As the Founder and President of YPI Consultants, LLC business owners and professionals have a level of expectation regarding my level of professionalism. Recently during several conversations with business owners and professionals it has been brought to my attention that our nation has been considered rude and unethical at (many) times. When I heard this I was immediately saddened, but I stopped to reflect where this impression may be derived. A flash of the many reality shows came to mind, the subtle manners of the housewives of…, Survivor and the backstabbing methods of surviving the games and challenges, Jersey Shores and their cut throat hospitality along with their rude fun and antics and let’s not forget those looking for love and their mission to stir the pot of love with venomous cocktails on the beach.
If this is the impression we are sending across the globe, I think it is time to revisit the term Professionalism.
Professionalism…What is it?
This is the definition according to Merriam-Webster online dictionary(as a noun)
:1. the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person(see 1professional).2. the following of a profession (as athletics) for gain or livelihood.
This is the definition from bing:
[ prō féshən’l ìzzəm ] 1.professional standards: the skill, competence, or character expected of a member of a highly trained profession 2. use of professionals: the use of professionals instead of amateurs.
Definition of PROFESSIONAL (as an adjective)
a : of, relating to, or characteristic of a profession
b : engaged in one of the learned professions
c (1) : characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession (2) : exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace
We all, including myself, at some time have been less professional than expected, but we know the difference and therefore make better decision because of that knowledge and experience. Not to mention we are no longer the amateurs behaving in an unprofessional manner. I ask the next time you are about to loss your respect for another or act in an unprofessional manner, that you take a deep breath and ask yourself if you are the amateur or the professional.
Be the change you want to see in the world.