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What Really Matters For Young Professionals - How to get started with two practices to accelerate your career! (up to 5 years work experience) outlines two practices to enhance your employability and accelerate your career.

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  1. 1.     WWW.ORGSTHATMATTER.COM  WHAT REALLY MATTERS FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS    How to get started with two practices to accelerate your career!   GARY RYAN  i                       ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009  www.orgsthatmatter.com   
  2. 2. What Really Matters For Young Professionals – How to get started with two practices to accelerate your career! by Gary Ryan Published by Organisations That Matter Pty Ltd Level 8, 350 Collins Street Melbourne, Victoria 3166 AUSTRALIA Phone +61 3 8676 0637 E-mail: gary@orgsthatmatter.com Copyright © 2009 Gary Ryan, Organisations That Matter® Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study, research, criticism, or review as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part of this book may be reproduced by any process without written permission from the publisher. All effort was made to render this ebook free from error and omission. However, the author, publisher, editor, their employees or agents shall not accept responsibility for injury, loss or damage to any person or body or organisation acting or refraining from such action as a result of material in this book, whether or not such injury, loss or damage is in any way due to any negligent act or omission, breach of duty, or default on the part of the   author, publisher, editor or their employees or agents. i                       ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009  www.orgsthatmatter.com   
  3. 3.        Who should read this ebook? Congratulations! You already have an advantage over your career competitors because you have chosen to read this ebook. You are just over 20 pages away from commencing a journey that WILL enhance your employability which, in turn, WILL accelerate your career progresses. However, this FREE ebook does come with a catch. The two practices shared within the following pages of this FREE ebook are not just for reading. They are for DOING. Even if you decide not to read the more comprehensive ‘What Really Matters For Young Professionals – How to master 15 practices to accelerate your career!’, you will benefit from this short, FREE ebook. Think about what an increased speed of career advancement means for you. Think about the money, the greater control over your time, the capacity to live more of the lifestyle   that you desire. If you really want those things, then read this ebook AND ‘do’ this ebook. The only reason why the practices in this FREE ebook may seem hard to do is because many people DON’T do them. When you try the practices and if people say, “Oh, that won’t work!”, take it as a complement and a challenge. The two practices outlined in this FREE ebook work precisely because many other people don’t DO them. Take the time to put them into practice and master them; you won’t regret it. ii                       ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009  www.orgsthatmatter.com 
  4. 4.        Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers has suggested that successful people have spent 10,000 hours of practice mastering their talents. That seems like a lot of practice, doesn’t it! The secret for these people is that they have sought out and found many, many OPPORTUNITIES to practice. They seek out ways to learn and develop. They don’t sit back and wait for opportunities to come to them. In fact, they CREATE opportunities to practice, just like you can. Practice, of course, involves making mistakes. Making mistakes equals an opportunity to learn. Without practice you don’t make mistakes, and without mistakes you don’t learn, and without learning, your career will get, well, stuck! You know this is true. Just like a gymnast falls off the high bar when attempting their first somersault, or a child falls of a bike when riding without training wheels for the first time or you spell a word incorrectly in your first spelling contest, mistakes are important for our learning. However, a HUGE benefit of this ebook is that each of the two practices provided include step by step approaches to minimise your mistakes. I’m not suggesting that you won’t make any mistakes, but I am suggesting that if you do they will be more strategic. That is, the lessons that you’ll learn from making mistakes when implementing the two practices will enhance your understanding of the strategies so that you will, in fact, master them more quickly. As you master the two practices more quickly, your career will progress more quickly in the direction that you want it to go. Later, you may decide to iii                       ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009  www.orgsthatmatter.com 
  5. 5.        learn the other 13 practices which will exponentially enhance your employability and career prospects. In this context, this FREE ebook has been designed for people who are early in their careers and may have less than four years work experience. As a relatively recent entrant to the world of employment many opportunities are likely to present themselves to you. Since 2002 I have been providing development services for Young Professionals. While technology and our world have changed over that time, a number of core concepts and practices have remained important for career advancement. This FREE ebook includes two of the 15 of the most important practices that you can use to enhance your employability over the first few years of your career. The extra 13 strategies are included in the ebook ‘What Really Matters For Young Professionals – How to master 15 practices to accelerate your career!’. My intention is to help you to make the best of your early years in employment. This ebook along with our e-learning programs is one way to ensure that you leverage your development so that you create the career(s) that you desire. For information regarding our e-learning programs, please visit Organisations That Matter. iv                       ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009  www.orgsthatmatter.com 
  6. 6.        Both chapters are relatively short and contain explicit strategies and advice with regard to answering the question, “How do I...?”. The sooner that you start to adopt and action the two practices outlined in this book, the sooner you will enhance your capacity to create the career that you desire. So, I encourage you to start now; don’t delay your development for one second longer! This FREE ebook supports a series of ebooks that include: What Really Matters For Undergraduate Students How to master 15 practices to accelerate your career! What Really Matters For Post-Graduate Students How to master 15 practices to accelerate your career! What Really Matters For Young Professionals How to master 15 practices to accelerate your career! What Really Matters For Aspiring Organisational Leaders How to master 15 practices to accelerate your career! v                       ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009  www.orgsthatmatter.com 
  7. 7.        Thank You Thank you for downloading this ebook. I know that you will receive a lot of value from it. Please respect our copyright. This means that you have our permission to copy and share this ebook, providing that you do not change it in any way. Encourage others to download it as well. Finally, I am always eager to hear from you regarding the benefits that you have received from reading this ebook, what you think could be improved and what strategies you believe could be included in our next edition of the full version of this ebook, What Really Matters For Young Professionals – How to master 15 practices to accelerate your career!. Enjoy! Gary Ryan   vi                       ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009  www.orgsthatmatter.com 
  8. 8.        Table of Contents  How to leverage your employability skills for career success ............................................................................ 1  Ten Skills to Enhance Your Employability and career success ....................................................................... 2  Practice No.1: Discover how to own your organisation’s values  ...................................................................... 5  . Practice No.2: Discover how what you think affects what you see ............................................................... 12  Seven questions about work based mental models ......................................................................................... 17  Final Thoughts  .................................................................................................................................................................... 20  . What Really Matters For Young Professionals – How to master 15 practices to accelerate your career! .................................................................................................................................................................................... 21  About Gary Ryan ................................................................................................................................................................ 23  Bonus Offer! ............................................................................................................................................................................. 24  vii                       ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009  www.orgsthatmatter.com 
  9. 9. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     How to leverage your employability skills for career success Employability skills are a range of generic skills that, irrespective of your technical With more and more expertise are considered by employers to be critical skills for high level performance. people throughout the Employability skills are also known as 'transferable skills', 'employee attributes' and/or world gaining academic qualifications, the point 'key competencies'. Some universities also use the term, ‘graduate attributes’. The level for differentiation and of expertise that you are expected to have in relation to these skills is related to the level individual competitive of the job for which you are applying or striving to achieve. As an example the level of advantage stems from how a person has communication skills expected of a prospective CEO are different to those of a part time continued to develop supermarket check-out operator. their employability skills  With more and more people throughout the world gaining academic qualifications, the point for differentiation and individual competitive advantage stems from how a person has continued to develop their employability skills. Some people believe that it is important to develop their employability skills so that they can obtain a job. Once they have a job, then they believe that they no longer have to worry about developing these skills. This thinking is flawed. Jobs are no longer guaranteed for life and employees must continue to develop their employability skills if they wish to remain employable (hence the term, 'employability skills'). Seeking opportunities through on-the-job learning or through training and development experiences are critical to maintaining high employability while you have a job. 1                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  
  10. 10. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     Ten Skills to Enhance Your Employability and career success 1 Teamwork: The ability to work in a team 2 Communication: The ability to effectively communicate with a wide variety of people 3 Problem solving: The ability to solve problems both individually and in the context of a team 4 Leadership: The ability to positively influence and lead other people in the achievement of organisational objectives 5 Planning & organisation: The ability to effectively manage your time and the resources that are available to you 6 Life-long learning: The ability to demonstrate on the job learning and your approach to life- long learning 7 Vision: Having a personal vision and understanding how your work integrates with the achievement of your vision 8 Numeracy: The ability to understand and use numbers for business purposes, including the capacity to create and read graphs   9 Self-management: The ability for self-management across a wide variety of life activities 10 Service excellence: The ability to provide high levels of service in the way that you perform your work 2                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  
  11. 11. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     The benefit of maintaining a high level of employability while having a job, is critical from the perspective of increasing your chances for promotion. Also, a high level of I have formed a view employability correlates with high performance. High performance is one of the most valid that there is never a situation where what you job security strategies that an employee can implement. While there are no guarantees in are doing or have done is this world, an assumption that I am comfortable making is that if all things are equal and 'just a job'  an organisation has an equal choice between letting a poor performer or a high performer go, the poor performer will nearly always be asked to leave first. Consciously developing employability skills is an important process that many people forget to do. In our work with young professionals we often hear them refer to their part time experiences like this, "I was just an administration assistant", or, "I just worked at a gas station." Having performed many menial jobs throughout my youth and undergraduate studies, I have formed a view that there is never a situation where what you are doing or have done is 'just a job'. All jobs create the opportunity in some way, even if only small, to develop employability skills. The same is true for full time employment. The two practices outlined in this FREE ebook are collectively unique. You will not find these strategies packaged in this way for you anywhere else. Each strategy includes 3                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  
  12. 12. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     approaches that you may have heard about before but did not know how to put into practice. Ultimately, this is an ebook that you should ‘do’ and not just ‘read’! 4                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  
  13. 13. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     Practice No.1: Discover how to own your organisation’s values This chapter addresses concepts and strategies that relate to the following employability skills: Self-management Vision Teamwork These days most organisations have a set of organisational values. Sometimes they are represented in the form of a Code of Conduct or in a statement regarding a set of principles. Usually these values can be discovered on the organisation's website and in various organisational publications. On occasion the values are physically displayed on the walls of the corporate offices. Having a set of existing organisational values can be very different to living a set of organisational values. The difference lies in whether or not the people in the organisation actually use the values in their day to day work. Organisations can significantly enhance the use of their values by creating structures that support their day to day use. 5                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  
  14. 14. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     Some examples include: Using the values as a basis for behavioural questions in an interview process Having systems to recognise people for behaving in alignment with the values Promoting people for their demonstrated alignment to the organisational values in hand with their technical abilities Exiting people from the organisation who demonstrate over time that they do not share the organisation's values Some examples include:   1) The primary (elementary) school that my children attend have a set of values that exist under a ‘You can do it!’ slogan. These values are used every Monday at the school assembly as part of a recognition program for appropriate behaviour by the children. Often more than 20 students are publicly recognised for something that they did that demonstrated the schools ‘You can do it!’ slogan in practice. An added special touch to the awards which also provides extra meaning is that the student leaders read out the awards which have been written by their teachers. The structure that they follow is as follows, "This award goes to Johnny Brown for persistence. He worked really hard on his writing 6                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  
  15. 15. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     and kept trying until he got it correct." The award provides a concrete example of what is meant by ‘Persistence’ which enables the students to develop a practical understanding of how their school values work. I'm not sure, but I hope that the school uses these values in their recruitment processes as well as in recognising the work and contribution of the teachers. 2) A financial institution with whom we work has a clear set of organisational values and each value has a very clear set of behaviours that demonstrate how the value should be practiced. As an example, one of their values is, "We will be open and honest". Some of the behaviours that support this value include, "We tell it like it is (no spin); we speak up and we are open to other points of view" etc. etc. The benefit of having explicit behaviours linked to each value is that they significantly enhance the shared understanding of what the value means. Honesty can mean a lot of different things to different people, which is why it is important to clarify what is meant by each value within your organisation. 3) A sporting team uses their values for feedback, both for administrators and the players alike. Using the values and their supporting behaviours as the basis for the feedback, team members go through a process where they are informed of the behaviours that they should cease, commence and continue. (The context of the feedback is to help the person 7                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  
  16. 16. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     receiving the feedback to be the best that they can be to help the organisation achieve the success it desires). A process such as this brings the values to life as people have to ...if you personally agree consider their real day to day behaviour in the context of the organisation's values. with your organisation's values, then it is your My experience is that too often an organisation does have a set of values, but the people personal responsibility to do everything that you within the organisation do not take personal responsibility for them. Instead, the people can to support the defer responsibility for the values to 'the organisation' (a 'thing') or to the most senior values through your own people in the organisation. Personally I have never understood why someone would defer behaviour  or deflect responsibility for the values especially when, after reading them, most people seem to say something like, "Oh yes, I can live with these values." I completely understand that it is more difficult when an organisation hasn't created a set of structures to support their values for the people in the organisation to keep them alive, but it still doesn't explain why some people say the following, "Oh, such and such doesn't demonstrate the values, so the values are a load of crap, which is why I don't do them either!". My suggestion is that if you personally agree with your organisation's values, then it is your personal responsibility to do everything that you can to support the values through your own behaviour. So what might be a personal structure that you could put in place to help you bring your 8                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  
  17. 17. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     organisation's values to life? Many of you may be familiar with the interview preparation technique known as the STAR storytelling technique that is fully described in the ebook ‘Accelerating Careers For Young Professionals – How to master 15 practices that really matter!’. The same storytelling technique can be used for your organisational values. Take each value and /or the behaviours associated with each value and ask yourself, "What is a genuine STAR story of mine that demonstrates this value in use?". If you had a 'bank' of stories that you had collected over time, imagine your confidence when going into an interview for a promotion. Interestingly, the very reason why you may be going in for the interview in the first place may be that others may have witnessed your support of the organisation's values over   time which may have been a significant contributing factor to you being identified for the promotion! If your organisation is serious about its values, and if you feel aligned to them, why wouldn't you prepare such examples? Imagine when you are being interviewed for an internal promotion. The likelihood is that your possible promotion will be more significantly linked to your overall organisational alignment than your technical skills alone. It is unlikely that you would be interviewed if your technical skills weren't appropriate for the promotion, which leaves your capacity to demonstrate your 9                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  
  18. 18. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     organisational alignment as the most significant factor that will enable you to stand out from everyone else who is going for the job. ...if you agree with your organisation's values and Finally and possibly most importantly, if you agree with your organisation's values and you take personal you take personal responsibility for them, you will be increasing your capacity to make the responsibility for them, you will be increasing right decisions at the right time for the right reasons in your day to day work. This can your capacity to make also significantly enhance your happiness at work. You will have a high degree of clarity the right decisions at the about why you do what you do. While your clarity will continually evolve with your right time for the right reasons  practical understanding of the values in action, the outcomes may include everything from increased happiness at work to job promotions. Implementing this practice is a very simple way to stand out from the crowd. Having your own, personal stories regarding how you live your organisation’s values is downright simple, yet very few people do it because they think that the values are owned by the executives of the organisation. Don’t be like everyone else. Be different. Be yourself. If you agree with your organisation’s values then build up a ‘story bank’ of how you have used your organisation’s values in your day to day decisions. Influential people will recognise your alignment with your 10                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  
  19. 19. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     organisation. In turn, this will increase your employability and more career opportunities will open up to you. 11                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  
  20. 20. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     Practice No.2: Discover how what you think affects what you see Like many theories, our This chapter addresses concepts and strategies that relate to the following employability mental models are useful skills: in some circumstances and not in others Self-management Vision Life-long learning Leadership Problem solving Mental models are our theories about how we believe the world works. They affect everything from our personal relationships to the way we behave at work and the future that we believe that we can create for ourselves. Mental models are extremely powerful because they affect the way we behave. Sometimes they can cause us to behave in ways that are incongruent with our personal values, causing considerable internal misalignment. Many of the challenges of working with our mental models are that they are sub- conscious, i.e. we don't even know that we have them. Another significant and related 12                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  
  21. 21. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     challenge is that we need our mental models to help us to navigate our way through the complex world that we live in. Deep seated, our mental models develop over time and ...the question regarding come from our cultures, our family experiences, our religious beliefs, our education and our mental models is not our general life experiences. . Just like the theory, "What goes up, must come down" is whether they are right or wrong; it is whether or useful on the planet earth, it isn't useful out in space. In space, what goes up just keeps not they are useful on going! So the question regarding our mental models is not whether they are right or wrong; it is whether or not they are useful in helping us achieve whatever it is that we are trying to achieve. To illustrate the power of mental models I will use a metaphor. Just like a video camera can record events from a single perspective, our eyes and ears can also act like a video recorder. Our personal video recorder is controlled by our mental models. In other words, our mental models tell our video camera what to see, what to ignore, what to zoom in on and what to zoom out on. Our mental models can even cause our video recorders to use an on-the-spot editing function - we can actually add things in and take things out if what we are seeing doesn't fit with our mental models. 13                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  
  22. 22. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     An example that I have used many times involves P plate drivers (In Australia probationary car drivers have to display a ‘P’ on their car so that all other drivers know that they have only recently obtained their driving license). Imagine if a person held a mental model that all P Plate drivers were terrible drivers. If we were able to 'download' that person's video footage after they had driven to work, what images of P Plate drivers do you think that we would see (just like you would see on one of the screens in a TV studio)? Having asked this question many times with the people with whom I have worked, their responses are regularly: - talking on their mobile phone while driving - text messaging while driving   - tailgating - changing lanes without indicating - speeding etc. 14                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  
  23. 23. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     Quite literally the person who held such a mental model would not see any good behaviour by the P Platers. Let's now look at a different scene. The person with the mental model that all P Plate drivers are terrible drivers is leaving a sporting event that had a capacity crowd. The car park is full and everyone is trying to leave at the same time. A P Plater happens to 'let this person in' so that they can leave the car park ahead of the P Plater. What video footage do we believe that we would now see if we were able to download it from the person who holds the mental model that all P Platers are terrible drivers? Regular responses that I have received to this question over time include: • The P Plater's car stalled so he/she didn't let me in, I took the initiative and took the space when it was available! • The P Plater was too busy text messaging so I took the space when it became available! • The P Plater had turned around to talk to his/her friends and created a space in front of him/her, so I took it! Notice that these answers do not recognise the fact that the P Plater 'let them in'. 15                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  
  24. 24. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     If the person did believe that they had been 'let in' instead of having taken the space (as indicated by the responses above), what do we think we might NOT see on the person's We see what we want to video footage of the incident? see, not necessarily what is actually there  A very fast response that I usually hear in response to this question is, "The P plate on the person's car." Quite literally the P Plate may disappear from the person's footage because it does not match with their mental model. This is very powerful. This example demonstrates the power of mental models. They can be so powerful that we literally do not see things even if they are really there. This highlights the capacity for our mental models to be flawed. However, many people do not believe that their mental models could be flawed. Instead they believe that their mental models are not only 100% accurate reflections of reality, but everyone else should also hold their mental models. People have mental models about their own race, other races, their own religion and other religions, etc. etc.. Mental models, when shared can even be used to create support for countries to go to war. 16                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  
  25. 25. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     In terms of a workplace it is critical that we try to increase our awareness of our mental models. As many of our mental models are sub-conscious it can take some time to uncover what we really believe about a workplace. Seven questions to help you to raise your awareness of work-based mental models include: Seven questions about work based mental models 1 What is the most important department in your organisation? 2 When an opportunity is presented to you that involves doing more work or work at a higher level, what is the first question that you ask? 3 What size office should a senior manager have? 4 Should specific car parks be available for certain staff members, and if so, who should get them? 5 Who is responsible for the performance of the team within which you work? 6 If you were a manager and you were asked a question and you did not know the answer, what   would be your response? 7 If you ask your manager a question and they don't know the answer to your question (but you think that they should know the answer given the fact that they are a manager), what would you think about the competence level of the manager? 17                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  
  26. 26. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     Your answers to the questions above will provide some insight into your own mental models. Once you discover a mental model it is worth asking yourself, "Why do I think In terms of high that?" five times in a row (This is known as the Five Whys tool). Eventually your answer to performance ... it is the last “Why?" question may reveal your sub-conscious mental model. While this can be better to discover a flawed mental model so hard work it is very useful. You may discover that on some issues your mental models are that you have the flawed. opportunity to adopt a more useful one, than to The problem with flawed mental models is that they can get you to choose information remain ignorant of why that fits with your mental model. This causes you to quickly jump to conclusions that are, you believe what you believe  in fact, inaccurate (in ‘Accelerating Careers For Young Professionals – How to master 15 practices that really matter!, see Practice No.10: Slow Yourself Down From Jumping to Conclusions). You may then take action based on a flawed mental model. Such action can often make the situation that you are experiencing worse. For example, I once said to a team member when I was a young manager, "Don't bring me problems unless you have solutions to them." Problems stopped coming to me. But they weren't being solved either - the staff just started hiding things from me because I had effectively told them that I didn't want to know about their problems if they didn't already have a solution to them. How silly was that! It wasn't that the problems no longer existed I had just made it even more difficult for the team members to raise them with me. 18                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  
  27. 27. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     In terms of high performance, both on a personal level and in the context of an organisation, it is better to discover a flawed mental model so that you have the opportunity to adopt a more useful one, than to remain ignorant of why you believe what you believe. Implementing this practice will enhance your employability by enabling you to become more clear about what you think and why you think it. If you have some flawed mental models then you will have an opportunity to change them. It is difficult to change something when you don’t know what it is! In addition, understanding your mental models will enhance your capacity to ensure that your mental models, values and behaviour are all aligned. As you behave in an aligned manner, people at work will notice. You will be respected and trusted. Gaining respect and building trust are two terrific ways to enhance the speed of your career progress. Try it out! You’ll discover just how accurate that statement really is. 19                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  
  28. 28. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     Final Thoughts Employability is often something that people only think about when they are either looking for a job, or trying to get a promotion. Often, the time when you recognise that you need to develop your employability skills and/or to capture what you have done is too late to take real advantage of the development that you have undertaken. Employability skills development is an on-going, never-ending career pursuit. Congratulations! Reading this FREE ebook is just one of the many activities that you can do to enhance your employability and there are many more strategies that I will share with you in upcoming ebooks and editions of this book to assist you on your journey. I would love to hear about your challenges, case examples, successes and lessons from trying to put into practice the two strategies that this ebook advocates. Please feel free to email me directly at Gary@orgsthatmatter.com. I wish you the very best on your continuous journey of creating the career that you desire. 20                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  
  29. 29. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     What Really Matters For Young Professionals – How to master 15 practices to accelerate your career! The following 15 practices are included in the ebook: Practice No.1: Learn how to capture your stories Practice No.2: Identify your personal values * Practice No.3: Discover how to own your Organisation’s values * Practice No.4: Discover how what you think affects what you see Practice No.5: How lead by ‘Living’ your values Practice No.6: How to create great teams by developing groundrules Practice No.7: Learn to respect organisational ‘Community Spaces’ Practice No.8: Develop your understanding of systems thinking Practice No.9: Discover wow ‘Structure drives behaviour’ Practice No.10: Learn how to slow yourself down from jumping to conclusions Practice No.11: How to effectively communicate important messages 21                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  
  30. 30. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     Practice No.12: Recruit mentors Practice No.13: Develop a simple approach to service excellence Practice No.14: Follow Dee Hock’s ‘Servant Leadership’ example Practice No.15: Discover four quadrants to better manage your time! *These two practices are included in the FREE ebook 22                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  
  31. 31. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     About Gary Ryan Gary Ryan is a consultant, author and speaker who helps organisations, organisational leaders, graduate employees, graduate students and undergraduate students to be the very best that they can be. He is passionate about helping organisations to matter to their people; their stakeholders and customers; their community and their environment.   Through helping employers align what they say with what they do, as well as helping current and future employees do likewise, Gary believes that he really can help organisations matter. Holding several degrees including a Bachelor of Education in Physical Education (1994), a Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (2002) and a Master of Management (2004), Gary is currently completing a Doctor of Business Administration program at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. The more educated that he has become, the greater the gap between theory and practice he has observed. One of the reasons for founding Organisations That Matter with Dr Andrew O’Brien was to close this gap. The intention of this book is to do likewise. Married with four children Gary also runs marathons to maintain his health and fitness. 23                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  
  32. 32. What Really Matters for Young Professionals     Bonus Offer!  The first 20 people to join The Organisations That Matter Learning Network (http://studentsthatmatter.ning.com) will receive a FREE 15 minute Skype Mentoring Session with Gary Ryan to learn how to Capture Your Career Stories. Enter Promotion Code “otm2009CAPTURE” when joining and Gary Ryan will contact you to arrange your Skype Mentoring Session valued at AUS$100.   You must be available to conduct your Skype Mentoring Session using Skype by January 31st 2010 for this offer to be valid. To take advantage of this limited offer join The Organisations That Matter Learning Network (http://studentsthatmatter.ning.com) NOW! 24                         ©Copyright Organisations That Matter® 2009     www.orgsthatmatter.com  

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