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My subordinate and I were having a serious discussion one morning on a technical subject where we both raised different opinions and our own perspectives regarding the matter. My first inclination was to talk in detail about the subject to resolve the issue and to show flexibility; however, the adamant approach shown by the subordinate forced me to take an impulsive action and that was to cut the further channel of discussion and just make the final decision. This later proved to be one of the worse decisions I made as a manager as it seriously lacked professional maturity. I realized that I had taken our professional indifference personally.
Professional maturity is the ability to respect other people's diversified cultural backgrounds and unique set of experiences in the workplace. Judgment should be based on mutual consensus supported with facts, rather than emotions and instincts. It is also the ability to control anger and settle differences without violence or destruction. A mature person can face unpleasantness, frustrations, discomfort and defeats without collapsing or complaining, as it is a fact that one cannot have everything his own way all the time.
The way to demonstrate patience towards unexpected challenges within your environment is by becoming a professionally mature individual. Urgent needs may never seem to come through in the clutches and seem always missing, so it is important to think things through with the team before making any decisions.
Being self-dependable and making a long thoughtful decision and then standing by it against all odds is a mature professional's way of refusing to settle for mediocrity. The bigger your plans are to progress in the organizational ladder, the bigger the amount of professional maturity it demands. Decide from today how you should sow the seeds of professional maturity which will surely lead you to the echelon of sustainable success one day.
• Demonstrate patience when unexpected challenges arise
• Respect co-workers' diverse cultural backgrounds and opinions
• Control anger and settle differences in a professional manner
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Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is a Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company