It is my philosophy that becoming ‘exceptional’ is about doing something that is unconventional and daring. A person with such characteristics and qualities is someone who is willing to go the extra mile to pursue a high-level goal or an extraordinary outcome.The online dictionaries define the word ‘exceptional’ as something that is rare, uncommon, better than the average, and superior.
In my discussion with Wendy, what struck me first about her philosophy to success was her acute focus and desire to empower and educate people to becoming exceptional in the workplace environment.
The Best of the Best
Wendy firmly believes that leaders in the modern-day workplace need to acquire the right skills and become elite performers, or position themselves in the top 20% category. At this point, I couldn’t stop to think about the movie ‘Top Gun’, which attracted the best of the best fighter pilots in the world.
Whether you are a fighter pilot, a serial entrepreneur, or a CEO of a large organisation, the essence to a successful and rewarding career really hinges on quality education that will push your capabilities beyond the comfort zone (or ‘Danger Zone’ if you are still thinking of Top Gun ).
The ‘Right’ Personality?
When we think about serial entrepreneurs, like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and even Richard Branson, we observe distinct and ‘exceptional’ character traits that separate them from the rest of the crowd. According to Wendy, their remarkable success in their field of work, might perhaps be about their ‘quirky’ personalities, or genius mindset.
I am of the view that being exceptional in business leadership is actually not about ego, pride, and self-confidence, but about passion, a down to earth nature, courage, and a strong desire to learn from others.
Culture versus Individuality
To become exceptional in a professional role requires the ability to focus on the ‘inside’ first, before worrying about the ‘outside’, says Wendy. In other words, it’s a lot easier to develop your own skillset and grow through education, rather than going against the grain of traditional workplace culture, and trying to challenge the status quo to begin with. Developing your skills in communication and relationships is paramount.
It’s really about following a path of less resistance, until you are acknowledged by your colleagues or management for your intrapreneurial efforts at large. The key to progression is also about learning about your environment and knowing where you stand amongst your peers; then deciding on the best way forward for a mutual outcome between the organisation and the employee.
No Wall too Tall
In a conclusive statement made by Wendy, the key to ‘scaling your wall’ and becoming exceptional, is really about leveraging on an expert coach that can teach you ways to better handle your fears, anxieties, and develop a strategic compass of navigation to help you achieve your goals at work.
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About the Author
Federico Re is an entrepreneurship coach, motivational speaker, journalist, and business writer based in Australia. At 22, he started a business with revenue growth 50 per cent annually over 10 consecutive years and earned more than $10 million per year in retail sales. He attended ‘Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship’ in South Africa and have been published internationally. He is the founder of a niche coaching practice Creative Entrepreneur (Australia), tailored for aspiring entrepreneurs, SME business owners, and CEOs.
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