Cracking the Code to Career Success


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Cracking the Code is a presentation that reveals some of the secrets behind why some people get ahead in their careers faster than others and how to apply these secrets to fuel your own success.

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Cracking the Code to Career Success

  1. 1. The Secrets they didn’t teach you in College Jason Lauritsen CRACKING THE CODE TO CAREER SUCCESS
  2. 2. <ul><li>Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. </li></ul><ul><li>- William Jennings Bryan </li></ul>
  4. 4. 1. INVEST IN YOURSELF. <ul><li>Think of yourself like an investment account. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relationships </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Invest early so it grows and pays over career. </li></ul><ul><li>Discretionary time is yours to invest. </li></ul><ul><li>Take advantage of every opportunity for learning you are offered. </li></ul>
  5. 5. 2. BECOME SELF AWARE <ul><li>Self-Awareness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Objective understanding of one’s own talents, strengths, weaknesses, and passions and the role these play in our decision making and behavior </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Components of Self-Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge, Skills, Abilities </li></ul><ul><li>Talents, Strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Behavioral and Personality Styles </li></ul><ul><li>Values, Beliefs </li></ul><ul><li>Passions, Interests </li></ul><ul><li>Blind spots, Weaknesses </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Caution! </li></ul><ul><li>We are the least accurate assessors of ourselves. </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendation: </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize assessments (Myers Briggs, Keirsey, StrengthsFinder). </li></ul><ul><li>Survey people you trust and ask them to identify for you your strengths and opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect on who you are and who you wish to be. </li></ul>
  8. 8. 3. HAVE A PLAN.
  9. 9. DO I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING? <ul><li>Intentionality </li></ul><ul><li>The quality of making choices and taking action towards the achievement of important goals. </li></ul><ul><li>Two Parts: </li></ul><ul><li>What do you want to accomplish? </li></ul><ul><li>How will you make it happen? </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Dream Vacation </li></ul><ul><li>Where would you go? </li></ul><ul><li>Why would you go there? </li></ul><ul><li>What would you do once you got there? </li></ul><ul><li>What would the experience feel like? </li></ul><ul><li>Why take a vacation? </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Dream Job </li></ul><ul><li>What would it be? </li></ul><ul><li>Why would you go choose it? </li></ul><ul><li>What would you do once you got it? </li></ul><ul><li>What would the experience feel like? </li></ul><ul><li>Why choose that career path? </li></ul>
  12. 12. DO I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING? <ul><li>Personal Manifesto </li></ul><ul><li>What I plan to do </li></ul><ul><li>Who I intend to be </li></ul><ul><li>Written </li></ul><ul><li>Personal </li></ul><ul><li>Bold </li></ul><ul><li>Meaningful </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Manifesto 1: </li></ul><ul><li>To make over $100,000 per year by working hard, taking risks and seizing the opportunities that present themselves to me. </li></ul><ul><li>Manifesto 2: </li></ul><ul><li>Be the best father and husband I can be. I will do this by committing quality time every day to spend with my family and working hard to ensure our financial security today and in the future. </li></ul>
  14. 14. JASON’S MANIFESTO <ul><li>Overwhelm my family with love and support. </li></ul><ul><li>Be a stellar role model for my children. </li></ul><ul><li>Fly my freak flag proudly. </li></ul><ul><li>Make good things happen. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn and grow every day. </li></ul><ul><li>Live courageously. </li></ul><ul><li>Invest generously in my community. </li></ul><ul><li>Be the solution. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks. </li></ul><ul><li>– Herodotus of Halicarnassus </li></ul>
  16. 16. 4. HAVE SOME GUTS. <ul><li>Spend time thinking about the important issues and have an opinion on things that you can defend. </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to your boss about your career goals. </li></ul><ul><li>Share your goals with others. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for and take on big, important projects. </li></ul>Courage
  17. 17. 5. DELIVER RESULTS. <ul><li>Low performers don’t get promoted. </li></ul><ul><li>Regardless if you love your current job or not, focus on delivering great results. </li></ul>
  18. 18. KNOW WHAT MATTERS <ul><li>Questions you should be able to answer: </li></ul><ul><li>How is my performance measured? </li></ul><ul><li>What does my boss consider to be high performance? </li></ul><ul><li>What things are really important to my boss? </li></ul><ul><li>What do I need to do to meet and exceed these expectations? </li></ul>
  20. 20. 6. LOOK AND ACT THE PART. <ul><li>Perception is reality when it comes to advancing. </li></ul><ul><li>Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. (When in doubt, overdress.) </li></ul><ul><li>Everything you do is important and is being judged. </li></ul><ul><li>Treat every interaction as an interview for your next job (conversations, meetings, emails, etc). </li></ul>
  21. 22. 7 SECONDS – 11 DECISIONS <ul><li>Educational level </li></ul><ul><li>Economic level </li></ul><ul><li>Perceived credibility </li></ul><ul><li>Trustworthiness </li></ul><ul><li>Level of sophistication </li></ul><ul><li>Sex role identification </li></ul><ul><li>Level of success </li></ul><ul><li>Political background </li></ul><ul><li>Religious background </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnic Background </li></ul><ul><li>Social, professional and sexual desirability </li></ul>Michael Solomon PhD, Chairman Marketing Department, NYU Grad School of Business
  22. 23. 7. BUILD YOUR NETWORK. <ul><li>Spend time internally and externally to connect with people. </li></ul><ul><li>Get involved in groups and organizations. </li></ul><ul><li>Help others as much as you can. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep in touch with people. </li></ul><ul><li>Invest in LinkedIn and Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>It is not what you know that matters, it is who you know that makes all the difference. </li></ul>
  24. 25. 8. LEAD IN THE COMMUNITY. <ul><li>Get involved in the community in something you are passionate about. </li></ul><ul><li>Seek a leadership role in the organization. </li></ul><ul><li>Consciously use leadership skills. Try new approaches. </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on making a difference. </li></ul>
  25. 26. TURBO CHARGER: READ. A LOT. <ul><li>Recommended Reading: </li></ul><ul><li>How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie </li></ul><ul><li>Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott </li></ul><ul><li>Boom! 7 Choices for Blowing the Doors off Business as Usual by K. and J. Freiberg </li></ul><ul><li>The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell </li></ul><ul><li>Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner </li></ul>
  26. 27. QUESTIONS? Contact Information Jason Lauritsen [email_address] 402.651.4148