In Daniel Goldman’s book “Working with Emotional Intelligence”, he gives us competencies that shape our work and lives. I can see many situations where I have failed and succeeded in the categories that Goldman provided for us. I found that when I first started working for Jim Bob it was going to be nothing but an uphill battle getting my ideas for innovation across. I wanted to take what current strengths and weaknesses we had in our industry and within the company itself and improve on them. Everyone needed to understand that we needed to develop these areas.
There was a resistance to putting everything on computer and basically automating all of our processes that was previously done by managers and employees. Being able to adapt to change through innovation was needed. Understanding that this simplifies their job and removes the chances of human error on their part. Although skeptic to the idea of changing from old trusted ways, they made an effort to see where I could take this. Since then, learning how this new technology made their jobs has become a success. Work orders are now online and information can be found at the push of a button. All those who doubted at first, finally accepted the idea of innovation and are ecstatic with the results.
There has also been a few times in my life where I can say that failing to use one of these competencies has had negative effects. Let me emphasize on the FEW. Yeah, I wish. There have been some instances where lack of motivation has taken its toll on goals. One of the great examples would be getting my college degree. I have been a perpetual student for the last 5 years. Taking a class here a class there to fill in the space and work towards that goal. I never understood the time and dedication required to effectively finish the goal of making it that line and breaking the tape. I was lacking the achievement drive to make it to the end. In the short term, school was easy and I had more free time for work and play. What I didn’t see was that while I was slowly biting away from the big pie, is that they were more like nibbles.
What is a successful student? Many people tend to regard them as people who are successful in academic area only. However, this is the age of change, our society, which includes the economic and political surroundings as well as the natural environment, rapidly change. Not only should a successful student excel at academic sphere, but they also need to equip themselves for adopting with the ...
My goal kept moving out more and more each day, month, and year. So I found out that if I really wanted to make this happen I need a plan. I went down to school to see my counselor and check out my options. We sat down and looked at what I have left and told her to schedule out the rest of my school, to the end. I now have an end in sight and my goal is to reach that mark by the specified date. I will be optimistic and keep my head up. I feel that drive for achievement.
Jimbob, Personal Interview. June 16, 2000.