Category: Wisdom Quote

Monday Motivation: The #1 Obstacle to Career Success

June 12th, 2017 by

What do you think is the #1 obstacle to career success?

Lack of education?

Low emotional intelligence?

Skill deficit?

Bad luck?

What if I told you that it may be something completely within your control that you can begin correcting today?

According to research, the #1 obstacle may be your energy level.

Do I need to tell you to take a look at the food you are putting in your mouth, to work out more, or to get enough sleep? No. You know this. But are you doing it? Maybe, maybe not. Probably some days better than others.  There is no pinnacle we reach where it stays easy to avoid cake or Netflix binges but today may be the day you need to begin again.

Check out this article, “9 Ways to Feel More Awake (Without Caffeine!).” I picked it because it starts with a way to get energy quickly that many people overlook because they don’t realize they are suffering from a lack of it. Increase your energy level and enjoy more success today!

Monday Motivation: Modify your dreams or magnify your skills!

June 5th, 2017 by

  You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills. – Jim Rohn

“Dream big,”” they say.

“If you can dream it, you can become it,” they say.

It’s the season of high school and college graduations, and success clichés are in the air.  And, to be fair, there is a certain amount of vision that can be gleaned from inspirational quotes.  But there is more to reaching success in your career than simply having a dream.  Don’t settle and modify your dreams.  You can bridge the gap of where you are now to where you want to be by magnifying your skills.

We can help you do just that!

If you want to magnify your leadership skills, read the TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Leadership Lessons book.

If you want to magnify your skills of conducting fast simple investigations, read the Using the Essential TapRooT® Techniques to Investigate Low-to-Medium Risk Incidents book or attend our 2-day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training.  We have made major strides in making TapRooT® easy to use. We even have a new five step process for doing a low-to-medium risk incident investigation.

If you want to magnify your skills of conducting major investigations, learn the whole TapRooT® process and tools for investigating high potential and high risk incidents by reading the TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis for Major Investigations book or attending our 5-day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training.  The book and course explain the entire 7-step TapRooT® System and all the TapRooT® Tools.

If you want to get ahead of accidents, incidents, and quality issues, then magnify your proactive/audit skills by reading the TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis for Audits and Proactive Performance Improvement book.

Don’t settle for less than what you want to do with your career.  Magnify your skills!

Monday Motivation: Food for the Heart

May 29th, 2017 by

What does thinking / feeling do to our brain cells?

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

First, this isn’t a post about eating heart healthy but be sure to eat your oatmeal, blueberries and spinach. It doesn’t hurt.

This post is about what we think. We often refer to our emotional, feeling thoughts as our “hearts” (not to be confused with that red, bloody beating thing).

So let’s dive in, even if you’re a big, tough guy. Let’s talk about feely stuff.  Shall we?

I like science and missed my calling as a mad scientist. When I read science, it speaks to me. Maybe I should have entitled this post “weird science.” But I decided, instead, to start this post with ancient text that I love because it pleases me when science finally shows up and supports what humans have known all along. What we think, we become.

So how is this true? What does thinking do to our brain cells?

Thinking releases chemical messengers called neurotransmitters that allows it to talk to other parts of the brain and to our nervous systems. These chemical messengers control our bodies including feelings of happiness, sadness or stress.

What happens is this: when we think, we put these chemical changes in motion, both temporary and permanent. Think of the top 20 things you are grateful for right now and you’ll produce the chemical dopamine which releases very pleasurable emotions.

Now, let’s take this a step further to how we make more permanent changes to the brain.  We’ve got these thoughts running through the brain, back and forth, up and down, spinning around… all day long. It’s exhausting sometimes, isn’t it? The neurons of our brains start organizing them and firing in specific, set patterns. Then the brain starts connecting to new synapses and neurons, and new receptors get built.

So let’s pause at “receptors.” Each of the thousands and thousands of receptors on each cell is specific to one (1) peptide. When we get mad, feel sad, experience joy or experience any of the multitude of human emotions, each single emotion releases a peptide. The peptides connect to the receptors and change the structure of the cell as a whole. Here is where the miracle happens: the cells divide and whatever peptide that cell was exposed to the most, that’s what the new cell will have more of. Bam! It’s like two for the price of one. Kind of. Multiply your joy or your negatives. The price is the same.

“What you think is what you become” is not just some touchy, feely quote. Positive, uplifting thoughts are food for the heart. We actually change our bodies when we think a certain way. Change your thoughts over time, and you will surely change your life.

Monday Motivation: 4 Tips to Help you Stand Out in an Interview

May 22nd, 2017 by

You are not your resume, you are your work. ~ Seth Godin

It’s easy to make anyone look good on paper, isn’t it?  As a former resume writer, I know it can be done. However, a resume only gets a person an interview, not a job. If you want the job, you better be prepared to talk about your work.

Here are four tips on how to represent your work in an interview.

  1. Tell a story. Begin with an unfavorable situation like “poor performance” or “high incident rate” and follow with a statement on what you did to overcome it. Finish the story with the successful result. Prospective employers remember stories.
  2. Quantify. Quantify. Quantify. Use percentages and hard measures where you can. For example, say “decreased machinery down time by 80%” rather than “decreased machinery down time.” Percentages are higher impact than absolute numbers.
  3. Speak up. Don’t assume the interviewer has read your resume. In a perfect world, they do, but often there is only time for a precursory glance. Highlight your achievements verbally and be specific with details.
  4. Get TapRooT® training. Talk about the success you’ve experienced using TapRooT®.  Investigators who are TapRooT® trained bring a unique set of problem-solving skills to the workplace that will set you apart.  Learn more about training here.

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