It takes more than being qualified for a position to win an interview in a competitive market. Here are some common things interviewees say that seem innocent enough, but can be a big turn-off to potential employers. Have you ever said any of these things?
I can do anything …
I can try …
I remember we used to …
Why do you …
I didn’t get an opportunity to grow …
Why are these so wrong? Head over to DailyWorth and read:
and some of the answers may surprise you!
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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.
Feedback makes all the difference in performance improvement, but giving constructive feedback can be difficult. Many managers have a tendency to give feedback that makes the employee feel good instead of helping the employee to improve. So, how can we give honest feedback in a way that doesn’t defeat an employee’s efforts but helps them improve?
Research has found that giving feedback to help people see their progress toward their goals is one way to give effective feedback and stay neutral. It is not necessary to highlight what is “good” or “bad” but simply examine the employee’s road map to the goal, and determine how to help them get there efficiently. Employees are often frustrated by professional goals because they know the goals they’ve set, but are unsure of what progress is being made, if any, or what specific actions can be taken to get them there.
This was one tip of four that I learned by reading Time Ideas “Four Ways to Give Good Feedback.” Check out the other three tips here:
Job Opening: Orange, TX – INVISTA – Health and Safety Specialist – Needs TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis TrainingPosted: May 13th, 2013 in Job Postings
Job Opening: New Orleans, LA – Advanced Search Group, Inc – Operations Manager – Needs TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis SkillsPosted: May 8th, 2013 in Job Postings
Job Opening: Akron, OH – FirstEnergy – Causal Analysis Program Owner – Needs TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis TrainingPosted: May 7th, 2013 in Job Postings
Job Opening: Dubai, UAE – HAIMO Technologies – HSE Manager/ Oilfield Services – Needs Root Cause Analysis SkillsPosted: May 7th, 2013 in Job Postings
The U.S. is the only industrialized country that doesn’t require workers to take vacation. And with Memorial Day weekend, (the unofficial start of summer here in the U.S.), just around the corner, many Americans are still not planning to take any time off from work.
Studies have shown that vacation deprivation increases mistakes and resentment at co-workers. Not only that, workers who don’t take vacation do not enjoy these benefits:
- improved productivity and creativity
- lower risk of heart attack
- improved immune system
- better sleep
- deeper family relationships
The infographic below provides some interesting information about which countries do require vacation for the benefit of their employees.
Even when Americans are offered vacation, many don’t take it. According to a study performed by Harris Interactive for JetBlue, about 57% of working Americans had unused vacation time at the end of 2011, and most of them left an average of 11 days on the table – or nearly 70 percent of their allotted time off.
In a CNN Money article (Vacation? No Thanks, Boss), American worker cite many reasons for not taking time off including not having enough money to take a vacation, not wanting the stress of catching up on work when they return from vacation and fear of taking time off from an employer in an unstable job market.
Vacation breaks are better for our overall wellness than overtime. Most people feel better, have better life perspective and are more motivated to achieve their work goals after a vacation.
Job Opening: Dorset, UK – Aerospace – Quality Assurance Engineer (Contract Position) – Needs Root Cause Analysis SkillsPosted: April 29th, 2013 in Job Postings
Job Opening: North Yorkshire, UK – Quality Improvement Team – Change and Root Cause Analysis Quality CheckerPosted: April 18th, 2013 in Job Postings
We ran this article last August, in preparation for the 2013 Global TapRooT® Summit. Dr. Beverly Chiodo speaks on rewarding and valuing the 49 character traits of your employees, and she spoke about it at the Summit.
As we reflect on our best practices and lessons learned from the Summit, it’s a great time to re-evaluate our values as well. Take 10 minutes, print this blog post, and complete this exercise to refocus your goals for 2013.
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Our core values are the true representation of our authentic selves. Unfortunately, our authenticity is not always what we present to the world. The bright beacon of core values may dim under clouds other people and circumstances cast over them. That is why it is important to know and stand firm on what your core values are. If you put a small value on your core values, I can assure you that the world will not raise your price.
It doesn’t take years of soul searching and self-reflection to find your core values. The following exercise can help you start living your best life according to your core values in 30 minutes or less.
Grab a pen and piece of paper and let’s go!
1. Determine your core values. From the list below, choose and write down every core value that resonates with you. Do not overthink your selection. As you read through the list, simply write down the words that feel like a core value to you personally. If you think of a value you possess that is not on the list, write it down.
Being the Best
Making a Difference
2. Group all similar values together from the list of values you just created. Group them in a way that makes sense to you, personally. Create a maximum of five groupings. If you have more than five groupings, drop the least important grouping(s). See the example below.
|Flexibility||Making a Difference||Optimism|
3. Choose one word within each grouping that represents the label for the entire group.Again, do not overthink your labels – there are no right or wrong answers. You are defining the answer that is right for you. See the example below – the label chosen for the grouping is bolded.
|Flexibility||Making a Difference||Optimism|
4. Add a verb to each value so you can see what it looks like as a actionable core value, for example:
Live in freedom.
Seek opportunities for making a difference.
Act with mindfulness.
This will guide you in the actions you need to take to feel like you are truly living on purpose.
5. Finally, write your core values in order of priority in your planner, so they are available as an easy reference when you are faced with decisions. For example:
1. Live in freedom.
2. Act with mindfulness.
3. Promote well-being.
4. Multiply happiness.
5. Seek opportunities for making a difference.
If we can get to the place where we show up as our genuine selves, and let each other see who we really are, the awe-inspiring ripple effect will change the world. ~ Terrie M. Williams
The most important thing you can do for your personal success today is to know your core values, and use them to guide and lead you. Knowing core values is important because when we need to choose or decide something, we can do so easily by simply determining if the choice lines up with our true values. A life lined-up with personal values is a well-lived, purpose-filled life.