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Strategic Decisions - Elements of a Successful Career_MON_830_yuretich
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  • Early Career 2013: Strategic Decisions
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    • 1. Strategic Decisions: ElementsStrategic Decisions: Elements of a Successful Careerof a Successful Career Richard YuretichRichard Yuretich University of Massachusetts,University of Massachusetts, AmherstAmherst
    • 2. Taking Charge of Your CareerTaking Charge of Your Career Take a few minutes to identify some ofTake a few minutes to identify some of your goals for teaching and research asyour goals for teaching and research as you begin your faculty career.you begin your faculty career.
    • 3. Why are we successful?Why are we successful?  Some thoughts fromSome thoughts from the workshop leadersthe workshop leaders
    • 4. What are the characteristics ofWhat are the characteristics of thriving early career faculty?thriving early career faculty? Results of research byResults of research by Robert Boice, who studied 415Robert Boice, who studied 415 early career faculty from twoearly career faculty from two different institutionsdifferent institutions
    • 5. ““Quick StartersQuick Starters”” - faculty who did well- faculty who did well early in their careerearly in their career Quick starters (21 out of 415)Quick starters (21 out of 415) Published morePublished more Received better teaching evaluationsReceived better teaching evaluations Were happier than their stressed-out peersWere happier than their stressed-out peers These early career faculty membersThese early career faculty members Avoided procrastinationAvoided procrastination Developed regular work habitsDeveloped regular work habits Balanced work activities rationallyBalanced work activities rationally Sought help from colleagues earlySought help from colleagues early
    • 6. How can you be aHow can you be a ““Quick Starter?Quick Starter?””  Wait, patiently & activelyWait, patiently & actively  Begin early, before being readyBegin early, before being ready  Work with constancy and moderationWork with constancy and moderation  Stop, before returns diminishStop, before returns diminish  Balance preliminaries with formal workBalance preliminaries with formal work  Moderate overreaction & over attachmentModerate overreaction & over attachment  Let go of negative thoughtsLet go of negative thoughts  Moderate emotionsModerate emotions  Let others do some of the workLet others do some of the work  Limit wasted effortLimit wasted effort
    • 7. BoiceBoice’’s Advice in Practical Termss Advice in Practical Terms  MindfulnessMindfulness: be aware of what you are doing at a: be aware of what you are doing at a given moment and focus your attention and energy ongiven moment and focus your attention and energy on it in a productive way.it in a productive way.  Regular scheduleRegular schedule : post a: post a ““normal operatingnormal operating scheduleschedule”” and use it to guide your efforts, but donand use it to guide your efforts, but don’’tt become a slave to what you have created.become a slave to what you have created.  Take advantage of short time periodsTake advantage of short time periods : use 15: use 15 minute periods before class or lunch to write a fewminute periods before class or lunch to write a few lines of a paper or jot down ideas for a project; you canlines of a paper or jot down ideas for a project; you can really accomplish a lot this way.really accomplish a lot this way.  Manage distractions:Manage distractions: keep your door closed, let thekeep your door closed, let the voice mail pick up the phone, stay away from e-mailvoice mail pick up the phone, stay away from e-mail when you want to focus.when you want to focus.  Take a breakTake a break: get up for a stretch, a short walk, or a: get up for a stretch, a short walk, or a quick cup of coffee with a colleague or friend to refreshquick cup of coffee with a colleague or friend to refresh your thoughts and get back on track.your thoughts and get back on track.
    • 8. Nothing in Excess (Nothing in Excess (Nihil NimisNihil Nimis))  You canYou can’’t be perfect:t be perfect: dondon’’t worry if you havet worry if you have forgotten a task, or your class isnforgotten a task, or your class isn’’t completely organized;t completely organized; chances are nobody will notice.chances are nobody will notice.  Decline graciously:Decline graciously: you donyou don’’t have to becomet have to become ““Dr.Dr. NoNo”” but donbut don’’t over schedule yourself.t over schedule yourself.  ““BulimiaBulimia”” (hypomania, dysphoria) is not(hypomania, dysphoria) is not healthy:healthy: work, play, and live at a steady pace.work, play, and live at a steady pace.  Talk to others:Talk to others: seek advice when stuck, solicit ideasseek advice when stuck, solicit ideas and help, but donand help, but don’’t gripe about your lot in life.t gripe about your lot in life.  Create a pleasant environment:Create a pleasant environment: put on soft music,put on soft music, surround yourself with greenery, change the lighting andsurround yourself with greenery, change the lighting and furniture. Whistle while you work.furniture. Whistle while you work.  Set realistic goals:Set realistic goals: make sure that your eyes are notmake sure that your eyes are not bigger than your stomach.bigger than your stomach.

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