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The #1 Career Mistake Capable People Make

The #1 Career Mistake Capable People Make
I recently reviewed a resume for a colleague who was trying to define a clearer career strategy. She has terrific experience. And yet, as I looked through it I could see the problem she was concerned about: she had done so many good things in so many different fields it was hard to know what was distinctive about her. As we talked it became clear the resume was only the symptom of a deeper issue. In an attempt to be useful and adaptable she has said yes to too many good projects and opportunities. She has ended up feeling overworked and underutilized. Step 1: Capable people are driven to achieve. Step 2: Other people see they are capable and give them assignments. Step 3: Capable people gain a reputation as "go to" people. When this happens, some of the responsibility lies with out-of-touch managers who are too busy or distracted to notice the very best use of their people. We followed a simple process similar to one I write about here: If You Don’t Design Your Career, Someone Else Will.

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A Tool for Mapping Your Goals and Resolving Career Indecision - Bill Barnett by Bill Barnett | 12:00 PM August 23, 2012 When deciding whether to take a job offer, you’re hoping to maximize attainment of your objectives. If an opportunity scores highly against all objectives, you’ll quickly know what to do. But your choice may not be so easy. You may have two good options. Or one opportunity may be better on some objectives, but worse on others.

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New Years Resolutions For Business The New Year is a propitious time for businesses to re-prioritize their objectives and start afresh with renewed vigor and a clear mission. Setting – and following through on – thoughtful and apposite resolutions is an effective way to maximize results and impact for your company. In my estimation 2013 will be a year marked by continued economic volatility (through headline risk, inflationary monetary policy, and an ambivalent unemployment rate), the emergence of the micropreneur, increased attention on ROI (return on investment) in social media, and philanthropy as a potent form of marketing. The businesses that win in the New Year will be those that iterate incessantly to define their own innovation curve, that establish strong and unambiguous company cultures, and those that use their data points effectively to minimize wasteful spending and increase their ROIC (return on invested capital.)

Managing Your Boss A quarter-century ago, John Gabarro and John Kotter introduced a powerful new lens through which to view the manager–boss relationship: one that recognized the mutual dependence of the participants. The fact is, bosses need cooperation, reliability, and honesty from their direct reports. Managers, for their part, rely on bosses for making connections with the rest of the company, for setting priorities, and for obtaining critical resources. If the relationship between you and your boss is rocky, then it is you who must begin to manage it. When you take the time to cultivate a productive working relationship—by understanding your boss’s strengths and weaknesses, priorities, and work style—everyone wins.

Adopt an Immigrant Mindset to Advance Your Career - Glenn Llopis If you want to remain relevant and advance your career in today’s global marketplace, you need to serve as an enabler of business growth and innovation. One of the best ways to do this is to adopt an “immigrant mindset.” The immigrant mentality has proven time and again to accelerate careers and build enterprise. Songs of the Century The "Songs of the Century" list is part of an education project by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the National Endowment for the Arts, and Scholastic Inc. that aims to "promote a better understanding of America’s musical and cultural heritage" in American schools. Hundreds of voters, who included elected officials, people from the music industry and the media, teachers, and students, were asked in 2001 to choose the top 365 songs (not necessarily by Americans) of the 20th century with historical significance in mind. The voters were selected by RIAA, although only about 15% (200) of the 1,300 selected voters responded.[1][2][3] The list[edit]

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