Monthly Archive for March, 2008

Are You Happy With Your Career Choice?

Career Advice:

Stop, take an inventory of your world of work.

Are you happy with your choice for a career?

If you say “no” you are with the majority of those polled by Lifelong Learning’s Advice and Information Service. Fifty-eight of workers surveyed declared they wish they had chosen a different career path. Sixteen percent have changed careers three times; more than ten percent switched careers more often.

Topping the list of those with regrets were 67 percent of people in the financial, insurance, travel and leisure industries. Those in media, publishing and entertainment categories were least likely to have changed careers. Fifty-five percent never had.

I invite you to share your views. If you are unhappy with your career, I think I can help you with my free semi-monthly newsletter, The Career Accelerator. (Click here for information.)

Here’s to your career success!

Ramon Greenwood, Head Career Coach
Common Sense At Work

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NUMBER ONE REASON CAREERS FAIL

Failures or shortfalls in careers do not usually result from the lack of education and training. Such disappointments most often are the result of simply not knowing “how to work”.

Said another way, the difference between winners and losers in the world of work is that achievers know how to translate their “know-what-to-do” skills into “how-to-get- things-done” strategies and actions.

People who can carry out the procedural functions associated with a job are a dime a dozen. But those who can manage people and resources to complete a successful project are in the minority.

Career Tip: The dividing line is rooted in common sense.

Without common sense, the careerist is severely handicapped in driving ideas from incubation to results. He may have brilliant ideas, but unless he can move them through the organization to achieve tangible results, those ideas will die without serving a useful purpose.

Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, father of the U.S. nuclear navy, put it this way: “What it takes to do a job will not be learned from management courses. It is principally a matter of experience, the proper attitude and common sense–none of which can be taught in a classroom.”

In his groundbreaking book EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE, Daniel Goleman posits: “I would argue the difference (between high achievers and also-rans) is quite often in the abilities called emotional intelligence, which includes self-control, zeal and persistence, and the ability to motivate oneself.”

That equates to common sense in my experience.

Common sense is not very common. This rare quality is much easier to see in hindsight. Some people are lucky. They seem to have been born with common sense. But most have to work to learn its rules. Common sense can be identified and embraced by observing successful careers in action. It can be learned from biographies of achievers.

CAREER TIP: COMMON SENSE IS RARE

It is the goal of this blog and other publications from Common Sense At Work© to provide common sense career advice for ambitious men and women who want to accelerate careers.

All you read in Common Sense At Work publications (click here) is written from my real-world experiences working with a wide range of men and women from working as a common laborer in the sawmills of South Arkansas, to the power offices of the Federal government in the nation’s capital, to the elegant towers of American Express’s New York City headquarters and the sedate club rooms of Europe.

I have also interviewed scores of careerists including those just beginning their careers, middle manages and chief executive officers. I have benefited from the input of professionals who practice in the fields of management psychology and organizational dynamics. Finally, I have done exhaustive research on what has been written and said on the subject of how to get ahead in the world of work.

From these sources I have learned that Common sense is the essential ingredient in career success.
Ramon Greenwood, Head Career Coach
Common Sense At Work

ARE YOU FED UP WITH YOUR JOB?

So, you are fed up with your job. You want to make a change. The Johnny Paycheck ballad, “Take This Job and Shove It,” comes to mind.

You are not alone. At any given time, surveys show that as many as one-half of working Americans are unhappy with their jobs.

But before you jump ship, be certain you have good reasons for wanting to make a change. Are you just bored; are you burned out; or are you running away from personal problems that will tag along wherever you go?

If this issue rings a bell with you I invite you to read my current issue of my newsletter, The Career Accelerator (c). It provides insight and advice on this vital subject. There’s no charge or obligation. Contact me through my website: www. commonsenseatwork.com and I’ll e-mail a copy to you.

I wish you career success!

Ramon Greenwood, Head Career Coach
Common Sense At Work

Are You Really Sick On Your Sick Day?

That question bears looking into, especially in the season when “bugs” are on the fly.

One-third of workers admit to having called in “sick” at least once in the last year when, in fact, they were well. That’s according to the annual survey of absenteeism at the office conducted by CareerBuilder.com>

Beware! While three-fourths of employers report they usually believe excuses given by employees, one in three admit they have checked up on absent employees. Sixty-seven percent of that number required the missing employee to show a note from the doctor. Six out of ten called the employee at home, 14 percent drove by the employees’ home to check on them. Sixteen said they have fired a worker for failing to show up for work without a legitimate excuse.

Twenty-seven percent of workers consider “sick days” to be the same as vacation days. Monday is the most popular day for absenteeism, followed by, guess what, Friday.

Another survey by CCH, a human resources firm, shows that only one-third of last minute sick days are due to personal illnesses. Other reasons are family issues, personal needs, entitlement mentality and stress-burnout.

Employees who decide to malinger show a great deal of creativity in coming up with excuses for taking “sick days”:

Got a whiplash from brushing hair.
Wanted to rest up for company holiday party that night.
Tasted dog’s food and got sick.
Psychic said stay home to avoid something awful happening.
Met a movie star and was spending day with him.
Roommate locked all clothes in a shed for spite.

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I wish you career success!

Ramon Greenwood, Head Career Coach
Common Sense At Work

Career Success Is Not For The Faint Of Heart

The path to career success is not an easy road to travel. The way is littered with doubts and fears and hard knocks. It is often lonely; it requires courage and true grit in large doses day in and day out. If it were easy, everybody would do it. Do your have the courage it takes to achieve career success?

There are 11 checkpoints you can use to measure your courage in pursuit of career success.

The current issue of my fr*e newsletter, The Career Accelerator (c) explores this topic in depth. To get a copy go to ramon@comcast.net> Enter the word “courage” in the subject line.

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Ramon Greenwood, Head Career Coach
Common Sense At Work

How Many Job Changes Are Too Many?

Time was not, long ago, when longevity on a job was considered to be a resume plus. The person who went to work with an employer right out of school and stayed on one career path to get the gold watch at retirement was considered to the role model. So called “Job Hoppers” were frowned on.

That’s no longer the case. A reasonable number of job changes is okay. In fact, plus points now go to the careerists who change jobs to gain experience and increased income.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median tenure for most professionals is about four years. For employees between the ages of 25 and 34, the median tenure is only 2.9 years.

How many jobs changes are too many? What do you think?

I wish you career success!

Ramon Greenwood, Head Career Coach
Common Sense At Work

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Do Your Hot Buttons Threaten Your Career Success?

Anger is a common occurrence in the workplace. At times when hot buttons get pushed the results are death and destruction. So called “desk rage” often evolves into shouting matches and destroyed property.

In any case, rage erruptions are counter-productive for careers and organization.

“Desk rage” occurs in 14 percent of workplaces in America, according to a study by RJC Associates. Just over 22 percent of workers report they have been reduced to tears and 16 percent reveal that company property has been damaged as a result of stress on the job. Nearly one in ten report incidences of physical violence.

Everyone has triggers that, when pushed, prompt an instant outburst of anger. The challenge is to know what these triggers are and to control them before they wreck your career.

Writing at www.lifehack.org>, Adrian Savage declares: “You see hot buttons in action whenever people start to talk about ‘matters of principle’ or become angry over something that seems unimportant. You’ll know you were acting under the influence of a hot button when you regret what you did or said the moment you cool off.”

Savage provides four points on how you can become more aware of your hot buttons.

1. Think carefully about times you can recall where you acted or spoke in haste and regretted it afterwards.

2. Look for patterns.

3. Try replaying one or two especially volatile occasions in your head.

4. Talk to close friends and loved ones

Savage continues: “The only way to deal with a hot button that’s been triggered is to call a mental ‘time-out’. Take a moment to breathe. Slow down. Try to deal with your response if you can. If not, try to limit it to signaling you’d like to say more at another time.”

Venting your rage will only feel good for a fleeting moment. The damage can wreck your career and last for a lifetime.

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I wish you career success!

Ramon Greenwood, Head Career Coach
Common Sense At Work