A LONG TIME AGO IN A galaxy far, far away there was a princess who can blast a Stormtrooper without flinching, hop on a speeder bike and race through the Endor forest and would never cower at the sight of Darth Vader. Of royal blood she may be, but dainty and frail she is not.
Princess Leia Organa's courage, quick thinking and wit are some valuable traits that we can also integrate in the office. If we could cultivate these traits and use them to a maximum potential, perhaps we can bring balance in our cubicles and lives.
1.) Other than her day job as a diplomat of the Imperial Senate, she also fights a worthy cause. Princess Leia is a major figure in the Rebel Alliance and a determined freedom fighter against the Galactic Empire. She was steadfast to the point of torture and threat from revealing the rebel base.
Life exists outside the four corners of your office. An engaging activity after nine hours staring at a computer is something to look forward to. It drives away frustration and burnout. Travel, write, paint, sew, hike, enrol in a piano, zumba, self-defense, cooking, foreign language class or Masters program. Be a champion for homeless animals, children, literacy or cancer patients. There is purpose after clocking out.
It will enrich your soul and make your life meaningful.
2.) She doesn't hesitate to ask for help in her most desperate hour. Before her capture in Episode IV, Leia hid stolen Death Star plans inside R2D2's memory, hoping her message would reach Obi Wan Kenobi.
There will be tasks and projects that will entail the help of colleagues. As there are times that we deliver reports and duties on our own, there will be a time when we would need a colleague's input and help to get the job done. Leia's plea did not fall on deaf ears and the valuable information helped the rebels find the enemy's weakness which earned their triumph over the evil empire. Turning to others may be your only hope and realizing people's willingness to help is your team's finest hour.
3.) She has a Plan B. Remember that time when Luke and Han's rescue mission in A New Hope went awry, all Leia had to do was grab a blaster and shoot a wall and jump into it, not knowing where it will lead them to (They landed on the ship's garbage compactor. Eww.) It may have been a stinking mess but they sure were able to evade the Stormtroopers. Or how about that Endor battle scene in The Return of the Jedi when she was shot and the Stormtroopers were closing in on them on the bunker but was able to launch a surprise attack because of a concealed weapon.
Office life is never complete with unexpected glitches. From small things like forgetting to save a file to bungling with a presentation in front of top brass executives and colleagues, instances like those is inevitable.
Instead of greeting this disturbance to (the Force) your schedule with negative emotions or a need to force choke someone, why not take a deep breath and focus. You might be surprised with the ingenious solutions your mind could present you.
4.) The Force is strong with her. Though the focus has always been with her twin brother Luke and him being the hope of the Jedi, Leia also has her strong attributes that make her a powerful ally of the Force. Leia is intuitive and compassionate, which makes her a natural leader.
It is easy to snap at a team member for sloppy work or grumble behind your boss' back for an nth revision. All anger, fear, aggression is a trap that pulls you to the Dark Side.
Yet if you counter those ill feelings and foster positivity despite setbacks and failure and goodwill even to a difficult coworker, you just might slowly restore order in the universe, if not, in your cubicle first.
Well, it also helps if Anakin Skywalker is your father.
5.) She can easily make friends and has a genuine
care for others. In Endor, Leia made an Ewok friend by offering food to the furry creature and reassuring it that she meant no harm.
In The Empire Strikes Back, Leia ordered fellow rebels to evacuate the remote icy base of Hoth. She would have stayed until the Imperial Snowtroopers brought down their base had Han Solo not dragged her off the Millennium Falcon.
People skills are essentials in the workplace. You need not be Miss Congeniality or be updated with the latest inter-department gossip to gain a lot of friends. Treating others with respect goes a long way. A smile or greeting ' Kumusta' or 'Good morning' would make people comfortable with you even if you are not from the same department. Being emphatic or noticing non-verbal actions like holding out the elevator to a rushing colleague or assisting in gathering documents that have fallen to the floor could earn you a new friend. And good karma too.
Being for others is an essential trait for us to thrive not only in the workplace but
also as human beings.
6.) She's a Jill-of-all-trades. She knows how to use a blaster, manoeuvre a speeder bike and disguise herself as a bounty hunter to rescue her scruffy-looking nerf herder.
At work, you will need to be equipped with other skills that would enable you to perform your job well. Whether it is proficiency in Excel, Photoshop or speech writing, an added skill on your resume does not hurt. You will never know when you'll need them.
7.) Don't you dare mess with her. Unless you would want a repeat of a fate similar to Jabba the Hut in Return of the Jedi. This woman knows what she is doing.
8.) Her style is a statement
already. Whether it is her memorable "cinnamon bun" hairstyle, Hoth braids or Cloud City look, Princess Leia Organa-Solo always looks the part. She knows when to dress up and when to suit up for battle.
You do not need anything fancy to capture people's attention. It really starts within. Flex those cheek muscles, smile, keep your head tall, know what you came in for and just work it.
At work, we are faced with situations that prod us to use the Force or succumb to our dark sides. That is why it is important that we seek mentors and role models, individuals who not only teach us professionalism but an innate drive to serve others, to create a greater good. Once we absorb this energy, it manifests in our work, in our lives.
So, dear working girls and boys, has the Force been awakened on you lately?
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Philippine Daily Inquirer
Issue: 30 Nov 2014
Page: L4 Job Market