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What would you say builds the best work assets

when working towards a career what habits and or skills is it good to develop.

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Grace’s Answer

a couple of good habits to develop at any point in life, but especially good if cultivated earlier, are being curious/pursuing knowledge and exercising honesty.

first, relentlessly pursue knowledge to satisfy your curiosity about what it's really like to be in a profession. ask people what it's like, the good, the bad, the ugly. if you can intern or volunteer to have the chance to experience what it's like to do a job or be around others who are doing a job that you're interested in, do it and then get in learning mode. learn as much as you can from the people there and try to pick up as many skills as you can possibly pick up along the way. write them down and build on them- and importantly, get in the practice of sharing with others what you have learned. the best way to know you've really learned something well is to be able to share with others who will listen/see.

second, be honest about who you are about: what you like to do, don't like to do, what your goals are (money, time to live life outside of work, c-suite, some other ambition, etc.) and most importantly what you are willing to put up with to achieve your goals. it's not easy to do because you have to invest time and thought in getting to know yourself well. de-program everything that you are taught is right and good, and acknowledge when something seems good to you or bad for you, and ask why. be in the practice of asking yourself these things, and then get in the practice of listening to yourself honestly and without judgement. I really think this is a key practice that builds integrity, which is essential to being a good leader.

I think that the more you are able to practice these habits, the more at peace you will likely be when you take an inventory of the career (and life) choices you've made along the way. Good luck!
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John’s Answer

First you should make the commitment to be the best employee your can be for the company you work for. Work ethic is a huge part of what you can accomplish personally and for the company you choose to work for. That may sound easy but is it not for many new young people coming into the workforce. There are many great books on this subject so check your options out on line. Great skills to have for any new employer are Integrity, Problem Solving, Time Management, Self Motivation, Teamwork, and Leadership. If you have some of these skills then you are on your way, if not you can start right now by developing each of these skills on your own by reading, studying, and applying what you learn in the work place. There are lots of books and plenty of great courses you can take advantage of and most employers have courses from outside companies you can take advantage of to guide you in your self development. Look into this once your employed, and hit the ground running!
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Jackson’s Answer

Rene: Great question. I often thought about what I would tell my younger self.

I enjoy reading. Therefore I would recommend 2 books that answered your question.

(1) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.

This self-help book provides timeless principles that build one's character. I am still using the principle outlined in that book today.

(2) How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

When I met with college hires (new employees just graduated from college and joined the company), I said to myself, you will be successful quicker at the work place if you practice the habits from "How to Win Friends and Influence People", instead of complaining about the things not going your way. Some of them would listen to me. But others will ignore me and continue complaint.

Jackson recommends the following next steps:

Read "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"
Read "How to Win Friends and Influence People"

Rene: Excellent question. When I started working at AT&T I was hired to sit out at the front desk as a receptionist. Although I was not thrilled at the initial prospect of being a "receptionist" it worked out beautifully. I met everyone including people at the very top of the Company and, became the Office Manager. I am now Executive Assistant to an Officer. The point of this is that you want to get your foot in the door and develop your skill set. Learn everything you can and meet as many people as possible. A favorite quote I have on my desk is "If you can see your road clearly in front of you, it's probably someone else's." Wishing you the very best of success wherever the road leads you! Jill Erickson