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Have you read the inspirational story of an elderly carpenter who was ready to retire? He told his contractor employer of his plans to leave the house building business. His employer was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favour.
The carpenter said yes, but in time, it was easy to see that his heart was not into it. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. When the house was finished, the employer came to inspect it and handed the carpenter the front door key, saying, ''This is your house, my gift to you.''
What a shock! If the carpenter had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well.
In our professional life, we may come across instances wherein we may make the choice to compromise on our values or self-respect while building our career or to stay longer in the job. Yes, we can always make negotiations, but it takes courage for one to stand up for what is right.
Remember, it does not matter how long you have been in the job or how much you have spent for professional development. What matters is how valuable and positive your contributions are. Depth in your professional career can only be attained or measured by keeping your integrity, professionalism and ethical values intact.
Our behaviour is a reflection of our values. If you are currently struggling with negative work behaviour, then focus on identifying the right values and maintaining them, changing your attitude and making the right and ethical choices. You will surely be surprised to see the total outcome, and its impact on your career and your relationships with others.
• Never allow other people to decide what is best for you
• Don't compromise on your integrity for professional gains
• Take courage to stand up for or rally behind what/who is right
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Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company