10 Tips for realising your potential


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Delivered by Joanna Ptolomey, Consultant, at the Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS), which took place 1-3 June 2009.

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10 Tips for realising your potential

  1. 1. Thinking differently: 10 tips for realising your potential. <ul><li>Joanna Ptolomey </li></ul><ul><li>Independent Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>CILIPs Annual Conference: Peebles 2 nd June 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Inspiring excellence, yourself, your service, our future” </li></ul>
  2. 2. Me and what I do….official biog <ul><li>Qualified librarian since 1996 </li></ul><ul><li>NHS clinical librarian and information analyst corporate sector </li></ul><ul><li>Self employed part time </li></ul><ul><li>Research projects, develop courses, consultancy, pool writer for an industry magazine, writing commissions, editorial team for Freepint FUMSI </li></ul><ul><li>Qualified planning engineer 10 years in construction industry </li></ul>
  3. 3. Me and what I do….unofficial biog <ul><li>I get bored easily and don’t like repetition </li></ul><ul><li>I helped build Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery, Hotel T4 Heathrow and Canary Wharf </li></ul><ul><li>I like camping </li></ul><ul><li>Famous namesakes: Cleopatra, Alexander the Great, Ptolomey the astronomer </li></ul><ul><li>I was held by Italian police for wandering into a secure area in Venice </li></ul><ul><li>I hate olives </li></ul><ul><li>I nearly cried when I saw my first glacier field in Alaska </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why am I here today? <ul><li>Story about my professional development and managing my career, a regular library professional…..same as you </li></ul><ul><li>About the things I learnt along the way, along with heaps of mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>It’s about what I try to do on a daily basis and re-assess on a regular basis </li></ul><ul><li>It’s about getting the most out of your profession and giving something back </li></ul>
  5. 5. What are the aims of this talk? <ul><li>Ideas/tools for getting more out of our careers as professionals and thinking differently about tackling your work and service delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding that individuals (us) have the power to affect the future of our profession </li></ul><ul><li>Use the slides as a framework over the next month, thinking differently can only have positive effects! </li></ul>
  6. 6. How do you spend your time? This is about me…..workout what you do. <ul><li>Average 27 hours per week (106 hours months) </li></ul><ul><li>Income generating projects 67.9% </li></ul><ul><li>Business development 9.6% </li></ul><ul><li>Admin 3.7% </li></ul><ul><li>Finance 5.6% </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings (physical/skype/webinar) 4.6% </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development 8.6% </li></ul><ul><li>Action: workout how you spend your time! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Taking charge….where to start?? <ul><li>Questions about time availability and momentum </li></ul><ul><li>What is important to you? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you believe in? </li></ul><ul><li>What goals do you have? </li></ul><ul><li>Questions around the quality and value of how we spend our time….. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Deciding what you believe in and applying it everyday….. This is about me……what do you believe in? <ul><li>Be bounded by your profession not a job description </li></ul><ul><li>Take ownership of our information skills and profession </li></ul><ul><li>Plan to deliver a relevant valuable resource/service </li></ul><ul><li>Does your contribution have built in success criteria for the group </li></ul><ul><li>Your actions will be your promotion </li></ul><ul><li>Action: what do you believe in? </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Learn from yourself? “Doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results: insanity” Albert Einstein </li></ul><ul><li>Truth </li></ul><ul><li>Learn and appreciate </li></ul><ul><li>Moving on </li></ul><ul><li>Action: what do you really know about yourself? </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Success Criteria “Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion – you must set yourself on fire”. Reggie Leach, Ice Hockey Player </li></ul><ul><li>Professional (example) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific new skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete project on time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase income by 5K </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Personal (example) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pick children up from school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commit to Italian evening classes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Action </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get specific about your personal success criteria </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>I feel a change coming on…. “Change your thoughts and you change your world” Norman Vincent Peale </li></ul><ul><li>What is your reaction??? </li></ul><ul><li>What about control and who do you give it to? </li></ul><ul><li>Action: Identify a career situation that you feel little power over, spend 5 mins over next 5 days noting what you could do to place yourself better. Reassess the list on day 6, perhaps with friend or colleague, and use the ideas to move forward with a plan. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Committed or interested? “Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes….but no plan” Peter Drucker </li></ul><ul><li>Over-used noun </li></ul><ul><li>Think verbs: action and energy doing word </li></ul><ul><li>Output and series of tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Actions: Write down all you say you are committed to, what actions are you taking today? Write down 1 career goal you are committed to, now list all the verbs associated with helping you achieve this goal. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Unlocking Creativity “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep” Scott Adams The Dilbert principle </li></ul><ul><li>Start showing ignorance </li></ul><ul><li>Not a solitary state, involve others </li></ul><ul><li>Action: Think of a current issue you wish to solve. Think of all the ways you could fail to solve this issue, this should highlight what you have to do. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>In a box…..get out the box! “ We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are” Max Depree </li></ul><ul><li>Are you cosy? </li></ul><ul><li>Network – are you in or out? </li></ul><ul><li>Where is the evidence for solutions and development? e.g. Heart transplants and Formula 1? </li></ul><ul><li>Action: In the next 7 days look for a situations that will take you out of your comfort zone. Do this once a week for the next 4 weeks. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Brand Savvy…value and impact? “The cynic knows the price of everything but the value of nothing” Oscar Wilde </li></ul><ul><li>What is your personal brand? </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be a commodity </li></ul><ul><li>Skills and services directly affect the work and lives of colleagues and other users: value and impact </li></ul><ul><li>Action : Over the next 4 weeks, find at least 2 examples how your work (or service) affects users, adds value or impact. Gather evidence. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Behaviours...people and work “Nobody ever makes cup-a-soup in a bowl” Peter Kay </li></ul><ul><li>This can suck the life out of you </li></ul><ul><li>Relish the variety of people that you work with </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on you and your behaviour not anyone else </li></ul><ul><li>Action: Over the next 5 days keep a note of behaviours by you, your team or service. What effects does it have on you, team and service delivery and how do you react? </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Planning to deliver “People often over estimate what will happen in the next 2 years and underestimate what will happen in 10” Bill Gates </li></ul><ul><li>Measured by your actions </li></ul><ul><li>Be clear about your role in the team and what you will deliver </li></ul><ul><li>Meet deadlines….full stop </li></ul><ul><li>Bin the never ending list….use closed lists </li></ul><ul><li>Action: Identify a process, project or resource you are involved in. How are you (others) managing the delivery? </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Your role in the business “Drive thy business or it will drive thee” Benjamin Franklin </li></ul><ul><li>Disconnected? </li></ul><ul><li>How is financed, makes money or pays its way? </li></ul><ul><li>Where does the buck stop? </li></ul><ul><li>Show what you do relates to the success of the business. </li></ul><ul><li>Action: Even if this falls outside your regular remit, try to understand more about how your organisation works and would be measured as doing its job successfully. What role do you play in this ? </li></ul>
  19. 19. The most important person in realising your potential? <ul><li>You!!!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Take responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Think about why you do what you do </li></ul><ul><li>Small daily changes can make a difference to you, your career and service delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Action: Let me know how you get on and you could win a copy of my new book! </li></ul>
  20. 20. Thank you <ul><li>Questions?? </li></ul><ul><li>Contact me at [email_address] or </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul>