For example, if public speaking is your weakness, you can either decide that it is an important skill to have and choose to work on it by taking public speaking classes … or you can find a way to avoid ever having to do public speaking.
An internal locus of control is an important trait in all successful people … an external locus of control in many diagnosed with depression. You control your own destiny. Iqbal’s concept of khudi.
Have enough credits with everyone that you can debit when you need to…
In client service, the key question always is: are we adding value to the client? If not, sooner or later we will be exposed.
For example, if teaming at your work primarily happens through after work drinks, find opportunities to have lunch and coffee with team members on a much more frequent basis.
When I didn’t know the people I worked with well, it was difficult to start conversations. However, as I got to know them, they became more comfortable in asking me questions about my faith and Islam – there are ample opportunities nowadays with everything that is going on in the name of Islam and if we don’t do our part to fix the perception, we will be failing as Muslims.
Nine tips for muslim professionals
Nine Tips forMuslimProfessionalsManaging Your Career andExcelling In It. Junaid Mirza
1. KNOW YOURSELF Honestly complete your own SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis vis-à-vis your job and organization Find strengths to exploit, weaknesses to work on, weaknesses to hide, opportunities to go after and threats to manage Understand how each of these may impact your career
2. FOCUS ON YOUR SUCCESS Find role models a level or two above you and emulate their good traits Set your personal performance goals based on standards for the next level Understand your value to the organization and increase it Always be well-prepared and never be caught off-guard in a meeting
3. FOCUS ON THE SOLUTIONS Never take just a problem or an issue to your team or supervisor – always suggest one or more possible (and plausible) solutions as well If you cannot think of any solutions to your problems, ask your peers before you ask your supervisor If you still cannot come up with a solution, explain to the supervisor the effort undertaken to find a solution
4. KNOW THE OPINIONLEADERS Never have high opinion of your own work – it does not mean much and it inhibits continuous improvement Ensure that your team appreciates your true value and commitment to the work If you are not being recognized, either your work is not up to par, or it is perceived as such – and both are equally bad
5. FIND AND ENGAGEMENTORS Have multiple mentors, both at your workplace and outside Have frank discussions with mentors on your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats Have your mentors at work watch out for your best interests (e.g., in performance review meetings or promotion decisions)
6. HAVE A SUPPORT NETWORK Find a diverse group of team members that like you and/or think highly of your work Ensure that they watch out for your best interests by watching out for their best interests Help them whenever they need it so they can help you when you need it Use your network to be in the know Never be the last one to find out important information affecting your career
7. LOSE NEITHER THE FORESTNOR THE TREES Be detail-oriented in your work and never make small mistakes (e.g., spelling, grammar, calculation) Be objective-oriented in your outlook (i.e., know the value of your work and what it needs to accomplish)
8. NEVER COMPROMISE ONVALUES Ensurethat those you work with know your value system and/or religious obligations Make it non-negotiable but at the same time a non-issue (i.e., assure the team that your religious obligations wont compromise quality of your work) Findhalal alternatives for teaming instead of ignoring it
9. EYES ON THE PRIZE – ALWAYS As Muslims, the goal is the Hereafter, so understand – and be motivated by – how your work helps you achieve that A good Dunya-Aakhirah Balance™ means never compromising on the Aakhirah (and not that you do some good deeds to balance the scales) Seek out ways to do da’wah through your personal excellence and through making yourself available to discussions Know that when a Muslim screws up, it is Islam that screws up!