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Being adventurous helps uncover hidden skills

By Vision Reporter

Added 8th May 2011 03:00 AM

EVERYONE has their strengths and weaknesses. But concentrating on one and underlooking the other can harm one’s career. However, focusing on your strengths rather than limitations is the surefire way to achieving your goals.

EVERYONE has their strengths and weaknesses. But concentrating on one and underlooking the other can harm one’s career. However, focusing on your strengths rather than limitations is the surefire way to achieving your goals.

By Viqué-Ocean Kahinju
EVERYONE has their strengths and weaknesses. But concentrating on one and underlooking the other can harm one’s career. However, focusing on your strengths rather than limitations is the surefire way to achieving your goals.

As the saying goes, “self-pity is a misleading notion”, many employees hinder their job prospects because they think they lack the competence to do a particular task, or expand their reach and explore new areas their workplace.

This could, on the other hand, spell danger in one’s career path, deterring their growth, explains Davis Mugyema, a human resource consultant in Kampala.

he says one’s potential to do things lies in their hands. But, he explains, the same potential to achieve can be ‘handcuffed’ by one’s attitude towards work, for example. “Employers’ policies sometimes are to blame for undermining the workers’ potential.”

Mugyema says when an organisation does not let employees try out different roles, especially those that they are passionate about, it affects their morale.
He, however, says some employees will never try out new tasks apart from those outlined in their job descriptions because of fear and laziness.

Does this ring a bell in you, especially as far as building your career is concerned?

It should be noted though that no matter how smart one is at their work, if they do not ‘spread their wings’ as far as they can, they would be inhibiting their potential, Mugyema says.

He clarifies that making a breakthrough at work, or earning a promotion does not in itself indicate that an employee has fully utilised their abilities.

“What makes one an achiever? Is it providence, intelligence, talent, dedication?” quips Mugyema.
Look out for the indicators that you can do a particular task, especially that outside your workload.

“You can never know how much you can do and achieve in your career unless you try. This would mean that you have to go an extra mile, for example, engaging yourself in extra activities at work,” he adds.

He notes that this helps one to discover their hidden potential. Dr. Alex Ariho, a psychotherapist at Mind and Soul Consultation Center in Kampala, explains that some multi-talented workers never discover their hidden potential because they stay in a comfort zone and fear to explore the unknown.

“Fear to try is propagated by the fear to risk. Most people, because of low self-esteem, trauma or environmental factors, fear to attempt something new,” he notes.

“This hinders them from exploiting all their abilities, thus, tying them down to same position or jobs.”

According to David Mangeni, a human resource consultant, most employees are sitting on their potential because they are not focused.

Without focus, an employee will also not carryout self-assessment, he adds.
“Nobody, not even your employer, knows your potential better than you. It is advisable for one to have an insight and focus on what best they can do,” explains Mangeni.

One should try to rediscover themselves as this will give them the zeal to be adventurous and daring, he adds.

But he says if one discovers they are not making accurate assessment of their potential, they should stick to roles in which they are talented.

Mangeni, however, observes that for some people, talent is what matters.
Therefore, he adds, if one knows they are talented in some field, its wise to ask to be moved to that department, where they can work with passion and, hence, enhancing their skills.

“An employee might be talented in computer programming. If an employer allows workers to explore other areas in the organisation, employees can easily identify others abilities they never knew they had,” explains Mangeni.

He adds, this could earn them an extra pay or a promotion they had long waited for.




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