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How To Be A Super Hero At Work

How To Be A Super Hero At Work

We’ve all felt the cringe and goosebumps at work when the job becomes repetitive, the boss’s face gets blood red over a simple mistake, and all we want to do is change in the phone booth, show our inner super hero and save the day.

It’s when problems are not fixed and wrongs are not righted that we lose a little snippet of ourselves every day. We forget our own raison d’être—the purpose of being as it relates to our career. Poor Clark Kent remains in a dull, mundane existence without the slightest hope of leaping a tall building in a single bound. Life is all about managing which battles and which wars to fight, but in the workplace an extra layer of caution should be added—further complicating the already painstaking process of self-discovery.

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So when is enough, enough? When do you stand up and reveal the super hero underneath your power suit?

1. You Have No Skeletons.

You are a great employee. You show up on time. You do what is asked without complaint. There is no debate to be had regarding your commitment, loyalty, and simple respect for the job. There are many people in the world who possess great talent and great skill. Those who don’t sometimes have to show commitment in other ways. Those who do should make it an extra point to behave with humility. There is nothing worse than entitlement and elitist behavior. The same rules apply to everyone, and no matter how capable you are, respect for yourself, others, and your job will always be revered first before anyone coos over your ability to pull a rabbit out of a hat.

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2. You Keep Your Opinions to Yourself.

You weigh up the consequences of bonding over water cooler rants carefully. Instead, you think of the bigger picture, where as a respected source your voice is heard and not ignored. It always feels good to identify with those around you, but any time temptation strikes, think to yourself: “I wonder what bearing this may have down the road when I am truly in need of support and am struggling for my boss’s respect…?” Those circling the water cooler may begin to look at you as a mentor as well, instead of a contributing Negative Nancy.

3. You Don’t Cry Wolf.

As a transition from the above, you do not share in mindless chatter. You back up your grievances with fact. You do not participate in nor instigate the same rants over and over without purpose. The most powerful tool in your arsenal sometimes is the ability to possess self-control. If you have made your complaint heard, wait for it…wait for it…and if nothing is done, go back to the drawing board and figure out the best way to approach it. Or, when appropriate, take initiative and fix the issue yourself.

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4. You Understand the Importance of Timing.

Timing is everything. There’s a reason why the “slow clap” is now an urban pop culture phenomenon. Very few understand the beauty of a slow clap, because they lack the depth and patience to wait for the right moment to make a statement. You have to trust me on this, but the saying is true: You will just know…and it is so cool when it happens.

5. Stand Proudly at the Lectern and Guide Your People.

Not every manager, boss, or superior was meant to be a leader. Sometimes one is thrust into this position and doesn’t know how to deal with it. It is important that when you do engage and proudly bare your vulnerability, you are constructive. You provide insight and leadership by also understanding the boundaries, respecting them, and professionally exceeding the expectations. Do so and you may find yourself providing an intervention that could very likely improve the atmosphere for everyone: management, intern, and future CEO alike.

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Just always remember to keep your power suit on, change in the phone booth, and be sure to let your powers show in a time of crisis when the ordinary becomes extraordinary and the struggles you face warrant the triumph of a slow clap.

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Last Updated on March 31, 2020

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

Knowledge is essential to become successful in life, your career and your business. Without learning new concepts and becoming proficient in our craft, we cannot excel in our chosen careers or archive knowledge to pass down to the next generation.

But content comes in various forms, and because how we learn influences how much we know, we need to talk about learning styles. This article will focus on how to utilize visual learning to boost your career or business.

The Importance of Knowing Your Learning Style

Knowing your learning style enables you to process new information to the best of your ability. Not only does it reduce your learning curve, you’re able to communicate these same concepts to others effectively.

But it all starts when you’re able to first identify the best way you learn.

As a college student, I soon figured out that taking online courses without visual aids or having an instructor in front of me led to poor retention of concepts.

Sure, I got good grades and performed excellently in my online exams. However. I discovered that I couldn’t maintain this performance level because I forgot 80 percent of the course content by the end of the semester.

There are several types of learning styles known to mankind. To give an idea of how visual learning stacks up against other learning styles, here’s a brief mention of some of the different types of learning styles we have.

The four most popular types of learning styles are:

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  • Visual learning style (what this article talks about).
  • Aural or auditory learning style (learning by listening to information presented).
  • Verbal or linguistic learning style (learning that involves speech and writing).
  • Tactile learning style (learning by touching and doing)

But for the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on using visual learning to boost your career or business.

How to Know If You’re a Visual Learner?

When it comes to boosting your career, business (or education), a visual learner is one who would most definitely choose shapes, images, symbols, or reading over auditory messages.

I’m talking about preferring to read an actual map when navigating to a new place over listening to verbal directions. I’m talking about discovering that you actually have trouble remembering what your manager said at the meeting because there were no graphs or illustrations to support the points raised.

Most people who struggle with learning probably aren’t leveraging their best learning styles. The earlier you identify how your learning style can boost your success, the less struggle you will encounter with processing new information throughout your career.

However, visual learning in particular CAN 10x your career or business whether it is your preferred learning style or not. And here’s why:

Several studies have arrived at the conclusion that the brain retains more information with the help of visual aids. In other words, images are directly processed by our long-term memory which helps us store information for longer periods of time.[1]

While some lessons can be performed orally, several concepts can only make sense if you have an image with an explanation of sequences (i.e learning about the human DNA).

Visual learning does use a different part of the brain and visual cues are processed by the part of the brain known as the occipital lobe.

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By engaging more parts of the brain during learning, you’re able to have a fuller understanding of concepts and facilitate better interaction with your immediate environment.

How to Use Visual Learning for Success

Here’re 4 ways to use visual learning to boost your career or business:

1. Bring back the to-do list. Then add shapes and colors to boost productivity.

We live in an age where computers have taken over virtually every aspect of productivity and most human functions. But written lists are making a comeback, and with an endless number of important tasks to complete, having a to-do list of tasks in order of importance can improve your productivity.

While coming up with a list is initially challenging, adding colors and shapes to written lists that you personally write and manage gives you an extra layer of assurance and boosts aids recall so that you actually get stuff done.

I have tried this technique in my work as a registered nurse and discovered that adding shapes and colors to to-do lists helps me delegate tasks, recognize where more work is needed, and makes it easy to cross off completed tasks at the end of the day.

2. Add graphs, charts and symbols to your reports.

Yes, it seems like more work cut out for you. However, graphs enable you monitor the heartbeat of your business.

Graphs and charts help you trend your finances, budget, and pretty much any data overtime. With the help of free and premium software available on the market, it has become easier to take plain data and in a matter of seconds, have relevant information displayed in different shapes and images.

As an entrepreneur, you can make predictions and allocate funds wisely when you’re able to see whether your efforts are rewarded. You can use colors and charts to delegate actions to members of your team and track performance at the same time.

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And when broken down into monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual goals, graphs and charts communicate what ordinary text cannot.

3. Effectively brainstorm with mind-mapping.

Mind-mapping is not new but I don’t think it’s been talked about as often as we do to-do lists.

With mind mapping, you’re organizing information accurately and drawing relationships between concepts and pieces from a whole.

Think of a mind map as a tree with several branches. For example, the tree can symbolize healthcare while each branch stands for nursing, medicine, laboratory science, and so on. When you look at nursing, you can further branch out into types of nursing; pediatric, women’s health, critical care, and so on.

It’s an interesting relationship; the more ideas you’re able to come up with for your chosen subject, the deeper you get and the stronger the association.

Mind maps really show you relationships between subjects and topics, and simplifies processes that might seem complicated at first glance. In a way, it is like a graphical representation of facts presented in a simple, visual format.

Mind mapping isn’t only limited to career professionals; business owners can benefit from mind mapping by organizing their online learning activities and breaking down complex tasks into simple actions so that you can accurately measure productivity.

4. Add video streaming to meetings.

What if you could double the productivity of your team members by video streaming your meetings or adding flash animation to your presentation at the same time?

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When you offer video as an alternative method of processing information to colleagues, there is a greater chance of retaining information because we recreate these stories into images in our minds.

For organizations that hold virtual meetings, it can also be an effective way to enhance performance during if people can see their colleagues in addition to flash animation or whatever form of video is provided during the meeting.

Is Visual Learning Better Than Other Learning Styles?

No, that is not the point. The goal here is to supplement your existing dominant learning style with visual learning so that you can experience a significant boost in how you process and use everyday information.

You might discover that understanding scientific concepts are much easier after incorporating visual learning or that you’re able to understand your organization’s value when projected on a visual screen with charts and graphs.

The overall goal is to always be learning and to continue to leverage visual learning style in your career and business.

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