I have been having a great company with some of the very talented NCG’s ( New College Hires/ Grads ) last ~2yrs. I work for Intuit Inc. (India) and for the group I work for , we have this great culture of putting our goals and objectives into a tool called BetterWorks.
What I love most about this tool is - it makes things very transparent and gives you a picture about, how the entire org is moving along in the desired direction , taking the right steps forward - to meet the mission and vision of the organization in a very effective way.
Now with this background , let me set the context . Last week , while setting up the objectives for one of my NCG , I had to help her setting up one personal development goal which is strongly encouraged at Intuit.
The goal I spontaneously suggested was : "Please see something around these C’s , or sign-up for some technical online or instructor led course of your interest"
The C's what I had in mind , and which eventually made a total of 8 C's are as below:
The first thing , any individual , especially the new college grads , should be fostering is - the element of 'curiosity'.
Curiosity means having the desire to learn new things. We must ask questions and have an opinion. Try to be non-bias / non-judgmental and try to look at things through fresh eyes. Research shows that - the primary thing which contributes to non-curiosity is (a) Fear (b) Disapprovals and (c) Absence of caring and guidance. My suggestion here would be - exert yourself to read diverse kinds of readings, don’t take things as granted , and always keep an open mind.
Out of the 8 operating values we have at Intuit , we have these two great values - “Be passionate & Learn fast “, it aligns very much to this quality.
Creativity is a struggle to go beyond what we were yesterday. Creativity or innovation is the process of leaving the known and venturing into the unknown. Being a new entry to the organization , you must first try to understand and absorb things quickly and then also wear a customer lens to suggest process change or improvements ( if any) , apply automations or even suggest newer / smarter ways of doing things.
Creativity can transform any obstacle into opportunity!
At Intuit we strive to live 'these values' every day – and the first one is ‘Be Bold’ which encourages us to create a vision that inspires and we always strive to think beyond what is accepted as possible.
We must always be willing to take a step forward no matter what...
There is no short cut for learning , we have to upgrade our knowledge on a daily basis. We must keep learning new things ; something new , day after day.
Please sign-up of for daily feeds on sites like DZone, mashable, techgig, HBR, readwrite.com – and it will point you to something new, every day.
Communication is the key, both verbal and written. While there are myriads of tips and writings how to be a better communicator , please don’t worry - communication is an art, and nobody masters that overnight, at-least I haven’t yet! :))
One thing we must first try to focus on is – ensure we know how to articulate and we are understood.
Connect to people and invest time on networking. This helps to understand industry trends , bouncing ideas, solicit feedback or getting input, formulate diverse perspectives , and also learn from others. So please ensure you have made at-least one professional connect every week , as you start walking into this new world ahead.
Professional networking is the fuel that accelerates success!
Your behavior is everything. Don’t react, don’t push rough shots and always have a ‘Win Together’ mindset. Conduct is also about Integrity – which will help you to win trust , earn more responsibilities , gain respect , and build a brand / class which is very important in this journey forward.
As it is said - its not about ‘what’ we do , but ‘how’ we do!
And finally , whatever we do , consistency in what we say and what we do is very important , and it will have a multiplier effect - to generate the trust on you as a professional.
I personally believe that - these 8C’s will certainty generate lot of ‘awesomeness’ and ‘effectiveness’ in you and will help you maintain the right ‘attitude’ all the time.
If you are wondering , why the title is 8c, well , - it is a mere co-incidence that the count came to 8 and I know for a reason that - in Buddhism there is the concept of Eightfold Path to achieve Nirvana - the end of suffering :)
Also ‘c’ is one of the letter in English alphabet , which has maximum no. of words in the dictionary and hence the higher probability of having a strong synonym / title for all the thoughts that I explained above.
Now is this a SMART goal ? Well, yes. The only thing is that – it does not have an ‘end date’ and it’s a journey!