Category: Career Development Tips

Career Development: Own it

February 26th, 2018 by


Are you a manager trying to develop an employee who is consistently not hitting the goals? Are you an employee not hitting the goals who is hoping your manager will cover for you and not call you out?

In the March 2018 edition of Entrepreneur. Panera Bread’s founder and chairman, Ron Shaich, wrote, “Honesty is helpful. When you tell someone why they’re doing a bad job, you’re transferring the responsibility. Maybe they will improve. Maybe they leave. Whatever the outcome, they own it.”

Honest conversations can lead to departures, but they can also be opportunities for learning. What do you think?

 

 

The Pursuit of Happiness

February 19th, 2018 by

What does happiness mean to you? Often we find that answer in what we are pursuing: better relationships, an ideal career, a comfortable lifestyle. But what if chasing happiness makes us more unhappy? One researcher learned just that! Emily Esfahani Smith researched how to live a meaningful and fulfilling life and believes there are 4 basic pillars. The first, second and third are no surprise but the fourth pillar may be something you’ve never considered before that just may change the course of your life for the better.

Refresh your knowledge with 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training

February 7th, 2018 by

Stay sharp and keep pace with TapRooT® software technology as well as new developments in incident investigation and root cause analysis. If you haven’t taken a TapRooT® course in a few years, you’ll enjoy the boost that comes with new knowledge and strengthening your skills. Here are some comments from recent attendees:

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Is the information you’ve gathered for your investigation in this pile… somewhere?

January 24th, 2018 by

 

Are you frustrated with the amount of paper on your desk related to incidents you are investigating?

Do you spend too much time looking for information you know you have… somewhere.

Are you having a hard time finding the missing pieces to the investigation puzzle that will help you find and fix problems at your facility once and for all?

Then you need TapRooT® software!

TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis software is used by investigators as a central repository for their root cause investigations. The software helps to streamline the process, organize information and save critical data.

Some essential tasks investigators use the software for are to:

  • create SnapCharT®s (a timeline leading to the incident) that are easy to read and re-order as they collect new information.
  • organize evidence collection.
  • run causal factors (mistakes, errors or equipment failures) through the Root Cause Tree® to determine the real root causes.
  • look up questions they may have in the Root Cause Tree® Dictionary.
  • develop fixes with the Corrective Action Helper®.
  • create management reports.

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Job Postings

January 15th, 2018 by

Discover the career opportunities below for candidates with TapRooT® skills at facilities around the world.

Get trained soon to open up your job opportunities for the new year. Here are some recent postings looking for candidates with TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis skills:

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Job Postings

January 8th, 2018 by

Discover the career opportunities below for candidates with TapRooT® skills at facilities around the world.

Get trained soon to open up your job opportunities for the new year. Here are some recent postings looking for candidates with TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis skills:

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Successful People Support Other’s Success

January 4th, 2018 by

The following article is reprinted with permission of its author, Vincent Ivan Phipps, M.A., CSP. We are pleased that Mr. Phipps is a keynote speaker at the upcoming 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit.  You can purchase his new book, Lead Out Loud, and learn how to unlock your personal excellence by clicking here. Learn more at CommunicationVIP.com. And last but not least, don’t forget to register for the Summit and meet him in person!

Stop making New Year’s Resolutions promising to focus more on yourself. Instead, channel that energy towards supporting others.

Be honest, how do you feel when you see others accomplishing their dreams and goals? Are you disappointed, jealous, angered, or motivated?

A “hater” is a term used to describe someone who says negative comments about others who are doing well. Don’t be a hater! Be a congratulator! Be the type of person who is happy and supportive of the success of others.

When you are unable to be happy for others, it reflects your own insecurity. When others hate on you, they do not really hate you. The truth is, their negative feeling has nothing to do with your accomplishment. The negativity that pessimistic people project is more about their awareness of their lack of effort.

Do the following to show support to others:

  1. Point out significant accomplishes with specific results.
  2. Tell others how their efforts and contributions have positive impacts.
  3. Share the success of others by saying or sending complimentary messages.

A successful, determined, focused, and disciplined person is happy for another who makes the commitment to greatness, because excellence recognizes excellence. In this New Year, make a commitment to be supportive for others and encourage them to be successful.

Gift yourself! (Santa has your back)

December 13th, 2017 by

Do you have the feeling that you have the ability to do more in your career in 2018 but are unsure of how to get going? Why not think about giving a gift to yourself?

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Kick Them Out of Your Canoe – Leadership

November 28th, 2017 by

The following article is reprinted with permission of its author, Vincent Ivan Phipps, M.A., CSP. We are pleased that Mr. Phipps is a keynote speaker at the upcoming 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit.  You can purchase his new book, Lead Out Loud, and learn how to unlock your personal excellence by clicking here. Learn more at CommunicationVIP.com. And last but not least, don’t forget to register for the Summit and meet him in person!

Leadership is a lot like paddling in a canoe. Let’s say you and two other people are in a canoe. The goal is to cross a river. Let’s say you are in the rear and the other two are seated in front of you. Even if you are the only one paddling, you can propel everyone in the canoe on your own. If all three of you paddle, together in rhythm, all three of you can propel faster. If everyone paddles together, you can also exert less energy and still go faster, farther, with less work from each person individually. This is the concept of teamwork. But how is this related to leadership?

Let’s say, you are paddling hard in the canoe and the other two are not paddling but even worse, they are sticking the legs and hands out of the canoe and into the river. Their placing their limbs in the water is now causing drag. All three bodies have the potential to go faster. If two are not paddling or worse, causing resistance, everyone slows down.

You ask each person to paddle. One tells you they are tired. The other says they will paddle later. You then ask them to at least pull their hands and feet out of the water and place them back inside of the canoe to prevent unnecessary resistance. They both tell you it’s hot and they prefer to keep themselves cool by sticking their hands and feet in the water. They are not focused on the advancement of the team. They are selfish focusing only on what is easier for them personally.

You now have a conundrum. Keep both in the canoe maintaining the potential for more efficiency. Or do you make the tough leadership decision, and, KICK THEM OUT OF THE CANOE! You can move faster, yes, even moving by yourself, than you can with those you are carrying who are not putting forth their effort.

Give others the opportunity to paddle for the team. Be clear about the goal. If others step up, they deserve to stay dry. If they fail to do their part, make the tough decision and do what is best long term, and kick them out of your canoe!

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October 31st, 2017 by

 

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Monday Motivaton: Do you see things worse than they are?

September 25th, 2017 by

“Cynic: an idealist whose rose-colored glasses have been removed, snapped in two and stomped into the ground, immediately improving his vision.”
~ Rick Bayan

We worry about viewing the world through rose-tinted glasses, but often the problem is the opposite. It’s the gloom-tinted glasses we need to worry about. Read “Remove your Gloom-Tinted Glasses” on Forbes.com and learn about two features of human-basic psychology that can drive us nuts (Click here to read the article).

Monday Motivation: Let your accomplishments do the talking

September 18th, 2017 by

 

 

“Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.”
― Mark Twain

I was reading profiles on LinkedIn today and couldn’t help but notice how many people describe themselves as “innovative” and “visionary.” The funny thing is, I couldn’t find one thing in the experience/accomplishments sections of their profiles that supported that. Adjectives are easy to throw out there but are you describing yourself more in words than proving it with accomplishments?  If you truly have those magnificent characteristics and are only using words to prove it, you’re not convincing anyone.

Your accomplishments speak for themselves.  Take a look at your LinkedIn profile this week and replace those words with your proven track record. Actions always speak louder than words. And while you’re on LinkedIn, follow us! We post news every day to help you expand your knowledge for further success!

Monday Motivation: Build your personal advisory board!

September 11th, 2017 by

“Pulling a good network together takes effort, sincerity and time.”
Alan Collins, author of “Unwritten HR Rules”

Part of valuing your time is investing in the right relationships. Spend your time on relationships that matter the most.  For career development, those relationships include people who are willing to help guide your career goals. It takes thought, time and effort to find them. However, the more you procrastinate building your own personal advisory board, the more disconnected you will be from opportunities that could advance your career.

Join us for a fun, exciting and rewarding opportunity to network and build relationships at the 2018 Global TapRooT Summit in Knoxville, Tennessee, February 26 – March 2.  Learn more here.

Monday Motivation: Never Stop Learning

September 4th, 2017 by

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
~ Henry Ford

Invest time in obtaining the know-how to accelerate your career advancement. Don’t set back and wait for things to fall into place, shake things up by working on being smarter, wiser and more strategic about how to better manage your career. Know the goals the industry you are serving desires to achieve and how you can contribute and build relationships with key thought leaders.

Begin with a 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training or 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training. For just a small investment of time you can improve the skills that contribute to your success in these types of careers!

Monday Motivation: Invest in your Strengths

August 28th, 2017 by

“Accept yourself, your strengths, your weaknesses, your truths, and know what tools you have to fulfill your purpose.”
― Steve Maraboli

Commit to your natural strengths that allow your skill sets and capabilities to thrive, and then invest in them.  For example, if you are a good speaker, never assume that your technique doesn’t require improvement.   Take a  class, enhance your abilities and then put them to work more frequently.

Keep in mind that just because you’re good at something, that doesn’t make it a strength. How do you know what your natural strengths are?

Ask yourself these questions:

When do I feel the most engaged at work?

What activities make you feel strong?

What do you do differently than everyone else?

You can’t build your career around your best attributes until you know your strengths!

 

Monday Motivation: Are you making a living? Or making a life?

August 7th, 2017 by


What are you working for? To buy some new things? Did you know that buying experiences, not possessions, leads to greater happiness? A San Francisco State University study (2009) demonstrated that experiential purchases, such as a meal out or theater tickets, result in increased greater well-being than material possessions. These experiences tend to satisfy higher order needs, specifically the need for social connectedness and vitality—a feeling of being alive.

Another thing to think about… a Harvard Business School study (2009) revealed people tend to overestimate the influence of wealth on happiness by 100%. When basic needs are met, money does not lead to nearly as much happiness as people think it will.

Let making a living support what really important, making a happier life!

Monday Motivation: Improve Workplace Dynamics for Better Results

July 31st, 2017 by

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
— Henry Ford

“Group dynamics” describes the effects of roles and behaviors on the group members, and on the group as a whole. You may have a very talented group of employees but if the dynamics aren’t working, your company is not receiving the benefit of that talent.  What can you do about it?

You can:

  • Get to know your team.
  • Tackle problems quickly… before they begin to fester.
  • Assign and define roles and responsibilities.
  • Break down barriers that have been erected.
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate
  • Pay attention!

Want to know more? Read this helpful article on Mindtools:

Improving Group Dynamics: HelpingYour Team Work More Effectively

Monday Motivation: Leadership

July 24th, 2017 by

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ~ John Quincy Adams

The authority of leadership is not something that someday you’ll deserve. It’s possible that you are not even aware of the biggest impact you’ve ever had on a person’s life. You are more powerful than you think! Be inspired with this six minute video.

Everyday Leadership via @TEDTalks

Monday Motivation: Don’t Buy Into the Myths!

July 17th, 2017 by

 

Write down your goals!

Try to do your best!

Visualize success!

What’s wrong with these motivators? We’ve all heard them and probably said them to motivate others. Well, how are they working for you? This Psychology Today article discussed possible stumbling blocks to these motivators:

The 3 Biggest Myths About Motivation That Won’t Go Away

Monday Motivation: 5 Sign that You are Coasting at Work

July 10th, 2017 by

Do co-workers always ask you for help? Do they never ask you for help? Are you often on the receiving end of passive-aggressive comments? Are you chafing under micromanagement? Are you no longer “in the loop” about important projects?

This sounds like a list of things that would motivate you to look for career opportunities elsewhere. But before you do that, you need to consider whether or not you’re bringing it on yourself. These tips from “The Muse” may help!

Read: 5 Signs You’re Not Pulling Your Weight at Work (And People Know It)

Monday Motivation: Making a Difference

June 19th, 2017 by

When trying to come up with a list of goals for yourself, why not start by answering the question: “What kind of difference do I want to make with my life?”

“Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference has never tried to fall asleep with a mosquito in the room.” Christine Todd Whitman

With most of the great men and woman of history, making money or finding fame was not their primary goal. They wanted their life to have real meaning.

Experts say the desire to make a difference seems to have affected how successful they really were to accomplish their mission. Albert Schweitzer, one of the greatest humanitarians in history, is but one example. At 30, Schweitzer was a world-famous organist, specializing in compositions by Bach. It was during this time that he began thinking about making a greater difference with his life. He read a report on dismal conditions facing Africans in the Congo (now the Republic of Zaire) and decided to become a missionary surgeon.

“When it’s obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, but the action steps. Confucius

Schweitzer returned to school and spent eight years earning a degree in tropical medicine and he played concerts on the side to help raise money. At 38, he loaded his medical supplies on a ship and sailed for Africa. He transferred his supplies to a small boat and traveled up the Ogooue River to a thatched village called Lambarene. There, Schweitzer established a hospital in the only building available: an old chicken coop.

“Bee to the flower, moth to the flame; Each to his passion; what’s in a name?” Helen Hunt Jackson

Within nine months of arriving in Lambarene, he treated more than 2,000 people who had never before had any access to modern health care. Albert Schweitzer continued his work there for some 50 years, fighting everything from leprosy to sleeping sickness. His compassion, dedication, commitment and vision earned him the Nobel peace Prize in 1952. He used the $33,000.00 to expand his hospital and build a leper colony. When he died at the age of 92, his village had grown to 1,500 patients and 40 doctors and specialists.

Andrew Carnegie was also a man on a mission that was much greater and larger than him. The steel magnate started out as a penniless day-laborer in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania steel plant (my home town and home to the six-time Super Bowl Champions Steelers), but he eventually became the richest man in the world – he sold his steel interests at the turn of the century for 480 million dollars.

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Joseph Campbell

To become rich was only half of his goal. Throughout his life, Carnegie’s main goal was to spend the first part of his life making a lot of money and the second part spent giving it all away. As early as 1868, he wrote himself a letter spelling out his goals, including a plan to resign from business by age 35 and live on an income of $50,000.00 a year.

Carnegie planned to devote the reminder of his money to various philanthropic causes and most of his time to education. He lasted in business almost 30 years longer than he planned, but as he saw it, the staggering wealth he was acquiring for his philanthropic purposes was well worth it.

“Never respect men for their riches, but rather than for their philanthropy; we do not value the sun for its height, but for its use.” Gamaliel Bailey

After the sale of his business interests, he built thousands of libraries and set up foundations to help people learn what they needed to be successful and fulfilled.

By the time of his passing in 1919 at the age of 84, Andrew Carnegie had given away nearly all his fortune.

Making a difference in other people’s lives and hence, your own, will help you find the “Meaning of Life.” The “Meaning of life” is a seven letter acronym. Those of you who had me as an instructor, or have heard me at one of my speaking engagements, probably remember the acronym. The acronym contains several principles that everybody can achieve; to be meaningful and relevant, each person must seek it and accomplish it on their own. Want to know more? You will have to contact me to find out – but I will not just “give” you the answer, because the acronym means different things to different people. Like many people in my life did for me, I’ll share how they taught me to fish for a lifetime; they didn’t give me a fish for a day.

“Each man must look at himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered, it is something molded.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery

How many people have made a difference in your life? Do you know who they are? Have you ever taken the time to thank them? More importantly, have you been and are you now taking the legacy they gave you and making a difference in other people lives?

There are hundreds of people who helped me before my plane crash and injuries in 1970 and the hundreds since then who helped me to get back on my feet, continue on my journey and helped me find Meaning in Life. I acknowledged as many as possible in two of my books, “The Bridge Never Crossed – A Survivor’s Search for Meaning” and “Laugh You Live Cry You Die – A Burn Survivor’s Triumph Over Tragedy.” Each person in my life played a major factor in who I am today. Whatever success I’ve achieved, I owe to each one of them. I hope they know how much they meant and mean to me and how much I love(ed) and honor(ed) them. Throughout my life, I’ve tried to show them and tell them.

“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dreams of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” e.e. cummings

I read somewhere that our memory is an indication of the kind of life we’ve lived. If this is true, and I think it is, then I’ve been Blessed to have lived a good life.

Throughout my life’s journey, I’ve ‘’gazed’ at the Headstones of the many who’ve passed and who played a major role in my life from birth to now and I think of the friends and hosts who’ve enriched me…. and who remain vertical…. the quote at the end of the movie, “Saving Private Ryan” rings in my head: “I hope I’m a good man. I hope I’ve lived a good life. I hope I’ve earned it!” Me, too!

“A whole stack of memories is never equal to one little hope. Charles M. Schulz

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 gburk@georgeburk.com.

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