A key to finding ourselves in the right place at the right time
at work is, in part, in the role models we chose. Are we attracted
to certain individuals because we respect them, or is it their
lifestyle or bank balance that appeals? If we want to be genuinely
successful at work and to weather the many challenges with relative
ease - then we need role models that will take us beyond our
current view of ourselves, showing us who we yet might be.
Who are the role models that inspire you? Do they excite you
mind, body and spirit? What are their special characteristics?
How can you adopt these qualities at work? Often the most powerful
role models in our lives are not connected to work. They may
be figures from our childhood - community - or our family. They
might be such figures as Kopi Annan or Mother Teresa or Nelson
Make the time to find out as much about these individuals as
you can. Then if you are in a dilemma at work, you can ask yourself
how they would respond. Would they embroil themselves in office
politics - would they hire and fire without thought - would they
take credit for other people's work - would they conceal their
mistakes? Or would they work that bit harder - support those
around them - come up with new solutions to old problems? When
you select good role models you will start to work differently -
to have a more expansive view of yourself and your work. This
is important because at the heart of the way we choose to work
is the question of how we most want to live.