Does Your Job Fit You?
Marcus Buckingham would tell you that only 17% of people are playing to their true strengths in their current job. This is based off an extensive study done on over 2-million people worldwide! Are You "Title Shopping" or Dream Job Shopping? Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if everyone was in a job that made them feel strong at the end of every single day. The problem is that we spend too much time "title shopping". We look for the job that we think is the best fit based on title and salary rather than looking at what you actually do in that job on a day to day basis. We look for the "sexy" title and the "good" salary but we don't take stock of the tasks that we actually do from one hour to the next. Then when we feel inevitably feel like crap about the job, completely unfulfilled about the work... read more ❯
Relentless Disssatisfaction: Be Unreasonable
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man." ~George Bernard Shaw Think about this concept for a moment. Throughout my career in the corporate world I was accused of being "relentlessly dissatisfied." I used to resent the remark because I thought it made me the squeaky wheel, the nag, the complainer. I've since shifted my perception. Now, instead of resenting the remark I resemble it with pride. Like George Bernard Shaw (although not as great as he), I am unreasonable because I want the world to change. I wanted my teachers to change growing up, I wanted my parents to change, I wanted my bosses to change, I even went so far as requesting that organizations with thousands of people change. My efforts haven't been totally fruitless, but admittedly in dealing with the... read more ❯
7 Quick Tips to Making Your Goals Stick
By this point in the year 29% of people have already stopped working on their New Years Resolutions. Six months from now more than half will have stopped working on their resolutions! Just hearing the numbers is enough to discourage some from even attempting to set goals. One joke among my friends is "New Years resolutions are meant to be broken." One year we even went around the table humorously answering the question "What New Years resolution will you be breaking this year!" While this was funny, it was also disheartening. Goals are important, we set them to achieve something better for ourselves! We know that people who set resolutions are 10 times more likely to achieve their goals than people who don't make resolutions. So how do we keep these resolutions going? That's just what that issue is about getting those resolutions rocket launched! Check out the cool tool and video... read more ❯
Get Paid What You Deserve: Asking For A Raise
Did you know that that this is the time of year when most employers start considering what raises and bonuses they will be giving their staff? Unfortunately, if you check google analytics it is during the month of March that people are researching how to ask for a raise. Usually by March most employers have made their decisions about which staff will receive which increments and which will get what bonuses. It should come as no surprise then that by the time April comes around we begin to google job dissatisfaction but by May, when our raise actually kicks in, we are googling "I hate my job". The fact is, by the time most people are looking to ask for an annual raise, their boss has already made his or her decision. Sadder yet is that most people don't bother to negotiate a raise for their work. These people (and this is most of the... read more ❯