Saturday, October 16, 2021


Professionalism can be ripened to maturity through the combination of quality, authenticity, capability, disciplines and accountability.

Being a professional is inherently and inextricably linked with high levels of “professionalism”; not only having the skill sets to solve a certain set of problems, but also presenting high-quality professionalism which indicates great attitude and professional discipline to make high performance and keep unlocking their potential.

Professional attitude: Attitude reveals one’s mentality and manifests itself through one's behaviour. Collective attitude and behavior in the business setting shapes the corporate culture and impacts business effectiveness and maturity. Attitude is a behavioral response; it is developed on the basis of people’s understanding groomed by the growth environment, education, circumstances, and surroundings. Business professionals with a positive attitude bring the optimistic perspective of things, continuously seek new challenges, solicit direct feedback to make improvement.

Professional attitude enhances a healthy cycle of self-management, harmonizes working relationships, and amplifies leadership impact. It is a foundation to bring wisdom in the workplace which often means collaborative atmosphere, growth mindsets, intellectual stimulation, culture of learning, and collective insight. Negative attitude often drives mediocrity, unprofessionalism, lower team morality. High professionals with great attitudes are self-driven, able to accomplish their work resourcefully, keep updating their skill sets progressively and build professional competency continually.

Professional-discipline: High professionalism is a mindset, principle, and discipline. If you are a corporate employee, you need to follow your corporate principles, rules, or manual book; if you are a global professional who works in the global enterprise, or playing a role as the interface of international relationship-coordination, you need to respect global professional business manners and follow a set of commonly agreeable principles to accomplish works professionally in the hyperconnected global business world. Without disciplines, you do not manage to transform negative habits and you do not create a new state of awareness in which the self is nourished through the experience of positivity and the performance is accelerated through continuous practices.

Self-disciplined people have better clarity of thoughts, consistent behaviors to accomplish and adapt to changes. In fact, true self-discipline ought to be able to engage with any situation that one might encounter, and manage themselves well emotionally and behaviorally. People with self-discipline often exercise restraint while expressing emotions or may avoid indulgence because of better control over self via the clarity of thoughts, not because of any weakness. It is about being balanced in thoughts and actions rather than getting the trap of polarity, enhancing time-management skills, in order to focus on achieving professional goals and objectives smoothly.

Professional skill-sets:
Professionals have a set of skills to accomplish certain works and deliver high quality results. The more complex our world becomes, the more complex skill-sets we need to practice varying professional works. There are strategic and tactical roles, and there are also professional roles that need a hybrid set of professional skills to deal with different pieces of responsibilities effectively. Thus, being a business professional means you need to keep sharpening a set of skills to adapt to the changing environment and lift an upward professional cycle.

Professional skill development is something that depends on the individual's wish, innate talent as per the organization's standards. Generally speaking, the skills developed based on people’s natural talent are more easily scalable to build their unique professional competency. In the business world with “VUCA” reality, many professional skills are nonlinear, which means besides technical skills, there's a requirement for decision-making or problem-solving skills, creativity, communication and discernment skills, etc. Because every profession needs to solve certain problems without causing too many other issues. A high quality professional needs to be an excellent problem solver, who has the breadth of understanding of the issues, the depth of technique expertise, the critical thinking to break through common sense sometimes, and the creativity to solve problems innovatively.

It is difficult to have a highly competitive organization without highly professionals and competitive talent. High professionalism is an important quality for today’s multigenerational, multicultural and multi-devicing workforce to realize collective potential and overcome common challenges. Professionalism can be ripened to maturity through the combination of quality, authenticity, capability, disciplines and accountability.


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