Monthly Archive for September, 2010

Career Advice: How To Get More Time For What Matters In Life

Why does it seem like no matter how I try to organize my work and my life I never seem to get less busy? In other words, why is it that the harder I run the farther behind I seem to get?

If you ever ask yourself these questions, I think you will be interested in a book I have just reading titled More Time For You: A Powerful System to Organize Your Work and Get Things Done.

This book has the potential to change your life as it spells a proven and powerful system to help you get and stay organized. It sets out in down-to-earth common sense terms how to prioritize responsibilities, get things done faster, and have more time away from the phone, e-mail, office, paperwork–whatever it is that’s interfering with your productivity and your life.

It’s written by Rosemary Tator and Alesia Latson. They’re experts in teaching how one can maximize productivity and effectiveness in order to lead a happier life.

It’s available from Amazon.com> The paperback edition is $13.64. The Kindle edition is $9.99.

I’ve read a lot of books on time and effort management. This is the best of the lot. I give More Time For You a four star recommendation.

I wish you career success!

Ramon Greenwood, The Career Coach

Common Sense At Work

Career Tips: Winners Keep On Keeping On

Winners in the career chase know persistence is a daily necessity if they are to achieve their goals.

One of those big winners, Ted Turner, world-class sailor and founder of the CNN television network, explains his success by saying:

“The secret of my success is that I never quit.  Winners never quit, and quitters never win.  You might go bankrupt, you might lose everything, but as long as you’re out there still dukin’ back, as long as you haven’t given up, you’re not beaten … a lot of battles in history were won in the eleventh hour.  It might have looked like it was over.  But the old saying is true: it’s never over ’til it’s over.”

In another age President Calvin Coolidge declared: “Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Winston Churchill, the great leader of the free world in World War II, explained that he overcame a multitude of defeats in his career by living out his credo of “Never, never, never, never give up.”

Winners know they will always encounter obstacles as they pursue success, but they accept and deal with this reality by perseverance. They keep on keeping on.

Polybius, a Greek historian, wrote, “Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous effort than before.”

Persistence Is Not Pigheadedness

But common sense teaches that it is very important to understand the difference between persistence and pigheadedness.

Persistence is an act of both logic and faith.  It means making sure the goal is worth the cost and believing that it is possible to reach it by making the best effort plus a little more.

Pigheadedness, on the other hand, is to ignore reality and to continue to beat one’s head against a brick wall when the reward, even if it is won, is not worth the risk and effort.

Persistence means to set goals and reach them and then set more goals and reach them, recognizing that success is never finally achieved. Winners are always pursuing the next goal.

One would have assumed that Albert Einstein could have found a high plateau on which he could have rested when he developed his theory of relativity. But no. He said of his success, “No amount of experimentation will ever prove me completely right, but one new fact can prove me completely wrong.”

Winners never rest on their laurels.

There’s a ton of wisdom in declaration that “You never conquer a mountain.  You stand on the summit a few moments, then the wind blows your footprints away.”

I wish your career success!

Ramon Greenwood, The Career Coach

Common Sense At Work

What Do You Think About Your Boss?

Career Coaching

A recent survey by CareerBuilder.com shows that by and large employees give their bosses a less than sterling grade for their skills.

About one-third believe they can do the bosses’ job better than the bosses do. At the same time, nearly two-thirds don’t feel this boss could do their job.

Bosses get poor marks for failing to focus on career developments and support.

Nearly two-thirds feel that their bosses do a poor job in preparing them for promotion. Forty-five percent feel their bosses do not do a good job providing consistent feedback.

I’m sure the readers of my blog would like to know how your rate your boss. So how’s about a comment?

I wish you career success!

Ramon Greenwood, The Career Coach

Common Sense At Work

Is Inertia Blocking Your Career?

Here’s a bit of career advice from Fitzhugh Dodson well worth following:

“Some people, in working toward a goal, find themselves seized by inertia when it comes time for action. If this should happen to you, despite the small graduated steps, then it is time to reexamine your goal. Consider how important it actually is and then either discard the goal (and replace it with a more suitable one) or continue the steps with a renewed sense of the value of achieving it.”

Has inertia brought you to a stand-still in pursuing your career goals? I invite you to share your thoughts on how to overcome  this destructive force.

I wish you career success.

Ramon Greenwood, The Career Coach

Common Sense At Work

Is Multitasking Helping Or Hurting Your Performance?

Career Advice

With your workload piling up, multitasking may seem to be the only way to get the job done.

But hold up. Research by the University of Michigan reveals that what we think of as multitasking may be nothing more than skipping about between multiple tasks, forcing our brains to refocus with every new subject. This reduces productivity by 20% to 40%.

“Attempting to multitask is one of the single greatest ways to undermine productivity, work quality and quality of life,” declares Deanna Davis, an author and motivational speaker.

Here are some job tips to break the counter productive habit of multitasking:

* Avoid constantly checking your email. Set a timer to take a look every two hours.

* Establish deadlines. Schedule blocks of time to concentrate on specific tasks. Prioritize.

* If possible, complete the task at hand, or a significant defined part of it, before moving on to another project.

* Take regular breaks to clear your mind.

* Maintain a to-do list. Update it as new ideas and task come to you.

I wish you career success!

Ramon Greenwood, The Career Coach

Common Sense At Work

Job Tips: Don’t Fall For Work At Home Rip-Offs

There are a great many rip-off artists at work on the Internet with seemly legitimate offers to work at home and make loads of money with little effort.

The scumbags work their fraud in many ways.

° Asking you to buy materials to start your online business.

° Offering ways to earn money by filling out surveys, visiting websites, doing data entry and starting one’s own business.

° Offering easy access to government grants.

° Doing market research.

° Asking for an up-front investment.

If you are tempted to sign on with one of these scams you’d be well advised to check it out with the following resources:

° SiteJabber.com is an online forum to report work-at-home scams.

° Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a nonprofit consumer organization that provides tips to avoid work-at-home schemes, via Privacyrights.org.

You can also verify the existence and reputation of the sources for these easy-money offers: your Attorney General and Secretary of State, the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission.

Remember: If it looks too good to be true it probably is.

I invite you to visit Common Sense At Work for more take-it-to-the-bank career advice.

I wish you career success!

Ramon Greenwood, The Career Coach

Common Sense At Work

Career Tip: How To Make Gossip Work For You

That headline deserves an explanation, or else you’ll think I’ve taken leave of my senses…or least that I am an off-the-wall contrarian.

Okay, in a perfect world gossipers wouldn’t exist, but we all know the world has its imperfections a plenty. Gossip and gossipers are here to stay. Deal with it.

A survey by a research firm known as ISR showed that 63% of U. S. employees get all or most of their information about their companies from “water-cooler talk”.

The fact is that every place of employment functions with two channels of communications. One is the official channel. The second is known by various names: gossip, rumors and grapevine.

The official channel is where your employer’s version of the goals and procedures of the organization, the rules of the road, if you will, are laid out. The gossip mill is where you hear what your peers think of these plans, along with their assessment of them and those who sent them forth. The rumor mill provides more, ranging from malicious and personal attacks, to harmless chatter about who is flirting with whom, and what’s on sale at the local mall.

Separate The Wheat From The Chaff

I don’t mean to be cynical, but the conclusion is obvious. Gossip will exist whether you participate or not, and it will include some nourishing wheat along with a lot of worthless chaff. If you are not plugged into the back channel, as well as the official channel, you will be isolated. Therefore, you will not know what’s going on in the environment in which you work. If you don’t know the score, you cannot succeed.

Here are six steps you can take to separate the outrageous chatter from the meaningful information so the gossip mill works in your favor:

1. Don’t waste your time jousting with windmills. Recognize you can’t eliminate gossip, even if it is trash; but also know that if you try to shut down the gossip mill you will be cut out of the information loop.

2. Tune out the chatter that deals in personalities, especially the malicious stories that do damage to people and the organization that employs you.

3. Feed positive news into the grapevine at every opportunity.

4. Be alert to gossip about the workplace. Verify it or rule it out.

5. Identify the most active purveyors of gossip. Rank them according to their reliability and interpret their messages for what they are.

6. Confront the originator and set the record straight if the gossip is about you and it is untrue.

I wish you career success!

Ramon Greenwood, The Career Coach, Common Sense At Work