Who is a pro­fes­sional?

A per­son with a dis­tinc­tive per­son­al­ity who sees things in a pos­i­tive per­spec­tive, works in a team and demon­strates his in­tel­lec­tual ca­pa­bil­i­ties is an as­set for the com­pany

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Guide - - INSIGHT - Prof Man­har Arora

In the present sce­nario, the word ‘pro­fes­sional,’ is tak­ing a lead at the work­places. It is the buzz­word around work­ing peo­ple. Need not to men­tion about the im­por­tance of this word, it is a driv­ing force of the cor­po­rate world. Peo­ple like them­selves to be called pro­fes­sion­als. Ev­ery worker at the work­place is ex­pected to be com­plete their work in a pro­fes­sional man­ner.

Be­ing pro­fes­sional or to be­come a good pro­fes­sional for­ever re­quires spe­cial skills and at­tributes in a per­son. Some time things can not be man­aged by words alone, it re­quires per­son­al­ity which is de­vel­oped and pre­pared to de­liver skillful deeds of your own. Prepa­ra­tion and de­vel­op­ment of such type of per­son­al­ity def­i­nitely takes time and that time must be utilised while prac­tic­ing the four core skills. These skills are team skills, in­tel­li­gence skills, man­age­rial skills and en­ter­pris­ing skills (time skills). There are many other skills apart from these four that de­scribes a pro­fes­sional, but men­tioned four skills will help you to de­velop the pro­fes­sional at­ti­tude while de­liv­er­ing your ser­vices.

There could be mam­moth projects or small as­sign­ments; noth­ing can be com­pleted if there is no team work. His­tory is ev­i­dent of many cases where bat­tles were lost due to non co­op­er­a­tion of team mates and many projects; many or­ga­ni­za­tions have seen them­selves get­ting dumped due to lack of team work. If any one likes to be called a pro- fes­sional, then they has to be a good mem­ber of a team. They should un­der­stand all the roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of a team work and must de­liver them re­li­giously.

It has been ob­served that, peo­ple are work­ing in a team, but in re­al­ity, the clash of ego, neg­a­tiv­ity, self praise, self­ish ob­jec­tives, care­less­ness and un­eth­i­cal use of au­thor­i­ties silently kill the essence of team work. As­sign­ments are com­pleted and mis­sions are ac­com­plished, but with self con­structed dif­fi­cul­ties and a mix of hu­man er­rors. These hu­man er­rors some times cost so heav­ily that apart from the post project fi­nan­cial losses they could also claim lives of hu­man be­ings.

The word pro­fes­sional leaves no room for er­rors, care­less­ness and self­ish­ness; once a mem­ber of a team, al­ways re­mains a mem­ber of the team. What­ever it takes or at which level you oper­ate might be at team leader po­si­tion or as a team mem­ber, a good pro­fes­sional for­ever keeps the essence of a team work.

In­tel­li­gence skills are cru­cial for a good pro­fes­sional. These skills not only guide how to ac­cu­mu­late knowl­edge, but at the same time demon­strate how to use knowl­edge for man­ag­ing the sit­u­a­tions. The in­tel­li­gence skills let the pro­fes­sional ap­ply brain­power by syn­the­siz­ing the knowl­edge gained by the ex­pe­ri­ences and in­for­ma­tion gath­ered through books, magazines and other ed­u­ca­tional lit­er­a­ture.

Ev­ery good pro­fes­sional needs to be a good prob­lem solver; tech­niques and meth­ods to solve prob­lems heav­ily de­pend upon the in­tel­li­gence skills. It is im­per­a­tive to men­tion here that in­tel­li­gence skills do re­quire pos­i­tive think­ing. The pos­i­tiv­ity is crit­i­cal and if you are pos­i­tive about the sit­u­a­tion and will­ing to pro­vide a so­lu­tion then only you could be in a po­si­tion to un­der­stand the given sit­u­a­tion and present a bet­ter so­lu­tion. Com­bi­na­tion of team skills and in­tel­li­gence skills presents a syn­er­gic im­pact on per­son­al­ity of a pro­fes­sional.

It has been con­veyed about man­age­rial skills through ar­ti­cles, sem­i­nars and work­shops. From this you can un­der­stand the im­por­tance of these skills for a pro­fes­sional. Apart from man­ag­ing peo­ple, man­ag­ing as­sign­ments, man­ag­ing projects and man­ag­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions, there is one more man­age­ment and that is man­ag­ing self. Of­ten man­agers man­age every­thing but in that rush and hec­tic rou­tine they for­get to man­age them­selves. In this process slowly they start feel­ing mo­not­o­nous, tired, and rest­less and feel as they lack mo­ti­va­tion and self en­cour­age­ment. It is the time to rejuvenate, bring more cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion in man­ag­ing every­thing you are ac­counted for.

The en­ter­pris­ing skills are the need of the hour. A good pro­fes­sional for­ever is a per­son with the dis­tinc­tive per­son­al­ity who sees the things in brighter, pos­i­tive per­spec­tive, works in a team, and demon­strates his in­tel­lec­tual ca­pa­bil­i­ties for the well be­ing of an or­gan­i­sa­tions. (Prof Arora is a Pun­jab-based ca­reer skill de­vel­oper with more than 15 years of busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence. He can be con­tacted at aro­ra_­man­har@red­iff­mail.com)

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