Do you ever review old reports you wrote, important e-mails you sent, big projects you completed and cringe? Reviewing past work can be a little scary, but an honest self-evaluation can be a great opportunity to advance your career development.
A lot of employers send the message that, “If I don’t say anything to you, then you are doing a good job.” But this doesn’t do much for your career advancement and development. In fact, this kind culture can really make you feel stuck. And why do we give so much credit to what someone else says about our work anyway? We should avoid letting the comments of others define our potential and capabilities. And we should avoid giving someone else all of the responsibility for our own advancement.
Reviewing old work and writing out a self-evaluation for your eyes only just once a year is a proactive step for performance improvement. It doesn’t have to be time-consuming to do this.
Here are six simple questions to consider that will help you set your own professional goals and advance your career:
1. What are my strengths? (Not what other people think they are, what you think they are. Write them down!)
2. How can I use them more in my current tasks? (Brainstorm some ideas – you’ll be surprised at the results!)
3. What are my weaknesses? (Again, not what other people think they are, what you think they are. Write them down!)
4. How can I overcome my weaknesses? (The first step is developing a couple of new routines and then sticking to them.)
5. What can I do better this year? (Be honest!)
6. Where can I take initiative and become a better employee who contributes more? (Look around – opportunities are all around you, I promise!)
Self-evaluations are important to your career development. Next week, I will introduce a new way to look at self-evaluation questions (and we’ll find out if your boss thinks you are irreplaceable). Until then, here is a humorous look at the types of reactions we can have when we look at our past work. Taking charge of your own performance improvement through self-evaluation will ensure that the next time you review your work, you’ll think, “I am awesome!”
(Comic courtesy of 20px.com.)
Job Opening: HSE Specialist – Rockwater Energy Solutions – Avella, PA – Needs TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis TrainingPosted: March 1st, 2014 in Job Postings
Procrastination at work can grow from many root causes, including feeling overwhelmed by a project to avoiding tasks because we don’t enjoy them to being passive aggressive because of a conflict with a manager. Fear can cause us to procrastinate too – fear of making a mistake, fear of failing and looking really dumb, fear of the unknown.
So, if you are a perfectionist, this article isn’t about you. Contrary to popular belief, research shows that procrastination doesn’t have anything to do with not getting things done because you want them to be perfect. Perfectionists may even procrastinate less than the average person.
There is a quote that I have at the top of my “Important Reminders” list that helps me overcome procrastination,
“For every disciplined action there is a multiple reward.” ~ Jim Rohn
This quote helps me break out of a cycle of procrastination because it reminds me that action will result in rewards — as opposed to inaction, which results in, well, nothing. Rewards or nothing? I choose rewards.
So if you are in the grip of procrastination today, just make an intention to mark one thing off your procrastination list. One thing leads to another, and pretty soon you’ll feel like you’re on top of your game again and reaping the rewards of your efforts.
Next week, I have another idea for you about how you can do a self-evaluation and break out of the procrastination rut with just 6 questions.
But for now, I’ll leave you with the following cartoon. I think it’s funny because it rings true for many of us. Leave a comment below, what’s your favorite flavor of procrastination? I have to admit – I tend to be a Sidetracker!
Image courtesy of 20px.com
If you’re not currently in the career you want to be in, one way to get there is to consider the short and long term skill requirements for that position. Understanding the skills, education, technology and experience requirements of a position, and then developing a plan to achieve them will help you obtain your long-term career goals.
This doesn’t necessarily mean obtaining a bachelor’s degree. There are many short-term training programs that will help you update your résumé and move in the right direction. Look around for training programs that you can fit into your busy schedule that offer a powerful learning experience for little time commitment.
For example, many employers are looking for people with TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis skills. With a 2-day or 5-day investment of time, you can add this valuable skill to your résumé and open up many new and exciting opportunities for your career development.
The first step is deciding not to stay where you are. Learn what is required to move ahead and take a step toward your dream career.
Job Opening for Someone with TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training: Belle Chasse, LA – Chevron Oronite Company LLC – II & R SpecialistPosted: February 14th, 2014 in Job Postings
A pep talk on paper can help career –write goals improve confidence
We’ve all had times in our life when we’ve been down on ourselves, frustrated by events, people, work, our career path. Some good news: a recent study has shown you can change your personal and professional paradigms and regain that old self-confidence that has been absent—and make a favorable impression on others—when you take time to write your aspirations, ambitions and goals.
“Your life will be no better than the plans you make and the action(s) you take. You are the architect and builder of your own life, fortune, destiny.” Alfred Montapert
Write two-three paragraphs that outline your goals and that will help you to feel more empowered, confident and energetic, Gavin Kilduff, an assistant professor of management and organization at New York University said his research showed. When you write your aspirations and goals, you see them in front of you and they become real. This process can be especially important before you join a new group or speak at an event.
Adam Galinsky, a psychologist and professor at Columbia Business School said his experiments showed that individuals who used an exercise as this to energize themselves showed greater initiative at initial group discussions and appeared more competent as teammates.
Both men found that once a person projects self-confidence to the group and its members perceive you well, ‘see’ you as real and genuine, the effects can be long-term. Specifically, they said that individuals who initially acted more confidently with the group established patterns of positive, assertive communications that continued and became self re-reinforcement attitudes and behaviors. No one I know wants to admit they’re not confident. Confidence is critically important to effectively communicate your aspirations and goals.
“It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life; it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power.” Robert T. Kiosaki
As a burn survivor, I know from first-hand experience the importance and role that self-confidence played and play s in my survival. I learned early on that if I were to become a survivor, not a victim, I had to re-learn how to practice positive self-talk.
To write your goals and aspirations is but the first step. After this is done, the next step is to make a commitment to yourself that you’ll seek to achieve them. Share your aspirations and goals with family and friends. Share what you hope to achieve and ask for their feedback and support. This is a process…it’s continuous…when one goal’s achieved move to another and create bigger goals. Practice positive self-talk.
If you don’t have time to write down your ambitions before you meet a group, mentally review your achievements and your goals. That’s real-time reinforcement and may give your confidence a “shot in the arm,” and not look like you’re timid, disorganized or disinterested. Its great mental hygiene and positive reinforcement.
“A man without ambition is worse than dough that has no yeast to rise it.” Henry Ward Beecher
A few other tips from the above mentioned persons and this writer:
Be prepared. Yes, that sounds simple enough. But you may be surprised (perhaps you’re not) how many people aren’t prepared to appear before a group. Self-confidence comes from the knowledge you did your homework. That empowers you to come into a group like you own it. And…you DO own it! If you don’t believe you do, you set yourself up to fail. Regardless, if you’re networking/ searching for a new position, conducting a weekly meeting or staff training, make certain you have done your homework so you’re up-to-date on the latest news, concepts and prepared to dialogue the issues saliently and thoroughly. If you don’t, your audience will soon realize that you don’t know your material. If you lose them, it’s almost impossible to regain their attention, interest and their confidence in you.
“Give me six hours to shop down a tree and I will spend four hours sharpening the axe.” Abraham Lincoln
Look the role. Simple tips but important none the less. Good posture, back straight, make eye contact with as many as possible…hint: a great tool to make effective eye contact is to discover the color of the person’s eyes. Always dress appropriately; that shows others you’re confident before your first “hello.” Don’t have anything in your mouth…gum….candy.
Demonstrate your interest. I’ve learned that most people like to talk about themselves, their family, hobbies, and travel. I do! So…ask questions. The office break room can be a great place to strike-up a conversation with some others you may not see that often. Express an interest in their lives and what they do. The same concept is valuable ice-breaker at professional meetings and seminars— before the event begins, at lunch and at scheduled breaks.
“Snobs talk as if they had begotten their ancestors.” Herbert Ayers
Don’t be a snob. Be the real you. If the real you IS a snob, good luck! How’s that worked for you? Maybe that’s the reason your ‘friends’ and associates seldom return your calls, emails and texts; don’t invite you back; they seem to never be available. Positive attracts positives; negative attracts negatives; snobs attract other snobs. Few things in life turn me off than a person who tries to embellish any number of events in their lives. You’ve been to Hawaii once they’ve been there twice and so on. One upmanship. The examples are endless. They also try to impress with technical jargon or words that others may not know or understand. Acronyms unknown to others can alienate those around you.
“Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.” Aristotle
Demonstrate class. Be gracious and show respect to others. When you take the time to actually write a thank-you note to your boss, mentor, friend or another person for their advice, a person who invited you to dine with them; a host or friend who invited to speak at an event; a colleague who took the time to help you with a project; or an unexpected gift. Not an email, text or even a phone call is sufficient. When you write a note, address it, place a stamp on the envelope and mail it, the effort shows you care. This is a lost art in our culture. It’s not taught at home any more. Technology has overtaken our lives. The “drive-through” get it now mind-set.
When you’re seen as a positive communicator, it enhances your credibility with friends, co-workers and hosts and establishes a level of confidence and professionalism in the minds of your friends and those you’ve met along the way.
All it takes is 5-10 minutes to sit and jot down your aspirations, goals and accomplishments. The benefits can be (and are) long-term. This is the power of positive self-talk; the power of positive thinking. Self-confidence is sequential, inside-out and it’s critical to our personal hygiene—our well-being and our careers. This can also be accomplished by Mind-Mapping. Think pictures/visualization. Want more information on this? Let me know.
So now! Where are you going? How will you get there? How will know you’ve ‘arrived’? Who will be on your team?
This article was reprinted with permission from the author, Captain George Burk, USAF (Ret), Plane crash, burn survivor, motivational speaker, author, writer. Visit his website at www.georgeburk.com or contact Captain Burk at email@example.com.
Job Opening: Control Systems Technician – Momentive – Friendly, WV – Needs TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis SkillsPosted: January 30th, 2014 in Job Postings
Rail Accident Investigators and Business Managers
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is currently seeking to strengthen both its front-line and support teams by recruiting new professional staff to fill the following posts:
Rail Accident Investigator
Two posts – in Derby or Farnborough
Grade: DfT Pay Band 6A&N
Pay range is £68,666 – £76,583
As a Rail Accident Investigator, whenever there is a significant accident or incident on the UK’s railways, you may be among the first to respond. You will then carry out a detailed and professional investigation, report upon the factors that led to an accident and make recommendations for improvements in the safety of the railways.
Ideally, your career to date will include proven experience and expertise in railway signalling, rolling stock, infrastructure or operations. However, we are open to all railway disciplines, or to investigation experience gained from another field.
To be eligible to act as a front-line investigator you must be prepared to undergo security and health checks. Investigations can involve work in demanding conditions; so we also require that you are physically fit.
We will provide comprehensive expert training in the skills and knowledge required.
Business and Strategy Manager
Two posts – one in Derby and one in Farnborough
Grade: DfT Pay Band 6 (Civil Service Grade 7)
Pay range is £45,688 – £52,796
As a Business and Strategy Manager, you will be a member of the RAIB’s Technical Support team. In this role you will manage staff whose main area of responsibility is to support the efficient operation of the front-line investigators and to assist the Senior Management Team in planning, developing, optimising and maintaining the efficiency and effectiveness of the Branch’s general operations and investigation capability.
You will need a broad understanding of the railway industry and of policy work, as well as a general awareness of railway safety issues, or a proven ability to learn quickly. You will also have proven experience of managing a small team and communicating effectively, both verbally and in writing. You must have good interpersonal, organisational, policy and problem solving skills; and be results focused.
To find out more information about this post, read guidance and to apply online, please visit http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/jobs/index.aspx and search for Department for Transport jobs vacancy reference numbers DFT/18/14 and DFT/19/14.
Closing date 5.00pm, Friday 28th February 2014.
The Department for Transport is an equal opportunities employer.
The UK RAIB values diversity and want our workforce to reflect the communities that we serve.
As we near the end of January, many of us have already given up on our New Year’s Resolutions.
One reason this happens is because the enthusiastic day that we wrote the resolutions to be a better person, (better at managing our money, our careers, our relationships, our health), we failed to take into account that a day would come that we’d feel “off” our game. You got the flu. A close friend or family member passed away. You get laid off. The furnace had to be replaced.
So we fail to achieve our goal the day the crisis hit … and then failed the next day… and then next day. Then the self-flagellation begins.
There is hope!
This author talks about how we can make a shift from creating a resolution or “goal” that is likely to fail when obstacles and setbacks arise to creating a successful “behavior.”
Read Dave Asprey’s article:
and learn how to create sustainable behavior and that moves you in the direction of a spectacular 2014.
Job Opening: Lewiston, NY – New York Power Authority – Safety & Environmental Representative – Needs TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis SkillsPosted: January 22nd, 2014 in Job Postings
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Job Opening: Houston, TX – ENSCO – Senior SHE Advisor (Incident Investigations: Safety, Health and Environment)Posted: January 21st, 2014 in Job Postings
Ensco plc brings energy to the world as a global provider of offshore drilling services to the petroleum industry. For 25 years, we have focused on operating safely and exceeding customer expectations and we are in search of an experienced Senior SHE Advisor in Houston Texas. Although this position requires international travel, the ideal candidate must be able to work in the United States without any employment restrictions. The role of the Senior Advisor provides technical support to the Corporate Safety Health and Environmental (SHE) function through the enhancement and implementation of the company incident and near miss investigation, reporting and learning sharing processes. To be considered an applicant, you must apply directly to company website: www.enscoplc.com / careers / global jobs job number 12201
- Support the Business Unit to implement the company’s incident and near miss investigation and reporting process
- Facilitate and participate in the TapRoot® root cause analysis process for high potential unplanned events
- Review all high potential incidents and near misses, and provide recommendations for the delivery of high quality investigations and comprehensive investigation reports
- Work with corporate technical departments and business units to determine the applicability of corrective actions to other rigs, and use the action tracking system to assign them
- Analyze internal and external lessons learned, and make recommendations to prevent similar incidents
- Draft and disseminate communication materials for sharing the lessons learned such as SHE alerts and assign appropriate corrective actions, and verify case closure
- Design and deliver incident investigation and reporting training programs
- Maintain and lead upgrade the company incident management and action tracking system
- Analyze industry and company safety statistics and Key Performance Indicators, and provide recommendations for continual improvement
- Assist in the development, implementation and review of the company SHE guideline documents
- Conduct rig visits, and provide SHE guidance and coaching as needed
- Represent Ensco at conferences and committees of IADC and other organizations
- Required Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university
- Minimum of five year experience in SHE (oil and gas experience preferred)
- Good knowledge of offshore drilling operations, and previous experience in incident investigation
- Certified TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader and experienced in other investigation techniques
- Proven effective interviewer of personnel to gather incident data
- Excellent analytical, organizational, and communication skills (verbal and written)
- Familiar with government regulations which are relevant to the oil and gas industry such as OSHA, BSEE, USCG, EPA, and IADC Incident Statistics Program
- Familiar with SHE management system standards such as ISM, OHSAS 18001and SEMS
- Solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, document control systems and databases
- Able to travel up to 25% of time
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time as needed.
For more information and to apply, see:
Saudi Aramco, the largest gas and oil producer in the world, has an opening for a contract consultant with experience in the use of TapRooT® as a problem solving and root cause analysis tool. The Upstream business line HSE Team has built an internal certification based on continuing education in and use of TapRooT® through turning in investigations/analyses on actual incidents (whether or not safety-related) or through completing case studies provided by Upstream.
We are in the process of rolling out a risk-based incident investigation system that will require a TapRooT® investigation into any incident with actual or potential consequences of a disabling injury. This will significantly increase demand for TapRooT® analysts. Support from the HSE Team is required (facilitating the investigation) for investigation of any incidents with actual or potential risk for single or multiple fatalities.
In addition, we are in the process of transitioning to an Operational Excellence organization and TapRooT® has been selected as the root cause analysis tool that will be used in all problem solving analyses and investigations (reliability, equipment failure, environmental, safety, etc.). All of these items will produce both a tremendous demand for TapRooT® courses and a demand on the HSE Team for participation in high-potential risk investigations.
The duties of the contractor will be to manage our certification maintenance program and provide investigation and consulting support to our Upstream organizations. It is not necessary that the candidate be a certified TapRooT® trainer, but that would be a plus. The one-year renewable contract will include housing on camp, all business-related transportation, meal per diem, and two expenses paid interim leave trips back to the point of origin. The contractor may also assist in other areas of HSE, such as HSE assessments of production organizations using an internal standard.
The plan is to move this position to a full-time employee position over the next few years, but that can’t be promised as it depends on circumstances. We already have one full-time contractor working exclusively on TapRooT®. If you have an interest in the position, please note the contact details below:
Larry Perkinson, CSP, ARM
Upstream HSE Team Leader
+966 13 873-3765
We recently received this posting for a career opportunity at Exelon. To apply, please go to the link at the end of the post. Thank you!
At Exelon, we’ve got a place for you. Exelon is developing sustainable energy to provide for the communities of today and planning for a brighter tomorrow. Exelon knows the future of energy is you! We are currently searching for a Sr. Performance Assessment Specialist for ComEd at our offices in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.
PRIMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION
The Sr. Performance Assessment Specialist supports Delivery’s efforts to build a self-critical working environment that has the ability to identify and correct human errors caused by inappropriate decision making, human behavior, leadership practices or organizational weaknesses that reduce safety and/or operational performance. This is achieved through mentoring investigators and operations leadership in the use of systematic problem-solving and investigative techniques; development and implementation of key human performance and investigation processes, facilitating the performance assessment process to ensure timely and effective completion of investigations and corrective actions to prevent recurrence; and analysis of reports and data to identify emerging human performance issues and prevent incidents through trending and pro-active management attention and actions. Results are used to ensure that organizational learnings are incorporated into training, methods, and procedures to create an environment that supports constantly improving performance. The Sr. Performance Assessment Specialist also serves as team lead / facilitator for corporate initiatives and provides mentoring and support of Change Management chartered implementations.
Position may be required to work extended hours, including 24 x 7 coverage during storms or other energy Delivery emergencies.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
· Mentors and directs diverse teams of investigators and subject matter experts in performing Root Cause Investigations (RCI) of significant incidents. Participates in selected investigations. 25%
· Trains and mentors personnel at various levels across the organization in conducting Apparent Cause Evaluation (ACE) investigations (lower level significance) of incidents. 20%
· Collects and analyzes company-wide performance data derived from investigations and other sources and provide conclusions and recommendations to the Vice Presidents, Directors, and managers. Interfaces with Senior Management to provide recommendations for improvement in solving human performance issues and for improvement of Human Performance and Performance Assessment processes. 20%
· Provides mentoring and quality oversight of Human Performance improvement initiatives, assisting in plan development and implementation. Provides coaching and mentoring of VPs, Directors and Managers in the use of the Change Management Model for sponsoring and implementing significant process or program changes. 20%
· Owns and manages the Performance Assessment process, to include: Incident Investigations, PassPort Action Tracking process for investigation and corrective action tracking and reporting, trend analysis and reporting, performance indicators, investigation training and qualification, data management and quality control, and organizational authority. 10%
· Assure timely response to emergencies and provide 24 hour/day coverage for emergency response support. 5%
· Technical background includes a 4-year technical degree with 5-8 years industrial experience or in lieu of Bachelors degree, a minimum of 9-12 years relevant business experience is required.
· Supervisory experience is preferred, including second line supervision level, project management, team direction, peer challenging, and senior leadership interface.
· Excellent oral and written communication skills are a must, as is an ability to rapidly organize and analyze complex and diverse situations and large amounts of data.
· Special Training or Technical Skill required include basic knowledge of transmission, distribution and industrial systems and equipment. Proficient computer skills to include all MS Office Applications and PassPort Action Tracking.
· Experience and training in Root Cause Analysis preferred. Proven analytical/problem solving experience required
· Working conditions require frequent travel to various Delivery locations and a mobile work environment.
Exelon Corporation is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, with more than $32 billion in annual revenues. The company has one of the industry’s largest portfolios of electricity generation capacity, with a nationwide reach and strong positions in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. Exelon distributes electricity to approximately 6.6 million customers in northern Illinois, central Maryland and southeastern Pennsylvania and natural gas to more than 1.1 million customers in the Baltimore and Philadelphia areas. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.
We know that before we can generate more than 34,000 megawatts of electricity and deliver electric and gas service safely to millions of families and businesses, we need to recognize that each of our employees plays an integral part in the process. Join Exelon and you can share your ideas at a forward-thinking company and the next big idea could be yours. You’ve just found Exelon, a place where you can truly shine.
ComEd and its nearly 6,000 employees are responsible for maintaining more than 78,000 miles of power lines that make up the electric transmission and distribution system in Northern Illinois. ComEd, headquartered in Chicago, serves approximately 70 percent of Illinois’ population – about 9 million people – in a service territory that spans 11,400 square miles. Locations in Northern Illinois including Chicago and surrounding suburbs.
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Exelon is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.