Michael Sterling

Ironclad Ways to Polish Your Professional Mojo


Have you checked your mojo lately? Vocabulary.com defines Mojo as something that makes you popular, persuasive and successful. However, it’s not a permanent thing. Our mojo can go missing – or simply be a little tired or tarnished. So, it’s good to check it regularly and, if necessary, polish your professional mojo.


8 Ways to Polish Your Professional Mojo in 2018


Learn something new. Continuous professional improvement is imperative to success. Take a course, attend a webinar or listen to a podcast that will move your professional development forward.


Listen more. Listening is part of learning. It’s also not as easy as you may think. Active listening takes practice. With better listening you’ll improve your understanding, reduce miscommunication and become more productive.


Get a mentor. Don’t seek professional advice from just anyone. Find a mentor that you admire – someone you aspire to become. Check out Why Advice is Like Candy for tips on getting professional advice.


Challenge yourself. Look for opportunities to take on new responsibilities. Is it time for a step up the career ladder? Evaluate your short and long-term goals and challenge yourself to meet them.


Lend a Hand. Pay it forward! Do something for a colleague. Help a junior member of the team. Find a way to make a difference in the office and the community.


Chill. Don’t let anger and frustration get the best of you. Sure, frustration happens. Address it. Deal with it. Move on. Be flexible and roll with the punches. There will always be something that doesn’t go as planned.


Go with your gut. Instinct is usually on-point. Professional knowledge and experience provides a foundation for making sound decisions. Use it.


Build Integrity. Honesty and integrity are two of the most valued traits. Keep your ethical standards high and you will be a role model for others.


What professional polish tips work for you?


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