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Professionalism is a Choice. Your Choice. Be Intentional.

The concept of professionalism changes over time, and its standards can vary across industries, cultures, and generations. While some traditional elements of professionalism remain constant—such as integrity, respect, and responsibility—there are aspects that have shifted, particularly with the influence of technology, changes in workplace dynamics, and diverse perspectives.  Professional has always been an intentional choice and that choice remains for every person, in every environment (except maybe while watching hockey games 😊) and every industry. 

Why is professionalism important:  

  • Choosing to be professional directly influences and impacts you individually, your team and your clients 

  • Choosing to be professional across an organization fosters a positive environment of integrity, respect and accountability 

  • Choosing to be professional creates and promotes your reputation as an individual and as an organization  

Professionalism is your choice. 

Here are several ways for you to choose to grow in professionalism.   

Communication -- Work on improving your communication skills. Be clear, concise, and considerate. Actively listen and seek to understand different perspectives.   Be direct to prevent misunderstandings.


Accountability -- Take ownership of your words, responsibilities and actions. If you make a mistake, admit it, learn from it, and take steps to rectify the situation. Accountability builds trust and demonstrates integrity.  

Time Management -- Develop skills to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines. Efficiently managing your time reflects a commitment to your work.  Respecting other people’s time is extremely important. 

Decision-Making -- Consider the impact of your choices on others and the organization. Upholding ethical decision-making standards is a fundamental aspect of professionalism.  

Emotional Intelligence -- Develop emotional intelligence by understanding and managing your emotions.  Focus on the “why” of emotions for yourself and for others.  

Seek Feedback -- Actively seek feedback.  Constructive feedback provides valuable insights into areas for improvement and helps you refine your professional skills.  

Adaptability -- Cultivate adaptability by being open to change and demonstrating flexibility in the face of challenges.   

Team Collaboration -- Be a team player, engage in activities and meetings, contribute positively to group efforts, and appreciate the strengths and perspectives of your colleagues.  

Mentorship -- Seek out mentorship from experienced colleagues or professionals in your field. A mentor can provide guidance, share valuable insights, and support personal and professional growth.  

Continuous Learning -- Embrace a growth mindset. Stay updated on industry trends, best practices, and relevant skills. Attend workshops, seminars, and online courses to enhance your knowledge and expertise.  

Dress and Appearance -- Pay attention to your dress and personal appearance, aligning them with the expectations of your workplace. Dressing professionally can enhance your self-confidence and how others perceive you.  Budget friendly options are available, this is not about buying the most expensive clothing. 

Networking -- Build and nurture professional relationships both within and outside your organization. Networking can provide valuable opportunities for collaboration, mentorship, and career advancement.  

Professional Certifications -- Pursue relevant professional certifications to demonstrate your commitment to continuous improvement and proficiency in your field.  

Self-Reflection -- Regularly reflect on your professional behavior, achievements, and areas for improvement. This self-awareness contributes to growth and development.  

Intentional cultivation of these skills produces growth and impact! 

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