Working with the bright

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Most of the work places we have got are reputed to measure your worth by a certified sheet of paper. This could be very intimidating to the best of us. However paper qualification cannot amount to everything, if you are less qualified than your colleagues it is no reason for you to dim your light. The following are some keys to help you cope with the stress of working with people smarter than you.

1Know Thy Self

Most of us pay little attention to our true potential. If we are to find a value in us it is necessary to know our strengths and skills. If you start off feeling inferior it is very likely that your work would reflect it.

Now identifying your skills and strengths are not as hard as it sounds. You must remember that you have already been hired by your work place and that you, therefore amount to something. If you are unsure of it ask yourself: “What do I like to do at work?” your strength will most likely rest upon what you like to do, as you are good at it.
Asking others about your strengths may seem a tad patronizing to you, yet, it is also a way to find your self-worth. Get feedback from your colleagues, your family or your significant other, a good word by the people you cherish might help you overcome your fears.

2Get to know others

By now, you would have figured out your personal skills and strengths, it is time you look at others. Try to find out what exactly it is that these smart colleagues of yours add to the work place:it could be qualification, experience, problem solving or technical expertise.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help, the fact that you are open-minded enough to ask for advice reflects well on your character. You can reach out to anyone, even if they are in a different field of work than the one you are in. If you deliver well following their advice, make sure you acknowledge their help. Hogging up all the praise will not help you, but building good relations would.

3Be the binder

If you are in a team of smart colleagues, it is more likely than not for the team to be confused and less efficient at the beginning. Try to be the one who breaks the ice. Some of your smarter colleagues will have problems in connecting with others, you can bridge the gap.

Your brighter colleagues may need a slight push in the thinking process, ask what they think of the problem, discuss how to solve it and sometimes what you say may be the nudge they needed.

4Lead your mates

You know your strengths and you know there’s, if you are in a position to make your team choose the best suited for the task. A friendly push, a firm hand will place you well and help you deliver best in the tasks.

You know your strengths and you know there’s, if you are in a position to make your team choose the best suited for the task. A friendly push, a firm hand will place you well and help you deliver best in the tasks.

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