How to Avoid Over Planning Your Career

Chances are you have accumulated some experience behind you in your professional career and some young executive, who is at a transition point, or crossroads sort of, happens to come to you to seek your advice. He has couple of years of experience behind him in both large and emerging companies.

Transfer Skills

SkillsHe has painstakingly honed his set of relevant vocational skills and now wants to transfer them to an altogether new industry. The person is looking for advice with regards to finding a fit into that industry and the ways and means that need to be adopted to enable the person to reach the desired eventual goal.

The Best Laid Plans

It is quite natural to lay down a logical path that would help one to reach their destination. You can’t help getting impressed by the thoughtfulness of people who go all out and try to meticulously plan the next decade of their careers. At the same time you are reminded of the profound lines by Robert Burns, the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.

Get Comfortable With Discomfort

ComfortablePlanning future life is indeed pointless as wondering what the future holds is indeed a difficult question to answer at any age. Instead of trying to figure things out one need to get comfortable with the discomfort that uncertainty brings in its wake. In light of the above you would be going ahead and offering some contrary advice.

Serendipity

Smart and ambitious folks tend to be extra watchful; they try and anticipate every possible contingency especially Serendipitywith regards to career planning. In your personal experience you must have observed many times, that you’re very best opportunities come knocking serendipitous. Life has a way of making your road-maps worthless, some say it is up to the extent of ninety percent. You must have observed this many a times with your friends and your colleagues as well.

Take Stock

Take StockWhen you look around you would find all the people who experience a high degree of job satisfaction never put things or their current roles for that matter on a long term career road-map. When you take stock of your career every now and then or at the most every few years, you need to be asking yourself a few questions. Do you love doing what you are currently engaged in? Also, do you admire the people you are working with at the moment? Do you see yourself learning and growing your skills? Are you able to discern an internal career progression path for yourself?

Final Words

In the event that you have satisfactorily answered all of the above may you continue to grow in the present role? If half of your answers are correct the situation warrants the triggering of a soft evaluation of the options in front of you. In this case you may start looking around, you would be amazed to find roles that you never really planned for or if that was even possible especially with sweeping changes in the workplace that technology brings in its wake.

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Ways You Can Keep Getting Ahead—no Matter What You Do

Like most people if you think you need talent in order to succeed you are are right on the mark, in general for businesses, management and leadership successes this is true to a great extent.

Talent Is God’s Gift to You

Well you do need a certain degree of talent. There are various ways for you to succeed and succeed greatly, even it means you are bereft of any worthwhile talent. Let us examine the whole phenomenon, and upon careful examination you will find that talent is God’s gift to you and what you do with talent is your gift back to God.

Believe in Yourself

You can keep getting ahead no matter what you do. First and foremost believe in yourself, in addition to this vastly important trait having a positive attitude is indeed a great asset. One must learn to respect time quite early on, and in addition to this, one must ardently tap into passion and always do what is right even when doing so is not at all easy.

When Preparation Meets Opportunity

Ensure that you assume control of the things that you can wield control on. An old saying goes something like this, luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity, kindness has a really vast potential, practice it as much as you can. Always do your very best.

Going the Extra Mile

Never shy from going the extra mile and always be willing to help others. Have you ever wondered what a simple phrase can do for you, well for starters it can change your life, beyond your wildest imaginations. For when you believe in yourself, you are able to turn each and every adversity that plagues you into something of an ambition, and each ambition into sure shot success.

Fighting Like Hell to Succeed

When you start believing in yourself in entirety, then something inside you would would come to the fore and tell you that you are much greater than all of the obstacles combined, and whenever the need arises you would not hesitate in fighting like hell to succeed.

Self Fulfilling Prophecy

In essence we are the architects of our very own reality. It all boils down to thinking whatever we can do, we can go ahead and actually do that. Think of it as a self fulfilling prophecy, coupled with the talent or even sans talent. With a positive attitude, you are able to see the brighter side of things, and find a silver lining as well.

Learn Valuable Lessons

Optimists find opportunities as well as possibilities in each and everything that happens irrespective of it being positive or negative. Always look for good in every situation, you will learn valuable lessons in the process. There would be no setbacks just further learning experiences.

Final Words

As time is a precious as well as finite resource, one must always give it the respect it deserves, use it judiciously for achieving the greatest results. Always remember that whenever you do things that you love, you are bound to succeed. You would find many things to be out of control, take control wherever possible, for making an informed decision and taking purposeful action.

Top Time Management Tips for Work Life Balance

Someone very rightly said, each one of us has exactly the same number of hours as any famous and successful personality, be it Helen Keller, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo or even Albert Einstein. To be able to achieve something close to these luminaries lot many folks tend to be hyper-productive in their approach.

Type A Personality

Type A PersonalityYou will find these people scurrying from one task to the other, they always seem to be hyperactive, type A personalities. You would always find them organizing things, checking and responding to emails, making a call or running errands. Such kind of people subscribe to the always busy school of thought.

Time and Energy

Always staying occupied is the equivalent of putting in the required hard work,Time and Energy to their mind it is eventually going to make them successful.This may be true to some extent, but the constant effort leads you to mindless productivity. In this rigmarole you tend to waste time and effort on insignificant and inconsequential activities costing you valuable time and energy.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Work Smarter, Not HarderTo overcome this mindset, you need to adopt a really simple strategy. You ought to work smarter rather than work harder all the time. Go about any kind of work keeping the above fact in mind and consciously applying it all the time. You would witness a sea change in your own attitude and how you approach various tasks.

Be Thoughtful

Always try to be thoughtful, always ask yourself if there is any better way of doing things to infuse more efficiency in your approach and experience better outcomes. Just think that managing your time is not just about squeezing too many tasks into your daily working hours, it is all the more about simplifying your approach to work.

Simplify Things

When you start de-cluttering, doing things faster you easily relieve stress and make the all-important time for play, simplifyrest and all the people who really matter.Trust us when we say there are ample hours in a day for everything you wish to do.

Re-arrange and Re-imagine

All that is required from your side is a bit of rearranging along with some re-imagining to get you on an even keel.Some tried and tested time management tips that can nudge you in the right direction and help you manage your time effectively are being listed here.

Refine Your Practices

Each individual is different from the other so you need to take the following advice as a catalyst that will spur thinking on your part and prod you to refine your practices. The following should act as a pointer so that you are able to pick and choose or devise your own strategies.

The Golden Rule

Golden-RuleThe golden rule of time management is to complete the most important of tasks first, so go ahead and attack the crucial tasks for the day at the very onset. In addition to this, learn to say no at times, this will help you honor your time commitments. Ensure you get adequate sleep which hovers around 7 to 8 hours a day to be really effective.

Final Words

The task on hand should have your undivided attention. Go for an early start on any given task to keep procrastination at bay and steer clear of unimportant details, lest they drag you down. Also when you conscientiously turnkey tasks into habits they become natural, enjoyable and manageable even if happens to be writing a lot every day for long stretches. Last but not the least be careful of the time you spend every day on the Internet, TV, Gaming and other such activities as they are a big drain on time as well as productivity.

How To Think And Act Like The Most Successful Professionals

All work and no play makes jack a dull boy, well I am pretty sure we have heard this adge one time or the other. All of us set goals in our lives and put in the required industrious and conscientious hard work towards achieving them. When you tend to focus solely on work and recreation is relegated to some sort of low priority activity, then problems start cropping in and if this goes on for a while the person is rendered dull, distant and unsociable.

The Human Mind

human-mindWhen you closely follow the workings of the human mind, you would be truly amazed at the seemingly limitless capacity of the brain to continue working for long hours at a stretch. However as it happens with any machine, wear and tear crops in with sustained usage and there is a very real possibility of a burn out. At the extreme end of the spectrum is the occupational burnout characterized by a persistent and nagging feeling of ineffectiveness, lack of enthusiasm and motivation with an added dimension of cynicism and frustration cropping in leading to a reduced efficacy at the workplace.

Rejuvenation is a Must

It goes without saying proper relaxation is an absolute must to prevent the mind from getting overtaxed and moving towards undesired consequences. It is common knowledge that a relaxed mind is a rejuvenated one. Recreation goes ahead to revitalize the inborn abilities of the mind. A balanced approached is required to keep the mind primed up in top working condition at all given times. To sum up, work without recreation does contribute in no small measure to make jack a dull boy.

A Fine Balance

BalanceThis is one end of the spectrum, when we look at the other end of the spectrum it is not very difficult to see that people play all the time at work, that is. Maybe to some it may appear to be an exaggeration or partially correct statement, there is certainly an iota of truth in it. People at workplace do agree that all play and no work is not going to take anybody anywhere. We need to strike a fine balance to be in sync with organizational, personal and professional goals.

The Thumb Rule 

We need to lay down certain guidelines, personal code of conduct to be really effective at work. Something as simple as really working all time you work, well it really works. This effectively Thumb Rulemeans giving your undivided attention to the task in hand. There are distractions galore, refrain from taking care of personal business, or checking emails every five minutes or so.

Final Words

You would be tempted to exchange notes with your friends, they may want to talk to you while your priority is to focus on something important at the moment. Do let them know politely that you would surely love to interact, however there is some important business you need to address at the moment, and get back to work. The interaction can always wait for some other time, the weekend perhaps. When you work a little harder, stay back a little longer and pick up the pace and move faster without wasting any time, results would follow suit and you would happily say work hard and party harder is my credo from now on.

How to Generate New Ideas for a Career Change

Often times when we think about our work and our future, we tend to approach the whole thing randomly. Getting reactional and analytical or being dreamy is diametrically opposite of getting serious about finding a new career. One needs to be able to generate concrete ideas before initiating the career change process.

Capable of Doing

When you are considering your options for a new career you got to think in terms of the things that you know you are capable of doing. If you are considering going after a particular job, first of all you need to convince yourself with credible evidence that you would be able to take on the responsibilities that come with the field.

The Evidence

Evidence may come in any number of forms, be it qualifications, skills or experience required to pursue a given profession. It is quite possible that you have enough passion for a given subject, so much so, that you can go ahead and carve a profession out of it. Identifying your skills is the most basic thing that you need to do before embarking on any sort of career change.

Transferable Skills

When you happen to be looking for a new job in an altogether different industry, being able to isolate your transferable skills is indeed a boon, for it is your big ticket to career success. Imagine the ease you would find in convincing potential employers in a new career field by seamlessly transferring the relevant skills on to a new work role.

Skill Analysis

You need to do a skill analysis by thinking in terms of what you achieved in your life this far and the ways and means you adopted for achieving the same. Say for example you have worked as a project manager for a long time; this speaks volumes about your ability to be able to influence people, get them involved in the project and go on to make it a success by devoting their skills and time to the undertaking.

Powerful Influencer

Come to think of it, if you are able to go ahead and prove beyond reasonable doubt that you can come across as a powerful influencer, it will give you an immediate advantage when you apply for positions that may not be directly connected to project management but involves persuading other people to move out of their comfort zone and undertake still newer and challenging tasks.

Make Use of Vivid Life Experiences

Now that you have got thinking and are brainstorming ideas, why stop on your earlier work experiences while contemplating about the skills that you can bring along to a new career path. You need to dig into every type of life experience, and you never know what sort of inspiration and fresh ideas you would be able to come up with which would not be possible in the normal course and never cross your mind otherwise.

Scheduling Manpower

Just think of something as insignificant as functioning as the captain of your school or college sports team, drawing up plans for training teams, did you say that was long ago, well there is no reason the same cannot be used in a career that hinges around devising schedules and rotas for effective management of human resources that is an important component of managing any manpower intensive business.

Final Words

You need to be able to appreciate the complexities of certain careers.  Always remember possessing even a single skill can open up multiple career avenues for you. If are able to write well, are curious as well as skeptical a career as a journalist is not the only possibility. You are naturally predisposed to being a success in consulting environments, where you happen to analyze various things on behalf of your clients.

We encourage you to explore your options with zeal and vigor, and don’t forget to write back the trials and tribulations you experienced en route.

9 Most Important Tips to Engage Your Employees

High performing companies rely on high performing leaders who continuously engage their personnel, and ensure clients receive exceptional services as a result. We are listing 9 amazing engagement tips to help you really improve the performance of your employees and teams as well.

Get to Know Your Employees

Know-Your-EmployeesWhen you take time to listen to and learn about your employees interests, you go ahead and build relationships with your employees. You may not really appreciate it right there and then, the fact remains this exercise does have a positive impact on employee attitudes, motivation and engagement.

Provide Basic Training to Your Employees

When employees understand their roles and responsibilities they tend to be more engaged. A better understanding Basic Trainingof the job responsibilities automatically results in higher levels of performance as well as commitment to the organization. To this end you need to go ahead and provide your employees with the requisite job training so that they are able to do quality work and excel in their career. Such employees say they have a very clear idea of their job responsibilities and are therefore able to offer their very best back to the organization.

Develop Your People

Develop-Your-PeopleDeveloping the people working for you is immensely important not only for the employees or the company but also for yourself as a supervisor or manager. Opportunities for growth and development happen to be a key driver to ensure employee engagement as well as accelerate organizational success. It is observed that employees, who happen to develop their skills, and grow at the same time, are all the more likely to stay with the organization and recommend it to others as well. Apparently it may not seem to be substantial; however when you look at the overall picture it helps the company to build on talents and teams that is required to be successful.

Recognize Your Employees

Recognition from a manager or the immediate supervisor is a very important motivator for employees. Besides Recognizeencouraging positive behavior, appreciation helps promote long term top performance. A thank you note or a nice job can go a long way. It helps to highlight the recent accomplishments of the best employees in physical forums or online bulletin boards. Recognition should be easy and highly visible to all employees across the organization for it to be effective.

Encourage Teamwork

Best Friends

Team work is a direct by product of the culture of openness and trust between employees and their supervisors or managers. It is a tried and tested fact, when employees feel they are a part of the team, they go ahead and willingly invest more time and energy in their jobs.

 

 

Build a Customer Focused Team

Henry Ford once famously said, coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success. Today each employee is highly customer focused, understanding and anticipating the needs of both internal as well as external customers. True professionals are geared to meet and then exceed customer needs by offering timely, efficient as well as economical solutions.

Coach Your Employees

Coach Your EmployeesThe onus of coaching your employees lies with you; it helps them to understand their responsibilities as well as your expectations. It must be borne in mind that regular coaching increases overall engagement of all the employees.

Future Proof Performance

Future-ProofEmployee engagement is the best investment that a company can make for the privilege of future proofing the organizations productivity as well as performance. The inputs of such employees warrant immediate action in best interest of all stakeholders.

Act on Employee Feedback

feedbackIt is really important to provide credible action on an employee survey as people are really interested in viewing the results as quickly as possible. Post survey action has to be really fast as nothing destroys the credibility of a survey faster than a lack of action which goes on to reduce employee engagement.

What else do you think can be done for better employee engagement?

Use the Flow State to Power Your Career

Simply ahead and envision a top competitor you happen to be truly enamored with, what rings a bell, perpetually it must be execution above whatever else. Contingent upon where you are found you would have your inclination of games and games people. With the constrained over’s cricket world glass occurring right now every one of us has an undisputed top choice.

A Matter of Personal Choice

For some it could be Virat Kohli for others it could be M S Dhoni, even Shikhar Dhawan or some other competitor. It is altogether a matter of individual decision however; however there is no denying the way that star sports people have an atmosphere about them. The corona is a direct result of the excellent execution which gets them name, distinction and cash and the supports continue streaming. What’s more, in cricket speech a player is said to be in shape or out of frame-contingent upon his commitment to the group by way great execution or poor execution.

The Flow State

What is that one thing which makes an incredible player tick and convey and what are the reasons the extremely same player hits work stream a tough situation and individuals begin raising fingers at his execution for Job search website. What makes a player tick is an exceptionally straightforward thing to be sure and it is the stream state. This is an exceptional zone for games people and after entering it they can encounter an uncommon feeling of control over their wearing resources.

Free of the Looming Dread

Free of the Looming DreadThe competitor turns out to be free of the approaching fear which frequents human presence and breaks free from the shackles of the cycle of good fortunes and misfortune. Securely covered inside the extraordinary parameters that cosmetics the stream express the competitor expect finish charge and all that he does shines with a unique importance. This is very like the Zone that author’s understanding, when they can create their best work rather than the time when they are encountering the mental obstacle.

The Zone

It is very simple to induce than that the stream state or zone is not confined to a games individual or an author however any person who has the uncommon imaginative capacity to have the capacity to encounter the same. At the point when in the stream state you turn out to be all the more certain, experience a typically confident condition of completely engaged approach where you put in everything available to you to the achievement of your appreciated objectives.

Authority and Focus

Stream is basically a by result of two unmistakable components, dominance and center and when you are attempting to achieve your vocation objectives, you would see that as a fledgling you would not have the capacity to hit the stream express, nobody does no make a difference the field. There is a legitimate purpose for it; an apprentice is continually attempting to stay away from mischief or harm. A fledgling batsman would maintain a strategic distance from a pace bowler though a prepared one would not flutter an eyelid before sending a similar bowler over the ropes, consistently.

Last Words

So everything comes down to first getting better than average at something, at exactly that point would you have the capacity to show liquid and easy mastery doing likewise, which at the end of the day is likeness entering your zone. Stream is a merry and addictive state, it pushes you to endeavor accomplish still higher objectives which you attempt to finish by putting in more practice, much more review and the push to remain fit as a fiddle and do things which would not be very conceivable in the ordinary course of human presence.

Presently the exceedingly critical question, what is your ticket to the stream state and how are you going to interface it to your vocation and utilize it for expert progression. We would be happy to get notification from our perusers.