Job

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.

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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career change ideas

Are you tired of your current career direction?

Struggling to create a list of career change ideas?

Follow master career coach, Unre Visagie as he teaches a simple process to identify career change ideas that will fit your unique situation. Career change can be a scary thing, but if you approach your career change using a simple, safe and secure system, it all just falls into place. Check out the video below to start generating some ideas for your next career!

Careerdevelopmentplan.net offers the foolproof Career Maker program. As part of this we offer a process for career change ideas to stimulate you to organize your career change ideas into segmented elements. It works extremely well when you concentrate on a specific area at a time. The idea is to move from ‘I have a job and earn money’ to where you live in a great space with everything you want and money. Only one part of us consists of work. We are also social, spiritual, and physical; we are also friends and parents. We are many things. Only a small part is work. Let’s keep that in the back of our minds.

We would like to show you how these ideas move you from your current situation to the work of your choice, the job of your choice, the company of your choice and the industry of your choice. Many people argue with me that you can’t choose them all at the same time. That’s correct. You start with choosing your work and you have a clear career aim. In order to design your clear career aim it’s a good thing to start with as many change ideas as you can. You first go wider, you explore, and then you use the explored information when you are ready to engage.

There are always three steps in each element: you explore, you prepare and you engage. Look at your past experiences, the work you’ve enjoyed doing, what you have enjoyed at school and what you have enjoyed anywhere. Look at your past and look at what may be, what you think will give you joy. I will discuss all of them at the same time but first make notes on explore. Let’s look at specific transferrable skills. People find it hard to look objectively at all their past activities, the projects they were involved with, and the teams they were involved in. The idea is to focus on specific elements related to transferrable skills. The same with aptitudes, you can see from your past involvements where your aptitudes are. You can also get feedback from the people you were involved with. We will give the specific model to ask feedback.

There are models; some published, some not yet, on the web to assist you will these tasks. When you look back at your past activities your interests become clear. Many have to look at both their past and their desired future at the same time. Know what you believe and what you value. It’s very important to know that there are no right and wrong beliefs and values, there are just beliefs and values. If you choose an area of work, job, company and industry, that align closer with what you believe and what you value, it becomes a lot easier to thrive in that environment. If your values and beliefs differ a little from your chosen environment it becomes tough. So what do you believe? It’s good to ask why you believe it, but much later in the program we’ll get back to why.

Our beliefs and what we value were often not freely chosen, they are a product of past experiences, family, community, work, etc. All of those formed what we believe and what we value and why. We encourage you to go plus plus so you expand. It’s very important to keep your roots and grow your roots and expand from there.

Lastly, one of the most valuable things is who we relate to and the relationships we have formed, who and why. These relationships were often formed out of past activities and not freely chosen. You will see that freely chosen is a very important concept that keeps recurring. What’s more, there’s a process to go about choosing freely what suits you, why you relate to people, what you add to them, how you add to them and how you build relationships.

It’s a very clear process learnt at Hewlett-Packard way back, applied in all our multi-million dollar companies that we were privileged to build. All of this comes from the people in those companies who managed them to maximum productivity. Thereafter we did a lot of pro bono work at universities, schools and communities, under social ventures. We also did a lot of professional coaching at companies and with people, to grow their careers and grow the people; this is how you grow a company.

Relationships are critically important. Very few people realize that the people they relate to relates to many more. And those relate to many more and this never stops, until we are six levels away, fifty to the power six. We assume everyone knows fifty people that we don’t, then fifty to the power six are more of less all of the people on earth. So six levels away you can reach anybody on earth. It is simply a process or a model that explain how to achieve this.

Who and why? If you look at it segmented in this way you will arrive at a very long list of where you are and what your assets are. Just like a company has assets, a person has assets. Going forward, you take this initial process and engage with the people around you. This could be at home, with friends, at work, anywhere where you know people. If you check these things with them you will find that your list grows very quickly. You understand your assets much better. We haven’t met anybody who is not pleasantly surprised when we do this segmented process and they check it with the people around them. They also prepare the message and we are very excited about the power of stories.

Take this prepared message and engage the people you’ve identified, people who do similar work, people who do similar jobs, people in the companies you have targeted and people in the industry you’ve targeted. All of a sudden these relationships explode and you will get more career ideas. Recently, Ken, somebody we are coaching, couldn’t believe how many people he knows and when he was prepared, when he approached them, he got so many career opportunities, and even job offers that could double his $100 000 plus salary. It is an amazing process; nobody goes through this without getting new job offers, university students as well. We even had younger people that got sponsorships once they’ve done this process.

The key thing to remember is to keep your career, your work and your job aligned. If your career area grows, your work area grows, your job area grows, the overlap with the company, the industry and value-add grows. You want to move up the pyramid of production, from where you were a person at entry level, you grow into the teams and you keep on growing. You have to accelerate and arrive at a strategic level.

The process applies whether you have an expert career or whether you are on a management path. The expert path is somebody that grows in expertise and is very valuable to everybody in a company; we have a very specific process to manage that path. The management path differs a little in content. If you arrive here and you are clear with your message, it’s like a beacon that shines for you. You have access to a whole bunch of new opportunities and your store is growing in this process.

If you look at career change ideas, you can change your career, change the work that you do, change the job that you want or move your job in the company, or to another company. Even consider another industry that might excite you more and grow faster. Each one of the segments generates new ideas, your experiences, your transferrable skills, your aptitudes and your interests. It’s simply a process to generate ideas. I would like to add actual ideas to stimulate your thinking. Remember another person’s ideas can never be yours; it’s only yours that are relevant. I hope it helps you to engage in this process to generate career change ideas, to apply them and to engage to create huge opportunity, grow your relationships and grow your asset store. If you have any difficulties with this please ask us below. If you have comments on this, please engage us.

The Work Environment

Earn a higher salary by understanding the systems around you in your work environment. Understanding these systems means you know where you fit in the machine that makes up your company. Understanding where you fir tin the machine enables you to participate more effectively in teams. You know which people are key people connected to you and your job in the company. Knowing which people are key people means you can communicate with these people effectively and keep them informed about the work you are doing. This in turn keeps you on the career growth fast track because you make yourself an invaluable asset.

This also means you do more and more of the work you enjoy doing, the work you are good at because your team and managers know what kind of work to pass on to you.

Career Change Cover Letter

Craft your career change cover letter

A carefully crafted cover letter gets your resume noticed. A carefully crafted resume gets you the interview. Having your story straight, with examples, in the interview lands you the job.

It does not matter how old you are or if you little industry related skills. It is more about what work experience you bring with you. Scroll down to watch a video of Master Career Coach, Unre Visagie explain how to craft your career change cover letter.

The career change cover letter is meant to get you the job you’ve chosen at the company you’ve chosen, in the industry that you’ve chosen. We’ve found that if the cover letter is clear it demonstrates that the man has a plan and he is clear on the why and what about the industry, the company, the job and himself.

If this is clear then invariably people get hired and we even found that with this clarity people get jobs at companies where no jobs existed or was planned, because they see wow, this man is enthusiastic about my industry, my company, his job and himself.  I have to have such a person in my company, I cannot let him pass. I know I don’t have a job right now, but I’m going to make one for him. This happens with about a hundred students a year under Prof. Kroon at the North-West University where we’ve been developing and running this program for seven years.

This happened after we used the process to build our companies. We’ve used it for the last ten years in our pro bono community work where we’ve empowered people to get jobs starting from nothing. Today young people with very bad home conditions and education are fully qualified mining engineers. The process truly works. It also works for several people we coach at a $100000 plus level that gets 30% increases in the jobs they want towards building their career; it’s always aimed at the long-term career.

If you look at a cover letter it’s you choosing the job, the work you want to do, choosing the company you want to do it in or with, and the industry you want to operate in. When you look at a company you must be very comfortable with the company’s clients. You must be comfortable with the way they serve clients and the way they approach clients.

If you then look at your career change cover letter, it must have a maximum of three paragraphs; it cannot be more than three paragraphs. You must state that you have a plan, that you are excited; it must contain facts about the job, the company and the industry. Job, company and industry always stay together. The second thing that your cover letter must show is that you have a clear thread in your past decision making, to actually get you to this point. The cover letter must then state any TRUST. Trust is about four elements: reliability, acceptance, openness and congruence and openness. It must be clear in your cover letter. To get it clear, be ready with factual stories, remembering that we are still a story-telling society.

Career Change Cover Letter

The Power of Storytelling

I think we must add something about the power of good stories. A clear, good story has awesome power.

Here is a link to a video of Peter Guber: Peter Guber on The Power of Storytelling.

So what are the stories you require?

You require stories that show your manageability, stories that show your willingness to be involved, stories that show commitment, commitment to results, stories that show initiative. These are the things they interview for. They will ask you three sets of questions in the interview. They will ask open questions, for which you must have ready answers. They will ask you closed questions, for which you must have facts or one of these short stories.

Here is a link to Peter’s book “Tell to Win”:

Q: You must get ready for the interview in your cover letter?

A: Thank you, very importantly, I would advise that you have this clear because what I found is that this has a huge input in the words of the cover letter. The main reason for doing it at this time is to ensure that you are actually backing up your cover letter. This back-up gives you absolute confidence. The company may have a process of pre-screening: telephoning etc. If they call you and you are not ready, you’ve lost. We’ve worked through thousands of CV’s and interviews in our companies and if there is a lack of clarity it goes to the bin. The people who stated clearly in their cover letter why they wanted to work for our company in our industry they got an interview without exception.

Q: These stories, are they supposed to be long? How would they look in the cover letter? Are they paragraph stories?

A: No, the stories don’t get into your cover letter. The cover letter gives a strong indication that you have the stories. The words in your cover letter reflect your confidence, that’s why you must gain the confidence. That’s why you must get your stories ready. Written is better, but if you are like me writing is not always easy. Keep your stories ready.

If your stories are ready and you can tell me why the job, why the company, why the industry and why you, I’ve hardly ever seen anybody fail to even create a job where none existed. That is the power of a well-constructed cover letter. Getting somebody to craft you a clever letter which is not your words is a very dangerous thing. We can assist you, or many other coaches can assist you to help you find your words. On the website you will find further techniques to help you get your words.

Secondly, what I find people have great difficulty with is that most of us can’t talk about ourselves, we get totally stuck, so I find that you’ve got to have a soundboard, somebody you trust that is able and capable. In recent examples for instance, the best soundboard we found for a guy that’s earning $140000 was one of his clients. Why would a client help him? It’s a simple technique, to go and say thank you to the client, and to say wow, it’s really great what you are doing and I want to ask you a weird question today. What do you think I do differently, what do you think my next career should be.

What does that show to the client that you approach? That you recognize him, he’s a significant person and you really respect and accept him. When you approach people for advice and input, those three things are the most important. Significance, recognition, acceptance and respect are the most powerful approach to humans. Hardly anybody can say no to that. When we get the younger or older people that we coach to get into companies and jobs that didn’t even exist, this is one of the things we prepare them with. To approach with the right approach, only you can help me because you are so great. That comes back to gratefulness. When you approach the person you’ve got to be extremely clear on what you want.

Q: Why would I approach a client and ask them how am I different? How does that relate back to the cover letter?

A: It is for you to understand and communicate your possible contribution, your unique approach, why you are a valuable addition. It’s very hard to find this by yourself. It’s a bit like a brain surgeon doing brain surgery on himself; not a good idea. And very often, constructing your own stuff is like doing brain surgery on yourself.

Q: And specifically in a career change situation? You’ve got to now indicate what your skills are, because you bring a skill set, it’s not like your bringing industry knowledge as such, because you’re making a career change. But you bring who you are to the company.

A: Then you find an advisor in that industry, the one that you want to change to, that is how you engage in the industry. Be clear about the how and what. The how and what process must be applied to every phase. Your cover letter must show why you are excited. How are you going to show it if you don’t engage people in the industry, read the magazines, go to some trade shows? You may even meet your next employer at a trade show.

Q: And the reason you want to spend this amount of time on your cover letter is that your cover letter gets your CV into the interview bundle?

A: Yes, you’ve got to get your CV out of a huge pile into a shortlist, survive the shortlist and then get into an interview.

You have to spend time on this. Otherwise you will appear like everyone else. You are going to keep on begging and pleading, and no-one will understand you. They want to help you, but you don’t allow them to. That is why we say the door to success has a handle on the inside. This process of having clarity on the how and what of each element we call the golden key to success. It’s your golden key. To craft the key, to make the key is effort, but it’s the rest of your life. And today is the first day of the rest of your life. Can you put too much effort into this? I don’t think so.

We find that people with this clarity are very successful in our second process, where once you have done this, we can assist you to get into companies that don’t even advertise for a job. If you want to really join accompany and you are clear on this, there’s a process whereby you hook yourself in. You go with respect, you go with knowledge, you go with enthusiasm you are irresistible, and you have it in you. I haven’t met a person that doesn’t have it in him.

Extra resources:

The elements of trust

The issue resolution model

The power of storytelling (Peter Guber and Tony Robbins)

Know your strengths and partner where you are weak.

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4.1 BACKGROUND

In the changing world of work there is almost unlimited work available for people with the right competencies. How does it happen that people are perpetually complaining that there is not enough work to do? Perhaps the problem lies with the skills and competencies a person has to offer to the workplace. This means that you need to gain the right competencies along with work access and work experience in order to ensure a job for yourself (and your future clients). You can do this by exposing yourself to different work situations and by doing work with people who are already have a measure of success in their work situation.

This unit illustrates the importance and reasons for you and your clients to work with someone. Preferably this should be someone close to you or someone who is one level superior to you as you will have to take up some of their time in the workplace and time is money!

How do you convince them that you are serious about your mission? Show them that you and your career seekers are doing peer group learning and need to learn with them (Module 1). The benefits that they will get out of the experience are personal growth from explaining and talking about their jobs and they can earn money from recruitment and placement fees. You need to empower them to share their work experience with you. Remind them that we are always the owners of our own choices and actions. Their decision to allow you to enter their world of work (as an observer) can make or break you (and your future clients). Our beliefs and attitudes keep us doing what we are currently doing. You can tactfully point out to them that you would not have approached them if you did not know/believe that they are successful role models whom you would like to follow and you know they are certain of their success and will not be threatened by your presence in their work situation.  Refer back to the attitude module (PCAR 01W Unit 5) in order to use the information which you studied to strengthen your argument and to convince them of your seriousness.

Don’t we often wait for something to happen and then we are disappointed when nothing happens or no one intervenes to change our circumstances? Now you are in the process of getting the tools which make it possible for you to choose to take action and make a difference to your own life and to the lives of others!

You can to refer to stratification and communities in PCAR3X Unit 3 to remind yourself of what separates the rich and the poor.  It is beliefs and habits which include lack of exposure to different work situations. If you decide to create work related experiences for yourself and others, you have demonstrate an attitude of, “I can” vs. one of “They must” in which you sit back and wait for opportunities to come to you.

The difference between South Africa and the United States of America is that South Africans often see work as punishment and something to be avoided. This statement is based on the personal experience of many of our family and friends who have visited or immigrated to the United States. This is prevalent among many young people across all the races. A young South African who only gets his/her first work experience at the age of 18 or higher is literally 3-5 years behind their average American counterpart who will start working in low level minimum wage jobs as early as 15 years. They build up references and preferences from an early age which enable them to make more informed and reliable choices by the time they reach the age of 18. Follow the link below and briefly familiarise yourself with the concept of work ethics and the difference it can make to an individual and a country.  Unfortunately, it is difficult for young people to become productive because of unique factors in our country but it is up to you as career guide practitioner to be part of the solution.

4.2 FACTS REGARDING ACCESS TO THE PRESENT AND FUTURE WORLD OF WORK

Competencies determine where and if you can enter the world of work.  However, you also need to become aware of the facts regarding the present and future world of work AND increase your knowledge and skills regarding the present and future world of work to change people’s opportunities.

All the motivation and reasons for knowledge acquisition are found in the reports in Activity 1 below. These reports are published every year and they keep you up to date with the size and nature of our gaps. Both reports state that access to knowledge and the ability to grasp or interpret that knowledge is the key separator or stratifier between rich and poor.

PCAR03X, Unit 4, Activity 1

  1. Download the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report and view the gaps between rich and poor to become aware of the level and reasons why the rich and poor stay apart.  Consider how this knowledge can assist you in motivating people to gain the competencies and join the successful communities and societies matched to their personal choices of industry and work. You will use the same techniques to convince career seekers to build bridges and make their own plans for work access and growth.
  2. Discuss what you have learnt with your study colleagues.
  3. Use Dictionary and Wikipedia or Google search to explore and discover matching areas. Remember that you are exploring and discovering. The information will inspire you to think about the manner in which you formulate questions that you ask your clients. It should also create an awareness of the level at which you function.
  4. Answer the following questions:
  • How can you use the above information to convince people we are separated by what we know and by our exposure? Write down two specific uses for each.
  • Think about a structured way to use the information to enthuse people into taking action. Write down two actions they can take right now!

Capture your personal experiences and discoveries in your MiCareerBook for the CV exercises. Record your experiences while completing the above activities in your MiActivity Book as part of your assignments.

Feedback:

You should now know that all resources are readily available and accessible by people with workplace exposure and requisite competencies. If you approach a company or government with no experience or no qualifications asking for help, they will most certainly not pay much attention to you let alone give you access to resources. If you, however, approach them with a plan with experience or with credible qualifications, they will see you as part of the solution to a problem and not the problem itself. You thus come with the support of the leaders in your community and/or a company or institution which makes you a safer investment rather than a risky expense. As career guidance practitioner you should be able to see where you fit in and how you should present yourself as part of the solution and not the problem.

This is the way in which you should gain access and exposure to work opportunities:

  • Awareness through engagement and exposure [please refer to unit in which student was taught to do this],
  • Acquire knowledge about the workplace
  • ICT competencies and access by using the web (World Wide Web or WWW)
  • Communication competencies and communication with leaders
  • Relationships with working people and leaders
  • Practice in peer groups at home and with friends

The working people in your close proximity form part of the broader successful community. They have access to their workplace and from there can generate further access for you to investigate.

The gaps in the CV/resumes of those not finding jobs clearly show that they have not shown initiative to gain work experience. Remember that if you start as a poorly paid messenger, this does not mean you will stay at that level for the rest of your life.  Typical gaps in a CV are regarding the following competencies:

  • Access to knowledge
  • Past experience or exposure enabling one to grasp and apply the knowledge.
  • English language comprehension and a reading speed of at least 250 words a minute and with an 85% comprehension score
  • Internet access to access the knowledge
  • A desire to serve others to build relationships in chosen communities of industry, expertise and support
  • Knowledge of the gaps and a plan to bridge these gaps.

When you yourself as PCAR student have mastered these competencies, you are guaranteed access to a vast range of job opportunities. In turn, you can now guide career seekers to help them highlight their gaps and find the solutions by filling the gaps. Remember always show the solution first.

PCAR03X, Unit 4, Activity 2

  1. How can you facilitate access to the world of work for career seekers?
  2. Opportunities are almost limitless for the right competencies.  However, how do you use self-drive and self-education to get there?  In addition, what opportunities exist with the necessary resources and structures?
  3. Discuss what you learnt with your study colleagues.
  4. Use Dictionary, Wikipedia or Google and
  5. Answer the following questions:
  • How can a better work ethic benefit both young and old? Name two factors for each (Refer back to Module 1 Unit 5 to recap values).
  • Taking the above information into account, make a list of five prominent gaps that you yourself have in your own personal CV. With the new knowledge, give five solutions to filling those gaps. These can include further education, more work experience or extending your network.

Capture your personal experiences and discoveries in your MiCareerBook for the CV exercises. Record your experiences while completing the above activities in your MiActivity Book as part of your assignments.

Feedback:

Do you agree that:

  • People are isolated from work opportunities through the lack of communication skills, ownership for themselves and clear plans of action to bridge the divide?
  • Jobs, resources, opportunities and challenges are freely available in South Africa?
  • Your own awareness and courage to use the resources to fill the gaps in your CV is all that was missing? If you feel that you still are not sure how to fill the gaps in your CV, you need to work through this module again, and specifically mention your problem in your MiActivityBook.

4.3 SOLUTIONS TO THE CURRENT SITUATION

We often make the mistake of concerning ourselves with the problem to such an extent that even the solution eventually becomes part of the problem. The above information should get you into a solution based frame of mind, where the focus does not lie in defining the problem but rather in finding a logical solution. Such a solution should provide a means to an end. The solution is simple in its essence but complex in its implementation.

It is up to you as career guidance practitioner to

  • Use the tools you have acquired in previous exercises to increase an individual’s awareness of the opportunities around him/her.
  • Guide him/her regarding what needs to be done and how to take advantage of the solutions.
  • Instil an attitude of personal ownership, planning and initiating.
  • Help the career seeker to approach his/her leaders and those with resources with a plan that warrants attention and success.
  • Introduce people to the internet and its benefits.
  • Mobilise your community.
  • Help people realise the value embedded in their extending communities.

4.4 HOW TO THRIVE IN THE NEW WORLD OF WORK

The economy grows to accommodate all people. This is due to the new world of work’s ability to change rapidly. Type “economy grows with competencies” into Google search and see what happens!

“The world of work is changing”. Type this phrase into Google; choose some web sites that interest you.  Can you see how much the workplace has changed, and the fun you can have once you understand this? However, if you do not embrace change and prepare for continuous change, it is not exciting and exhilarating but threatening. Be aware of change, stay with it, and drive it. When you initiate change, you will always be at its forefront. Otherwise, you might become the victim of change and by doing so you set yourself up to be left behind. This is the nature of the new world of work. The only way you can stay ahead is by keeping yourself up to date with the latest knowledge and growth trends within your chosen profession or industry.

PCAR03X, Unit 4, Activity 3

  1. View the changing world of work web site and view the preparation required for the new world of work. There are limitless jobs and business opportunities for people with the right competencies.  Consider how it can assist you in motivating people to gain the competencies and to join successful communities and societies. Which are matched to their personal choices of industry and work?  You will use the same techniques to help career seekers to build bridges and make their own plans for work access and growth.
  2. Discuss what you learnt with your study colleagues.
  3. Use Dictionary and Wikipedia or Google search to explore and discover matching areas. Remember that you are exploring and discovering. The information will inspire you to think about the manner in which you formulate questions that you ask your clients. It should also create an awareness of the level at which you function.
  4. Answer the following questions:
  • How can you use the above information to convince people that everyone can know what they want and plan for the new world of work? Write down two specific uses for each.
  • Think about a structured way to use the information to enthuse people to take action. Write down two actions they can take right now! An example is creating motivation through relevant information and exposure.

Capture your personal experiences and discoveries in your MiCareerBook for the CV exercises. Record your experiences while completing the above activities in your MiActivity Book as part of your assignments.

Feedback:

Module 4 guides you to help your clients implement what they learned from you about the aspects of the self, skills and knowledge. You and your clients will:

  • Grow your awareness of the world of work
  • Grow your knowledge to access the world of work
  • Use ICT for communication and access to the WWW (to keep moving life long)
  • Communicate using understandable English and suitable numeracy
  • Build relationships with people in work and with right resources
  • Make a contribution to others close to you
  • Practise these skills at home, with friends and use them in the work place.

Is this a difficult task? Not if you serious about becoming a worthwhile career guidance practitioner. The easy things you can do immediately to prepare, enter, and thrive in the new world of work are described and explained from Module 1 through to where we are now. We were careful to ensure that you and your career seeker clients can master each step. Here are the steps you need to take:

1.         The first step is for you to believe what you have read and learnt in PCAR.

2.         The next step is to help other people come to similar conclusions and realisations.

4.5 CONCLUSION

You now know there are many jobs available in South Africa. People who come to you as clients seeking jobs should also know this. You know that specific competencies coupled with an action plan ensure access to jobs. Your clients need to know this too. In order to do this, you must help your clients become aware of their work preferences and to be knowledgeable about their industry of choice, specifically their work of choice within that industry.  Then you should assist them to plan a written work access plan which they are prepared to follow and implement.

At this stage of the Programme for Career Guidance Practitioners, you know enough about the world of work to give your clients a vision of themselves in a specific job in the world of work. The competencies which you have acquired for yourself as career guidance practitioner will set you on the path to join successful people. Your success helps you to invest in the future of others and achieve further personal success! Just like Bill Gates did.

Align with the company and customer for maximum career growth
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But I’m still not sure if I understand the concept of alignment well enough. Can you tell me more about it?
The process of alignment with the company and customer to obtain the maximum value addition and growth, entails the management of three important factors:
The “personal passions” of the individual. This refers to interests, skills and aptitudes of the individual at the time of recruitment.
The “company’s business needs” are to create wealth for all its stakeholders and to grow and develop its team members and employees to their maximum potential.
The “customers and their expectations” which in general are to obtain reliable and cost-effective products and services in order to satisfy the needs of the customer’s customers. Satisfying these expectations constitute the challenge and opportunity for our company to build our business.
The ideal is to strive to maximize the area of overlap of the customer, your company, and the individual.
The concept of alignment can be explained as follows:
The individual employee brings talents, knowledge and skills into the company. The customer has a need for products and services. The company has systems and processes in place directed at bringing its products and services to the customer.
With an increased communication of yourself, your team and the company, you can identify what value you can add in achieving the company’s goals and objectives and what changes you need to make in order to be most effective in your job.
The company exists because of customer needs. The individual contributes talents, knowledge and skills to the system and processes of the company. The main focus of business is the arena of overlap between the individual, the company and the customer.
Now I see…to grow your contribution you need to understand:
Your needs and skills growth
The company’s dynamics
The customer’s dynamics and needs
In order to align ourselves with the company and customers, each of us has to look into our behavioral patterns, response models, values and drivers. This will become clearer as we proceed.

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But I’m still not sure if I understand the concept of alignment well enough. Can you tell me more about it?

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The process of alignment with the company and customer to obtain the maximum value addition and growth, entails the management of three important factors:

w&t_ch3_b_smallvenn1 The “personal passions” of the individual. This refers to interests, skills and aptitudes of the individual at the time of recruitment.

w&t_ch3_b_smallvenn2 The “company’s business needs” are to create wealth for all its stakeholders and to grow and develop its team members and employees to their maximum potential.

w&t_ch3_b_smallvenn3 The “customers and their expectations” which in general are to obtain reliable and cost-effective products and services in order to satisfy the needs of the customer’s customers. Satisfying these expectations constitute the challenge and opportunity for our company to build our business.

w&t_ch3_b_smallvenn4 The ideal is to strive to maximize the area of overlap of the customer, your company, and the individual.

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I Explain

The concept of alignment can be explained as follows:

The individual employee brings talents, knowledge and skills into the company. The customer has a need for products and services. The company has systems and processes in place directed at bringing its products and services to the customer.

With an increased communication of yourself, your team and the company, you can identify what value you can add in achieving the company’s goals and objectives and what changes you need to make in order to be most effective in your job.

The company exists because of customer needs. The individual contributes talents, knowledge and skills to the system and processes of the company. The main focus of business is the arena of overlap between the individual, the company and the customer.

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Now I see…to grow your contribution you need to understand:

  • Your needs and skills growth
  • The company’s dynamics
  • The customer’s dynamics and needs
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I Advise

In order to align ourselves with the company and customers, each of us has to look into our behavioral patterns, response models, values and drivers. This will become clearer as we proceed.

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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?
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.
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.
Underlying principles acquired during the Walk and Talk process:
Emotional Awareness
Process vs Control
Definition of success
Time management matrix
Process vs. Control
Growing a win-win minds

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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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I Answer

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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I Explain

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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Underlying principles acquired during the Walk and Talk process:

Being able to say no to work is a great privilege
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I often hear that one should be able to say no. What does this mean and how do I say no when I have to?
That is absolutely correct! One should know when to say NO and how to say NO. One of the things the Career Development Guide is very serious about, is to assist the individual to do the right work at the right time. Being able to say NO is a crucial skill of the serious career and business builder.
It is a huge privilege to be able to say NO to work. This means you have more than you can cope with at the present time.
When you say NO, remember to never allow the Monkey to pass! This means the other person has a “Monkey” on their back, a problem they want your assistance with. You want to be absolutely certain that this Monkey will not be jumping anywhere! For example, you know that you will not be able to become involved in a certain project or problem at that specific time. The other person comes to you with a Monkey on their back and they want this Monkey to jump.
You know your priorities does not have place for this new Monkey. The moment you ask a question such as: “Tell me more” or “How can I help?” the Monkey jumps, you accept responsibility.
Do not allow the monkey to jump! Read more on the web about this principle.
So how do I handle the situation to ensure the Monkey does not jump, but both parties grow from the situation? How do I say NO effectively?
Look for alternatives with the other individuals, keep the Monkey with them through carefully questioning. Not spending too much time, just ask the following questions:
What alternatives exist to help you solve this challenge?
Is this issue you have a specific individuals job and you should pass the Monkey back to that person?
Who in your team is available to help and assist that can grow from this challenge?
Do you know anybody else with the expertise you are looking for?
Look for a solution which will cause the best stacking for all those involved. Learn more about delegation here.
Stacking is the process of identifying the different solutions for a challenge and deciding which mixture of these solutions will cause optimum growth for all involved.
Being it building career skills or a bigger business network. Stack all the solutions and look for the best blend.
Once you are able to say NO this way, both parties will always grow from the experience. Saying NO becomes a fun and learning experience!
Unre Visagie
At Aleph we realized we had to start saying no to many new opportunities when our processes were no longer in the development and selling phase, but moved into the implementation phase

Being able to say no to work is a great privilege

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I Ask

I often hear that one should be able to say no. What does this mean and how do I say no when I have to?

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I Answer

That is absolutely correct! One should know when to say NO and how to say NO. One of the things the Career Development Guide is very serious about, is to assist the individual to do the right work at the right time. Being able to say NO is a crucial skill of the serious career and business builder.

It is a huge privilege to be able to say NO to work. This means you have more than you can cope with at the present time.

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I Explain

When you say NO, remember to never allow the Monkey to pass! This means the other person has a “Monkey” on their back, a problem they want your assistance with. You want to be absolutely certain that this Monkey will not be jumping anywhere! For example, you know that you will not be able to become involved in a certain project or problem at that specific time. The other person comes to you with a Monkey on their back and they want this Monkey to jump.

You know your priorities does not have place for this new Monkey. The moment you ask a question such as: “Tell me more” or “How can I help?” the Monkey jumps; you accept responsibility.

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I Ask

So how do I handle the situation to ensure the Monkey does not jump, but both parties grow from the situation? How do I say NO effectively?

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I Answer

Look for alternatives with the other individuals, keep the Monkey with them through carefully questioning. Not spending too much time, just ask the following questions:

What alternatives exist to help you solve this challenge?

Is this issue you have a specific individual’s job and should you pass the Monkey back to that person?

Who in your team is available to help and assist that can grow from this challenge?

Do you know anybody else with the expertise you are looking for?

Look for a solution which will cause the best stacking for all those involved. Learn more about delegation here.

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I Explain

Stacking is the process of identifying the different solutions for a challenge and deciding which mixture of these solutions will cause optimum growth for all involved.

Being it building career skills or a bigger business network. Stack all the solutions and look for the best blend.

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I Advise

Once you are able to say NO this way, both parties will always grow from the experience. Saying NO becomes a fun and learning experience!

At Aleph we realized we had to start saying no to many new opportunities when our processes were no longer in the development and selling phase, but moved into the implementation phase

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