Growth in pro­fes­sion, an achieve­ment

Keep rhythm to be­come an in­te­gral part of your or­gan­i­sa­tion with se­ri­ous­ness to­wards ca­reer while ren­der­ing eth­i­cal ser­vices

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

Our pro­fes­sional life goes through many ups and downs, de­spite which am­bi­tion keeps us pro­pel­ling to give thrust to our ca­reer for pro­fes­sional growth. Peo­ple need to grow in their per­sonal life as well as in pro­fes­sion, though they at­tach more im­por­tance to their pro­fes­sional growth.

This con­cept is quite ev­i­dent, when we see those peo­ple, who have raised them­selves in their pro­fes- sional lives. They do have a long list of their achieve­ments, awards, fe­lic­i­ta­tions on their busi­ness cards, on their of­fice walls or on their of­fice ta­bles. All these sym­bols of achieve­ments be­come the as­set of an in­di­vid­ual. When in free mo­ments he /she glance at them; they do have sigh of sat­is­fac­tion, the sat­is­fac­tion of recog­ni­tion for what they have de­liv­ered through their pro­fes­sional ef­forts.

All these ap­praisals on the pro­fes­sional front dis­tin- guishes a per­son from oth­ers. How­ever, pro­fes­sional growth is not con­fined to growth in salary, which has been per­ceived as the only cri­te­ria to mea­sure suc­cess in pro­fes­sion these days. There is al­ways a com­par­i­son be­tween salaries of pro­fes­sion­als. This must not be the yard­stick to as­sess their pro­fes­sional growth, as there are num­ber of pro­fes­sions and each pro­fes­sion is dif­fer­ent from an­other. Their de­mands and ex­pec­ta­tions are dif­fer­ent. Pro­fes­sions are also dif­fer­ent from each other in terms of skills re­quired. There­fore, It would be fool­ish to com­pare pro­fes­sional achieve­ments in terms of salary. When a small of­fice clerk with his ef­forts be­comes man­ager and an ex­ec­u­tive of a big con­glom­er­ate be­comes man­ager, the quan­tum of rise in both the cases re­main the same, but salary may not be.

Pro­fes­sional growth means a lot, but it is quite dif­fer­ent from rise in salary. So, when we talk about pro­fes­sional growth, is it about rise in des­ig­na­tion or rise in salary? is it about when we re­ceive some award? Is it any dis­tinc­tive con­tri­bu­tion in the work­ing prac­tices? Is it achiev­ing the tar­gets? Is it mak­ing our­selves happy and en­er­getic all the times? Is it help­ing oth­ers when they do need us? Is it sup­port­ing oth­ers? Is it re­al­is­ing the essence of pro­fes­sion or make oth­ers re­alise your pres­ence through your work and at­ti­tude?

Be­lieve it or not, but all the above men­tioned con­cerns and many more, which are not men­tioned above, are vi­tal for rise in pro­fes­sional life. There is a sim­ple mantra for the rise in pro­fes­sion, which is hid­den in the word RISE it­self. We need to be in 'rhythm'. We need to be an 'in­te­gral' part of our or­gan­i­sa­tions. We need to be 'se­ri­ous' about all our ca­reer, and we must be 'eth­i­cal' in work­ing prac­tices. If the mantra of RISE is ap­plied prop­erly, then by no means there will be any hur­dle in in­di­vid­ual's pro­fes­sional growth.

Lit­er­ary 'rhythm' means move­ment or, pro­ce­dure with uni­form or pat­terned re­oc­cur­rence of a beat, ac­cent or the like. But when we ap­ply its con­text in pro­fes­sional life, it guides us for sta­bil­ity, reg­u­lar­ity, con­sis­tency as well as de­pend­abil­ity in per­for­mance. Con­sis­tence per­for­mance is quite dif­fi­cult to achieve and sus­tain­ing the present po­si­tion of grace and re­spect is even more dif­fi­cult. The con­cept of rhythm in pro­fes­sion could be a high­lighter and a path to pro­fes­sional growth.

Be­com­ing an 'in­te­gral' part of or­gan­i­sa­tion is again a tough and hard job. It re­quires lot of sweat, con­cern and shar­ing the vi­sion of an em­ployer or an en­ter­prise. In­tegrity can be achieved through hard and smart work, where or­gan­i­sa­tion and its ob­jec­tives are al­ways kept first and fore­most in any cir­cum­stances and sit­u­a­tions. When or­gan­i­sa­tion grows be­cause of in­te­gral ef­forts of pro­fes­sion­als, there is al­ways a rise in the pro­fes­sion it­self.

There has been lot said and writ­ten about 'sin­cer­ity', but when it comes in per­spec­tive of rise in pro­fes­sion, it is all about in­di­vid­ual, how much he/she is sin­cere, faith­ful and truth­ful about his/her am­bi­tions, dreams and ca­reer.

Pro­fes­sional's se­ri­ous­ness could be mea­sured to an ex­tent by ob­serv­ing his/ her work­ing style, his/her con­duct with other stake­hold­ers. Se­ri­ous­ness to­wards one's ca­reer is a sign of rise in pro­fes­sion. 'Ethics' is again in­stru­men­tal in the rise in pro­fes­sion. Ethics is the moral cor­rect­ness of spec­i­fied con­duct. It is not some­thing that is right or wrong, in­stead it is rea­son­able or un­rea­son­able.

There is a com­mon prac­tice these days,'chalta hai'. Rise in pro­fes­sion de­mands to get rid of these ill thoughts, which are not rea­son­able and af­fect­ing the lives of oth­ers with un­eth­i­cal prac­tices and op­er­a­tions.

To con­clude, rise in pro­fes­sion is a re­mark­able achieve­ment, it might be at any level but keep rhythm to be­come an in­te­gral part of your or­gan­i­sa­tion with se­ri­ous­ness to­wards ca­reer while ren­der­ing eth­i­cal ser­vices.

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