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3 Barriers to Professional Success & Personal EffectivenessIncreasing self-awareness is the bedrock of many EDSI programs. Whether we’re addressing the 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, Increasing Personal Effectiveness, Improving Professional Presence, or any of our other initiatives, self-awareness is at the core of adult learning and personal change in an organizational setting.

Many of us trudge through our days -and therefore our careers- behind one of these barriers. Do you see yourself in any of these?

Low Confidence
Do you believe in yourself, or are you constantly fighting off the fear that you aren’t able to measure up? Or maybe you have experienced a measure of success, and feel like an imposter in your own life.  Get comfortable seeing yourself as a successful person. Self-promotion, the ability to be assertive and talk about your achievements, are critical to your future success. Being timid or displaying self-doubt will encourage your employer to choose someone else when the next big project comes along.

Ongoing Communication Issues
We all think we’ve mastered successful communication, right? How are your feedback skills? Are you able to:

  • Understand how to manage different behavioral styles when dealing with conflict.
  • Learn the difference between assertive, aggressive, and non-assertive communication.
  • Realize the importance of non-verbal communication.
  • Identify clarity in your communication and learn to build it into your day-to-day speech.
  • Use the tool of I-statements to reduce conflict and defensive communication.
  • Discover an alternative to critical feedback.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employers consistently rank communication skills as a top skill in prospective employees. When employees and supervisors communicate effectively, there is an increased chance of promotion and retention. If you consistently have communication issues at the office, then it’s time to reflect on why these same problems keep occurring, and what you can do about them.

Getting Sluggish
Many of us remember Stephen Covey’s advice to always “sharpen the saw.” This rule applies even more than it did when he first said it, as the workplace is changing every day. Employee expectations, new roles are being created, companies are forced to change and become leaner at any given moment. Do you feel too comfortable in your current position? If it feels like you could do it in your sleep, it’s time to do something more. Set new goals, learn some new skills, and challenge yourself to be a step ahead at work.
If you have been in a rut, have had ongoing communication problems or have confidence issues that are holding you back, commit to resolving them and making your own professional (and personal!) success happen!

At EDSI, we have been resolving employee development, leadership, generational, professional presence, and personal effectiveness issues for over 30 years. Contact us to learn how we can help increase productivity and profits in your organization.


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