6 Practical Skills Learned From Mom

by Liane Palaschak | May 6, 2014 | Leadership

Mother’s Day is upon us!  For some of us it’s a time to celebrate the moms we have, for others it’s a time to reflect on past memories.   Most people have been influenced by their mothers in one way or another.    In honor of Mother’s Day this month, I get nostalgic and wonder what I‘ll do without her and her advice one day.  Growing up, my mom taught me more than anyone else in this world.  Here are some valuable lessons my mother taught me about life that have followed me into the workplace.

Be open to learn new things:  Times change constantly so it’s important to always be on top of the “next best thing.”  Read the newspaper daily, surf the internet, and do whatever you need to do to stay current in today’s world.

Write effectively:  Good writing skills are essential in life and in the workplace.  If you’re trying to get a job or gain an account, good writing skills make you more desirable to an employer and potential clients.  Also, email is a very important part of today’s world.  Emails that are clearly written generally make you appear more intelligent.

Be on time:  Don’t be late!  This includes meetings, projects, and work in general. Punctuality is something you need to possess if you are to succeed in the workplace.  It demonstrates that you are a reliable worker, which offers reassurance to your boss, co-workers, and clients.

Learn how to handle crises:  We all know that most things don’t go as planned.  Therefore, being prepared before a crisis happens in the workplace is very important.  The one who resolves a crisis in the workplace, will be looked upon favorably.

Listen more, talk less:  The most successful people in the world tend to be good listeners.  Good listening skills will help you be more productive in the workplace.  You will understand your assignments better, build a better relationship with co-workers, and best of all you will discover the true meaning of what others are saying!

Be trustworthy and honest:  This is the most important lesson I learned.  No matter what happens in life or at work, be honest!  If you make a mistake, own up to it.  Don’t take credit for what is not yours and give credit where it is due.

I am sure we all have a few other lessons our mothers taught us tucked away in our back pocket.  Who knew Mom’s basic, but important, lessons would impact us, our work, and our world. Thanks, Mom!

Liane Palaschak
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