What role can you play to influence your employer to want to keep you? Many have asked me on several occasions about career development.
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I was hired from a temporary assignment to a full time employee because I lent a hand to the hiring manager. Give more to your employer if you want them to keep you for a while. A little help can significantly boost their moral to keep you.
How many times have you offered a solution without understating the incident and what caused it? If that has happened to you before, you are not alone; it has occurred to me on several occasions.
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As a desktop support technician, I was called to solve a printer incident. I started to mess around with the configuration that did not address the issue. Eventually, I discovered that it was a cable issue.
If productivity was a game, what would your score be? Would you beat the record or sit down and wish you could?
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A significant number of us start any task but fail to focus and complete them. Even if you aren’t competitive, how would you rank your ability to plan, prioritize, organize, and execute your tasks? It might sound easy, but takes a tremendous amount of time.
Have you ever developed a goal and failed to accomplished it? In my opinion, anyone can craft a goal and work hard to accomplish it. Unfortunately, only a few cross that finish line.
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Why are we not crossing the finish line when it comes to personal goals? The answer is plain simple; we lose focus and interest in the middle of the journey. So often we get destructed by other things that don’t help.
A good leader knows how to lead a team to a destination without giving commands. This quality of leadership is rare, especially when we want to accomplish more with less people.
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In my first job for non-for-profit organization, I scheduled maintenance for eight cars. Even though I was not their direct supervisor, I worked closely with the drivers. We tracked the mileage of these cars to schedule the maintenance. Soon I realized that I was not getting what I wanted because of the way I was requesting it.
How many times have we dreamed about success, but fail to take the necessary steps to achieve it? The truth of the matter is that we must develop ourselves and change our mindset if we want to achieve success.
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It was a Monday morning; an employee who looked angry walked to his manager’s office. How can I help you? Says the manager. In an angry, tone he said, “I have been here for ten years, why did you promote John, not me.”
There was a little girl who lived with her parents, an older brother, and a baby sister in a small and busy town. Everyone in the neighborhood seemed busy with their lives and paid less attention to one another.
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At a certain point in her life, the little girl thought that no one cared about her because no one paid attention to her needs. All that she wanted was a friend who could talk to her and take her to places she had wished to visit.
Have you ever thought about a career growth goal? Does your answer describe an improvement or same as where you have been in the past five years?
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I made a mistake that most of us do when we start a new career. I had no plan for personal and career growth. Unfortunately, that act came to haunt me later in my career.
We have great ideas within us, but the vast majority of us will never act on these ideas. We fall into the dilemma of “I am not ready yet” and abandon these ideas.
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To illustrate, I had the idea of starting my blog for many years, but had been delaying it for quite a while. I’d created some excuses for not starting. I convinced myself that I could not do it.
Sometimes, we postpone a small task to give room for a bigger one. Does this action help us?
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How do you get anything done? People often ask me this question when I tell them I am a full-time employee, a husband, and a father to five kids. Oh wait, did I mention coaching the kids’ soccer teams?