How often have you seen a so-called ‘high achiever’ face a career barrier when, time and time again, they are not successful in a job application? Yet as they search for answers (and reformat their resume for the 10th time), they will ignore the obvious.
In the world of work where outcomes, measurement and deliverables can easily dominate our thinking, it is easy to overlook the simple answer: a successful career is built upon not only our achievements but also our relational & interpersonal skills – you need to get on with people.
We all know this, but I regularly encounter good people who fail to grasp this concept, to the point that, for some, process and outcome completely outweighs taking time to consult, consider and relate to their colleagues.
When I read this simple and practical article ‘Happiness Habits of Busy People’ I am reminded of a very successful person’s advice to busy, career-driven people: learn to smile!
In fact this article by Marc Chernoff has 12 habits with three very relevant and practical tips being
- find someone to help
- share a lunch break with others
- greet people and SMILE
My tip? If you’re reading this and think it doesn’t relate to you and you cannot see the value in a smile and sharing with others – then this advice is squarely aimed at you!