Opportunity

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.

Trust in the Workplace

Grow your influence by using trust effectively in the workplace

  • Do people trust you in your workplace?
  • Do you know why they trust you or why they do not trust you?

When people trust you, you are smoothly promoted, you get easier salary increases and your team know they can count on you.

Use the four elements of trust to communicate effectively in the workplace and grow your influence.

Use the element of trust in your cover letter and your resume.

We are here to talk about the importance of trust in the Career Maker System; this concerns any career growth and any career access. We have to engage and relate to many people in whichever career, in this case changing or growing your career. Trust basically consists of four elements: openness, reliability, congruence and acceptance. Openness plays a role; it is how you communicate your cover letter, and how you communicate your CV and your references. You have to be open about what went really well, and also be open about a number of situations where things did not go so well. That’s your opportunity to build trust with openness and share how you handled the not-so-good situations.

Reliability happens when your documents, information and attendance is always on time. You also demonstrate reliability with stories from your past. You will notice that we have storytelling as a very important element. Those stories must reflect reliability. You need to able to be absolutely congruent, when you are; people find it very comfortable to talk to you. Congruency also means to reflect what you hear, and that the question is clear. You answer the question and check that the question was answered, it closes the loop and creates and fosters congruency.

Let’s look at acceptance, acceptance of the other, acceptance of the self. Self-acceptance of both strengths and weaknesses clearly show in your cover letter and CV. Also, when you are talking to people over the phone or during an interview, it needs to show that you accept others as they are. It must also show that you are capable to work, fit, adapt and find ways and solutions forward because people are not perfect. I have never met any perfect people. When you work together or you have applied to change jobs it also shows that we are not as perfect as we would like.

I will briefly mention a few notes on this document. Trustworthy is different from trust and the two are linked. Many people are trustworthy, but they can’t build trust, because they don’t practice to be open, ask questions and share information about themselves. If you ask and share you are two-thirds on the way to success. Be reliable and communicate when things don’t always work as planned, but keep ownership. You can be very trustworthy, but to build trust you have to implement this practically in your daily life.

In this case, it must show in your cover letter, I know it’s tough, but that’s why you tell a story. It must show in your CV and every change in your CV must be told in a few words, but it must build your story. If we read CV’s honestly, many of them do not demonstrate openness, reliability, congruence and acceptance. I hope I’ve briefly covered trustworthiness. On the website we give you a whole document to read, there’s more things you can do if you feel this area needs more attention and you want to grow more skills. The more skills and insight you grow about what trust is and how to build trust, the more you can contribute to the team around you and to your family. In the meantime we want to use it to improve your cover letter, your CV and your current job.

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.

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?

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I Answer

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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I Ask

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.