- June 8, 2009
- Posted by: admin
- Categories: Blog, Career Growth, Human Resource Management, Relationship management
Perhaps the most understated, least talked about topics of professional life – insecurity is one of the most detrimental attributes that can overturn possibilities for even the most potent resources.
Despite the fact that we continually deny its existence (myself included), our constant fear of ‘losing what we have’ to someone else, leads to an ongoing sense of insecurity (professional or otherwise), which can itself lead to shortening an otherwise rewarding employment experience.
HR managers try and placate such developments through internal HR processes, counseling, appraisals and various other management methods for handling employee psyche.
However, one cannot help but feel that as long as conflicts of interest exist (which will always be the case), there will always be room for a sense of insecurity within an organization for every individual, from a blue collar peon to a CEO.
The Question – In your opinion, what are the root causes of insecurity, and how do you address them, both at the individual/organization level? How can we make sure that conflicts of interest are handled amicably and constructively, without the least collateral damage – both to the business, and each individual’s self respect.
Please state your opinions, with rationale. Shall share my thoughts on the subject as a clarification later. Feedback appreciated, as always.
In my honest opinion, I believe that the first step towards handling ones insecurities personally, professionally or otherwise, is to admit their existence. Its no use saying ‘it doesn’t matter to me’ when it DOES matter. One should be straight forward, say what’s on their mind in a constructive manner, being as impartial as possible.
Secondly, one should never overestimate oneself, or be afraid to lose something that is not yours to keep in the first place. An organizational title is, in principle, a duty assigned to you, which belongs to the best person suited for the job. With the passage of time, that person may or may NOT be you, so one should not have any reservations in accepting facts.
One should try and remove ones own insecurity by being the very best at what we do, everyday. If there’s no one better for the job, then you have nothing to worry about. The trick towards a progressive yet contented career path, is not to fear loss in any of its forms, self-analysis, and competing only against one competitor – yourself.
As master Yoda once said, “If you fear losing something you love, you must learn to let go of it yourself, before it is taken away from you. If it is truly yours, it will stay where it belongs.”