It begins with an understanding of what I call Professional Intelligence (PI). You’ve probably heard of Emotional Intelligence or even Gardner's Multiple Intelligences that speak to a specific capacity of an individual's aptitude in certain areas. Professional Intelligence focuses on a particular set of skills, abilities and self-awareness that are necessary to succeed in today's workplace. I believe that focusing on three specific areas can greatly decrease the percentage of todays disengaged workers.
For the first time ever, we are seeing five generations represented in the workplace with vastly difference values, agendas and understanding of how to work together. Focusing on the understanding of generational awareness and creating better work relationships is the first principle of gaining higher PI. The second principle is gaining an understanding of what it means to be a “value-adder” and why it's the key to fortifying your employment and a huge win for organizations. Finally, the third principle is focused on becoming an effective communicator. There are so many ways in which we interact in the workplace. Understanding the rules is imperative to securing your spot as a true professional. Communicating professionally can also send your clients a message instantly about your organization. Are they getting the right message? You would be surprised!
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