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When he was charting his career course, it’s unlikely that Mike Rowe thought about collecting owl vomit, making charcoal or turning the bones of dead cattle into useful products.
Rowe probably didn’t envision himself developing a passion for the Dirty Jobs TV show that enjoyed a seven-year run on the Discovery Channel. Life can be funny that way. Doors open unexpectedly and you walk on through. Or maybe you’re among the fortunate ones in a profession you’ve dreamed of since childhood.
In his 2016 video talk, Don’t Follow Your Passion, Rowe warns against the dangers of pursuing unrealistic goals and ignoring the practical demands of life. Wishes and desires, he explains, often are not aligned with talents and capabilities.
“Just because you’re passionate at something doesn’t mean you won’t suck at it,” Rowe says.
Have you ever wondered how Google and Starbucks stay ahead of the game? The answer might surprise you – they have great learning cultures.
In his book, Building an Innovative Learning Organization, Russell Sarder said it best, “You don’t know what you don’t know, and it’s what you don’t know that can lead to wasted resources and disappointing outcomes.”
To succeed, your company needs a workforce that is well-informed and has access to relevant knowledge. And every employee needs to feel empowered to take charge of their own learning – your company has to become what Sarder calls a “learning organization.”
“Learning organizations are better able to compete because they are more able to innovate and respond quickly to change in a world where change is one of the few things we can count on,” says Sarder. This is exactly where getAbstract comes into play – we support your company’s existing learning culture or help you build one. Thousands of companies worldwide – including 40% of Fortune 100 companies – have already become learning organizations with getAbstract. Why not yours?
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A Framework to Build a Smarter Workforce, Adapt to Change, and Drive Growth
Time management is arguably the only topic on which you can get a consensus. Whether you’re a CEO, nurse, architect or studio musician, everyone agrees that it’s critical to use your time wisely. “I really enjoy racing to appointments, blowing deadlines, working overtime and missing meals and sleep,” is not something you hear in the break room.
Considering that 24 hours is our maximum daily allotment, time is a precious commodity. Once gone, it can never be recaptured. Some people seem to have the gift of organization while others are tossed about in a perpetual vortex of disorder. How compelling is our pursuit of effective time management? Well, getAbstract’s most downloaded book summary is Kevin Kruse’s 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management. The author interviewed billionaires, Olympians, scholastic achievers and entrepreneurs in an effort to identify common traits that enable them to be high fliers.
If you’re working at a job you dreamed about as a child, consider yourself fortunate. Many high school students struggle to identify their areas of interest. They attend college because everyone else does and graduate with history or philosophy degrees that are fairly useless in the real world.
A four-year college education is no longer an automatic ticket to success. Advanced degrees – and additional financial obligations – often are required in certain fields. But what if you don’t know which direction you’re headed? What if you’re no closer to choosing a profession than you were before going off to college?
Ever feel like a hamster on one of those little wheels, running furiously but going nowhere? You try to focus on work but you can’t help thinking about what’s for supper or when to squeeze in a workout or who’s going to watch the kids Saturday night. Your mind always seems to be racing.
Well, the authors of One Second Ahead would like to suggest that your participation in drama and chaos is strictly optional. You’re not obligated to feel overwhelmed, powerless and distracted. Rasmus Hougaard, with Jaqueline Carter and Gillian Coutts, believe that properly training your mind using specific techniques will boost your productivity and peace of mind. getAbstract recently connected with the authors for a quick Q&A.
What is “mindfulness” and why is it vital in a corporate environment?
In simple terms, mindfulness is a set of tools and techniques designed to enhance mental effectiveness. Specifically, mindfulness training techniques skillfully applied to the workplace enhance focus, creativity, communication, team work and a sense of well-being. These are vital skills for team success and organizational results.
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” – Steve Jobs
Believe it or not, there was a time when sticky notes, disposable diapers, luggage on wheels and bite-sized Snickers didn’t exist. Yet those are precisely the types of products we look at and say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
Americans have always been proud of their work ethic. Millions of immigrants arrive here with little more than a suitcase and a dream. Through sheer determination and maybe a break or two along the way, they overcome long odds and make something of themselves.
How many of us have been conditioned to believe in a direct correlation between success and the amount of time we spend at the office? Eight-hour workdays? Please. The other guy is putting in 12 or 14. Feeling guilty punching out at 5 with work still piled on your desk? Feeling a bit coerced when your boss asks you to volunteer to work overtime?
Knowing good work habits is only half the battle; you also have to apply what you know in order to achieve the desired outcome. Here are more ways to work smarter.
By Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans
To resuscitate your career, own it! This attitude is key. Take steps now to plan, build, and strengthen it. Here’s how:
Contributed by Bill Treasurer, the author of Leaders Open Doors, which focuses on how leaders create growth through opportunity.
People have high, and often conflicting, expectations of leaders. At once, we expect leaders to be reasonable but passionate, decisive but inclusive, visionary but explicit, and powerful but humble. We also want leaders who are rational but emotionally intelligent, caring but impartial, and profit-driven but people-oriented. The list of expectations is so long and contradictory that the aspiring leader is right to ask, “Where on earth do I start?!”
Here are six actions that budding leaders can take to point their leadership in the right direction:
In what profession can you fail most of the time yet still be considered a success – and have employers chasing after you with multi-million dollar offers?!
In major league baseball, a .300 batting average is considered the gold standard – even though that means the player fails to get a base hit seven out of 10 times at bat. Granted, professional baseball is an anomaly; a comparable performance in the workplace likely will earn you a big, fat pink slip. But failure is not necessarily a dirty word. In fact, many of the greatest leaders in history celebrated failure, believing it is life’s most effective and empowering teacher.
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm,” said Winston Churchill, the former British prime minister.
Years ago, the unemployed really looked forward to Sunday – and not just because they could pray for their luck to change. No, Sunday meant a big, fat newspaper with pages of promising classified ads. You’d bang out a couple of cover letters, fold them into envelopes with your resume, slap on some stamps and head to the nearest mailbox.
Well, with newspapers going the way of the wooly mammoth you’re fortunate if you find a handful of decent want ads these days. What used to be a primary go-to source is essentially an afterthought. Let’s face it – job hunting changed dramatically following the Great Recession. And utilizing career websites, social media and networking isn’t enough to snag a good job. The experts say you need to separate yourself from the field.
For the small businessman or middle class employee, meeting your financial obligations is like trying to navigate the Khumbu Icefall at Mt. Everest. You proceed cautiously looking for solid footing, all the while realizing that unpredictable shifts in the terrain can create yawning crevasses into which you can easily plunge. The route is treacherous, intimidating and highly personal. Only another struggling climber can appreciate the difficulty of the journey.
Although a 40-hour work week may seem like a lot of time to get work done, sometimes you may catch yourself wishing you just had a little bit more time. If that’s the case, the best solution is to improve your processes at work and prioritize your workload.
Nothing halts your progress more than stress so allowing your mind and body to rest and reset can be the easiest way to get back into the zone.
Explore more strategies for time management in the below infographic: