makes a great worker?
"If your future employer were
to ask you: “Are you a great worker?” What would your
answer be? Chances are, you would say something like: “Well,
I think I am, because I am very good in what I do and I am passionate
about my work.” (Full
Work as Life's Meaning and Meaning
as Life's Work
"There have always been people
for whom a cause was fused together with their working lives. Martin
Luther King and Mother Theresa could serve as examples. Asking such
people what their work means to them, or how they think their careers
will take shape, would distinguish the work from the cause and from
themselves in such an artificial way that there would be no point
at all in asking." (.pdf
The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment
Council (TRIEC) is raising awareness about the importance of skilled
immigrants to our community and the need to do better at including
them in the right jobs.
TRIEC sees the issue as a complex one, but one
where if everyone got involved, we would start to see improvements.
Take some time ti familiarize yourself with
their agenda, and consider how you can help out.
Go fishing and be a better worker
I have had numerous jobs in my (fairly) short
life. From French Chef, to World Vision fund-raiser, to general
contractor, to waterski instructor, and I have worked with various
types of people in these jobs. What seperated the great workers
from the ones I wished called in sick?
Years ago, I had a seminar taught by a mentor
of mine. He was teaching on being a good worker, and used a set
of values used a the Pike's Place Fish Market in Seattle, WA. The
Fish Principles. The basic idea is, follow these four hueristics,
and your work will benefit. The assumption is you are trained and
capable of performing the job at hand. These standards simply take
a job done, and make it a job well done. The four rules are: Be
There, Make Their Day, Play, and Choose Your Attitude. They were
made based on a retail environment, yet their application is much
broader. Be There. You
can sell fish, give a lecture, or balance a budget, and yet have
your mind on other things. When you choose to be intellectually
and emotionally present, your efforts become more then simply "going
through the motions". People will notice. Make
Their Day. If you approach every
situation thinking, "How can I make this person's day"
and act on those ideas, you will exceede people's expectations of
you, whether it is your boss or secretary. When was the last time
a bank teller made your day? How would you react if they did? Play.
This is not a license to do sub-standard work in the name of fun,
but simply an invitation to try to make any task fun. If you find
a way to have fun you will be more likely to spend more time on
the job, and others will have fun while they are around you. Choose
your attitude. You might have had
a rough night. Perhaps your car got a flat on the way to work. You
can let those situations get you down, or you can choose to say
"I am going to make the best of today". You cannot deny
that bad things will
happen to you, but deciding to do quality work in
spite of the bad things is well
within your control.
The best people I ever
worked with did these things instinctively, but there is good news:
with intention and practice, these traits can be learned. And when
you put these rules into practice, others will look at you as a
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and Spinelli Seminar in Denmark 2007
Professor Emeritus Irvin D. Yalom
M.D. and Professor Ernesto Spinelli PhD will speak in Denmark Friday,
September 28th 2007 at the Danish Psychotherapeutic Society for
Psychologists' yearly International Seminar in Copenhagen.
The International Council of Psycholgists
announce their 65th annual conference. This year's conference is
on the weekend of August 11-14, at the Westgate Hotel, in San Diego,
and it's theme is Peace,
Hope, and Well-Being Across the Cultures.
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"I know the price of success:
dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things
you want to see happen."
"Derive happiness in oneself
from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds
"I long to accomplish a great
and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks
as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not
only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate
of the tiny pushes of each honest worker."
"It does not seem to be true
that work necessarily needs to be unpleasant. It may always have
to be hard, or at least harder than doing nothing at all. But there
is ample evidence that work can be enjoyable, and that indeed, it
is often the most enjoyable part of life."
"Our England is a garden, and
such gardens are not made
By singing: -- "Oh, how beautiful!" and sitting in the