Career Ruts

Career Ruts Perhaps you jumped straight into a job after grad school or college and now, five years plus later, you’re bored, unfulfilled and spinning your wheels. Or maybe you’ve excelled in your position, but now you feel you’ve risen as far in the company as you can go. In other words, you’re stuck in a career rut. In a tight job market, people who are dissatisfied with their jobs tend to stay put. Does that mean you have to stay in a job that doesn’t challenge you, provide meaning, or offer long-term career benefits? Not necessarily. It’s possible to change your behavior, attitude, outlook and workplace relationships in such a way that today’s dull job becomes tomorrow’s exciting career opportunity. You don’t have to quit your job to get out of a career rut. All you have to do is start moving in a fresh direction. Imagine Your Destination Before you get in a car, you know where you’re going. The same is true...
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Kudzu, The Electronic Inbox Problem

Kudzu, The Electronic Inbox Problem Today in my American Express quick mail, I read some good tips about organizing my inbox. Not the inbox on my desk, but the monster size list I have left to grow like Kudzu weeds on my Mac. I used to be one of those people that cleaned everything out when I worked in a corporate environment. Now, I still read or instantly delete all e-mails in two days or less. But sorting them for action has lost its priority. Of course software provided by browsers, and even our computers, help by just deleting or hiding e-mails after so much time. Yet, that can become a bigger problem when I really want to find that old idea or name within a message. Today I learned when it comes to handling e-mails there are two basic types of people. The first type subscribes to the “touch once” policy. They open an e-mail and take action on it immediately. They...
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Personal Branding For Success In A Few Steps© : Part IV

Personal Branding For Success In A Few Steps© : Part IV Improving Your Personal Brand I have several key questions I use to create a noteworthy personal branding statement. Simply answering them creates a short, but dynamic statement. So ask yourself: What problem do I love to solve at work? How am I the aspirin to an employer’s pain? What’s my process or methodology for doing it? How do I systematically tackle the problem to get it solved? What analogy can I use from everyday life to help someone better understand what I do? How can I help someone who doesn’t understand what I do get a grasp on it? What proof do I have that what I say is true? How have I done this successfully before and what are the facts and statistics to back it up? What do I want to do next with this valuable skill? Where do I see potential for this skill to be of great value (i.e. save or make significant...
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