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Goal setting is critical, use the SMART M process to assist

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Someone asked me whether I have SMARTM goals. When I said, “Yes. I want to drive a big car,” he looked disgusted and walked away. Did I say something wrong?

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Let me explain it to you:

A goal is an end to which you direct some specific effort in order to satisfy an unfulfilled need.

To be successful, a goal must be:

  • Specific in scope, actions, resources, alternatives.
  • Measurable in results and consumption of resources.
  • Achievable in results for participants.
  • Rewarding to participants, beneficiaries and suppliers of resources.
  • Time taken and end dates.
  • Monitor and communicate actions with action plans.

When we talk of SMARTM goals we actually refer to an acronym that provides an easy recipe for ensuring that our goals comply with the above criteria.

Specific

  • You should be able to define your goals in manageable chunks.

Measurable

  • How will I know? (See? Hear? Feel?)
  • What are the observable results?

Achievable

  • Is this within the participants’ control?
  • Does the participant have the skills, the resources and the authority?
  • Am I committed to follow through?
  • Did I communicate the plans and priorities to those around me and did they agree?

Rewarding

  • The benefit must be greater than the consumption of resources. Lack of clarity causes procrastination.

Timing

  • Get clarity and commitment on deadlines and diary time.
  • How long will it take?

Monitor

  • What are the mileposts so that I can have external monitoring that I am on track?
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Which processes I can apply to ensure that my goals are achieved?

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This 6-point action plan facilitates the setting of achievable goals by asking the following questions:

  • Can we commit and get the resources?
  • Can we see a successful implementation?
  • Is the scope and plan communicated and organized so that all participants know what to do?

What is to be done?

When is it to be done?

What is the due date?

Where is it to be done?

Who is to do it?

How do we monitor?

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I Advise

When a person reaches a goal, we have a “Victory Session” and celebrate. Victories celebrated give energy to keep us fuels us for the next goal.

Planing and taking ownership for ones career
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How do I take ownership of my own career? I’d like to plan my career journey in such a way that I make the best choices for my development. I want to proactively choose resources that will assist me on my journey.
I suggest you take the initiative and use the Ten Key Questions and Guidelines from the Walk and Talk Guide to help you plan and manage key elements of your career.
Ten Key Questions and Guidelines
What are your key job roles for customer value contribution?
Can you write down your Key Results Areas (KRA’s) and tasks?
What were your activities and involvements for the previous period?
Obtain input from your mentors and colleagues and compile an inventory of your abilities and job, life and transferable skills.
How does the way you behave match up with the behaviourial expectations of your team members and your job?
What is your ten year vision and have you set SMART goals to get there?
What career options apply to you presently:
Growing in your present job?
Moving horizontally or moving vertically?
Seeking outside opportunities?
Who do you mentor, who are your mentors and what contribution do you need from them?
What have you done about succession planning recently?
What value have you added to your company’s sustainable wealth creation ability?
Without feedback from colleagues and mentors you cannot track your progress on your Journey. Remember that you are also part of another support team and your input will be required to enable others to assess their progress.
Did you know that the Performance Management Process is a powerful tool in helping you to reach your career goals?
You will undoubtedly benefit from studying those pages.

Planing and taking ownership for one’s career

Chapter 7 p.4

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How do I take ownership of my own career? I’d like to plan my career journey in such a way that I make the best choices for my development. I want to proactively choose resources that will assist me on my journey.

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I suggest you take the initiative and use the Ten Key Questions and Guidelines from the Walk and Talk Guide to help you plan and manage key elements of your career.

Ten Key Questions and Guidelines

  1. What are your key job roles for customer value contribution?
  2. Can you write down your Key Results Areas (KRA’s) and tasks?
  3. What were your activities and involvements for the previous period?
  4. Obtain input from your mentors and colleagues and compile an inventory of your abilities and job, life and transferable skills.
  5. How does the way you behave match up with the behaviourial expectations of your team members and your job?
  6. What is your ten year vision and have you set SMART goals to get there?
  7. What career options apply to you presently:
    • Growing in your present job?
    • Moving horizontally or moving vertically?
    • Seeking outside opportunities?
  8. Who do you mentor, who are your mentors and what contribution do you need from them?
  9. What have you done about succession planning recently?
  10. What value have you added to your company’s sustainable wealth creation ability?
  11. Are you considering midlife career changes, then read this post.
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I Explain

Without feedback from colleagues and mentors you cannot track your progress on your Journey. Remember that you are also part of another support team and your input will be required to enable others to assess their progress.

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I Advise

Did you know that the Performance Management Process is a powerful tool in helping you to reach your career goals?

You will undoubtedly benefit from studying those pages.

A summary of what we found of great value in his book:
– Lance Armstrong, It’s not about the bike, My journey back to life –
Do career builders and entrepreneurs require nurturing, support, close mentors, coaches, in short, a team? Lance Armstrong won six Tour de France’s with his team.
We found one of the messages Lance communicates in his book particularly powerful; the people that share his journey. He shares abundantly about these people that nurtured him when times were tough; acknowledging the amazing strength these individuals brought him. Lance Armstrong would have found it much harder to become a multiple Tour de France winner if it were not for the people supporting him through his fight against cancer and after that getting ready for his first Tour de France win.
They were there when he began practicing after winning cancer. They were there when he wanted to give up. At a certain stage Lance did almost give up, he had a life insurance fund paying out every month and said he was retired. His coach, Chris Carmichael, set him up with the rest of the people around him. Lance’s foundation against cancer was organizing a competition and the people close to him told him he would have to get back in shape for this ride. Quoting from the book:
P199, Chris insisted that regardless of what I decided about retirement, I needed an eight- to ten-day intensive training camp to get back to form-and I needed to do it somewhere other than Austin (Lances home town). “Let’s get out of town,” he said. “You can’t focus here, there’s too much golf, too many distractions.”
They went to a small town called Boone, a little hippie town in North Carolina; Lance, Chris and Bob Roll, an old road racer buddy. Those few days changed Lance Armstrong back into the man he used to be. At the end of the training camp they decided to top Beech Mountain.
P201, Toward the end of the camp, we decided to ride Beech Mountain. Chris knew exactly what he was doing when he suggested it, because there was a time when I owned that mountain. It was a strenuous 5,000-foot climb with a snowcapped summit, and it had been the crucial stage in my two Tour Du Pont victories. I remembered laboring on up the mountainside with crowds lined along the route, and how they had painted my name across the road: “Go Armstrong.”
P202, My body reacted instinctively to the climb. Mindlessly, I rose out of my seat and picked up the pace. Suddenly, Chris pulled up behind me in the follow car, rolled down his window, and began driving me on. “Go, go, go, go!” he yelled. I glanced back at him. “Allez Lance, allez, allez!” he yelled. I mashed down on the pedals, heard my breath grow shorter, and I accelerated.
As he pumped his pedals up the mountain, his name passed under him. Go Armstrong was still visible on the tarmac in faded paint. The ride up that mountain changed everything and at the end of the ten days he made a suggestion to coach Chris:
P203, That night at dinner, I said to Chris causally, “I wonder if I could get into that race in Atlanta.”
“Let’s do it,” Chris said.
That evening, we started figuring out my comeback. Chris placed a bunch of calls, trying to find me some new racing wheels. Then called Bill Stapleton, and said, “Get ready. He’s coming back a different guy. The guy we used to know.”
The message we took out of the book as entrepreneurs and career builders:
Drop the “I’m going to do it on my own” attitude. Lance succeeded because he allowed the people in his life to be there for him, to nurture him and lift him up when necessary. He is now a multiple Tour de France winner because of these people. Every person needs to be nurtured, be it in building ones career or business.
“All of us sometimes need someone riding next to us and shouting Go, go, go, go!”

A summary of what we found of great value in his book

Lance Armstrong: It’s not about the bike, My journey back to life

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Do career builders and entrepreneurs require nurturing, support, close mentors, coaches, in short, a team?

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Lance Armstrong won six Tour de France’s with his team.

We found one of the messages Lance communicates in his book particularly powerful: the people that share his journey. He shares abundantly about these people that nurtured him when times were tough; acknowledging the amazing strength these individuals brought him. Lance Armstrong would have found it much harder to become a multiple Tour de France winner if it were not for the people supporting him through his fight against cancer and after that getting ready for his first Tour de France win.

They were there when he began practicing after winning cancer. They were there when he wanted to give up. At a certain stage Lance did almost give up, he had a life insurance fund paying out every month and said he was retired. His coach, Chris Carmichael, set him up with the rest of the people around him. Lance’s foundation against cancer was organizing a competition and the people close to him told him he would have to get back in shape for this ride. Quoting from the book:

P199 Chris insisted that regardless of what I decided about retirement, I needed an eight- to ten-day intensive training camp to get back to form-and I needed to do it somewhere other than Austin (Lances home town). “Let’s get out of town,” he said. “You can’t focus here, there’s too much golf, too many distractions.”

They went to a small town called Boone, a little hippie town in North Carolina; Lance, Chris and Bob Roll, an old road racer buddy. Those few days changed Lance Armstrong back into the man he used to be. At the end of the training camp they decided to top Beech Mountain.

P201 Toward the end of the camp, we decided to ride Beech Mountain. Chris knew exactly what he was doing when he suggested it, because there was a time when I owned that mountain. It was a strenuous 5,000-foot climb with a snowcapped summit, and it had been the crucial stage in my two Tour Du Pont victories. I remembered laboring on up the mountainside with crowds lined along the route, and how they had painted my name across the road: “Go Armstrong.”

P202 My body reacted instinctively to the climb. Mindlessly, I rose out of my seat and picked up the pace. Suddenly, Chris pulled up behind me in the follow car, rolled down his window, and began driving me on. “Go, go, go, go!” he yelled. I glanced back at him. “Allez Lance, allez, allez!” he yelled. I mashed down on the pedals, heard my breath grow shorter, and I accelerated.

As he pumped his pedals up the mountain, his name passed under him. Go Armstrong was still visible on the tarmac in faded paint. The ride up that mountain changed everything and at the end of the ten days he made a suggestion to coach Chris:

P203 That night at dinner, I said to Chris causally, “I wonder if I could get into that race in Atlanta.”

“Let’s do it,” Chris said.

That evening, we started figuring out my comeback. Chris placed a bunch of calls, trying to find me some new racing wheels. Then called Bill Stapleton, and said, “Get ready. He’s coming back a different guy. The guy we used to know.”

The message we took out of the book as entrepreneurs and career builders

Drop the “I’m going to do it on my own” attitude. Lance succeeded because he allowed the people in his life to be there for him, to nurture him and lift him up when necessary. He is now a multiple Tour de France winner because of these people. Every person needs to be nurtured, be it in building one’s career or business.

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All of us sometimes need someone riding next to us and shouting: Go, go, go, go!

We recommend getting acquainted with the Career Development Guide:
The Walk and Talk table of content
Using the Career Development Guide
Preface to the Career Development Guide
The Cast of Characters in the Career Development Guide
The Career Development Guide was developed from the fundamental knowledge that cause a business to succeed or a career to thrive. Career Builder has identified the knowledge the top half percent of successful individuals and businesses apply daily. The Career Development Guide consists of this knowledge and was compiled by career and business experts over a period of ten years.
Lets use communication as an example. One should ask the question, am I able to constructively give and receive feedback? Bridge the feedback gap. Do you sometimes find yourself in a tight spot because the request and the result do not match? By practicing ones listening skills and questioning skills heaps of problems will just vanish! We have compiled the knowledge successful career builders apply daily to turn challenges into opportunities, use the Walk the Talk guide.
Communication skills are only one of the many topics covered in the Career Development Guide. We have published a free version on the web and know you will find the greatest career building value in its pages.
The Career Development Guide was developed over years of learning and gathering the knowledge contained in its pages. The development cost for the Career Builder guide was close to $200 000 and a version is freely available on Career Builder!
When you apply the information contained in its pages, please let us know how we can better this knowledge to address your career challenges more efficiently.

We recommend getting acquainted with the Career Development Guide:

The Walk and Talk table of content

Using the Career Development Guide

Preface to the Career Development Guide

The Cast of Characters in the Career Development Guide

The Career Development Guide was developed from the fundamental knowledge that cause a business to succeed or a career to thrive. Career Builder has identified the knowledge the top half percent of successful individuals and businesses apply daily. The Career Development Guide consists of this knowledge and was compiled by career and business experts over a period of ten years.

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I Explain

Let’s use communication as an example. One should ask the question: am I able to constructively give and receive feedback? Bridge the feedback gap. Do you sometimes find yourself in a tight spot because the request and the result do not match? By practicing one’s listening skills and questioning skills heaps of problems will just vanish! We have compiled the knowledge successful career builders apply daily to turn challenges into opportunities, use the Walk the Talk guide.

Communication skills are only one of the many topics covered in the Career Development Guide. We have published a free version on the web and know you will find the greatest career building value in its pages.

The Career Development Guide was developed over years of learning and gathering the knowledge contained in its pages. The development cost for the Career Builder guide was close to $200 000 and a version is freely available on Career Builder!

When you apply the information contained in its pages, please let us know how we can better this knowledge to address your career challenges more efficiently.

Transformation process
Transforming my career into a thriving career
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I really want to grow in my job and as a person become a real “World Class Champion” in everything I do. How do I go about it?
The Walk and Talk Process provides ample opportunity for growing your personal and job related skills to a level that will enable you to achieve excellence in everything you do.
Once you become aware of your current level of competence your transformation into a “World Class Champion” not only depends on how you utilize opportunities to learn but also on how you choose to deal with the feelings involved in this process of transformation.
Through learning from feedback and practicing and monitoring it, you can grow from a position of being “unconscious of your incompetence” to a position where you can do your job so well that you become “unconscious of your competence” – it just becomes the way you do things. It will, however, depend largely on how you choose to deal with feedback and the pain caused by it.
The following diagram illustrates the “Process of Transformation” as steps that we have to climb in the process of growing in our job.
Feedback can cause pain. If you ignore the signal, make excuses or go into denial, you follow the path of fools as no growth will occur.
Rather pay attention to painful signals and acknowledge them as Motivational Tools for growth.
“Incompetence” does not imply a value judgement… it refers to skills to be learned… “Competence” on the other hand refers to skills used.

Transforming my career into a thriving career

Chapter 5 p.8

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I really want to grow in my job and as a person become a real “World Class Champion” in everything I do. How do I go about it?

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The Walk and Talk Process provides ample opportunity for growing your personal and job related skills to a level that will enable you to achieve excellence in everything you do.

Once you become aware of your current level of competence your transformation into a “World Class Champion” not only depends on how you utilize opportunities to learn but also on how you choose to deal with the feelings involved in this process of transformation.

Through learning from feedback and practicing and monitoring it, you can grow from a position of being “unconscious of your incompetence” to a position where you can do your job so well that you become “unconscious of your competence” – it just becomes the way you do things. It will, however, depend largely on how you choose to deal with feedback and the pain caused by it.

The following diagram illustrates the “Process of Transformation” as steps that we have to climb in the process of growing in our job.

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Feedback can cause pain. If you ignore the signal, make excuses or go into denial, you follow the path of fools as no growth will occur.

Rather pay attention to painful signals and acknowledge them as Motivational Tools for growth. This is especially true for someone considering a midlife career change, you needs lots of input and feedback before you make the change.

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“Incompetence” does not imply a value judgement… it refers to skills to be learned… “Competence” on the other hand refers to skills used.

Use this process for issue resolution and management

Master Career Coach, Unre Visagie explaines in the following video how to apply the “Issue Resolution Model” in your career. This model can be applied to any challenging scenarion that you experience as an issue. Handel the issue in such a way that you always grow your career.

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issue resolution process

Question

When I think back to some situations that I have had to deal with recently, I’m not so sure that I go about resolving issues in the best way possible.

What process can I follow that will ensure optimum results?

problem resolution

Answer

By applying the steps, guidelines and questions in the Issue Management and Resolution process when dealing with a situation, you will enhance your ability to resolve issues involving customers, suppliers and colleagues, as well as issues within your family and social context.

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The key concept is identifying alternative solutions; having options is the wealth of life.

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Question

But can a company use a Win-Win decision making process that maximizes the value to all parties?

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Companies can subscribe to an inclusive transparent decision making process. As illustrated below, this process is self-correcting and is an effective mechanism to check the use of personal and positional power in decision making.

Seeking objective criteria.

Getting input from others

Initiating.

Seeking/giving information and opinions.

Encouraging others to action.

Facilitating

Focusing discussions.

Clarifying and elaborating.

Summarizing.

Integrating.

EvaluatingAssessing relevance.

Identifying personal preferences and agendas.

Set a SMARTM action plan.

Making a decision

Use appropriate tools, for instance:

  • Decision matrix
  • Force Field
  • T-chart
Communicate to people who must know.
Communicate to people for whom it would be nice to know.
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This process encourages true Elephant behavior from all concerned if you ask me.

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Know who you need to consult when making a decision.

Know who your decision will affect and how.

Seek information internally and externally.

Decisions are not to be made alone.

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Decision making is not about independence.

It is about interdependence.

Refer also to Steven Coveys Interdependence, the 7 habits of highly effective people.

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Sometimes when I need to make a decision, I find it difficult to choose between the different available options.

Can you show me some techniques that will make it easier for me to decide on the optimum alternative?

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Let me introduce you to three practical techniques that can help you evaluate alternative options:

The T-chart

Force Field Analysis

The Decision Matrix

The T Chart
Force Field Analysis

Focus on each option in turn and identify both Pro’s and Con’s.

Write input on a flip-chart for the whole group to see and for it to serve as visual stimulus.

Encourage conscious thought about the implications, benefits, losses, etc. of the decision.

Specify the options/possible solutions/alternatives.

List all the forces working against the attainment of the goal (the impeding forces).

List all the forces working for or promoting the goal (the impelling forces).

For each impeding force list all the possible factors that could possibly reduce or eliminate
that force.

For each impelling force list all the factors that could possibly increase that force.

Evaluate the effort and “cost” involved in implementing each option.

The Decision Matrix

  1. Identify the different options available.
  2. Identify criteria for decision making or evaluation.
  3. Quantify importance of criteria on a scale (e.g. 1 to 10).
  4. Evaluate each option in terms of each criterion and quantify on a scale (e.g. 1 to 10).
  5. Write score in lower part of block in each column.
  6. Multiply each score with the value of the corresponding criterion and write it in top part of the block.
  7. Add the scores written in the top part of the blocks in each row to get a score for each option.

Issue Resolution

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Advice

Note that these techniques also apply to the Issue Management and Resolution process when it comes to choosing between alternative solutions.

Build your career, make your own web site
How to make your own web site, boost your career and turn your personal website into a web business. The basics every site builder or aspiring e-commerce buff must have an understanding of to start a successful web business!
We are in the process of creating an e-book on “How to make your own web site, the fundamentals of starting your own web business ” the gist of it will be available on this page once the book is published; the complete e-book will be available for free download.
Have a look at what the free e-book will contain!
How to make your own web site
The fundamentals on how to make your own website and build your career.
Building your own web site is easy, just not quick, but there are fundamentals every site builder or aspiring e-commerce buff can use to jump start their web business!
What other reasons would one have to build a personal web site?
A personal web site will be of immense value to your career!
Have a quick look at the Google searches for the following two names:
Nicholas Grobler
Unre Visagie
These names are in the top positions on Google. They are just two examples of the individuals we work with. Due to privacy issues we are not allowed to publish more examples.
Have you ever met an individual who claimed to be an expert on something and one of the first things you do is go and check on the web if what they say is true? It is becoming of high import to have a web presence! The number of web users is exponentially growing each year. One of the many ways the web can be utilized is to verify individual credibility and build that credibility.
If you could, for a moment, imagine the work you would love doing every day and become and expert in, what would that be?
Are you currently doing that work and becoming wealthy in all aspects because of that?
Free report:
What everyone must do before writing a resume, starting a job search or aim for that promotion!
If not, then a personal web site could be that first step toward establishing yourself as an expert in the field you want to be an expert in. Understanding how to make your own web site will get one going in the right direction of building web credibility. As one grows in expertise, you can take incremental steps from where you currently find yourself toward where one wants to be in a career. At CareersBuilder.net we don’t advise jumping from one job to the next. Read more on this in our free report.
If you are in a career and love what you are currently doing and heading in your unique right direction, then you are in a privileged position. It will almost be as simple as just publishing your accumulated expertise onto your personal web site! We will show you in short how to get started on making your own web site and then the SBI process will take over, more on this later.
Why do we say your web site should be about what you truly enjoy doing?
Let me be honest, building a web site is not falling of a log. It will take time and dedication on your part. To truly build your web site into multiple streams of income will take some loving effort from you; a web site needs to be delicately nurtured with the right words and quality optimization of the content you publish on its pages. The process of making your own web site is a very easy to follow process and the material to build a web site is very well written. Just take the first step on the road toward understanding how to make your own web site!
We gained huge value from the SBI process:
C-T-P-M
C = Content T = Traffic P = Pre-sell and M = Money
We will give an overview on the task of how to make your own web site and building a web business. Then we will move on to the SBI process and continue building your e-business.
This page will contain the gist of our new and developing e-book on “How to make your own web site, the fundamentals of building a web business” and the e-book itself will be available for free download from this web site! Below is the table of content for the e-book.
How to make your own web site!
The fundamentals of making your own website and starting your own web business.
Table of content:
1. Introduction
C-T-P-M the SBI way.
Content – Traffic – PreSell – Money!
Having fun at building your web business.
Begin to understand what business on the web is about.
We will send you your copy of this free e-book on “How to make your own web site.”
2. Content
Where does content fit and what does it mean?
Writing content about the topics you like talking about.
What does not count as content?
How does the search engines like it served?
Stay away from these things!
We will send you your copy of this free e-book on “How to make your own web site.”
3. Traffic
What’s traffic?
Meet Mr. Google, Mr. Yahoo and Ms. MSN
How much is enough?
How do I get traffic?
Avoid the wrong crowds!
Be nice to your customers.
We will send you your copy of this free e-book on “How to make your own web site.”
4. Pre-sell
It sounds almost sinister doesn’t it?
How do you do it?
Why not start selling from day one!
Its all about the client and credibility.
We will send you your copy of this free e-book on “How to make your own web site.”
5. Money!
Why money only once the content is ready?
How to earn money on the web.
The different ways to earn money.
What will work the best for you?
How long does it take to start earning money?
It’s real sweet when the money starts rolling in.
We will send you your copy of this free e-book on “How to make your own web site.”
6. Are you already running a business?
How does the web add to my business in the solid world?
Are you selling hard or soft products?
Would you like a global audience for your product?
We will send you your copy of this free e-book on “How to make your own web site.”
7. What does a personal web site do for my career?
Building ones credibility.
Publishing on the topics you love and earning money.
How does a content rich personal web site add to my resume?
What would you like to be found for on the web?
We will send you your copy of this free e-book on “How to make your own web site.”
8. What are we using to learn the tricks of the trade?
Which books should you read?
Which web sites to visit.
Which newsletters and RSS-feeds to sign up for?
Which products should you buy?
Which products to avoid?
How to determine which products to avoid.
We will send you your copy of this free e-book on “How to make your own web site.”
9. SBI – Site Build It
We are using it.
They make it real easy!
If you are serious, get it.
We will send you your copy of this free e-book on “How to make your own web site.”
10. What now?
The first step toward your own web-business.
The next steps.
How can we help?

Build your career, make your own web site

How to make your own web site, boost your career and turn your personal website into a web business. The basics every site builder or aspiring e-commerce buff must have an understanding of to start a successful web business!

How to make your own web site

Following are the fundamentals on how to make your own website and build your career.

Building your own web site is easy, just not quick, but there are fundamentals every site builder or aspiring e-commerce buff can use to jump start their web business!

What other reasons would one have to build a personal web site?

A personal web site will be of immense value to your career!

Have a quick look at the Google searches for the following two names:

Nicholas Grobler

Unre Visagie

These names are in the top positions on Google. They are just two examples of the individuals we work with. Due to privacy issues we are not allowed to publish more examples.

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I Advise

Have you ever met an individual who claimed to be an expert on something and one of the first things you do is go and check on the web if what they say is true? It is becoming of high import to have a web presence! The number of web users is exponentially growing each year. One of the many ways the web can be utilized is to verify individual credibility and build that credibility.

If you could, for a moment, imagine the work you would love doing every day and become and expert in, what would that be?

Are you currently doing that work and becoming wealthy in all aspects because of that?

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I Explain

If not, then a personal web site could be that first step toward establishing yourself as an expert in the field you want to be an expert in. Understanding how to make your own web site will get one going in the right direction of building web credibility. As you grow in expertise, you can take incremental steps from where you currently find yourself toward where you want to be in a career. At CareersBuilder.net we don’t advise jumping from one job to the next.

If you are in a career and love what you are currently doing and heading in your unique right direction, then you are in a privileged position. It will almost be as simple as just publishing your accumulated expertise onto your personal web site! We will show you in short how to get started on making your own web site and then the SBI process will take over, more on this later.

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Why do you say my web site should be about what I truly enjoy doing?

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Let me be honest, building a web site is not falling of a log. It will take time and dedication on your part. To truly build your web site into multiple streams of income will take some loving effort from you; a web site needs to be delicately nurtured with the right words and quality optimization of the content you publish on its pages. The process of making your own web site is very easy and the material to build a web site is very well written. Just take the first step on the road toward understanding how to make your own web site!

We gained huge value from the SBI process.

This is a process used by Site Build It! and gives great value. It is based on the following simple fundamental blocks:

C-T-P-M

C = Content T = Traffic P = Pre-sell and M = Money

Content

Convert your knowledge into something that is easy to read and understand.

Traffic

The people searching for the knowledge you offer (using search engines) and clicking through to your site are known as traffic.

PREsell

Consistently delivering quality information will instill confidence in your regular traffic. This way you PREsell; in the sense that if you suggest a product to people who trust you, they will seriously consider buying it themselves.

Monetize

From this previous process will flow income, but this cannot happen without the previous steps.

Find a career coach in your environment
Find a career coach with the right relationships to develop your career and expand your career choices. Career Builder identified the essential career builder skills; use them to turn any career challenge into a career growth opportunity.
When experiencing frustration or fear in your career use these emotions as opportunities to fast track your career growth; use them to pro-actively grow your career!
Find a career coach ». Career Builder assisted and is still assisting thousands of people in their career growth. We worked with more than thirty entrepreneurs and coached them through the process of building successful running companies. We are still working with this group of entrepreneurs and their companies as well as a new group of young entrepreneurs. Any successful business takes seven years to build. Career Builder coaching processes are forged in the fire of building these successful businesses and the development of the people running them; these processes are being used in many other companies as well.
We have found a few cornerstone skills to be essential in building a thriving career or business. Career Builder shares these with you before going onto our Find a Career Coach process. We discuss these skills in the form of coaching sessions on the Career Builder Coaching page and in more detail on the Actionable Career Skills page, these skills include:
Delegation
Create your own compelling events
Fear of the unknown
Pathologies
Frustration is just a trigger
Click here for the complete list…
Successful people and companies have a natural way of handling challenging situations. Career Builder observed, applied and understands this natural process.
Career Builder’s Walk and Talk method of career coaching was developed working with the best. Studying at Harvard Business School (Owner/President Management program) we came to understand the application of these processes in companies even better. Some of the Harvard Business School case studies included companies like Hewlett Packard, Volvo, Taco Bell, PepsiCo and many others. In the early seventies we were exposed to and learned from Hewlett Packard’s company processes; later this knowledge were implemented in our own companies.
We developed career coaching contracts and learned which processes worked and which did not. All these experiences with career coaching led us to the current simple set of skills we base our career coaching processes on. You can own and direct these processes to build your career. Work in a group when implementing these processes or take part in the Career Builder community forums; it always works best to implement a process with a group. The group can be directly or indirectly involved; or contact a Career Builder coach.
Where would you like to go?
Find a career coach
The difference between coaching, mentoring and councelling
Learn more about mentorship
Learn more about career councelling
At Career Builder we identified a few simple cornerstone skills we base our career coaching on. Click here for a complete list of these Career builder skills. We share these with you before going onto the Find a Career Coach process:
1. Delegate and grow
What is delegation?
Delegation is when one is able to give the work you do not enjoy doing to another who does enjoy doing that work, but you stay responsible for getting the job done on time. Successful delegation is when another person excels in their careers because they enjoy doing the work you do not enjoy doing or do not have time for. Read more on delegation…
A coaching session on delegation.
An article on delegation written by a Career Builder coach.
Read a case study on delegation:
Barry du Plessis
Leigh Harrison
2. Create your own compelling events / deadlines
Three tips to fast-track your career you can use right now:
Get a career coach by becoming a “sort of” expert in their interests and talk to them about these interests.
Find someone that loves the work you hate, delegate to them while staying responsible for this work.
When frustrated, ask yourself what is causing the frustration? Address this challenge before it explodes.
Successful company builders know that people can and should be stretched. Unre Visagie built many successful companies. He stretches the people that work with him in building these companies; people discover depths within them they never knew they had. The knowledge successful company builders have is to know when to stop expecting more from an individual and allow that specific growth curve to play itself out. The trick is that anyone wanting to grow their careers can apply this same “pressure” to themselves in building their own successful careers. Have a career builder attitude!
Read more on creating your own compelling events and learn from a coaching session on deadlines and compelling events….
3. Fear of the unknown
Making career choices based on what is unknown is always a source of uncertainty for most. We fear that which we do not know. Imagine looking down a very dark tunnel running straight down into the earth. You are expected to jump into this hole, you expect this of yourself or others expect this of you. To you this hole looks like it just goes down forever, a never ending drop into a very deep abyss…
Actually the hole is only two meters deep, but you don’t know that because you only see the black opening! We are too afraid to jump into this hole simply because we know nothing of it.
Read more on Fear of the unknown, you will also find a coaching session others learned from…
3. Find a career coach
Finding a career coach with the right relationships to develop your career and expand your choices is a simple one; it might not be quick though. One will practice engaging different people for the skills and knowledge you require from them, through being of value to them. Over time one becomes practiced and comfortable with the process of engaging experts, using the necessary skills in a natural way. If you have not yet, read through the list of skills Career Builder identified as fundamental career skills. This list matured through years of career and business building.
A good place to start is to have a broad understanding of coaching, mentoring and counseling:
Coaching
Mentoring
Counseling
When working with an expert as a mentor, be aware not to fall in the trap of counseling.
Engaging an expert person for they’re knowledge, resources and skills, there are a few skills one will use:
Emotional awareness
Signal to transform into a positive mindset
Turn all emotional experiences into selected actions
Growing a win-win mindset
Interpersonal skills through actions
Covey’s Seven Habits of highly effective people
Giving and receiving information
Responding to anger signals
Productive listening
Effective questioning
The next step
Get to know the expert’s environment. Following is a list of possible actions to take, add or remove actions that fit your unique situation.
Read about the individual in books, newspaper, magazines and on the internet.
Talk to others about the individual.
What is this person interested in, hobbies, current projects, which topics is of interest to him/her?
Strive to spend time within the circles where he or she spends time.
Through gathering this information, always try to identify places where you will be able to add value to this individual. How would be able to make a positive difference to this individuals life? For example, the expert individual you would like to work with likes to build model aircraft. You are able to acquire such models at a discounted price. You have something of value to offer!
Remember to always be professional in your approach! Build relationship in an open manner, don’t be clandestine about your dealings, you might look like a stalker!
Talk to the expert every chance you get, share with them that you would love to learn from them. Ask how they think you would be able to add value them in exchange for their time. Always have a few suggestions how you would be able to add value.
Ask for advice and practice your “expert acquiring” skills at our community forums.
Find a career coach will grow and mature over the next months. Sign up for our Career Builder Ezine if you would like to stay up to date.
The complete list of Career Builder skills:
Delegation
Deadlines or Compelling events
We fear what we do not know or understand
Pathologies
Frustration is just a trigger
Flexible and adaptive way of handling people
Work in the center, not the individual
Having an “Everybody benefits” attitude
Burnout
Stress
Motivation

Find a career coach in your environment

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I Advise

Find a career coach with the right relationships to develop your career and expand your career choices. Career Builder identified the essential career builder skills; use them to turn any career challenge into a career growth opportunity.

When experiencing frustration or fear in your career use these emotions as opportunities to fast track your career growth; use them to pro-actively grow your career!

Find a career coach

Career Builder assisted and is still assisting thousands of people in their career growth. We worked with more than thirty entrepreneurs and coached them through the process of building successful running companies. We are still working with this group of entrepreneurs and their companies as well as a new group of young entrepreneurs. Any successful business takes seven years to build.

Career Builder coaching processes are forged in the fire of building these successful businesses and the development of the people running them; these processes are being used in many other companies as well.

We have found a few cornerstone skills to be essential in building a thriving career or business. Career Builder shares these with you before going onto our Find a Career Coach process. We discuss these skills in the form of coaching sessions on the Career Builder Coaching page and in more detail on the Actionable Career Skills page, these skills include:

  1. Delegation
  2. Deadlines or Compelling events
  3. We fear what we do not know or understand
  4. Pathologies
  5. Frustration is just a trigger
  6. Flexible and adaptive way of handling people
  7. Work in the center, not the individual
  8. Having an “Everybody Benefits” attitude
  9. Burnout
  10. Stress
  11. Motivation
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I Explain

Successful people and companies have a natural way of handling challenging situations. Career Builder observed, applied and understands this natural process.

Career Builder’s Walk and Talk method of career coaching was developed working with the best. Studying at Harvard Business School (Owner/President Management program) we came to understand the application of these processes in companies even better. Some of the Harvard Business School case studies included companies like Hewlett Packard, Volvo, Taco Bell, PepsiCo and many others. In the early seventies we were exposed to and learned from Hewlett Packard company processes; later this knowledge was implemented in our own companies.

We developed career coaching contracts and learned which processes worked and which did not. All these experiences with career coaching led us to the current simple set of skills we base our career coaching processes on. You can own and direct these processes to build your career. Work in a group when implementing these processes or take part in the Career Builder community forums; it always works best to implement a process with a group. The group can be directly or indirectly involved; or contact a Career Builder coach.

1. Delegate and grow

What is delegation?

Delegation is when one is able to give the work you do not enjoy doing to another who does enjoy doing that work, but you stay responsible for getting the job done on time. Successful delegation is when another person excels in their careers because they enjoy doing the work you do not enjoy doing or do not have time for. Read more on delegation

2. Create your own compelling events / deadlines

Three tips to fast-track your career you can use right now:

Successful company builders know that people can and should be stretched. Unre Visagie built many successful companies. He stretches the people that work with him in building these companies; people discover depths within them they never knew existed. The knowledge successful company builders have is to know when to stop expecting more from an individual and allow that specific growth curve to play itself out. The trick is that anyone wanting to grow their careers can apply this same “pressure” to themselves in building their own successful careers. Have a career builder attitude!
Read more on creating your own compelling events and learn from a coaching session on deadlines and compelling events….

3. Fear of the unknown

Making career choices based on what is unknown is always a source of uncertainty for most. We fear that which we do not know. Imagine looking down a very dark tunnel running straight down into the earth. You are expected to jump into this hole, you expect this of yourself or others expect this of you. To you this hole looks like it just goes down forever, a never ending drop into a very deep abyss…
Actually the hole is only two meters deep, but you don’t know that because you only see the black opening! We are too afraid to jump into this hole simply because we know nothing of it.
Read more on Fear of the unknown, you will also find a coaching session others learned from

Find a career coach

Finding a career coach with the right relationships to develop your career and expand your choices is a simple one; it might not be quick though. One will practice engaging different people for the skills and knowledge you require from them, through being of value to them. Over time one becomes practiced and comfortable with the process of engaging experts, using the necessary skills in a natural way. If you have not yet, read through the list of skills Career Builder identified as fundamental career skills. This list matured through years of career and business building.
A good place to start is to have a broad understanding of coaching, mentoring and counseling:

  • Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Counseling

When working with an expert as a mentor, be aware not to fall in the trap of counseling.

Engaging an expert person for their knowledge, resources and skills, there are a few skills one will use:

The next step

Get to know the expert’s environment. Following is a list of possible actions to take, add or remove actions that fit your unique situation.

  • Read about the individual in books, newspaper, magazines and on the internet.
  • Talk to others about the individual.
  • What is this person interested in: hobbies, current projects, which topics is of interest to him/her?
  • Strive to spend time within the circles where he or she spends time.

Through gathering this information, always try to identify places where you will be able to add value to this individual. How would you be able to make a positive difference to this individual’s life? For example, the expert individual you would like to work with likes to build model aircraft. You are able to acquire such models at a discounted price. You have something of value to offer!

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I Advise

Remember to always be professional in your approach! Build relationship in an open manner, don’t be clandestine about your dealings; you might look like a stalker!

Talk to the expert every chance you get, share with them that you would love to learn from them. Ask how they think you would be able to add value them in exchange for their time. Always have a few suggestions how you would be able to add value.

Ask for advice and practice your “expert acquiring” skills at our community forums.

Explanation of the following skills will follow shortly:

  1. Delegation
  2. Deadlines or Compelling events
  3. We fear what we do not know or understand
  4. Pathologies
  5. Frustration is just a trigger
  6. Flexible and adaptive way of handling people
  7. Work in the center, not the individual
  8. Having an “Everybody Benefits” attitude
  9. Burnout
  10. Stress
  11. Motivation
Goal clarification is a continuous process
Chapter 7 p.3
I become so frustrated! Every time I am about to reach my goal the goal posts are shifted! I try to plot the straightest path to reach my goal but it feels like I am meandering all over the show.
It very seldom happens that we steer directly towards our goals, like an arrow on its way to its target. Remember that if human beings don’t have goals, they will not achieve all they could achieve, but…
The method in which we strive towards our goals is always a meandering path.
The fact that the environment is constantly changing calls for agility in reaching goals.
Upon reaching certain goals we have to move on to realizing new goals to avoid life losing its challenge.
Maxwell’s journey of life illustrates to us the fact that we are engaged in a continuous goal clarification process and that we can expect to find both frustration and joy in meandering towards our goals.
Continuous goal clarification is an integral part of managing your career as well setting your KRA’s.

Goal clarification is a continuous process

Chapter 7 p.3

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I become so frustrated! Every time I am about to reach my goal the goal posts are shifted! I try to plot the straightest path to reach my goal but it feels like I am meandering all over the show.

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It very seldom happens that we steer directly towards our goals, like an arrow on its way to its target. Remember that if human beings don’t have goals, they will not achieve all they could achieve, but…

The method in which we strive towards our goals is always a meandering path.

The fact that the environment is constantly changing calls for agility in reaching goals.

Upon reaching certain goals we have to move on to realizing new goals to avoid life losing its challenge.

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Maxwell’s journey of life illustrates to us the fact that we are engaged in a continuous goal clarification process and that we can expect to find both frustration and joy in meandering towards our goals.

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Continuous goal clarification is an integral part of managing your career as well setting your KRA’s.

Stages of company growth
Organizations go through different stages of growth
Chapter 9 p.8
You say that your Company is not a start-up company anymore and that we’re moving into a different stage. You also indicated that different people’s strengths and skills relate to different phases of development… Can you explain this to me?
Organizations go through different stages of growth.
The first stage of an entrepreneurial company is typically pioneering in nature, where a small group of people start a business with a lot of creativity and enthusiasm. The initiators are involved in every aspect of the business. As the business grows and more people join the company a need develops for efficiency and control. As the business grows and more people join the company a need develops for efficiency and control. Consequently more formal management systems have to be introduced. The marketing demands to ensure growth also increase.
As the business continues growing it becomes more diverse in it’s activities.
The next phase focuses on enhancing effectiveness and internal co-operation,with business integration becoming a major objective. This requires the addition of more experienced management skills into the organization. Eventually a company will grow to a size where the social and community demands – both within the company and its external environment – become critical considerations.
Once again entirely different managerial skills are required, concentrating on aspects such as empowerment, transparency and consultation with all stakeholders. It also requires an adjustment of the internal culture of the organization.
Different people have a natural aptitude to play different management roles during the growth of a company. Four different roles can be identified:
Initiators:
Breaking ground, opening up potential markets, getting leads and making new contacts.
Advancers:
Developing business opportunities beyond the initial phase, converting leads into business contracts.
Implementers:
Building long-term business and community relationships and ensuring business momentum.
Maintainers:
Keeping current business processes intact, developing new systems and processes to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.
You cannot start an entrepreneurial company if everyone is a maintainer…
Nor can you manage and grow it if the other roles are not fulfilled.

Organizations go through different stages of growth

Chapter 9 p.8

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You say that your company is not a start-up company anymore and that we’re moving into a different stage. You also indicated that different people’s strengths and skills relate to different phases of development… Can you explain this to me?

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Organizations go through different stages of growth.

The first stage of an entrepreneurial company is typically pioneering in nature, where a small group of people start a business with a lot of creativity and enthusiasm. The initiators are involved in every aspect of the business. As the business grows and more people join the company a need develops for efficiency and control. Consequently more formal management systems have to be introduced.

As the business continues growing it becomes more diverse in its activities.

The next phase focuses on enhancing effectiveness and internal co-operation, with business integration becoming a major objective. This requires the addition of more experienced management skills into the organization. Eventually a company will grow to a size where the social and community demands, both within the company and its external environment, become critical considerations.

Once again entirely different managerial skills are required, concentrating on aspects such as empowerment, transparency and consultation with all stakeholders. It also requires an adjustment of the internal culture of the organization.

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Different people have a natural aptitude to play different management roles during the growth of a company. Four different roles can be identified:

Initiators

Breaking ground, opening up potential markets, getting leads and making new contacts.

Advancers

Developing business opportunities beyond the initial phase, converting leads into business contracts.

Implementers

Building long-term business and community relationships and ensuring business momentum.

Maintainers

Keeping current business processes intact, developing new systems and processes to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.

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I Advise

You cannot start an entrepreneurial company if everyone is a maintainer…

Nor can you manage and grow it if the other roles are not fulfilled.

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