Career – Conscious Manager – Online Magazine A holistic approach to self, business and life. Mon, 29 Jul 2019 12:33:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Effective Training: More Use of Being Trained Mon, 02 Jul 2012 20:04:22 +0000

It’s all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you’re properly trained. — Elizabeth II

Many organisations are investing in training fail to get the most from their investment. Staff are sent on courses without being sufficiently clear about why they are attending the course. Staff attend courses without setting clear learning objectives for the course. They come back from a course and are not debriefed and set longer term learning goals. Here are some ideas for getting the most from your investment in training.

Link Training To Organizational Objectives

What are your objectives and targets for the year? Training works best if linked to hard, measurable objectives. This could be (launching a new project, enrolling new members, growing existing resources, increasing distribution, enhancing media presence). In this way it is much easier to measure the overall effectiveness of the training.

Identify The Training Needs Of Your Team And Individuals

Assess the training needs of the team by relating its current performance to desired performance. In which areas is the team underperforming?

Pre-Brief The Team And Set Individual Learning Objectives

Prior to training taking place explain the reason for the training and set expectations together on the outcomes for the service. Talk to the team as a group and individually, set objectives for each devotee so they focus on their individual learning points during the training process.

Run The Training Programme. Set The Action Plans

Make sure the team comes back from training with personal action plans for following up the skills learned or revisited on the course. Discuss these with each team member and get team feedback on course effectiveness.

Monitor Performance

Monitor the performance of the team and individuals, following the course. Spend time with team members in the field and look for changes in behaviour. Give the appropriate feedback to encourage proper performance. Remind your staff of the training points they may have forgotten, or misunderstood.

Measure Results

Measure the results of the team and look for individual success stories. Look for further training opportunities, such as team meetings, or joint attendance of workshops. Encourage personal self-development by inducing devotees to read books, listen to tapes, consult experts, etc.

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Clearly Moving Forward Thu, 28 Jun 2012 08:44:37 +0000

The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn — David Russell


Found this cool text on one website and customised it a bit for you:

* Clarity *

Clarity might help you achieve success and happiness.

Lack of clarity is probably more responsible for frustration and underachievement than any other single factor.

That’s why we say that “Success is goals, and all else is commentary.”

People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.

* The Three Keys to High Achievement *

You could even say that the three keys to high achievement are, “Clarity, Clarity, Clarity,” with regard to your goals.

Your success in life will be largely determined by how clear you are about what it is you really, really want.

* Write and Rewrite Your Goals *

The more you write and rewrite your goals and the more you think about them, the clearer you will become about them.

The clearer you are about what you want, the more likely you are to do more and more of the things that are consistent with achieving them.

Meanwhile, you will do fewer and fewer of the things that don’t help to get the things you really want.

* The Seven Step Process for Achieving Goals *

Here is the simple, seven-step process that you can use to achieve your goals faster and easier than ever before.

First, decide exactly what you want in each area of your life. Be specific!

Second, write it down, clearly and in detail;

Third, set a specific deadline. If it is a large goal, break it down into sub-deadlines and write them down in order;

Fourth, make a list of everything you can think of that you will have to do to achieve your goal. As you think of new items, add them to your list;

Fifth, organize the items on your list into a plan by placing them in the proper sequence and priority;

Sixth, take action immediately on the most important thing you can do on your plan. This is very important!

Seventh, do something every day that moves you toward the attainment of one or more of your important goals. Maintain the momentum!

* Join the Top 3% *

Fewer than three percent of adults have written goals and plans that they work on every single day.

When you sit down and write out your goals, you move yourself into the top 3% of people in our society.

And you will soon start to get the same results that they do.

* Review Your Goals Daily *

Study and review your goals every day to be sure they are still your most important goals.

You will find yourself adding goals to your list as time passes.

You will also find yourself deleting goals that are no longer as important as you once thought.

Whatever your goals are, plan them out thoroughly, on paper, and work on them every single day.

This is one fo the most important keys to peak performance and maximum achievement.

 * Action Exercises *

Here is how you can apply this law immediately:

First, make a list of ten goals that you would like to achieve in the coming year. Write them down in the present tense, as though a year has passed and you have already accomplished them.

Second, from your list of ten goals, ask yourself, “What one goal, if I were to accomplish it, would have the greatest positive impact on my life?” Whatever it is, put a circle around this goal and move it to a separate sheet of paper.

Third, practice the seven-step method described above on this goal. Set a deadline, make a plan, and put it into action and work on it every day. Make this goal your major definite purpose for the weeks and months ahead.

Get ready for some amazing changes in your life.


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Ready To Career Change? Sun, 19 Sep 2010 10:23:00 +0000 career

“People may take a job for more money, but they often leave it for more recognition” Bob Nelson

Want to change your field of work, doing something else or living somewhere else. Now is time to do more than dream. Even if you are not ready to make the change, is time to begin planning now. Don’t wait until you are out of work.

Whether a career change is by choice or is by circumstance, a successful switch depends on some steps.

1. Think What’s Wrong Now.

Sometimes people are totally in wrong career for them. You have to escape the situation that will make you feel sick going to work every morning, most of employees escape this bad fit moment just before it has a bad and dramatic effect on them. If you are thinking changing career and there is something wrong with what you are doing now. Determine what it is, so that you don’t make the same mistake again.

2. Don’t Be Afraid.

Everybody gets scared when they start thinking about changing current work position. They fear to find themselves committed to relocating, or spending to much money on education. Most companies welcome and recognize that employees must prepare for possible change, exploring alternative paths bring new insights into the workplace. As you fear about the relocations, pay cuts, or educational demands with a career transition, it’s up to you. If you don’t like it, don’t do it.

3. Look In The Market First.

We all dream about the perfect job, but often our dreams don’t match the reality. You have to look first the job you are looking for on the market, if it exists, there might be no job you dream about. If it does exist, study the market, special magazines, Department of Labor, or local jobs ads. But there also might be a problem. If you do find one you like, they won’t pay you enough. You need to be sure if it is what you really want.

4. Have Priorities.

If for you to balance work and family issues is important, then you may want to avoid jobs that require 60 hours a week. You also may question your assumptions about jobs and jobs markets. You should take in consideration that any study of the market should take special note of the issues most critical to you.

5. Visualize Your Dream Job.

Some people have already the idea in their mind. Others don’t. If you are not satisfied where you are now and don’t know what else to do, you better start brainstorming now, and ask yourself what do you like about your job. This will help you to understand what you like, and can lead to the right career. Make a list with questions and answer them to get a general idea in are you really interested.

6. Have Connections.

Make a list of every responsible adult you know and contact those who work in their areas of interest. Now the business world allows doing that. A few years ago it might have seemed strange to contact relevant people, but today there is nothing odd about it. Be more interested get more information, not only meeting one on one with those people in the field of interest, but also find out what changes are taking place and what roles you can play.

7. Determine What Is Best For You.

You should have a job while you are looking for a better one. Take any available job while developing you dream job. If you are employed stay that way and assess what you like about this job and what you don’t like. If you want to relocate make a search of the region you want to relocate, if this move will be more secure and fulfilling life for you.

8. Get The Training You Need.

Gain fuller appreciation of your skills and capabilities. If the new job demands, requires new skills, you have to figure that out how to do it. That means you will have to take special courses needed for that job, take at home a self-study program or get a night program at local university or college.

9. Show That You Worth It.

If you plan succeeds, whether you get a new position in the company or outside. In both cases, you have to be prepared and show to the person interviewing that you have the ability to make at this new job. You have to show the fit to market yourself in a effective way. You have to be prepared for the questions you will be asked, have the answers that show your great experience and leadership skills.

Change and look for a better job that gives more fulfillments in your life and you will get rewards.


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Personal Values and Organization Values: How Leaders Put Them Into Action Fri, 10 Sep 2010 11:43:17 +0000 Values and business

Most leaders know that effective feedback must be specific and timely. It’s not effective to tell someone that he or she is “doing a great job and working with the values of the company.”

How does a leader put values into action? What questions does a leader need to ask himself or herself to clarify what is needed to lead by, with, and through values? Here are six common sense leadership strategies to consider:

1. Know Your Values.

Develop a personal understanding of your organization’s values. Think about what the company’s values really mean to you and to your unique leadership style. You need to know which of your behaviors demonstrate those values. If the business’ beliefs and principles don’t have meaning for you, you won’t be able to make them meaningful for anyone else. You must examine your own personal set of values and see how they mesh with the organizations. In some cases they won’t. Very few people see their own personal set of values in terms of things like customer service or teamwork. However, the personal value of respecting others does fit in with these organizational values. It is critical to make sure that shared values translate into behaved values. Study your organization’s values and determine how they apply to you and to the people you lead. Make sure that organizational and personal values are in sync with one another.

2. Be A Role Model.

Show people what the organizational values mean through your behaviors. People learn by observing their leaders. You must walk your talk. Bringing values to life is a behavioral issue. You are a role model for your people. Your values show up in four behaviors: how you spend your time, where you go, what you say, how you deal with problems and crises.

Actions speak louder than words, and employees aren’t dumb. Most of your employees will follow your lead. Now, you can’t be perfect all of the time and everyone has lapses. Make sure you admit aloud whenever you find yourself off track and in breach of values. When problems or crises catch you off balance, your immediate reaction might be contrary to your personal or organizational values system. But you can slow down, and ask yourself, “What guidance do our values provide for handling this situation?” You can make course corrections to demonstrate that you are concerned with doing the right thing in accordance with values. Here are some important keys for walking your talk:

• Spend your time in a way that reflects your organization’s values.

• Get out of your office and interact with the people who work with you and for you.

• Watch what you say…or don’t say.

• When things get hot, slow down, stay calm, and use values as your guide.

3. Teach values to your people.

You have to make it very clear that you expect your people to live by your organization’s values. You have to sell them on the importance of living the values; more than that, you have to teach them. One of the most effective ways to teach values is through asking questions. When you ask people what they value, and which organizational value they use most frequently, you are pointing them in the right direction. Asking questions helps people learn how to apply critical thinking skills on their own. It also helps people articulate what they already know.

4. Remove obstacles to working with values.

Your most important job as a leader is to help your people succeed. You must smooth the way for them because there are always obstacles and barriers to values driven performance. You must identify roadblocks, eliminate or minimize them, or show team members how to deal with those that can’t be removed.

5. Reward and recognize those who live the values.

Most leaders know that effective feedback must be specific and timely. It’s not effective to tell someone that he or she is “doing a great job and working with the values of the company.” What does that mean? How can people do more of it, if they aren’t sure what you mean? Instead, effective leaders say something like, “I saw you go out of your way to help so-and-so yesterday in order to avert a problem. That’s a great example of our organizational value of teamwork (or customer service, or other value) in action. I appreciate what you did.” People crave recognition. According to the Gallup Organization, 65 percent of U.S. workers reported that they received no recognition in the workplace last year. The number one reason people leave their jobs is that they don’t feel appreciated. Smart leaders actively search out opportunities to catch people doing something right and thank them for doing it. Recognizing and rewarding behavior that’s in line with values is the single best way to ensure that it continues.

6. Redirect those who aren’t working with values.

This is where the rubber meets the road and where you earn your money as a leader. You must hold people accountable when they are not living the values. There will always be a few, who don’t want to get with the program, and you must be the one to deal with this problem or everyone suffers. You will lose credibility and respect of others, and the work group as a whole will suffer. Explore with people the reasons they are doing what they are doing and why they choose not to live the values. Consider these reasons:

a. They don’t know why the values are important.

b. They don’t know what they should be doing to live/work with the values.

c. They think values are for other people, not them.

d. They don’t get rewarded for living the values.

e. Nothing happens when they don’t live the values.

f. Quite simply, they don’t like the values and refuse them.

As a leader, this presents the challenging opportunity to engage them in some meaningful dialogue about what is important to them, how their personal values can align with the organization’s, and how their personal behavior is in conflict with organizational values. The hard part is when disciplinary action is in order. Similar to giving positive feedback, be specific and timely about what behaviors need to change. The key to attempting to change anyone’s behavior is respect. You must show that you respect the employee as a person while asking for conflicting behaviors to change. Redirecting people who are not living the values is one of the most important things a leader must do. To do so is to ensure your credibility and to reinforce the importance of values.


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Get Back Your Balance Between Career and Family Thu, 09 Sep 2010 15:56:32 +0000 Family or carrer

“The real payoff has been in finding a healthy balance between family and career.” Michael Lyons

For some reason, people are guilt-ridden with their career decisions and the choices they make about working while trying to raise their children, providing nutritious meals, keeping a respectable house and keeping their love ones happy. Last on the list, of course, is finding some time for themselves. So how do you find time to actually feel happy with your daily activities while keeping up with all of the responsibility?

1. Appreciate What You Have First.

Every day, try to look around and appreciate what you have, taking in the sounds of your child’s laughter, the wag of your dog’s tail, the special glance of your husband/wife as you tell a funny joke. Sometimes, the knowledge of what you have on your plate for the day will feel overwhelming, but a little perspective goes a long way. It may be a cliché and a very tired phrase, but it truly does work. People tend to get lost in the mundane, day-to-day “functioning” instead of really living their lives. Just a few minutes of gratitude a day will work wonders for your soul and automatically make your life feel more balanced.

2. Give More Time To Yourself.

Try and give yourself some “me” time once a week. Once a week may not seem like much, but if you really allow yourself to soak it in and enjoy the time spent, it will make the stress of all of the rest of the hectic days melt away. Take a good block of time on a Saturday or Sunday – 2 hours, maybe – and mark this time in your calendar in pen. Keep a standing appointment with yourself, and honor it as you would any other. Think you are too busy on a weekend to do this? You will feel much more productive the rest of the weekend allowing yourself this little ‘refresher’, rather than trying to cram some time in on a random Tuesday or other weeknight.

3. Go Out And Have Fun.

For this special time, you can book a massage or a facial at your favorite spa. Take a couple of hours to go shopping at your favorites stores, by yourself or with a friend. Take in a matinee with a couple of friends. Even if your budget doesn’t allow for these activities once a week, you can lock yourself in the bathroom with a good book, a bubble bath and a nice glass of wine and feel good about your time alone – you deserve some! This works for both “women and men”.

4. Find The Moments You Never Thought Existed.

Probably the most obvious way to balance career and family is to incorporate your family into what would otherwise be “work time”. If you have a short commute to work, for example, perhaps you can drive your kids to school each morning instead of having them take the bus. In the alternative, you could have your morning cup of coffee at the bus stop with them and spend a few minutes chatting about their day and what they plan to learn in school as you sip your cup of coffee and breathe in the morning air to mentally prepare for your own day ahead.

5. Mange Your Exercises.

If you normally exercise in the morning and leave the house very early, switch your workout time to lunch and leave the office to go to the gym, eating at your desk when you get back. You will have more time with your family each day and get a healthy break from your pile of papers to boot.

You may need to get a little creative with your schedule, but there are definitely ways to help balance career and family. Sometimes an extra few minutes each day or a once-weekly good block of time can go a long way in helping restore your peace of mind and help you feel less harried.

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