|"A" is for APPEARANCE|
How much attention do you give your appearance? Personally speaking, in these days of rapid change and quick judgments, I have found that your appearance will give the world an immediate first judgment about who you are. We have been taught not to judge a book by its cover, but sadly, we all do. Quite frankly, our appearance DOES say much about who we are, and sometimes other people's opinions can affect our personal advancement.
The corporate world expects its leaders and executives, the company's representatives, to present an excellent appearance -- one that is neat, tidy, clean, and current. In addition to representing your organization, you are also presenting yourself. We don't like to admit this, and though it may not be right, books are judged by their covers, and quite often our skills, talents, personalities, and abilities are judged by our appearance. Are you completely confident and satisfied with your corporate appearance? When was the last time you took honest stock of what others see?
It may be time to fully appraise your wardrobe (current style, neat, clean, well pressed and well matched and accessorized), and your personal grooming (nails, hair, general hygiene, posture). Do the words IMMACULATE, EXCELLENT, SHARP, STYLE apply? If not, it's time for a tune-up. Ask a friend, ask an expert, ask one, ask several -- give them permission to be honest. Then take a breath, accept their comments, and begin your corporate makeover. You will find that looking better makes you feel better, and, quite possibly, perform better!