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Slide 1 (I am bored with or in my job and must change)

Welcome, I hope you enjoy this talk. Dean was bored with his work and he really needed a change. How Dean went about it and what the result of the story was should interest you if you currently have the feeling of being bored in your job. Dean realized that when we all work and invest together we would benefit together. Sometimes there’s a bit of a delay between the work and the benefit, that’s normal. Dean had these perceptions that he was bored with his job, which was the truth; it was his true perception, and his absolute truth. However, he realized that if he looked, approached it differently, and do a few actions, he could move to a tremendous space, where he could have a total change in his job.

What can be done, and what he did, to get rid of this boredom in his job to where he now has a tremendous job in the same company, sometimes you have to change companies, in less than three months. He does expect to get a tremendous increase early next year, because the value of his job changed when he started working together and looking at the future in the way we will propose just now. He was waiting for someone to notice that he was bored and he needed a change, but no one noticed, they were very happy that he was doing a good job. They assumed his boredom was related to other problems.

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Are you one of those lucky people that have too many job opportunities? For your career to thrive you need to make the right job choice. Let master career coach, Unre Visagie, show you how to make the right job choice.

Slide 1 (The solution to grab new exciting challenges of your choice)

We are looking at people that say, they have too many choices, and how do they choose? When we all work and invest together for the benefit of everybody, we will get more benefits. The key thing is to do first for others. When making these choices in your own best interest there is a solution where you can look at the exciting challenges and the great returns you can have from making your choices. You have to know what you currently do for whom. Why did you get into the position where you have all these choices?

You prepare and communicate to influencers. You engage and communicate the work that you enjoy doing and that is valued. Recently, with John, who had a fantastic position, it was very clear that if he keeps on doing the same he will have less than he can have. Referring back to Einstein’s old saying that if you keep on doing the same thing expecting different results it may be close to insanity. It is something to keep in mind.

Slide 2 (Know what you currently do for whom)

Let’s look at people who have too many choices and have the perception that it’s difficult to exercise just one choice and lose the others. When you make the right choice it becomes clear that there’s no doubt. You don’t have any feeling of loss, you move from those perceptions, because they are just perceptions, to the great spaces where you know exactly why you’ve made the choice and what you expect back. You can communicate clarity to everyone around you.

You have to know what you currently do for whom. Why is it so valuable that you have all these choices? Let’s look at simple ways to understand and discuss what you say no to and what you say yes to. That is where a man with a plan has all the benefits. ‘No’ is probably one of the more profitable words in the English language, as mentioned by Jack Welsh. When I sat with John and said, “Ok, let’s look at what you say no to” it was great stress because he didn’t want to say no to anything. What do you say yes to? What are the consequences when you say yes to certain things? Yes often means a three year commitment and where are you going to be in three years? You can never quite control it but at least you can make the best choice with your current insight.

Slide 3 (Prepare to communicate to the influencers)

Let’s look at those choices. When moving from the perceived boxes to the great spaces you have to prepare to communicate to the influencers.  How do you prepare? You discuss it with people around you. You can start right now. It’s amazing what the people around you know. When John discussed it with people around him, including some of his clients in big mining companies and clients in big IT companies they collaborated with, he was amazed to find that his choices were even more than he was aware. However, they also helped him to understand the future of the industry, the future of the consequences of his choices with much greater clarity, factual and grounded in reality. When John practiced, he could approach the company he wanted, that didn’t even have a job at that time. He should have the job shortly, in January or February.

Slide 4 (Engage and communicate)

Lastly, John engaged with his clear, prepared stories. A man with a plan is welcome everywhere, a man without a plan people usually  leave alone to figure himself out, they’re just kind to you, it’s not as rude as some people think. He approached companies with his clear, practised plan and showed respect and acknowledgement to the people he recognized as leaders in the broad industry, whom he could see was on the fast track. Why are they on the fast track? Learn from them. They guided him and introduced him to the right people that can give him the job. It’s a very straightforward process but people need that clarity.

Slide 5 (Start with the purpose, the why)

You need clarity of purpose, with objectives and tasks, dynamically calibrated with your own long-term career vision and mission. This helps you to align with the company’s long-term vision and you’re seen as a strategic contributor, which further puts you up the ladder. We find this is a very important process, like in John’s case, he really couldn’t answer this three months ago, now he can tell you in one minute.

Slide 6 (The right change thinking discussion)

This is the second tool amongst the list of templates we use that you can re-use with your friends, because they are free on the web. There are rules in every company, every industry, every client environment; every team has its subculture of rules. Understand those rules, influence them perhaps slowly, but don’t waste your time fighting and being angry. John was very unhappy with his current company because he could see he contributed more, but their compensation structure didn’t allow for him to earn more, so their rules made John earn less.

It turns out that he can influence the rules, we prepared him to influence the rules in the meantime, to say that I am experiencing stress, but show that I care, show that I respect, how do we go forward? He then proceeded anyway, without the rules being changed, he didn’t waste time, he played where he can make decisions. He played where he has influence and it’s known, he started contributing more and communicating better. He’s moving his line to where more becomes known to him, so his space for production grows and he’s now very much a strategic player. That is the other alternative, where his current company may treat him in a way where it will not be practical for him to leave. At least he has all these choices.

Slide 7 (The approach to engage people should be)

Let’s look at a simple way that you can use right now. John identified the people that he admired and why he admired them, he went to them with clear respect, recognition and acceptance. All of us love respect, recognition and acceptance. One of my favourite professors always said: “Applause, applause, anything for applause!” Everybody is a sucker for that. Use it, but be genuine, if you go with false thank yous you will have problems. When you have a plan, you’ve done your homework, you’ve talked to people around you, you’ve prepared, then you approach the people with open and closed questions. All of this detail is available free on the website; use it. The reason we made it free is that you need these tools to talk to people around you, it’s critical that you can freely engage the people around you. They can also watch the videos and do it free. We come into the game when we can accelerate you and add extra value. Let’s look at the website quickly. There are specific, measurable, accountable resources, time and rewards.

Slide 8 (careerdevelopmentplan.net)

When you look at the website, you will see the tools and the resources. We have organized each block of tools on the website to focus on a specific area of a stress or growth opportunity. When you look at your career choices, we go to Career Planning and Performance. To demonstrate the free tools that is available which John also used in his coaching. We’ve bundled them into big, logical groups where you can look at various career level changes, resumes and the smart goal setting, which I want to point out specifically. You must have specific, measurable, accountable resources time and monitor, planning, performance etc. Every aspect is organized into groups like this. When we look at approaching people with open and closed questions, it is part of that group of tools.

Slide 9 (I have too many choices, how do I choose?)

Having too many choices, how do I choose? Let us summarize the whole process. People normally have perceptions of difficulty of choice and the solution is: get more information, talk to more people, get clarity and get rid of any fears and uncertainties. Fear just stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. Fail just stands for First Attempt in Learning. Everything that we have learnt we learnt through trial and sometimes losing some skin in trying to ride a bicycle. It never stops, but as we go higher, we get more concerned about what people will think. We get more worried about coming across as someone who doesn’t know what he’s doing. The process is simple and clear and it avoids most of those risks.

The process is: know what you do, prepare to communicate what you do, engage influencers and communicate to them. I find very few people can tell you their store of assets and their expertise. In John’s case, his top skill is probably that he has a very good interface, people enjoy being around him, that is a core skill for him. He was very uncomfortable to put that in his CV, so we got nice examples, now it’s in his CV. The other thing that he had difficulty with was his golden thread.

The golden thread leading to your key to success is simply where John made decisions in the same direction from a very young age. A service to people, a great curiosity to understand things, that’s what’s been driving him since school days. He never realized that he could put in his CV that he’s been consistent in how he made decisions. He had quite a few job changes, that is why we had to show consistency with the golden thread, this is built into the stories on the site. He had an awesome asset list that only became clear when he talked to clients, colleagues and friends. This caused him some discomfort, but he now has a very powerful story to tell around his CV.

He realized his external resources, the number of people who were prepared to help him and introduce him, introduce him to people who can introduce him, all of that and learning some skills that he now requires knowing where he wants to go. It’s all available, he just had to have a plan and engage. He’s building his own staircase and climbing it, which could be scary, but we explained that fear and risk could be managed.

Start with exploring, preparing, engaging and in the process you will grow like John did. Your job, company and industry must align while growing your asset list. Secondly, you must align your job, work and career. You are continuously in charge of your future; you keep on doing preparation, exploration and engagement. You will always be secure and safe, and a desired employee. You will get huge increases, like John, in a time when nobody around you will get increases. John ended up with insight, knowledge and confidence because he had a plan and a clear story. John moved from the perceived boxes and too many choices and uncertainty to absolute certainty about where he’s going next, how he’s going to use and grow his asset list.

Slide 10 (Business toolset, personal toolset)

Having too many choices and choosing comes to down the business toolset and the personal toolset that I’ve shown you on the website. Please watch out for the next Career Maker System email. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and I hope you will realize the privilege of having too many choices deserve that you go and explore, prepare and engage these choices to get absolute clarity about the one that will work best for you. Thank you for listening.

Do you like your job, but it has become a bit boring? Feel like you need more challenges? Let master career coach, Unre Visagie show how to use your current job and get access to greater opportunities.

Slide 1 (My job is great – I am ready for more challenges)

We are talking today about ‘I’m ready for more challenges’,  that very privileged position where I have choices; I can choose which challenges I say yes to, and which challenges I say no to. It is interesting that people always have perceived limitations, and if that is removed through information and a certain process, they get to a space of unlimited opportunity. This is all about choosing the challenges, that wonderful thing ‘choice’ that is the spice and the wealth of life. So few people ever feel they have choices in life.

If we break free from those perceptions, you can see these perceptions as cages or prisons, situations where they don’t have the key to move forward and nobody else is going to come and open the door. It’s always you that has the key, you only need to know that you have it and how to use it. If you move to opportunity experiences people see that with this system they get 15 – 30 percent increases within six to eighteen months by communicating differently to different people. Saying yes to the right things, and no to the things they should. There is a quote: “No is the most profitable word in the English language.” I find there is a lot of truth in that. This is the secure, safe and certain way to get to the ideal challenges for you. Get hold of them, make them yours, it will grow your career like a rocket, and never again will you feel in a perceived box.

Slide 2 (What can be done to get rid of the trapped feelings?)

Now we have established that you are ready for more challenges. Remember that when we work together, we invest and benefit together. If you take to other people what they want you will definitely get more of what you want. It always works; it’s also called delayed gratification. When you work hard in a direction; the better you plan it, the better your insight and clarity, the better chance you have of collecting in the end. How do you move forward? Waiting for others is never an option; they are busy with their own stuff as each of you know.

How do I communicate what I already do, understand and value? Which challenges I’m keen on, why am I keen on them, what am I prepared to do to get the challenges I want?  From these I will gain hugely, apart from the fun, you will also earn money. It is simply a matter of communicating correctly to be paid right for what you do; the decision makers must understand what you do. If we can manage to look around the molehills that are in front of us and appear very big, we can see the blue mountains beyond which we can go and climb. The problem is the molehill is right in front of our nose.

Slide 3 (The solution to break the traps and get rid of the frustrations)

Working together, investing and benefiting together there is a solution to break out of those perceived limitations, perceived meaning they don’t give it to me, I go and take it. You have to know what you currently do for whom and what you want to do next. You have to prepare and communicate what you do and what you want to do appropriately to influencers and decision makers, giving them what they want, it’s often as cheap as a thank you. Then engage and communicate the work and the value as you see it going forward. That will engage you in further input to make the right choices, that you choose the challenges with higher value and more certain arrival. It’s very important to know that if you keep on doing the same thing you will probably end up with less, because the effort goes in, the days goes by, and you don’t make the gain you deserve. Einstein made the statement that to expect different results doing the same thing borders on insanity.

Slide 4 (How does the system work for all of us?)

A brief review of business; you are a cogwheel, either driving or taking energy. The new challenges must enable you to drive harder, to fit better, to choose different places to fit in the engine, giving the executives what they need, aligned with strategy, giving the shareholders more return, which gives you more capital and more opportunity. Working with a team from week to week at agreed tasks, making sure you say yes to the right things and no to the things that won’t work for you. Delivering great value to a client when he comes shopping, remembering that the client brings the value that keeps the whole engine going, including getting you growing in your job and choosing the right challenges.

Those challenges that you choose must be aligned with the company strategy, the internal system, the client and there must be a clear line of sight to the shareholders, so they get more and you get more toys to play with. That will definitely make a big difference in moving you from the perceived boxes to the great spaces of choice and almost limitless growth.

Slide 5 (Know what you currently do for whom)

Let’s look at moving from the box to the great spaces. There are three steps. One is: know what you currently do for whom. On the website careerdevelopmentplan.net, you will see there’s a whole range of tools available to help you along and give you an idea of the value of what you do. In my coaching and the many companies I’ve built I’ve never found anybody that could articulate the value of what they do. Yesterday I was with executives from a company that has a three billion dollar turnover and the executives couldn’t articulate the value of what they do in that simple model.   Understand it and discuss it, know what you do more of, know what you are going to do less of, and communicate clearly how that is in the interest of all the stakeholders.

Slide 6 (Prepare to communicate to influencers)

This you can do in groups around you and selected people, change them often, don’t get stuck with the same people. That gets back to more of the same equals less, you have to keep on moving. It’s a lot of fun, you make a lot of new friends. This preparation you can do in your groups, all the information is on the web for you, we can also make a contribution where necessary to accelerate you. You discuss, you prepare, you identify and you practice. Practice by yourself, even in a mirror, it is much cheaper that practising where it counts.

When people start playing golf they don’t go directly to an eighteen-hole golf course, since that would become a very long day and a very long walk. You want to practice first on the driving range, maybe get yourself a teaching pro. We recommend that you use the people around you, that you use identified people, those are your teaching pros; they can observe and give you feedback. They will make very sure that you stay on track.

Slide 7 (Engage & communicate your work list to the decision makers)

Let’s look at the third step. You have now identified the people who can influence and assist you to gain access to the challenges that you want. The challenges you’ve chosen, why you’ve chosen them, the benefits of those challenges are clear and you’ve practised them. People love a man with a plan. I’ve never seen companies turn away a man with a plan. At North-West University in South Africa where we do a lot of pro bono work with Prof Japie Kroon we found that when students approach companies that they’ve chosen with a plan they always get the job they want. It’s extremely exciting to participate and see the excitement in their faces.

We recently had a very senior person earning $200 000 having the same experience, when he did the steps and he went back to his own environment he had a bit of a problem. He got six job offers and he’s having a very hard time deciding which one to say no to. What a nice problem to have! He sometimes gets frustrated with the choices, but I insist that’s it’s a super problem to have. You ask and you share, you use sharing and questioning skills, you respect, acknowledge, and say thank you. With a clear plan, nobody will refuse you if you have this approach. The supporting information is on the website for free.

Slide 8 (Fear and Fail and Risk)

To summarize the process; people often have fear, fear of failure and perceived risks. Fear stands for False Evidence Appearing Real and fail stands for First Attempt in Learning. All our lives we have learnt that way, why stop now? It seems to me the higher up we go, the more scared we become. We learn a lot quicker when we are young; we learn impossible things and sometimes break an arm. Know what you want to do, prepare, engage and know your store of goodies. You have a long list of assets.

We find that people find it very hard to articulate their own assets. Relationships are one of the most valuable ones, just talk to the people around you, they will tell you things that you won’t believe. There are also a lot of free tools on the website to help you articulate the value you have already accumulated and earned. The resources outside are almost limitless, if you use this process to engage those resources they will never say no to you. You will be amazed at what is available if you engage in an organized and planned way.

It’s like making your own staircase and climbing it. I know that’s a bit scary when you are in a safe place and you want to move. To make and climb the staircase at the same time may appear scary but if it’s a clear system it’s secure and safe. You explore, you prepare, you engage. In the process of going external and bringing it internal you already accelerate and grow your store, as people doing the process have found. The executives agreed that if they do this process they will grow their own careers and their company.

In the process you align your job with your chosen company, which you can change, and your chosen industry, you can change even that. The more you change, it just takes a bit longer, but you use your current store, current position to make sure you make that transition safe and secure. Then you align the work you do with the job and the career you want long term. I find very few people have a long term career aim or beacon; they just do the job and hope to get paid more. Now you know you’re going to get paid more. You end up being in charge of your future and your career aims, they are aligned, you have a plan. This gives you clear insight, knowledge and an absolute confidence which people just love. You will see that it attracts people. You will move towards the great spaces from the perceived limitations, boxes, where it’s like a glass plate, you can see it but you can’t touch it. The glass plate simply disappears. The examples around us are very heartening and it is part of my passion to see people take wing and fly. It’s such a joy to see their eyes light up, that’s what makes my life today.

Slide 9 (Start with the purpose, the Why)

We build in that you have a clear career purpose, job purpose that is aligned with the company’s vision and mission. Your objectives and short term goals, the tasks that you do daily, should dynamically be kept in line with changes in the vision and mission. It is very important to us that people realize that any career is almost the same as a business plan or project plan. It has similar elements. It is worthwhile to use the tools.

Slide 10 (The right job thinking discussion)

Let’s look at the rules. Many people spend their time resisting, fighting and querying the rules. Accept the rules, you can always influence them later. Know the rules. Align your decisions to thrive in the rules, whether the rules are good or bad don’t really matter that much. Also move along by asking other people, by engaging other people, you will open up the space of the possible. This is where you’ll probably find your new challenges. You will move the line along to increase your productivity space and move.

Slide 11 (The approach to engage people should be)

How do you approach these people? The key thing is to ask questions and you have to understand how to ask open questions, exploratory questions, and closed questions. All this information is available free on the website. If you practise this information with your friends while aiming in your own direction, discovering and exploring, by the time you come to the influencers you are ready and confident. Remember a man with confidence is always welcome.

Careerdevelopmentplan.net

Let’s take a brief look at the website. Specific, measurable, accountable goals are critical. If you look at planning your performance you can see there’s a whole lot of business and career tools available here. We’ve bundled them in groups to address specific situations, not like a library, although they are also available as a library. You can look at a whole lot of issues under Performance Management on the site. There is also Career Success and Career Mentorship. Let’s look at Career Planning and Performance as an example, we have bundled a whole group of tools that are applicable to that specific career performance. This will support you in choosing your next challenges, communicate your value, and become a strong driving cogwheel in the business model.

Slide 12 (Business toolset, Personal toolset)

For those who are ready for more challenges, that very privileged position, moving from the perception of limitations to the great space there’s the business toolset that I’ve just touched on, there is also the personal toolset that is aligned. I want to invite you to look out for the next Career Maker System email and we hope you will enjoy it. Congratulations if you are in this position where you have a great job and all you now have to do is to know which challenges to say yes to and which to say no to.

Feel like you are not getting paid enough for the work  you do? Let master career coach Unre Visagie show you what to do to change that as soon as possible!

Slide 1 (Getting paid right for what you do)

I’m not getting paid enough for what I do. This is something we hear often in our coaching and big businesses. At all levels of employment people sometimes feel that they are not paid enough. There’s a simple solution to get paid right where you are for what you do. Let’s look at the getting paid right process correctly.

What happened to Andre in one of the companies, he was really working hard and he felt cheated when he didn’t receive an increase. He made it known that he was looking, got a very good job offer and in the process he got a 40% increase in his existing company. Very uncomfortable situation, nice choice though. How could Andre have avoided this?

He could’ve turned this into a super opportunity and a fun experience. Today this process is packaged in the Career Maker System to always get paid for what you really do and getting paid right. We call it the secure, safe and certain way to get paid right, with the right solution and the right approach.

Slide 2 (Why should I be paid more now or soon?)

The question is always “What should you be paid for more?” I’ve had many people in my companies come to me and say “I need more money”, “I need to be paid more”. The question is always what do you do, and what is it worth to whom? You can earn and be paid according to your production, provided you can communicate your production. You will rarely get paid more if you wait, so waiting is not an option. You’ve got to do something about it.

How do you do it? Firstly, look at how you currently communicate the work you do. How you say yes to work and how you say no to work. Yes, you do have a choice if you know how to say yes and no. Each one of us does. Let’s look at the decision makers. If I ask you “Do they understand what it is you do and the value of what you do?” In Andre’s case, he worked so hard that they never noticed him. He felt it was very visible, but other people have their work and don’t notice. All that’s needed is they must become aware of what you do and how valuable it is.

Slide 3 (The solution to be paid right for what you do)

If that is true, what is then the solution to always be paid right for what you do? And even be paid forward a little bit because you stretch towards higher targets. There are three steps we will look at. You have to know what you currently do. Choose the people to communicate to, who are the real influence decision makers? If I look at Andre’s situation, he didn’t even consider his decision makers and the people that must make this decision, how much of the production is his. They just didn’t notice.

Slide 4 (How does the system work for all of us?)

To recap how Andre was working in the company, he was working very hard, but he didn’t make sure that his gears fit, that while driving the system he fits the system’s needs. A little bit of awareness, a little bit of appropriate communication and I can assure you his increase would have been even bigger than 40%. The executive management must know what he’s doing, why he’s doing it and agree on the value. Yes, you can manage your own success factors, your own tasks that are always aligned with the expectations of the shareholders.

You would ask what the shareholders have to do with my job. Understanding the purpose and the returns the shareholders expect and communicating that with management and your team, you become a more strategic contributor in your company, you become visible; you discuss higher end things with your managers. It makes all the difference. Fitting into your team and keeping the customer in mind. The customer is the one that comes shopping, that must pay us. When the customer pays us and my value to the team and the team’s value to the client is clear, how can you not be paid right when you inform the people upwards? We find that when you inform up, you use the management to do your work for you. That’s a different discussion.

Slide 5 (Know what you currently do for whom)

When you move from the box across to the great spaces, this is where you get paid enough, you get paid right, then things are right, therefore the great space. Know what you currently do for whom, why you do it, what is the value, when is it complete, those are simply things to clarify. I found in coaching and in all my companies that people can’t really answer this question. So step one is to figure out the answer to that question. In the process you will engage other people.

You will know the value, you will know what to do more of, and you will know what to do less of. When you engage other people it becomes very clear. We found that almost nobody can do it by themselves. We recently did this process with a few professors and they couldn’t answer it either. Their life changed when they communicated and they started saying no to some things and yes to others that were beneficial. When Andre saw this model and realized that he actually has a choice thing started changing.

Slide 6 (Prepare to communicate to influencers)

Let’s look at moving from the perceived boxes, because they are perceived, they are not real, moving from there to the great space, what is the process? The second one then, prepare to communicate to influencers. You want to identify them and understand who the decision makers are. What are their priorities, when do they deliver, and play the game. Inform them, choose the right tasks, and prepare with people around you, friends, family, you can even get professional people to help you prepare, but you want to be prepared.

You want to practice the communication. Discuss with selected people, prepare and seek more information, identify and go forward into practice, repeat this process a few times, the more you repeat it the clearer it will become. Now you are prepared and you know who the influencers are.

Slide 7 (Engage & Communicate)

You are now ready to engage. You engage these people with their priorities first, you engage them saying thank you to them. When you engage people with a little bit of respect and acknowledgement they never say no, they always enjoy it, a little bit of recognition, a little bit of saying thank you, say “Wow, it’s great what you do!” You can always find something, I know in some cases it’s very hard to find something to say thank you for, because there are many things that bug you. Andre never did that; therefore people never knew what he was doing, He never informed them, that is where the problem came from.

Slide 8 (Fear and Fail and Risk)

Let’s look at the process in summary. The perceived boxes are about fear and failure. It’s also about risks, how do I know they will treat me right? Will I do damage to my career if I risk this? Each of us are concerned about that. Remember that fear stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. Fail stands for First Attempt in Learning. Sometimes you do make mistakes, but you go back through the process, figure out what is right, and do it again. You cannot but succeed if you focus and the fear goes away. The process is: know what you do, prepare and engage.

Another thing we find in our companies, and with coaching etc. people rarely know exactly what their transferrable skills are. What is my experiences worth in the company? What are their natural aptitudes? Which relationships do they maintain bring to bear and how valuable are those relationships? In the process of knowing, preparing and engaging that becomes a lot clearer, because other people can see what is very difficult for us to know by ourselves.

In the process of exploring, preparing and engaging, you realize that all the resources are available, provided you engage them, engaging them with respect, showing people respect, having respect for what they do well. You can engage any knowledge or resource that you may need on the road forward. It’s like climbing your own staircase. I know making and climbing a staircase at the same time is the origin of a lot of fears and perceived risks. If you have a clear process, a clear system, this becomes a lot of fun, very exhilarating.

So you start by exploring, you prepare, you engage, and in the process your store is growing. In the process it also guides you to align your job with your company and your industry. Your skills, your expertise applied in the switch pot, makes you grow personally, you add more value and you are aligned in your job, industry and company. The same alignment applies to your work, job and career, where it is aligned with industry and company. The end result of the process is you get in charge of where you go, what you say yes to, what you say no to, how fast you grow, how big your increases are, where you work, with whom you work.

This gives you a whole lot of insight, knowledge and confidence. A man with a plan is never refused when you look for resources. People don’t know how to engage a man without a plan, so you just won’t get the resources from outside to bring it inside. You end up in a great space, having moved from the perceived boxes to no more fears, just great energy forward.

Slide 9 (Start with the purpose)

Inside the Career Maker System we have a whole lot of models we like to use to keep it simple, so people can visualize it and make it theirs very quickly. One of them is the clear career purpose, the clear job purpose with your short term objectives and tasks you are executing you keep them aligned with your vision and mission. If Andre did that and this was clear to his manager’s communicator he would never have had that stressful period of not getting paid right or not getting paid enough.

Slide 10 (Influence direct synergy)

Let’s look at one more example. A lot of people fight the rules instead of understanding them. The rules tend to be known and you don’t have an influence on their reality, slowly maybe, but not quickly. Spend no time fighting the rules; spend a lot of time understanding the game, playing the game where you can make decisions, where you can make a contribution, where you have influence, where it’s also known. You make your space bigger in this process of engaging people and preparing, you grow your options, you get to know more. The more you know, the more options you have, the more you can do and the quicker you grow. It’s such an obvious process. Interesting enough so few people do it.

Slide 11 (The approach to engage people)

We attempted to put a system together that came out of our multi-million dollar companies, we’ve built big incubators, we’ve done lots of coaching and a whole lot of pro bono work at universities, schools and communities. The approach to engage people is I respect and I say thank you. This gets the attention of the other person. What does the other person want? What the other person wants and needs must be first. If you give others more of what they want, I guarantee you get more of what you want. It works every time to say thank you.

There are two styles of questions we use extensively in this process, open exploratory and closed questions. On the website there are models for questioning, communication and interaction. To assist people with quick models that they can grasp and remember, they must share with people around them, which enable them to get a lot more information a lot faster. At the time, Andre didn’t have this tool, he used this but he never thought of using these tools for his own career growth. He used it in his family, in sales, but never in his own career, now of course, he does.

What should you do more of? What should you do less of? Which projects can you expand? In the model it all comes down to career project management. To that end there are a whole lot of models on the website. I want to demonstrate the website to you quickly (careerdevelopmentplan.net). There is a whole list of items related to career planning and performance management. We have grouped the tools around specific focus areas to make it easy for you to use the group of tools to address this one issue. There is a whole range of specific topics.

We would like your feedback at the bottom of the pages to improve these clusters. These clusters have been developed in a very large incubator that went from zero to $120000000 at the time in less than six years. We’re fairly proud of it, and we didn’t do all these things so well so the incubator didn’t keep growing at that speed. That story is on my personal site. You can see that the clusters of tools should make it easier to address each issue, as you may need it.

Slide 12 (Business toolset)

In conclusion, looking at ‘I am not paid enough for what I do’. This happens often, many people don’t even know that they are not paid enough for what they do. If they do this process, nine times out of ten they are paid more. Remember, you can come on the site and get our direct coaching, but more often than not, working with family, friends and work colleagues you can do it all absolutely free. We believe if we help a little it does accelerate. There’s a business and a personal toolset. Please watch out for the next email. Hopefully we can walk this journey with you, as we have done with many, to keep on increasing your salary in a practical, logical way every year.

Work Frustration

We are often frustrated by stupid politics in the workplace. Do you feel like people are backstabbing you and making up all kinds of stories to hurt your reputation? Are the people you work with frustrating the hell out of you? Let master career coach, Unre Visagie guide you through dealing with this unpleasant situation in this coaching video…

Slide 1 (People around here frustrate me)

Careerdevelopmentplan.net offers the foolproof Career Maker System. Today we specifically talk about how people in my workplace and other places could frustrate me from time to time.  In our businesses over the years, coaching, pro bono work at schools and universities, we have found that sometimes people do grind against each other and frustrate each other. How do you use this frustration to your benefit and influence your career decisions positively?

We believe turning frustration into career growth can be an exciting experience. People making career changes using the Career Maker System often got 30% and more increases within 18 months. They took the energy that’s gone into nurturing the frustration and they turned it around to work for them with less effort and a lot more fun. It creates a secure, safe and certain way to change towards your ideal career, and ensure that you earn what you want and what you deserve in the company, the job, the industry of your choice in midlife or after. We hope you enjoy the process and the details we offer you on the website.

Slide 2 (We all work, invest and benefit together)

People often have the awareness that people have is of they, others, that frustrate me. It creates a feeling that the others must change before I can be ok. In this model we turn it around; we let you use the opportunities where you work with others, even in frustration. So you can communicate what you do what you understand, your value, and you then move towards more valuable work for the company and for you. You will see how you grow, by getting rid of the frustrations and turning it into your benefit.

The solution for turning frustration into benefit: know what you currently do for whom, what you are committed to do, what’s part of your job to do and what you can expand to do, there’s a whole lot of opportunities. Prepare this communication with people around you, people you can trust and with whom you are comfortable. With your prepared communication engage anybody where you can deliver value, and especially those that in the past used to frustrate you in your interactions.

Slide 3 (Why would your employer want you to earn more)

Why would your employer be very keen for you to do this and pay you more? Yes, they do want to pay you more, but only if you do much more. That’s the way we’ve all earned more in our lives. In any business there’s shareholders that wants more returns, and if they get more, we get more capital to play with, it’s very simple. It’s easier for the board and the executive management to manage if we make an input strategically, if we add value, they can do more, and we all grow faster.

You personally grow faster, if you have an interest in the business and the industry, an interest in your teams, an interest to contribute, you will really make a big difference and be a cogwheel in the big engine of business that drives the whole thing. When one is frustrated, you so often slow down the whole machine, and then they are obviously going to pay you less. If you speed up the whole machine they are going to pay you more. How do you do that? Understand your role, understand where you fit, find the best fit for you and always keep the client in mind. At the end of the day, the people we deliver the service to finally must come shopping. They pay for what they buy from us. If we can produce better at a lower cost, it works for management, it works for the shareholders, and it obviously then works for us. It’s very important to understand your role as a cogwheel in the big business so we can all grow. There’s much more on this on the website.

We find that many people just look for a job and in a job you get easily frustrated, whereas if you go to work for the company, you go to produce, you go to add value to clients, stakeholders, everywhere around you, everybody loves you and the frustration often just vanish and you will get that fantastic increase, as I hope you will get. The challenge then is to move from the perceived boxes where they frustrate me, where the company decides etc. It’s like a glass plate, you can see on the other side but you can’t touch it. We want to break that glass plate, to think outside the box and move to the great space, where your earnings grow and you get the job you really want and build the career you really want.

Slide 4 (Know what you currently do for whom)

When we all work, invest and benefit together we don’t need permission to do that. We can simply go and do it following these techniques: know what you currently do for whom. On the website I give you a note to show you the value of what you do, the understanding, the insight, you discuss it with people close to you and you ask what more can I do, what else can I do? What must I delegate, what must I do less of? Jack Welsh from GE said NO is the most profitable word in business. NO is also the most profitable word in your career and your job, provided you know what you do, people around you know what you do, you can easily say no and choose what else to do to grow yourself.

Slide 5 (Prepare to communicate to influencers)

From thinking outside the box to the great space, the second step is to prepare to communicate with the people you want to work with, that you need to work with. People must know what you do so they can pay you properly, they can’t pay you properly if they don’t know, so you must prepare so you can communicate. You can’t go and ask them, you have to go to them with solutions, you must have already tested it and be prepared, have your story prepared. You will see elsewhere on the website there’s much more on stories. Your story must be clear.

Here are some selected notes to get you going. Discuss with selected friends, family and colleagues. Prepare and get more information, do some research; ask people who do a similar job in another company, etc. Join associations; join magazines en ezines etc. In this way you become part of the company and part of the industry. Practice those communications so you are prepared for the third step.

Slide 6 (Engage and communicate your work list)

Now you engage the people that can make a difference around you, people that you can delegate to, people that you can get work from and people that need to know to pay you properly. In this process frustrations just go away because you are a task-driven person, you are clear, and when somebody frustrates you, you can simply ask them: “What are we achieving here?” “Let’s rather go for the results so we can earn more money.” You ask and you share, you need good questioning skills that you can find on the website. Respect and acknowledgement will get you a long way. If you go to people around you, below, next to you or above you, you find something you can say to: “Wow, this is great!” They immediately feel bigger. They will immediately want to be with you and frustrations just disappear.

Slide 7 (FEAR & FAIL & RISK)

Let’s look at moving from where people frustrate you to turning that energy into great production, instead of turning it into a negative situation. We all fear, and fear just stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. Fail stands for First Attempt in Learning. If you look back at your life, you learnt to walk and talk, you learnt to tie your shoes, you learnt to ride a bicycle; anything included some failure and some skin. But we got back on the bicycle, it wasn’t a big deal, but when it gets to people, we are scared what they will think. This process will let you practice so you recognize the false evidence and it goes away, the fear of failure goes away, and you start moving forward. The process, to remind you: know what you do, prepare and engage.

You have a fantastic store of assets, everybody has. People have experiences, expertise, interests, aptitudes and relationships that they never articulate, they never unpack it. Talk to people around you, they can see what you can’t see yourself. During my life when I was building businesses, recruiting people, coaching people and doing pro bono work in schools, I haven’t even found a professor that can do his own list. Talk to others around you, if you experience difficulties, come to the website and ask us questions, we can help you. You will see that the resources, whatever resources you may need, are already out there. Your challenge is to bring those resources inside as you climb up the staircase and make your own staircase. Climbing and making a staircase at the same time could be challenging, that is why we have created this safe process from our experience over the years with our friends and professors.

To start: explore and identify. Prepare, engage, and in the process you grow and clarify your store, and you are clearer on what you say yes and no to. Remember no is the most profitable word ever. In this process you are guided to align the job, company and industry that you want to work in. You want to play in the middle, growing your job and growing your company as part of a growth industry. Secondly, you want to make sure that your job aligns with the work you want to do and the work with the job and both of those helps you grow your career long term. You focus in the middle with your asset list and grow. You end up being completely in charge of your future. You don’t have to ask, because you already know what others think and value. Your career aims are aligned with your work, job, company and industry. This insight and knowledge gives you confidence and it puts you in absolute charge.

Slide 8 (Start with the purpose)

We follow a process that let you clarify your purpose in your career. From purpose you can go to objectives and tasks, and dynamically align with your mission and vision. This is a very dynamic change, industry change, company change, your needs change, especially in midlife when you get impatient quicker, you don’t suffer fools so easily anymore. In that process, the more clarity you have, the more people want to be around you. It’s a lot of fun when there is clarity in communication around you.

Slide 9 (Earn more now thinking discussion)

Another model you will learn about in the process is to clearly understand the company’s rules, every way, strategy, focus, clients, what excites them etc. The rules are known and they can’t be changed easily, obey the rules while you work to change them. This is the space you want to spend more time in, provided you don’t waste time on being frustrated about the rules, because often that causes the frustration. Understand and accept the rules, then you can play in understanding and testing for outcomes: the best outcomes for you, the best outcomes for all the stakeholders as we have mentioned in the business model and especially the best outcome for the client.

When you focus on the client nobody can differ from you, because he’s the client, he comes shopping, he’s the only one that pays. You are also going to move in an area where it’s unknown to you but you have influence, then you go and explore. That is why you get more information, talk to more people. This is what all these models help you grow in inter and intra, with clear aims for the next phase of your career after midlife.  It is so easy to not do this and get stuck in midlife with growing frustrations. Remember we want to turn frustrations into benefits.

Slide 10 (Approach people for input and advice. You gain awareness)

Approach people for input and advice and you will gain awareness. A brief review, how would you do this? Your approach should be: I admire something about you. There’s always something you can find, just look past the very frustrating interface, you will find something nice, even if you just thank him for frustrating you in the extreme. We had cases like that, where Nadine was very angry at some people, she thanked them for the opportunity to grow with them, they then turned around and gave her such valuable stuff that her salary increased over 20% in six months. They pointed out what she does that is valuable that she didn’t even know. Communicating that to the right people resulted in her getting a tremendous increase six months later. Recently, during a time when the company gave no increases, they realized they had to compete for her in the industry and she still got her increase.

Turning frustrations into benefits work, if you want to see Nadine’s story, it is on our sister website: ebio. You can just click on Nadine. You have to have serious questioning skills where you ask what else? What more? So you can explore. Your questions can be specific or your questions can be what do you think? There are closed questions and open questions. It’s all on the website and it’s all easy to use. Who else can you recommend I talk to? It’s amazing who people will introduce you to if you just ask. That is an easy way to turn your frustrations into benefits. Closed questions have to be specific. Exploratory questions consist of what else, who else, where else and so forth. There is much more about that on the website. Some of the processes on the web fit exactly what we have given you here. Look at the model SMARTM: Specific, Measurable, Accountable, Reward and Resource, Timing, Monitor, how do you do this? In any work environment all this can be obtained by giving other people benefit or opting them to help you. The processes are on the website.

Careerdevelopmentplan.net website

Let’s look at Planning and Performance. All of the resources are listed here that help you with goal setting, planning and communicating. It is grouped into an easy source for you to navigate.

Resource website

The resource website has a whole lot more resources. There are career success processes, understanding, business processes, career change, development plan; all of these are applicable to midlife career growth and change. A whole number of them, like the interpersonal skills, can turn frustrations into big benefits.

Slide 11 (Supporting the foolproof Career Maker System)

We have the business tool-set and the personal tool set that you’ve just seen on the website. Watch out for your next Career Maker System email!

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It is all about the meeting’s purpose and outcomes

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Manage business meetings with purpose and outcomes.

Business meetings need clarity, outcomes and purpose - else say NO!

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How to manage a business or team meeting

  1. Plan the meeting
  2. Talk about and listen
  3. Proud of session
  4. Vision and mission
  5. Action road forward and direction
  6. Further engagement
  7. Techniques to increase value flow
how to manage a meeting

How to manage a meeting

Plan the meeting

  • Keep the time and logistics in mind. Structure the meeting and keep the process of organizing in line to achieve the desired outcome / outcomes.
  • Choose a congenial place and time for all individuals involved in the meeting.
  • Who can contribute to the meeting with the best benefit and fit for the specific scenario and goal of the meeting? If you wish to take another person with to the meeting, decide on someone that will fit and cause stacking. Stacking means there is more than one direct benefit to more than one individual or entity involved.
  • Clarify the objective: what do all those involved hope to get out the meeting? Ensure that the expectations of all those involved are shared and calibrated with one another.

How to talk about & listen during the meeting

  • Listen in a structured manner
  • Share in a structured manner

Use the Carnegie method of opening or re-starting a conversation when you get stuck during the meeting:

  • In your mind walk down the street in which the person you are conversing with lives, see the brass plate next to the front door: ask questions about where the individual lives or where they lived.
  • Now walk into the house in your mind’s eye: talk about and ask about what you see on the walls, like photographs, pictures, paintings, ornaments and so on.
  • On top of the house, there is an airplane: where has this person traveled or where do they wish to travel.
  • On top of the airplane is a hobbyhorse: what type of hobbies do they practice and what other interests do they have.
  • On top of the plane, on top of the hobbyhorse sits grandma knitting: where does his/her family come from and what are they engaged in.
  • Identify the feelings, positive or negative, driving the other individuals in the meeting.
  • Positive and negative feelings
    • We are driven by what we desire.
    • This desire is driven as much by positive feelings as it is driven by what we do not want.
    • Humans appear to be more capable of stating what they do not want than what they do want. We seem to struggle with stating our observations about these negative feelings, the things we do not want.
  • The Issue is
    • Continually ask yourself: “It will be right when?”. Use The Issue Is model to assist in creating clarity.
    • Part of sharing in a structured manner is to be able to lead the other individuals on discovering when something will be right.
    • Statements like “The real issue is…” and “When will this be right…?” is typical of this type of conversation.
  • Rapport and Reflection
    • Build rapport by using encouraging body language and activator statements.
    • Reflect and mirror the other person’s statements to ensure you understand what is being said or asked. For example if someone makes a statement like: “You must remember to complete the letter.” You would then mirror that statement ensuring you understood the other person: “You would like me to complete the letter to John as we discussed previously, would you like me to mail it as well or do you want to read it first?.” This ensures there are no misunderstandings and possible challenging situations.
    • Allow the other person to complete what they want to say. Build rapport by using statements like, “Tell me more”, “Wow really!?”, “Is it really like that?”, “They do that?” etc.
  • Open or re-start a conversation using the Carnegie model above (see the book by Dale Carnegie: Winning friends and Influencing people for more resources).
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  • There is basic “stuff” any person on earth feel comfortable talking about. This includes subjects like family, hobbies, travel, interest, art, music and many more such subjects. When a conversation comes to a place where the other person or people are low on energy, in other words they are struggling to communicate with you, use the Carnegie method to re-start the conversation. This process can also be used to start a conversation.

What are the other person/people proud of?

Make the other person feel important

  • What are the other person/people proud of in home, career, business and relations?
  • What does he/she believe in?
  • Religious statements are taboo. When treading in the realm of personal belief, leave the other person to talk, you just listen without reacting. Be aware of making controversial statements or attacking the others’ statements. Use these methods to get the most out of a meeting; do not allow emotional reactions to sabotage the purpose of the meeting.
  • Where does the other spend most of their time?
  • What is on their minds? Things, places and people they have on their minds the most. Such information can be helpful in framing a meeting. Be really interested without probing.

Structure the vision & mission during a meeting

Structure and frame the exploration of the meeting

  • Keep the identified goal in mind
  • What are the other people about?
  • Where are they going in life?
  • What do they wish to achieve?
  • What are their dreams and aspirations?
  • When engaging in a vision / mission type conversations remember and share stories where applicable. It could make for very interesting conversation. Be careful to never attack another person’s beliefs. Some examples include:
  • Gandhi was about dignity and he ended with freedom.
    • Gandhi wanted dignity for his people. He achieved freedom; do the people now have dignity?
  • Madiba was also about dignity and we now have democracy.
    • Madiba also wanted the people to have dignity in being productive. The people now have the vote. Does having the vote bring about dignity?
  • Kennedy caused the USA to believe they are a super race, which caused Vietnam.
    • Kennedy made America invincible by putting the first man on the moon. America believed they could not lose in Vietnam.
  • These are strong examples to use, but if you do not understand the purpose of a meeting, the outcome for your company, project or personally might be the same!

Action road forward and direction

Ask and answer questions like:

Where will you be?

What will you do?

For whom will you do it?

What will the result be?

  • What is the direction we want to go according to the information gathered from the meeting? What alternatives do we have? Develop alternatives using methods like “Asking questions”, “Strawmen” and Edward de Bono’s PO “.
  • Ask questions like:
    • “What else?”
    • “Together with?”
  • Strawmen:
    • One can create it and then burn it, no emotions or structure attached to it. Facilitate out of the box thinking.
    • One is able to develop new ideas without having to defend; there is nothing to defend because it is a Strawmen.
  • Edward de Bono’sPO:
    • Edward de Bono’s PO works in the same manner. One asks the question: “What is PO?” PO is nothing; it can thus be anything one wants it to be. It belongs to nobody and means nothing so PO can be anything you want it to be; again without having to defend it.
  • Orders first or missionary
    • If the project must have orders to sustain it then how does one go about getting orders?
    • If the project is missionary, it is an organization or individuals personal passion, who provides the resources?
  • Are the Seven risks of businesscovered?
    • Seven risks of business, which applies to any project as well.
    • Cover each of the risk areas with co-opted STORRGIES, in other words – obtain external resources that will cover the gaps identified in the project.

Further engagement

  • Conclude and agree who does what, where, when and why?
  • Determine if Venn diagram overlaps exist or not.
  • Venn diagrams
    • A Venn diagram gives a graphic representation of the different stakeholders involved in the possible project. There where the overlap between the areas exists is where you can test the possibility of further engagement and value-add.
  • Have clear next actions .
  • What is the time and place for what needs to happen next?
  • What other people must be involved?
  • Which resource needs to be added or identified?
  • What is the desired outcome of further engagement or of the actions decided upon in the meeting?

Techniques to increase value flow

Each technique you make yours will serve you for life.

  • Continuously add value using these techniques.
  • Grow and diversify communication skills .
  • Mature listening skills
  • Practiced questioning skills

Use and learn old techniques like “Feel Felt Found” to associate with and learn from.

Key questions

  • What do parents, family and friends mean to the career seeker?
  • How do you apply the knowledge that you have gained about yourself?
  • How would you remove limitations to communicating and finding career opportunities?

2.1 INTRODUCTION

This module has two focal points.  It looks at the use of knowledge that you have gained about yourself (after working through Modules 1 & 2); and it looks at how to involve and inform parents and family. Up to this point you have gained some insight into personality, aptitude, abilities, interests, values and careers in general.  It is now important to apply the knowledge about these concepts to inform parents, family, and friends, to say thank you (do you remember how this was explained in PCAR03X: Unit 1?) and to attract resources to implement your work access campaign. Inform them regarding your personality, your abilities and values and what possible careers will suit you best. Remember that this is the same process your career seeker clients will follow. It is important for you to go through the same process to be able to help and guide your future clients effectively.

2.2 WHAT DO PARENTS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS MEAN TO CAREER SEEKERS?

PCAR03X, Unit 2, Activity 1

  1. Open http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venn_diagram and http://www.logictutorial.com/ and study the Venn diagram again.  Also, refer back to Tutorial Letter PCAR01V/103/2007.
  2. You have already explored your interests, values, aptitude, and abilities.  Now you need to enter this into the Venn diagram to see how it overlaps and determines your passions.  Use the Venn diagram from Tutorial Letter PCAR01V/103/2007 and discover what it is that you have not yet shared with your parents, family and friends. Use the structured results from your exercises in Module 1 and preparation for communication in Module 2 and share what you have discovered.
  3. You will use the words which you discovered by completing Module 1 (use the adjectives from the Johari window from PCAR01V/103/2007 as a guideline) to enter in to the Venn diagram.  Use the Venn diagram below as a structure and let others complete it with you.  Discuss the results with parents, family and friends.
  4. Capture your personal experiences and discoveries in your MiCareerBook for the CV exercises.
  5. Record your experiences while completing the above activities in your MiActivity Book as part of your assignments

Feedback:

You will find that after completing the Venn diagram on your aptitude, personality, interest and values, you will be able to communicate your own personal qualities to your parents, family and friends more easily.

PCAR03X, Unit 2, Activity 2

  1. What do you think is the value of knowing yourself with regard to your personality, aptitude, interest and values, for a career choice?   Briefly write down five points about the importance of knowing yourself.
  2. Discuss your ideas about knowledge of yourself as a basis for a responsible career choice with your study colleagues, family or friends.
  3. Capture your personal experiences and discoveries in your MiCareerBook for the CV exercises.
  4. Record your experiences while completing the above activities in your MiActivity Book as part of your assignments.

Feedback:

Do you remember that choosing a career implies that you are going to be active in a certain career field for at least eight hours per day?  Will you be able to do the work that is expected of you and will you find it interesting enough to spend all that time at it? Do you have the necessary ability to use your talents or do you need training to become competent?

You must remember that the way that you see yourself should determine your career choice.  However, in the next section, attention will be given to the way that your parents, friends or family see you regarding your personality, aptitude, interest and values. Their opinion regarding your personal qualities will give you greater insight into yourself.

2.3 INVOLVEMENT OF PARENTS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS

You will gain access to social networks and support by informing the important people in your life about your work preferences and opportunities. The career seeker will, however, require firm support during these change processes.[1] You as career guidance practitioner should transfer your knowledge and skills of the processes involved in informing and support to your career seeker.

Keep in mind that parents, family and friends:

  • give verbal input regarding the different careers which you might be considering, and
  • unconsciously model their specific careers to you and your community.  Therefore, be careful not to explore too many other career opportunities and miss the obvious career choices around you!

PCAR03X, Unit 2, Activity 3

  1. Study the Johari window again.  Also, refer back to tutorial letter PCAR01V/103/2007.
  2. Use the Johari window from PCAR01V/103/2007 and discover what it is that you have not yet shared with your parents, family or friends. Use the structured results from your exercises in Module 1 in preparation for communication in Module 2 and share what you have discovered.  As author, I would like to thank Plug, Meyer, Louw and Gouws (1991:168) for their specific applications of the Johari window.
  3. Make a page with the four quadrants. Use the Johari window, (Figure 3.2 below) as an example) and let others complete it with you.
  4. Capture your personal experiences and discoveries in your MiCareerBook for the CV exercises.
  5. Record your experiences while completing the above activities in your MiActivity Book as part of your assignments.
  6. This is an example of a career related use of the Johari window as described by Gouws and Kruger (1994:164). Please complete it as part of PCAR03X, Unit 2, Activity 3.

Figure 3.2 The Johari window applied to a career seeker

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Feedback:

Did you learn anything new about yourself by completing the Johari window?  You can use these processes with family, friends, family and local leaders in the workplace. As a result the people around you will get to know you and during your discussion with them, you will get to know them to a certain extent. Getting exposure to each other and your willingness to share your intrapersonal qualities with them will contribute to reducing possible prejudice and bias and the meeting might even provide a working environment that might be available to you in the future. Meeting each other, thanking them for the opportunity for discussion and sharing information about yourself make for a safe growing experience for all.

2.4 THE NATURE OF CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Unlike urban youths, young people in rural and remote areas generally have to leave home to attend secondary school. They most certainly have to go to urban centres to do any type of training, which can put them on a career path.  Children from the rural areas do not have the same background knowledge on career and study possibilities as their urban friends due to limited exposure to the few careers that their community members have. Obviously a smaller variety of job opportunities is available to them in their rural areas.   Most career-related information and resources are located in distant centres which are inaccessible to most rural families.  Professionals, who have the required career-related knowledge, are concentrated in larger urban settings (Jeffery, Lehr, Hache & Campbell 1992:240-241).

Jeffery et al. (1992:241) found from their research in rural parts that the major problems faced by rural parents were lack of career-related information and lack of knowledge on how to obtain available information.  They came to the conclusion that parents were not adequately equipped to assist their children in making job choices, e.g. in terms of information about the range of jobs available and in understanding what certain jobs entail.

Jeffery et al.  (1992:246-248) did research in Canada and listed a number of hypotheses (expectations) to be verified in interviews with parents in rural areas.  The list was split into two groups: family, community and cultural reviews and job, career and labour-related concerns.

It would be interesting to note the outcomes of similar research under South African circumstances!

Read carefully through the list of hypotheses/expectations.  What would you predict the outcome of research in South Africa to be? For interest’s sake indicate your view in the true or false column provided.
Family, community and cultural concerns TRUE FALSE
1           Problems result from very close bonding of the young person to parents, peers, home and community.

2          Widely held beliefs that home communities are the best or only place to be (ethnocentrism).

3          Fears held by young persons and perhaps parents that young people are unable to compete successfully elsewhere.

4          Situations where the young person is socialised into non-creative solutions/non-provocative stances when it comes to the pursuit of careers.

5          Many members of the community (the potential role models for both the parents and the youth) demonstrate that they have adapted successfully to what is, in many respects, a difficult local situation.  In other words, there are many role models who are “surviving” as unemployed people.

6          Many gender-related issues and problems.

7          Problems resulting from early pregnancies.

8          Widely held views that it is easier and cheaper to stay at or near home.

9          Inter-generational patterns of welfare or unemployment insurance dependency.

10         Common parental strategies, which encourage the young person to return home when there is stress.

11         A limited number of role models in communities capable of demonstrating good career decision-making skills.

12         Tendencies for young people (who leave the home community for career purposes) to go primarily to those settings where there already is a support network rather than to unfamiliar communities.

13         Greater problems for youths associated with leaving the old situation, than with their ability to cope with a new situation.

14         People have problems because of substance abuse.

Jobs, career and labour market information concerns TRUE FALSE
1           An absence of jobs available in the area.

2          An absence of information on places (local or distant) where one might get work.

3          A limited amount of knowledge about the wide range of career options that exist.

4          Limited parental and youth knowledge about how to identify persons or services that can supply them with or lead them to information.

5          A lack of parental and youth awareness that there are often support services in a new community from which they might seek help (i.e. churches and social clubs).

6          An extensive misinformation about what it is like in other centres.

7          A relative absence of “mentors” or persons who encourage or challenge youth to search more widely.

8         A relative absence of parents with strategies for finding work.

2.5 REMOVING LIMITATIONS TO COMMUNICATION

An analysis of the data collected in Canada by Jeffery et al (1992:249) supported many of the hypotheses in the above table. This meant that their expectations were well founded.

However, it was found that parents expected and supported youth to leave the community.  Furthermore, no support was found for the hypothesised notion that parents encourage their children to return home if confronted with stressful situations when away.   Parents also knew that career identification and problems existed and tried hard to identify solutions.

Parents also expressed the view that because of their lack of education, they did not see themselves as good role models for their children.  They also felt that they lacked adequate experience and knowledge to offer sound educational advice.

If the same problems regarding career guidance by rural parents occurred in South Africa, what assistance could be given to them to help them to prepare themselves to guide their children in a career choice? Remember, you intend to guide people in your community regarding their choice of careers!

Feedback:

I would like to make a few suggestions for you to add to the ideas which you might have. Is it possible to bring rural career seekers closer to the same processes that successful workplace families already have? This could be done by exposing them to successful and advantaged people.  How is this done? You could arrange to bridge the difference between them and successful workers by accessing successful work people through civil and civic organizations. You could help the rural career seekers to communicate their knowledge and interests to their parents, family and community members. Not only does this give them the opportunity to practise speaking about themselves, but it will prevent them from isolating themselves from the community. Instead they will raise the knowledge and awareness of the jobs to which they have been exposed within the community as a whole.

You also need to assist parents to assist young people during the transition from home to work.  Parents and leaders should be briefed during the processes to obtain and participate in the information exchange on careers and jobs.  Under your guidance, community leaders could assist parents to form groups for discussion about careers and educational activities. The following information is important and should be included in the communication:

  • finding career information
  • coping with the problems of registration, loans, insurance, etc.
  • helping children to leave home
  • coping with loneliness and relocation problems
  • helping young people anticipate and deal with their new freedom
  • helping young people maintain a pride in their roots
  • helping young people cope with fears of being “different”
  • communicating with and staying in contact when a young person is away

Remember that extensive web resources exist and the leaders’ involvement makes the choices safer.

2.6 SUMMARY

Successful families have structures in place which remove barriers to communication with their children. A circle of families can offer many possible opportunities to the children of their friends. Access and knowledge are shared freely for the sole purpose of adding value to young people and offering them opportunities in life.  In rural areas this is not possible. The only option is thus to increase knowledge about career opportunities by creating a partnership between the youth and the older community. Everyone learns and everyone grows and this will continue to benefit the community for generations to come.

It is therefore important for you as career guide to practise the process of informing the people around you about your own personal qualities (your own Johari window) and about the career opportunities which you can offer them.  You need to help the career seeker use the same strategies as successfully as you have done to avoid their isolation and to promote knowledge distribution among the people in the community.


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Have FUN and grow your capacity to contribute to the success of the company and your career in terms of profit and growth, enjoy reaching a level where you can effectively teach others through example, coaching and mentioning.
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As we indicated earlier, success will be measured by the degree of overlap amongst the needs of the company, the customer and you.
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Being successful implies:

A process of logical incremental growth in personal capacity in line with your chosen level of self actualization within your current goal cycle; combined with sustainable high financial and productive growth, while striving for inner peace and the chosen balance in your own life. Now that’s a mouthful!

Have FUN and grow your capacity to contribute to the success of the company and your career in terms of profit and growth, enjoy reaching a level where you can effectively teach others through example, coaching and mentioning.

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You can use the various tools in this book, like The Issue Resolution Module Model, The Six Thinking Hats, Emotional Awareness, The Order Cycle, to name but a few, to enable and empower you to be even more effective.

Developing these skills forms part of your Walk & Talk process within your company.

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Right, from what I have read so far, I can see how important this ‘overlap’ is. How can I begin my alignment process?
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These principles will create a mind set which is a prerequisite for you to develop into a thriving individual in both your personal and professional life.
Furthermore, if you consciously focus on embedding these principles in your mind, your own skills will develop as you apply these principles to various aspects of your job.
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During the Walk & Talk process you will develop various skills, ranging from interpersonal to business skills. Moreover, you will acquire a set of basic underlying principles.

These principles will create a mind set which is a prerequisite for you to develop into a thriving individual in both your personal and professional life.

Furthermore, if you consciously focus on embedding these principles in your mind, your own skills will develop as you apply these principles to various aspects of your job.

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Every journey needs a map to guide us. In our case, it is helpful to construct mind maps to guide our development along the Walk & Talk process. The most important principles which the individual should acquire are illustrated below in a mind map.

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