Ca­reer tips from Brook­lyn Nine-nine

Lesotho Times - - Jobs & Tenders -

WHILE your job may not in­volve in­ter­ro­gat­ing crim­i­nals like in the sit­com Brook­lyn Nine-nine, there are still some great ca­reer lessons you can learn from the em­ploy­ees of Brook­lyn’s 99th precinct.

Pro­mote open com­mu­ni­ca­tion

Char­ac­ters keep­ing se­crets or hid­ing in­for­ma­tion from one another is a sta­ple of sit­com sto­ry­telling and fre­quently leads to the fran­tic hi­lar­ity and mad­cap hi­jinks that keep us tun­ing in week after week. The lies in­evitably are re­vealed, of­ten re­sult­ing in can­did di­a­logue about why the character lied, fol­lowed by apolo­gies and for­give­ness.

This may make for an en­joy­able half hour of tele­vi­sion, but it rarely works out so neatly in the real world. Two of the cen­tral Brook­lyn Nine-nine char­ac­ters, Sergeant Jef­fords and Cap­tain Holt, can spend a whole episode se­cretly ma­nip­u­lat­ing their co-work­ers to in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity, only to be found out and chas­tised by the rest of the of­fice with no last­ing ef­fect.

The prob­lem is, real of­fices don’t have a man­date that all is­sues be tidily wrapped up in 30 min­utes. Peo­ple don’t like be­ing lied to, and un­like your favourite TV char­ac­ters, your co-work­ers aren’t likely to for­give and for­get.

Take pride in your work

Of course, some­times the de­sire to openly com­mu­ni­cate is there, but your nerves get in the way. Such is the case with one of the precinct’s em­ploy­ees, De­tec­tive Santiago, and her re­lent­less quest for Cap­tain Holt’s ap­proval. Santiago is so ner­vous try­ing to please her boss that she fre­quently puts her foot in her mouth.

Try­ing to im­press a su­pe­rior in and of it­self is a great way to keep your­self mo­ti­vated and en­gaged at work. But if you’re just work­ing solely for ex­ter­nal ap­proval, you’re set­ting your­self up for some se­ri­ous stress down the line. Take pride in your per­sonal ac­com­plish­ments and let your work speak for you.

Learn how to apol­o­gise

Know­ing how to apol­o­gise is one of those skills that can be dif­fi­cult to ac­cept but will have a pow­er­ful im­pact on your in­ter­per­sonal re­la­tion­ships. When you work closely with a group of peo­ple, ar­gu­ments and mis­takes are bound to come up. While it’s best to keep a cool head and stay calm, when ten­sions run high, emo­tions can some­times take over.

When that hap­pens, it’s im­por­tant to muster up a sin­cere apol­ogy, like the one De­tec­tive Diaz gave to Cap­tain Holt, whether you were in the wrong or not. Bite the bul­let and say you’re sorry. It will re­lieve ten­sion, help ev­ery­one move on and find a so­lu­tion, and your co-work­ers will re­spect you for it. Some days it may seem like you just can’t get a win. Maybe you’ve run into a road­block, or you’re hav­ing trou­ble start­ing a new project. What­ever it is, things just aren’t go­ing your way. You’re in a slump.

In the sea­son one episode “The Slump,” main character De­tec­tive Per­alta can’t solve a case to save his life, and things seem to get worse at ev­ery turn. When he asks Cap­tain Holt for help with his predica­ment, Holt puts him on data-en­try duty and gives him a rab­bit’s foot to rub for luck.

But when Per­alta ul­ti­mately over­comes his slump, it’s not be­cause of luck – it’s be­cause the data-en­try work al­lowed him to fo­cus on some­thing else. Holt rec­og­nized that, be­cause Per­alta thought he was in a slump or cursed, his mind was ac­tu­ally work­ing against him.

It’s per­fectly nat­u­ral to get anx­ious when things aren’t go­ing your way. Un­for­tu­nately, that anx­i­ety can ac­tu­ally make it more dif­fi­cult for you to ac­com­plish tasks. The key is to get your mind fo­cused on some­thing else –– mun­dane busy­work, or­ga­niz­ing your com­puter files, clean­ing your desk or even run­ning a few quick er­rands –– any­thing that can dis­tract your con­scious mind and give your sub­con­scious mind a crack at the real prob­lem.

— Aol

Get past a slump

There are ca­reer lessons you can learn from the em­ploy­ees of Brook­lyn's 99th precinct.

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