, to address conflicts, and to complete tasks.

9. Show-and-tell. Persuading the right audience with the right message in user-friendly format.

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