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.
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!
Simple concepts are often the most dynamic for our career development. In “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” Habit 2 is “Begin with the End in Mind.” More simply stated:
What would that be for you today? Take action!
What are good things to say at an interview? Choose from the list below:
“I can do anything.”
“I can try …”
“I remember we use to …”
“Why do you …”
“I didn’t get an opportunity to grow.”
Did you choose all of the above? Some of the above? After all, they sound fairly reasonable, right?
What if I told you that none of these phrases are the best ideas? Check out this article on Daily Worth and find out why job recruiters think these are detrimental things to say during an interview:
People are living and working longer than ever before, and we will soon see multiple generations of people in the workplace at once. In the past, there wasn’t a huge difference in work behavior among the generations. However, when Generation Z arrives in the workplace, the multi-generational environment will reveal vast differences in work behavior between the youngest and oldest generation that may present some workplace challenges.
The following infographic shows the differences between the Internet Generation of today and children of the past. Whether we are part of the Baby Boomer generation and Generation X, or of Internet Generations Y and Z, it’s interesting to note the childhood behaviors of each generation that influence the workers we become.
Have you ever had a hunch of something great, but the idea just never fully came together? Steven Johnson shares a lesson on “the slow hunch” and how to help your good idea grow into something amazing.
Fast Company has an interesting article about things that successful people do at lunch … and it’s not working through it.
It’s easy to forget that we have the opportunity to make lunchtime an invigorating boost to our afternoons by doing things we enjoy like taking a brisk walk in nature or sharing a meal with a friend. It’s only an hour a day so it easily slips away, but it adds up to five hours over the entire week – five hours of your life that you won’t get back.
The Fast Company article offers five alternatives to sitting at your desk that increase productivity and energy. Read ”What Successful People Do During Lunch” by Laura Vanderkam.
Time is a non-renewable resource, so don’t get stuck in the work-through-lunch rut. What you do at lunch not only increases or decreases productivity and energy, it also impacts your health and happiness inside and outside of the workplace.
Work on the road — lots of us do it. Sometimes it can be a challenge to stay connected with your team and have the office tools you need to get the work done. Here are three apps that we found that can help you increase productivity when you are working offsite:
1. Genius Scan: Need to quickly scan a document into a .pdf file? There’s an app for that! Genius Scan will even crop and straighten your page for you.
2. Asana: Share your task list with your team while you’re on the road. Asana is a task management tool that literally keeps you “in sync” with the team even when you are away.
3. LogMeIn: Ever urgently needed to view that document on your desktop when you were 500 miles away from your computer? You can connect to your computer remotely with the LogMeIn app. This app allows you to view documents and even launch apps that are on your computer’s desktop.
Hope these apps help with productivity goals when you are working away from the conveniences of your worksite.
One thing that is certain in life is change, and developing resilience is key to our ability to overcome negative twists of fate.
It’s important to develop resilience by taking care of our physical health and making space for a little down time each day whether that means taking a walk, sitting down to meal without any distractions or enjoying a hobby. These actions contribute to our physical and emotional well-being, and the stronger we are physically and emotionally, the more resilient we become. Also, investing time into our relationships so that we have someone to turn to in times of trouble is also important to developing resilience.
Mindtools.com has an excellent article about how to develop resilience, including a discussion about the three main elements that resilient people possess:
3. Personal Control
Learn more by reading, ”Developing Resilience – Overcoming and Growing from Setbacks.”
Are you wasting time at work on social media, visiting with co-workers or looking for another job? According to this infographic, these activities are some of the biggest time wasters.
This post was written by guest author ”Captain George” Burk. Learn more about this motivational speaker, author & writer on his website: http://www.georgeburk.com/
Most of the people I know always think about new ways they can enhance their personal and professional creativity. Their purpose for doing this is quite simple: they want to think more innovatively and develop the habit of how to think more creatively.
Bad habits, like negative thoughts and hostile self-judgments often block the strategic paradigms of creativity, innovation, anticipation and excellence. According to Alex Osborn in his book, “Applied Imagination,” one reason many of us tend to function less creatively as we mature is that “we become victimized by habit.”
“Either find a way or make one.” Hannibal, Carthaginian general
The key word here is “victimized” because I believe we have become an “externalized society.” This occurs when people act and talk like someone else – a person, organization, or governmental entity – owes them something. In adopting this attitude, they give up any sense of personal and professional responsibility for the choices they make and find it much easier to blame someone else for their “plight.” In this scenario, everyone sees themselves as a “victim” versus conducting their lives like a “survivor.” The former mind-set is just a lot easier; the latter more difficult as it requires courage, commitment, discipline, goals, focus and hard work.
The “victims” of today are precisely that because of their choices, and because no one, not their family, friends, bosses, or politicians held them accountable for their actions and choices. First and foremost, however, is they made the choice not to hold themselves accountable and responsible.
“As a result of education and experience, we begin to develop inhibitions which tend to restrict our thinking” Osborn said. What occurs are those inhibitions we set as our internal justification for not doing something and that something tends to keep us from attacking new problems (challenges) with enthusiasm and one of our greatest gifts, our imagination. However, it is possible to change the habit of bad and negative thinking with good ones. Here’s how:
Creativity guru Edward DeBono says that one way people can change bad habits and negative mind-sets is to exercise your creative mind. DeBono suggests focusing on an ordinary object, like a drinking glass, or a plate of food and then develop a problem or challenge concerning that object and then brainstorm possible solutions. The drinking glass or plate if food is a metaphor and only an example.
Don’t dismiss this example and tell yourself it’s too simple, or laugh it off as not useful to you. Change the mind-set and say to yourself that this does sound logical and makes sense, and that you will experiment with it and see how it can work for you. Use your creativity and imagination for another object, and then develop a problem or challenge for it and then brainstorm possible solutions. This exercise is also a form of “mind-mapping.”
In his book “Serious Creativity,” DeBono says, “Mostly we think of creativity as being applied to a serious problem and difficulties that seem incapable of real solutions without a creative breakthrough.”
However, suppose that you begin to focus on an issue no one else has even bothered to think about. For example, DeBono suggests while you drink a glass of water, you can choose to focus, “just on the rim of the glass. Could it be a different shape? Could there be a detachable rim for hygiene purposes?”
What are the tasks you do every day that be done differently? Stop and break each task into small, manageable parts. Are there any steps or procedures that are redundant? Can you improve upon you are doing, or how you develop and deliver your product or service? What are the relationships and interactions?
Granted, you may never use many of the ideas you generate from this creative practice but according to DeBono, “The mere exercise of setting out to pick an unusual focus area has a high value. This, in turn becomes a habit itself.”
“If the Creator had purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely meant for us to stick it out.” ~ Arthur Koestler, writer
History is replete with stories about people that were successful innovators and who proved time and again the value of habitual creativity, anticipation and innovation. For example, Leonardo da Vinci used his imagination and creativity to explore all the aspects of life and included science, art, architecture and engineering. An important part of his thinking was to ask, “What if?”
Da Vinci’s creative habit produced paintings like “The Last Supper” which led him to develop detailed plans for flying machines, and underwater diving suits and a host of other inventions.
Thomas Edison is another inventor who made creative thought and action an integral party of his life. He filed more than 1,000 patents for inventions like the light bulb, an electrical generating system, a sound-recording device and motion picture projectors. To Edison, creativity and innovation was almost as important as eating.
To help you get into the habit of thinking more creatively, here are a few exercises to help you stretch your mind.
Record at least one observation a day in a notebook. Observe details and events around you can help open you eyes—and your mind—to a whole new world of colors, words, ideas, thoughts, people, nature and much, much more. When you take note of your observations and make the connection between your thoughts and what you see, you will begin to develop the habit to think creatively. By simply stopping every so often and observing the world around you also enhances the quality of your life.
When was the last time you stopped to watch hummingbird take nectar from a flower, or watch a flock of geese flying North or South and wonder how and why they always land at the same body of water year after year, even when the clouds obscure their landing site?
Think like Da Vinci and play the “what if” game. This is a great way to play with kids, too.
Playing “what ifing” games is great way to learn how to direct your imagination towards a desired mission (purpose), goal, or both. Michael Michalko, in his book, “Thinkertoys,” says, “This technique lets your ego relax and the playfulness of the ideas it generates will cause your mind to relax even more.”
Michalko offers a number general “what if” examples and include: “What if you had eyes in the back of your head as well as the front?” What if every person in the world had to adopt one homeless person and take care of that person for life? What if people slept for 23 hours a day, and were awake for only one hour?
I don’t know about adopting a homeless person and caring for him or her for the rest of my life. But I do know some parents who seem to have continued being responsible for their adult “kids.” And, I think I worked with some people who really did sleep 23 hours a day and when they were awake, may as well have been asleep. Eric Allenbaugh refers to these people as the, “the walking dead.”
So, “What if” you tell your employees they are appreciated and they’re doing a great job? “What if” someone asks you to be their mentor? “What if” you ask someone to be your mentor? “What if” you pat someone on the back and say “thanks?” “What if”’ you hug your kids and tell your spouse you love them? “What if” I had listened to some of the people around me who said I’d never walk again, or walk stairs, or be productive (well, this last point is open for debate). “What if” John Davieau hadn’t driven through that ravine, and “what if” he hadn’t turned his truck towards the smell of the smoke? “What if” he hadn’t found me on fire threw dirt on me and extinguished the flames?
“What if” I hadn’t met you…Well, I think you get the idea.
So, just like most of the things in your life, if you really want to become more creative, you will find a way to make that paradigm become a reality. It is that simple!
Now, “if” I can remember where I put my cars keys.
“Buy the truth and do not see it; get wisdom, discipline, and understanding. Proverbs 23:23 (NIV)
Successful retirement planning is an ongoing process. Have your priorities changed since you initially set your goals? Early in your career, you may have been planning for your dream home or preparing for children to go to college. A plan that was implemented 5, 10, 15+ years ago will need to be reviewed and adjusted.
Are your investing goals on autopilot since you set the initial goals?
Investor Junkie has posted “4 Compelling Reasons to Rethink Your Investing Goals.” These include not only recognizing that your priorities may be different and your circumstances may have changed, but also include the possibilities that the market may have changed since you implemented your goals, as well as the fundamentals of investing.
Learn more here.
Financial advisors recommend reviewing your plan annually to help keep your savings amount and investment choices on track to meet your retirement goals. If you haven’t revisited these goals in awhile, consider increasing your savings, rebalancing your investments, and rethinking your expectations for living in retirement.
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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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:
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.
Embedded from Employment Law HQ
As the U.S. Department of Labor states ”The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require payment for time not worked, such as vacations, sick leave or federal or other holidays. These benefits are matters of agreement between an employer and an employee (or the employee’s representative).”
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.
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.
(Photo courtesy of USF.)
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.
Three Minute Leadership: What It Takes to Create a Masterpiece. (To the Great Leaders Who Have a Passion for Continuous Learning.)Posted: April 4th, 2013 in Career Development, Career Development Tips
This post was submitted by ”Captain George” Burk. Learn more about this motivational speaker, author & writer on his website: http://www.georgeburk.com/
The following article is typed in its entirety as received from Col. Glenn Waters, USA. THE Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic, United States Military Academy at West Point, 31 March 2011.
Thank you, Col. Waters. Highlights added.
What does it take to create your life’s masterpiece? This is a provocative question that grabs our attention. John Maxwell, in a recent article, “It Takes a Clear Vision to Create a Masterpiece,” shares his thoughts on the importance of having a vision whose crystal clarity provides purpose and direction to our journey. He introduces the paper with the story “Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral.” Its construction began in 1882 and 129 years later, it is still not completed. Best estimates are that it won’t be finished in another 15 years.
The real story, however, lies in the vision of its designer, Antoni Gaudi. Maxwell writes that he had “no illusions” that the cathedral would be completed in his lifetime.” He knew that his work and vision would be completed by those who followed him. Gaudi wrote, “There is no reason to regret that I cannot finish the church. I will grow old but others will come after me. What must always be conserved is the spirit of the work, but its life has to depend on the generations its handed down to and in whom it lives and is incarnated” Knowing this, during his lifetime he devoted his efforts to designing the models and drawings that future generations would use to build the cathedral. From this inspiring story, Maxwell suggests the following:
Clarifying your vision. Gaudi spent over a decade fine-tuning his vision and its clarity has been the driving force behind a project that has spanned three centuries. The renowned Spanish architect understood a fundamental principle of leadership: what must proceed and how. Leaders have to define where they’re going before they begin to move.
Seeing The Vision Clearly Requires Your Effort. Clear visions must come into focus through sustained effort. For me, the whole process begins with questions I must ask myself. What are my deeply felt concerns? What are my core values? What strengths do I have? How have my experiences shaped me? These questions uncover how I am wired and what I hold dear in my life. Once the vision starts to come together in my mind, I share it with the key people in my life. These relationships refine my vision.
Seeing The Vision Clearly Specifies Your Direction. Why should we make the effort to see the vision clearly? Because vague visions cannot serve as compelling guides to those you want to lead. Followers do not rally behind a leader’s fuzzy picture of the future. Rather, they are attracted and motivated by leader’s who can paint an instantly recognizable portrait of tomorrow.
Seeing The Vision Clearly Determines Your Priorities. Every leader has limitations. Limited time, limited resources, and limited energy. As such, nobody can have it all in life. In light of our limitations, we can each make sacrifices and scale back the scope of our ambitions. Seeing the vision clearly, helps us to prioritize which opportunities to bypass and which activities deserve our dedication. The choices we make either draw us closer to our vision or push us farther away from it.
Gaudi’s life teaches the importance of vision – its foundation in self-knowledge, the direction it provides and how it serves to establish priorities. But there is more. If one’s vision is powerful enough, it will live in others – in the inspiration it gives to others to realize it and its impact in their life. There is a Chinese proverb: “There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.”
May your vision inspire you to change the lives of other people. Remember the words of Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist: “Your vision will become clearer only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.”
Colonel Glenn Waters, US Army, is an Afghanistan Veteran and graduate of West Point. May 2013, he’ll graduate from the Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He’ll transfer to Fort Lawton, Oklahoma and assume the position as the Garrison Commander. On a personal note. Thank you Colonel Waters for your service to our county and for your friendship.
Who are you really? Where are you going? How will you get there? Who will be on your team? Questions I ask about my personal and professional visions.
Do you ever get to the end of the day, and wonder where your time went? Check out the Top 10 Time Killers from Office-Time.net and learn how to eliminate procrastination once and for all!
Studies indicate that non-verbal behaviors comprise a large portion of all interpersonal communication, so paying attention to someone’s body language during an investigative interview or a job interview will give you a wealth of information that they aren’t saying verbally.
When you are judging someone’s non-verbal behavior, where do you look? Most people look for the truth of the story in someone’s face, but did you know that is the main place that people hide their true feelings? Think about it — growing up how many times did your parents say, “Get that scowl off of your face?” or “Put on a good face for Aunt Linda?” How many times do we tell our own children and grandchildren that?
The best way to judge someone’s true feelings is to look at their feet! People tend to have “happy feet” when things are going well, and perfectly still or nervously shifting or bouncing legs and feet when the are not. Some people have restless leg syndrome so a bouncing leg isn’t always a clue that something is awry, but if you know a person typically bounces his or her leg, and suddenly they are kicking their legs and feet out during an interview or not moving them at all, that could be a clue that something is not right. Look for sudden changes in the movement of the legs and feet and think about what was being discussed just prior to the change. If the person is seated at a table and you can’t see their feet, look for vibrations in their shirt, jacket or shoulders that give the movement of their feet and legs away.
See me at the 2013 Global TapRooT® Summit for more tips about decoding non-verbal behavior, or attend my session on the Human Performance & Behavior Change Track (Understanding Human Behaviors: Body Language – Things to Look for in an Interview), Wednesday, March 20 at 2:40 p.m.
Register now for 2013 Global TapRooT® Summit week, March 18 – 22, 2013 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
You don’t have to be an astronaut or cowboy to live your childhood career dream. A LinkedIn survey has concluded that over 30% of people are in a career related to their childhood dream job. It’s not as crazy as it seems. Nicole Williams, LinkedIn’s career expert, says in Business Insider that what we desire as children reveals our core competencies and natural tendencies:
Out of those surveyed in the report, 30.3 percent said that they currently have jobs closely related to their childhood dream jobs.
“You need to ask yourself ‘what was it about this childhood dream job that got me so excited?’…the ‘why did I want to do that?’…’what was I hoping to accomplish?’…that can help you to get the spark back into your current job,” Williams said.
“Even if the package is different, if can you tie yourself and your career to the fundamental why or passion that you were connected to as a kid, you’ll experience more success.”
What was your dream job as a child? How does it relate to your current job?
Please share in the comments below!
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Two weeks ago we discussed how to make S.M.A.R.T. New Year’s resolutions. Now the question is, “Where do I find the time to do these things?” Here’s where I found it.
I have never been a morning person, but a recent article on the benefits of becoming one inspired me. Research shows that it improves your energy levels throughout the day, and that it’s one of the most common habits of successful people around the globe.
How to Be An Early Bird
Try waking up an hour earlier and going to bed one hour earlier. Set your alarm once and for all, and place it on the other side of your room. Just say “no” to the snooze button, as this keeps you from waking up and robs you of good sleep. When you snooze for 30 minutes, you’re constantly waking and falling back to sleep. This breaks up your sleep cycle, making you more tired.
How to Get the Worm
What do you do once you’re up? Do something for yourself! Anything constructive that you love to do will energize you for the rest of your day and make you even more effective at your job. Prayer, meditation, and journaling will feed your soul, while walking or going to the gym will feed your body. Read that business book that’s been sitting on your shelf for six months or that golf website you love. Work on that New Year’s resolution you set a month ago.
Don’t shake up your schedule too much on the weekends. If you stay up until 12 and wake at 10am, it’ll be far harder to keep your routine steady. It takes 27 days to form a long-term habit, so make that your goal. Do it for one month and see if it benefits you. Chances are, you’ll be happier and healthier and you won’t want to quit!
Will you take the 27-day challenge to wake up earlier?
What will you do in the mornings to improve your day?