This is an excerpt from the Chapter, ‘Winning in the Workplace’ (unedited) from my-soon-to-be launched book, ‘Achievement Values for Young Adults – Creating self-motivated carriers of change in a competitive world.’
……Self assessment also demands that you ask yourself where you come from. This refers to circumstances that may have influenced the way you think. Young people who come from poorer families have priorities and interests that are a little different from those who are from wealthier families. The circumstances of poverty in my upbringing have largely contributed to the way I think (especially in my desire to help many other people escape poverty)…..
Our own cultures silhouette the way we think and this is evident in the workplace and business. Some cultures are much more wealth oriented while others value self-aggrandizement. Exposure to education shapes the way we think, too. I have found that those who went to Catholic schools look at life a little differently from those who went to government schools. Though many companies are equal opportunity employers and job adverts hardly reflect school orientation, many global companies have a way of capturing affluent young people. It is for this reason the majority of those who went to government schools have no problems working for government agencies while those who were educated under private schools largely work for the private sector…..
The most painful experience I have had in management meetings is to reject promotion appointments of promising young people on account of educational lapses. Those who make an effort to study generally experience a healthy career growth path. They rise from simple clerks to senior managers within a few years. Those who thought success was based on reporting for work 24/7 got highly frustrated when those they once supervised became their bosses…. I have further observed that young people who have had exposure to western education easily find space in a very competitive work environment and will earn their promotion within a short time. These understand that a conceptual approach to issues and people leadership counts more towards promotion than technical skills.