Self Management Skills: The Business of Self-Improvement

Posted by Elizabeth Levey
October 9, 2014

by Elizabeth Levey


elizabeth-levey-1Whether you’re starting on the bottom rung of the corporate ladder, or enjoying your view from the top, there is always room for professional self-improvement.  Often the self improvement focus is on obstacles rather than strategies, but there are numerous things you can do, right now, to foster professional self-improvement and good self management skills.  By developing an action plan and setting some goals, you can re-energize yourself with focus on business self improvement.  Here are some ideas to consider:


Take a presentation skills course!

Did you know that for many, the fear of public speaking is greater than the fear of death? Sounds a bit extreme, I know, but the good news is everyone has the potential to become a good presenter – it just takes a bit of training and practice.  And when we learn how to manage our body language and vocal qualities to support the words coming out of our mouths, we become better communicators. This can build stronger relationships, both personally and professionally. 


Get creative. 

No matter how “left-brain” you may be, chances are you have a creative spark smoldering within.  self-management-skillsActivating your creativity helps you tap into emotions, be sensitive to the world around you, and can help you think more creatively in the workplace. So see what excites you, and if you’re not sure, try a few things on for size!  Keep a sketchbook, take up macramé or build model ships in bottles — whatever floats your boat and inspires you.


Find a mentor. 

This can be easier said than done — most often, it’s up to the mentee to seek out and begin this relationship.  But the search is worth it!  A good mentor can become an advocate and help you advance in your career.  Sometimes there are situations when an informal mentor/mentee relationship is present, but the time commitment and drive are missing. A good mentor won’t scrimp on critical face-to-face time that allows them to really get to know your strengths and weaknesses.  Find a good mentor — they can help you in your current role and prepare you to take your career to the next level.


Why not try some of the above tips? They can all contribute to improving yourself and your career.  Hey – worst case scenario, you may discover your hidden talent and passion for macramé. What else has helped in your quest for professional self improvement?  Comment below and enlighten us!


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