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Rules For the New Workplace

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Some rules to guide the careerist in this new millenium.

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Rules For the New Workplace

  1. 1. Rules for the New WorkplaceBy Barry L. Davis, MS, CTC, MCDPDirector of Career Services, LMA Consulting Group
  2. 2. There is a theory which states that ifever anybody discovers exactly whatthe Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. …………..There is another theory which states that this has already happened. -Douglas Adams
  3. 3. The “Old” Rules . . .• Go to school for a field where you can get hired• Use your education to get an entry level job with a solid company• Do what you are told• Never challenge your superiors• Take every promotion offered• Attend your retirement party• THEN go do what you want!
  4. 4. The “Old” Rules . . .• Go to school for a field where you can get hired• Use your education to get an entry level job with a solid company• Do what you are told• Never challenge your superiors• Take every promotion offered• Attend your retirement party• THEN go do what you want!
  5. 5. Some New Rules• Ask. Take charge of your Career• Practice “Professional Dissatisfaction”• Read. Listen. Learn. Never stop.• Network as a WAY OF LIFE, not means to an end.• Employ my “Why Not? Principle”
  6. 6. New Rule #1• Ask. Take charge of your Career. “If you don’t ask for what you want, you simply have to take what you get.” Doesn’t mean you get it, but . . . (see above!) Not just a “Squeaky Wheel” – but make SOME noise! They want, need to hear The first step is YOURS!
  7. 7. New Rule #2• Practice “Professional Dissatisfaction” How can I improve? Every day… Be Passionate, not Perfectionistic Always ask, “How can I make it even better?” Dan Pink’s “asymptote” (keep reaching)
  8. 8. New Rule #3• Read. Listen. Learn. Never stop. I wish had . . . Didn’t need it for my job . . . No treading water anymore Learn in your passionate areas that contribute to the company. Seek to continually add value. It’s “not about you.” Then again, it IS!
  9. 9. New Rule #4• Network as a WAY OF LIFE, not a means to an end. The “Strength of Weak Ties” by Mark Granovetter How can you help them? Information – Advice – Referral
  10. 10. New Rule #5• Employ my “Why Not? Principle” Non Impediti Ratione Cogitationinis(Unencumbered by the thought process – Car Talk) “If you can’t say “No,” the next answer MUST be “Yes!” “Persistence trumps Talent” – from Johnny Bunko You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
  11. 11. Develop Critical Career Skills• Don’t assume. Hire yourself as a PR Agent.• Discover and grow your Strengths.• Become “Lucky.”• Sharpen your People Skills.• Create and exert your Distinctiveness. Become interesting.• Master the “Permission Paradox.”
  12. 12. The “takeaway”. . .Your career development is entirely too important to be left solely in the hands of your employer!
  13. 13. Some GREAT Resources . . .The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers – by Citrin, James M. and Smith,Richard A., 2003The Adventures of Johnny Bunko – Pink, Dan, 2008Drive – Pink, Dan, 2009Flow – Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly, 1990Go, Put Your Strengths to Work - Buckingham, Marcus, 2007How to Be a Star at Work - Kelly, Robert, 1998Love It, Don’t Leave It – Kaye, Beverly and Jordan-Evans, Sharon, 1993The Luck Factor – Wiseman, Richard, 2003Stick Yourself Out There/Get Them to Come to You – Ginsberg, Scott,2010
  14. 14. 1848 Charter Lane Lancaster, PA 17601-5896 717.509.8889 877.562.2888 bdavis@lmaconsulting.cc http://www.linkedin.com/in/barrydavismcdp http://twitter.com/bl_davishttp://www.facebook.com/CareerServicesLMA

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