With the New Year on the horizon, it’s time to think about professional goals for 2014. You may already be thinking about additional training that you could attend to enhance your career development (like the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit!).
The problem with setting goals like these is getting over the obstacles. A common obstacle that causes us to push career development goals aside is that we are just too busy — the demands of the job take precedence.
How can we accomplish our career goals next year if we are weighed down with our day-to-day responsibilities?
Jack Zenger says, “involve your manager in your personal development,” and makes a special point to tell his readers not to inform our managers, but to involve them.
Check out his three tips for getting your manager involved in his Forbe’s article:
I admire people who can always remember a name, but I’m not one of them. I’ve never been creative enough to use the trick of associating a name with something about the person (like, David Bayer has thinning hair … at my age, everyone’s hair is thinning so that would just confuse me more). The ability to remember names is a valuable business skill so I have picked up some tips I can use. Here are four ways to help remember important names career development.
Focus on the person, not yourself. This is in the #1 spot because it truly is the #1 tip. If I’m too focused on how I’m presenting myself or on what brilliant thing I want to say next, it totally blows any chance at name recall. The truth is, most of the time we can’t remember a person’s name because we were thinking about something else when we were introduced to that person.
Verify the name. Names have many variations. William may prefer to be called “Will” but the conference planner’s assistant typed “William” on his badge. Here’s your chance to verify the name, “Hello, William … oh, do you prefer William or … ?” “I prefer Will.” “Okay, Will, are you enjoying the conference?” Verifying the name will allow you to repeat it several times without being obvious that you’re using a memory trick.
Hear the name, speak the name, listen to yourself say the name. Studies show that if you don’t repeat those actions within the first 10 seconds, you”ll forget the person’s name. “Hello, David, nice to meet you.” “So, David, what are you working on at the Mill?” “Traveling anywhere this summer, David?” If repeating the name makes it too obvious that you are using the repetition method, look at the person and say the name silently to yourself several times when the person takes a drink, turns to say something to someone else, or some other appropriate moment that doesn’t steal your focus from what the other person is saying. Or, do what Franklin Roosevelt did and picture it written across the person’s forehead.
Ask how to spell a difficult name. Just like studying for the spelling bee — focusing on the spelling of the name will help you with recall. Another way to keep it in your mind is to imagine writing it letter by letter.
These tips will help you recall a name, but it they fail, there is nothing wrong with honesty, “I remember you well, but your name just slipped my mind!”
If you are not using the skills you learned in training, you are missing key opportunities for professional development. The proactive and reactive tools your training provided will not only enhance your career but will also contribute to the greater good of saving lives and preventing injuries.
If you have been using your root cause analysis skills for awhile and are interested in a career change, one thing that will stand out on your resume is a record of your demonstrated TapRooT® successes. When you share multiple examples of problems solved or leading teams to success, you will have a significant advantage in the job market.
Remember, TapRooT® is not only a valued skill for employers looking for accident investigators, but is also a valued skill for companies that:
- need to solve quality-related issues
- have equipment downtime problems
- experience failure to achieve optimal operational success
Keep up with the leading companies looking to hire people with TapRooT® root cause analysis skills by looking at this link:
Need a refresher? We have several 2-day courses coming up in June:
And finally, if you have been thinking about getting training to become a TapRooT® Team Leader, get more info about our advanced 5-Day Team Leader Course:
If you have a success story to share about how TapRooT® has helped your career development, please share it by commenting below.
It’s frustrating to invest months completing a major investigation only to have it sent back to you for modification because management did not agree on the purpose and scope of the investigation. There is a way to avoid this that takes a little time upfront, but it’s well worth it when all of your efforts are appreciated and approved in the end.
Here are two important tips that will help avoid misunderstanding with management:
1. On major investigations, the investigator (or team) should provide management with frequent updates to keep them in the loop of the progress and potential findings.
2. If the team intends to make recommendations for corrective actions, they should be reviewed in advance with key managers whose departments will be affected. (For example, if a department will have to change the way they do something, or have to supply resources to implement the corrective actions, include them in the loop.)
Management understanding is just one of the tips highlighted in the 2008 TapRooT® Book. If you received a book in TapRooT® Training and skipped over Appendix C, you missed some other ideas that will make your job easier. If you don’t have a book you can learn more about what’s in it here:
Doing an investigation once with everyone on the same page saves time — a little extra effort toward management understanding can help you attain your goal and take a step forward in your career development.
Job Opening: Forth Worth, TX – Oil & Gas Industry – Health Safety Environmental (HSE) Manager – Needs TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis TrainingPosted: October 17th, 2013 in Job Postings
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We often look forward to the weekend as a time to catch up on rest, but more often than not we stay up later or eat so far off schedule that it interferes with our normal sleep patterns and the opposite occurs.
“Social jet lag” or the discrepancy between our natural body clocks and our social clocks, can be hard on the body when Monday rolls around (and make us fat!). It’s important to notice our individual circadian rhythms and stay true to them when the weekend rolls around for optimal health and wellness.
Learn more about social jet lag on the Huffington Post, “Is Social Jet Lag Harming Your Health?” and make plans to come to the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit to learn even more from a circadian rhythm expert!
Job Opening: Fort Worth, TX – Exterran – Regional HSE Manager – Needs TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis TrainingPosted: October 11th, 2013 in Job Postings
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