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Advice To Graduate: Understand The Calculus Of Professional Success by OfficialTaiwoNG: 1:40am On May 21, 2018
Mathematical calculus has two parts: differentiation and integration. On these two pillars rest science and technology as we know it. There is hardly any modern engineering invention that does not owe its creation, and continued refinement, to these two concepts. Many complex problems are solved after being differentiated and then integrated. Interestingly, this is also the recipe for career success.

If you aim to be successful at your job, you need to be thoroughly differentiated and then well integrated. Differentiated individuals are unique, with a distinct brand. Their name conjures up an image of someone who knows their onions. Differentiated individuals are real--you get the sense that they mean what they say. They have street credibility because of a track record of on-time delivery of commitments. They produce something of value to their colleagues and resist the temptation to be average. Differentiation is one part of the equation. The other is integration.

Integrated individuals have empathy. They are emotionally intelligent and are in tune with their environment. They care not only about themselves but also about others; not only about their team but also about other teams; not only about their division of the business but about the entire company. They want to see the whole – not just the parts – achieve great feats. Integrated people aim for synergy of thoughts, resources, and energies. Dr. Seuss has a comment to the graduate that achieves differentiation of technical skills and integration of people skills: Oh, the places you’ll go!


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