When working in business, one must not only be able to read books but also people and situations. Like learning how to read books, the more people and situations we have to read, the better we get at reading them. Although I have had other job experiences before that exposed me to reading people and situations, this is a never ending learning process.
Through iMADdu, I have met with other interns and also with a few clients whom I have learned from simply through direct observation. Also, I have found that simple mannerisms relay big messages about a person. Being able to pick up on these details has helped me be keener and draw a better picture of a person and/or a situation.
This past week I had to work on a small project with a small group. I have never had to work with a small group in a work setting so it was very interesting. We were all educated enough to bring things to the table, but with our differing perspectives, personalities, and work habits, we had to read into each other’s characters and fill in each other’s gaps. All went well and this allowed us to become closer, not just as a working unit, but as people as well.
So, when you read, read between the lines, but don’t stop there.