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INSTANT MBA: Being Flexible Is More Important Than Being A Hard Worker

Today’s advice comes from Canadian Tourism Commission CEO Michele McKenzie’s interview with CanadianBusiness.com:

 

“I always value hard work. … But I think what I’m coming to value more is an ability of a person to work in an ambiguous work environment. I think it’s becoming a characteristic that’s going to be more valued in the workplace.”

People who rely on technical skills alone limit how much they can contribute, McKenzie says. Job descriptions are becoming more fluid, with employees expected to shift priorities or take on new duties to further an organization in a quickly evolving business climate. That’s especially important as businesses, like McKenzie’s, are investing lots of money and effort in social media, which the business world is still figuring out how to best use.

It’s important to not be too attached to a job title or your original job description, because there might be slight adjustments to better serve the company. The biggest part of that flexibility is a willingness to collaborate, she says. Everyone should be eager to contribute all that they can, and prepared to put in the extra effort to do that.

Instead of resisting change, you should see it as a chance to expand your experience.

“We need talent that see growth and learning as opportunity.”

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