This cast gives a guide balancing your professional countenance with your community relationships.
A few weeks ago on our Facebook page, we asked: what are you doing to use your professional skills to improve your community? Many people posted about the projects they were involved with from working with children to marketing for non-profits.
We absolutely support all your efforts to improve your communities. And, there are some cautions about your behaviors which prevent problems in both your professional and your community efforts.
This cast makes the case for the most important thing you do at the beginning of your professional life: get good grades in College/University.
This is the first in a series of what surely will be many Career Tools casts about college and university as preparation for ones professional adult life. As with so many other things in ones career, too often we find out what's important AFTER we can do anything about it. (And if you've graduated, think about having your children listen.)
This cast describes how to make a decision effective by NOT working on other actions or plans after you've decided.
Too many of us feel good about a "decision" we've made (when actually it was a choice, and not a decision), and then we mess up the "decision" by failing to act aggressively on it. And one of the things that keeps us from being successful is we don't focus on the path we've chosen.
Mark has been re-reading Peter Drucker's The Effective Executive for the billionth time lately. Every time he reads it, something different strikes him. This time he was looking to get some validation that Drucker believed that consensus is overrated (it is), and he stumbled across this gem. It's two simple sentences, but as only Drucker can do, they're powerful:
In fact, no decision has been made unless carrying it out in specific steps has become someone's work assignment and responsibility. Until then there are only good intentions.
Seriously, can you just hear the power of that idea? All those times we felt good when we "made" a decision? That feeling of "it's done", and "glad that's over", and "can't wait to be proven right"?
Yeah, well, we were all wrong.
Because a decision, says Drucker, isn't made until work assignments and responsibilities have been made clear.
The question is, HOW?