My Philosophy at Work
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Through the years, I have developed my personal philosophy about work. My way of work has been shaped by experiences, study, interacting with others and by the work of great individuals who were able to simplify complicated life variables. Being a lifelong learner, I cannot guarantee that what I wrote here reflects who I am now! Most probably I have evolved (or devolved?) into other level of knowledge as part of my continuous learning. Got the drift?

 

First Basic Premises: Learning

I believe individuals are of two types: lifelong learners, and "non-learning" individuals. In certain situations, individuals change their type form one to the other on the fly based on the situation they face.

Lifelong learners are individuals who are ready to acquire new information and convert them into personal knowledge. They can extrapolate one situation to another, consequently, enrich their experience into realms they never faced before. In most cases, the lifelong learners align their life and career with their talent and skills. In most cases, the comfort zone of the lifelong learners is too tight, if nonexistent, and they are ready to change their attitude, values and habits whenever they are convinced of a new acceptable concept.

Non-learning learners are in general dependant individuals whose habits and learning stopped evolving at some point of their life. They have built a considerably large comfort zone and they identified themselves with a cultural and persnal factors that dictate their values and beliefs.

 

Second Basic Premises: Individuality

Every individual, of either type, has strengths and weaknesses. Buckingham et al, have identified 34 strengths that an individual may posses. They claim that an individual would have 5 dominant strengths. I believe in this.

Gardner claims that there are multiple intelligences and any individual will have some of them as dominant which, combined, allows them to develop their "genius-ity." A genius is someone who works in a field related to his or her dominant talents. I believe in this.

In addition, there are some theories about individual style of communication (some call it NLP, others VARK), which is the medium they feel comfortable to communicate (inbound and outbound.)

Every person is an individual and should be treated as one. Instead of diasgreeing with someone, we need to identify the different factors building his individual-ity and interact with him or her using terms and communication gestures based on their own terms and understanding.

Third Premises: Talent

The combination of strengths, intelligences and communication style forms the talent of the individual. You add to it some spices related to culture and religious beliefs, you will be able to pinpoint the talent of individuals. There is a need to develop serious research in this area. And this will be part of my PhD research which I hope I will complete one day... in this life time!

 

Conclusion: Success

At work, I try to identify the talents of individuals, then assign to them duties that capitalizes on these talents. Thus you make them successful individual who are proud of their achievement. They will continuously grow... make my department grow... and make me grow... It works... so far!

 

More to come in due time. Back to previous page.
Meanwhile, you may contact me at: anas@eljamal.com
to discuss any of these thoughts.