To succeed as individuals and in our chosen profession we must become essential, be open to change, able to engage and collaborate with clients, partners, and teams. In this blog, Marius Du Plessis, an IBM Solutions Architect, tells us how we can change our thinking and attitudes to succeed in our careers.
By Marius Du Plessis
“The English words attitude and aptitude come from the same Latin root: APTUS, which means “suitable, appropriate, fitted, connected, fastened and prepared.” Modern English, however, tends to set attitude and aptitude against each other. They’re often presented as stark contrasts, like nature/nurture or fight/flight. They’re more like yin/yang, though: complementary, interdependent, and interconnected.
Aptitude as an inherent ability, especially for learning while, Attitude is a “disposition” – a manner of thinking, feeling or behaving that reflects a state of mind.
We must change our thinking of attitude and aptitude as conflicting attributes, and to stop assuming that one is more superior to the other. We need to think and act on them as connected, equally important traits and skills”….Tom Suter.
Likewise, we must embrace changes and challenges, and be connected as a team, because nobody is more superior to another, just different personalities, skills and abilities. There is no “I” in team, but “I” have to understand, agree, and perform my role in the team to contribute to the team’s success, focusing on the customer, and to be able to deliver results to the organisation.
There are many highlights in my experience at IBM over the last 22 years, and it has been an incredible journey. IBM invests immense time, money, and other valuable resources into training, and I attribute my career building focus in the Cloud business to a few focus areas – self-development, teamwork, networking, management support, and the Cloud organisation always pushing to enhance our skills. IBM is continually transforming, while retaining our core values to ‘relentlessly reinvent – our company and ourselves’.
Reinvention at the individual level as professionals can be difficult and challenging but here are my top five tips that may help you in this journey.
- Be confident in YOUR abilities. OWN and appreciate your strengths.
- Be reliable, always contribute and deliver to the best of your ability.
- Plan and execute daily/weekly priorities that will cause you to accomplish your larger goals.
- Learn more from your customers by listening and observing.
- And most importantly, act with integrity, and show respect towards others.
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”….. Maya Angelou
Those individuals who have contributed and made an impact on my career and personal development will always be remembered. They did not only make me feel empowered by helping me to embrace my potential, but also challenged me to achieve my goals. They have made me feel part of the team. Consider this in your day to day interactions with those around you. Always be considerate.
Marius is Solutions Architect with IBM Cloud Managed Services team in the Middle East and Africa.
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