The duck test is a humorous term for a form of inductive reasoning. I know you have heard something along the lines of,

“If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.”

The test implies that a person can identify an unknown subject by observing that subject’s habitual characteristics.

This is such a simple theory that can be used in developing ourselves professionally. If it looks like a professional, acts like a professional, talks like a professional then it’s probably a professional.

Professionalism is a set of all actions and behaviors that result in good positive business relationships.

Webster’s Dictionary defines professionalism as, “The conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person.” But what does Professionalism mean in the work place and how can it affect your business relationships. The secret to healthy relationships in the work environment is for you to first understand yourself. Ask yourself these three questions:

  1. What are my goals?
  2. What motivates me?
  3. What irritates me?

Once you understand your personal goals, your motivators, and your irritants, it becomes easier to understand others and easier to work with others.  Building good professional relationships in the work place requires you to demonstrate professionalism. Take a look in the mirror; know yourself as a professional so that you can mirror the behavior you would want back.

 And for the record, these “ducks” are not the ones that I am referring to.

Duck Dynasty


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