Peer to Peer Magazine

Spring 2015

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WWW.ILTANET.ORG 31 There is a sign with a quote from Abraham Lincoln that hangs on my office wall: "Whatever you are, be a good one." Setting your own code of ethics will help you commit to excellence, remain resilient and stay open to change. As author Neale Donald Walsch says, "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." When we break out of our routines, we learn new things about the work we do, and ourselves. This can also bring about new opportunities. Recognize that growth requires risk. Seek support to take calculated risks, and get constructive feedback and support when things don't go well. GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE. Never lose the ability to laugh and keep things in proper perspective. HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR. Mentors are the people who have supported you and influenced decisions you've made in your life and career. Know and acknowledge those areas in which you are not as strong, and work with people you know have succeeded. Don't stop there. Pay it back by helping others. Any time you help others, you learn more about yourself. HAVE AND BE A MENTOR. Maintain a sense of humility to recognize and acknowledge that others might know more than you do about something. This allows you to develop relationships based on mutual respect and encourages others to share their knowledge with you. RECOGNIZE THE STRENGTHS OF OTHERS. No one can succeed by isolating themselves on an island. Focusing on the issues at hand, including others, listening and trying to understand help you build critical relationships. However, this does not mean you should be agreeable and go along with the crowd. APPROACH PROJECTS WITH A TRUE SPIRIT OF COLLABORATION AND EMPATHY. Doing just enough to get by might earn you a paycheck, but it will not propel you forward. Often, it's just the little bit of extra effort that can make the difference. Your work product is a direct reflection of you. No one wants to be described as average or mediocre. The work you do shouldn't be described that way either. DON'T BE SATISFIED WITH AVERAGE OR MEDIOCRE. 6 7 10 5 8 9

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