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Are you ambitious?

February 11, 2018

Ambitions are the motives of a person, based on the need for success. They make us move forward reaching new horizons, and most importantly – striving for the goal.

Ambitiousness is undoubtedly a virtue only when it is backed up with something when a person has grounds for it. When there is nothing behind it and ambitions arise in an empty place – it looks funny, to say the least. By developing healthy ambitions, we become closer to our goal: to be better, to succeed, to lead others. When you aspire to certain goals, do you feel the inspiration and the inflow of internal energy? Perhaps it is these feelings that called ambitious energy.

The most important condition for ambition is to achieve goals. If you wanna plan, strive but do not achieve your goal, this will gradually lead to a denial of ambitious desires. First of all, ambitiousness is a constant desire for self-development and self-improvement. An ambitious person attends various trainings and seminars, reads professional literature since they understand that without development there will be no movement towards the goal. Such a person realizes the need to adapt to the changing environment and at the same time tries not to lose own individuality. They will always try to learn something new because new knowledge contributes to the future advancements.

So, do you consider yourself an ambitious person?

  • Yes
  • Sometimes, it depends
  • No
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What is your primary role in the workplace: Idea Generator, Coordinator, or Executor?

September 27, 2017

Usually, all people who work in a team can be conditionally divided into categories. These are, an idea generator, a coordinator and a performer – each of these, of course, has own specifics. For example, idea generators are innovators and inventors; therefore their key feature is creativity. They invent ideas that grow into the majority of developments and projects. Idea generators usually prefer to work independently, separating themselves from other team members and using their imagination. They often tend to be introverts, react sharply both to criticism and to praise. Often the ideas are radical, and they lack a practical effort. These are independent, intelligent and original people who, however, may be weak in communicating with people of a different level or path.

The characteristic feature of the coordinators is the ability to make other people work on required goals. A mature, experienced, confident coordinator, as a rule, willingly issues tasks. In interpersonal relationships, they quickly disclose individual inclinations and talents and use them wisely to achieve team goals. These are people with a broad mindset and experience who enjoy the overall respect of the team.

The performers have a practical common sense and a good sense of self-control and discipline. They are prone to continuous, systematic work and problem solving on a regular basis. To a large extent, performers are typical people whose loyalty and interest coincide with the values of the company. 

So, to which category of people do you belong? Are you Idea Generator, Coordinator or Performer?

  • Idea Generator
  • Coordinator
  • Executor

How often do you change jobs?

Changing work is basically a stress. New place, new people, new rules, and new responsibilities. Psychologists say that the average adaptation time in a new team is 2-3 months. In addition, change of work is a risk. For example, the risk is not to pass the probationary period, fail to acclimatize with the new team, not to cope with the responsibilities placed on you. But, despite all this, people go from the habitual places. Experts say: to succeed and harmoniously develop in a career, it is desirable to change the place of work every three years. Some people change jobs several times a year, while some people can work in one place for years and decades. Of course, changing work, especially if it happens quite often, has its advantages and disadvantages. 

Advantages include the opportunity to find a better job and not stop at the achieved, gaining experience in various teams, mastering different methods of business processes, the ability to determine the own niche, etc. With this in mind, some people believe that there is nothing wrong with the frequent change of work because it’s up to people to look and choose the best for themselves. Typically, work changes occur for two main reasons: the desire to earn more and the desire to feel self-realization. However, employers are often mistrustful of applicants who change jobs 2-3 times a year. Usually, such candidates give the impression that they are inclined to conflict, get quickly tired of what they are doing, and that is why want to move on. 

So, how often do you change jobs?

  • Several times a year
  • Once a year
  • Once every few years
  • Rarely, I tend to settle in one place