Conquistadore Corner - September 2014

Oct 6th, 2014

The importance of professionalism

As I look down the Conquistadore roster and see all the names from different businesses and different  Rick Jackson, Conquistadores Chair Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commercebackgrounds, one thing I do see they all have in common is that they are all professionals.

It defines a profession as “a calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation.”

These definitions imply that professionalism encompasses a number of different attributes. Together these attributes identify and define a professional.

First and foremost, professionals are known for their specialized knowledge. They have made a deep, personal commitment to develop and improve their skills, where
appropriate, and they have the degrees and certifications that serve as the foundation of their knowledge. What matters, is that these professionals have worked in a serious, thoughtful and sustained way to master the specialized knowledge needed to succeed in their fields; and that they keep their knowledge up-to-date, so that they can continue to deliver the best work possible. Professionals get the job done. They’re reliable and they keep their promises. If circumstances arise that prevent them from delivering on their promises, they manage expectations up front, and they do their best to make the situation right. Professionals don’t make excuses, but focus on finding solutions. They are a genuine credit to their organizations.

This is why it’s so important that we work to earn a professional reputation in the workplace. True professionals are the first to be considered for promotions, they are awarded valuable projects or clients, and they are routinely successful in their careers.

I think what I have described is a Conquistadore with the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce. Conquistadores are professionals in every way.

Their word is as good as gold and they are always ready to volunteer where needed; participate in events during their busy work day, after hours and on weekends.

Rick Jackson, Conquistadores Chair Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce