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I am not sure if you have noticed that the Marketplace pays for value added. Companies will be reluctant to let go of employees that consistently add value to the organisation. Customers will continually patronize businesses that add value to them. If there is one secret thing you can start doing now, it is to start taking initiative in the Marketplace.

We have been talking about ‘Taking Initiative’ for a few weeks now and I want to share 4 practical things you can start doing from today.

1.) Act without being told – If you know something needs to be done at work, do it. When you see a need at work, or something to be done, step up to it if you can do it. The point is to be sensitive and proactive.

Be careful – Consider your company policies on doing things that are not part of your job description; you definitely don’t want to start creating the feeling of “seeking promotion by doing every other person’s job.”

2.) Do it right – Learn to do the job right. It does not have to be perfect. Part of doing the job right is by learning how to do it properly. For example, you are part of a workflow and you depend on data from someone else. You can ask the appropriate authority on how to generate the data yourself so that the work can be done faster and smoother and you don’t have to rely on the person formerly generating the data.

Be careful – If it will threaten someone else’s job, then don’t do it. Or find a less intrusive way and a more positive reason why you want to learn it.

3.) Ask necessary questions – Asking a question is a great way to show participation and willingness to learn. In an environment with good culture, superiors are very responsive to good questions. If you don’t know something, don’t make assumptions; Ask!
Be Careful – Don’t ask random questions that portray you as ‘not intelligent’ rather than ‘intelligent’. Ask questions and make sure you remember the answers.

4.) You can just point it out, you don’t have to do it – Taking initiative can be as simple as giving a suggestion. Your boss would have seen that you are thinking on progress and taking initiative. There are instances that due to political reasons are beyond your understanding or control; some initiatives will never be implemented. However, you can still get the reward by showing that you thought about it.

Be Careful – when you sense a lot of politics involved, don’t push it. You will be credited for taking initiative whether or not your suggestions were implemented.

Ayo D

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Dear Readers,

I got this piece from my group mail and though to share it with you all, it makes for impressive reading and really thought provoking. please enjoy.

Going through the school of character learning is expedient for every man. It is not enough to say that I have character and integrity. How can you know if you really have character if your character has not been tested or tried?
It is so easy for us to say we have character when there are wealth, affluence, and good things of life all around us: seven square meals per day, beautiful clothes to adorn our bodies, exotic cars to cruise around, access to qualitative health care facilities and good education for us and our children, periodic vacations around the world and sophisticated gadgets to hype our esteem and make us feel good.
You may have forgotten the smell or the taste of the peculiarities of the life of the underprivileged world or you may never have probably tasted or smelt it, hunger, lack, embarrassment or ridicule from landlord for delayed payment of house rents, drop out from school for inability to pay tuition fees, suffered the humiliation of watching your parents or family neglected in the hospital for lack of funds for medical bills, countless days without meals, the list is endless.
It’s important for us to know and acknowledge that this is the reality of some people daily yet they have not thrown in the towel and they still keeping holding onto faith.

Some or many of us have never really experienced these realities so how can we teach tenacity, determination, faith, self-discipline, commitment, forgiveness and love.

Sometimes God allows our character to be tested through the fiery furnace of hunger, rejection, disappointment, delay, depression, humiliation, and loss so we can come out strong and our character refined so we can actually tell life stories that inspire and teach lessons of life.

Let’s teach our children realities of life. Life is not a bed of roses. It’s important for them to know that there is the other side of life which though they may not be exposed to but it’s the realities of others.

Let’s tell them about love, compassion, forgiveness, gentleness, generosity, kindness, responsibility, respect, thankfulness, justice, righteousness, honesty etc. We can teach them characteristics of these character traits.

Your money won’t matter after a while but the traits and values you have entrenched in them. These values will speak for them and those are the things that will define them as they grow.

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The story is told of a woman who was so conscious of germs that she made members of her immediate family constantly wash their hands before they could have any form of personal contact with her. She was extremely comfortable wearing gloves all day and washing her hands repeatedly just so she would not pick up germs from objects around the home like door knobs, grocery bags or anything made out of paper, wood, steel, metal or even fabric. She would not as much as give her children or husband a hug unless she was certain that they had washed.

Slowly but surely her loved ones began drifting from her physically and emotionally as the feeling of rejection gradually spread through them like cancer; no thanks to her unbearable attitude. By the time reality dawned on her, it was already too late.

God doesn’t reject us no matter how many mistakes we think of ourselves. Instead he is always looking for ways to help us manage life challenges. We are like the woman in the story who might probably be obsessed with such things as knowledge, information, fame, beauty, power and money at the expense of others making such the centre stage of our lives but as we get back to the market place this week, let us put others’ ahead of ours to enjoy cooperation with others.

Ayo D.

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