The Principles of Professionalism
By Gian Fiero | Submitted On December 30, 2008
In the business world there is so much discussion around the building of "brands" that the importance of professionalism gets overshadowed and under-emphasized. How successful can a brand be without professionalism as its main ingredient?
As often as we hear and use the word professionalism, we don't hear it's definition and expectations articulated. I will do so in this article.
Professionalism is a systematic process of getting desired results while displaying pleasant behavior and conduct that is appropriate and expected in establishing mutually beneficial business relationships. In addition, it provides an inner compass that helps to positively influence one's actions.
By observing and implementing the principles below, you can achieve professionalism that you will reap the benefits and rewards from for years to come.
1. RESPECT: The foundation of every business relationship is respect. Respect is both a noun and a verb. Business is all about fulfilling needs and solving problems. Having respect means that you honor your role in fulfilling the needs and solving the problems of your employer or your clients. If Often when working relationships go awry, the insidious causes can be traced back to either a lack of focus or a lack of respect which prevents one from recognizing and appreciating the problems that an employer is in the business of solving, or the needs that a client is trying to fulfill.
2. QUALITY ASSURANCE: My mother always said, "Anything worth doing, is worth doing right." I didn't realize that I would be applying that to everything in my life - including professionalism. It's always a tell-tale sign of how much someone cares about the quality of their work when blatant mistakes or obvious sloppiness is found. Employers and clients expect quality assurance; which means that you...