Archive | July, 2013

Keep Your Dream Job, Refuse Promotion?

31 Jul

There are two problems with having your dream job. First, the reward to doing good work is getting more work.

Second, the problem with having a dream job is that it may lead to promotion.  Ever hear of the Peter Principle?  People are promoted to their level of incompetence.

Too often this promotion is to the hardest job in the workplace: First level manager.  In reality, being promoted to manager means making a career change.  Unless you realize this you will probably be in a job you don’t do well and don’t care for.

Check out: Would You Refuse a Promotion to Stay in a Job You love.

 

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Gallup Does It Again: Make Your Job Your Love

24 Jul

 

 

The Sunday Times has a great article entitled Hone the Job You Have Into the One You Love.  Gallup has published a study of 8,000 workers who love their jobs.  People who love their jobs:

 

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  • Use their strengths every day, as do their co-workers.
  • Feel that they are an important part of their organization’s future.
  • Are surrounded by colleagues who care about their overall well-being.
  • Are excited about the future because of a leader’s enthusiasm and vision.

Consider this advice on how to begin to love your job:

            “Maybe they need more hope!”

 

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The Benefits Of Poetry For Professionals

17 Jul

At a meeting where I was making a presentation I suddenly decided to recite a brief, but emotionally powerful, poem.  I was amazed by the positive feedback this engendered.  In the 6th and 7th grades I had a teacher who read us the classics and poetry and each week assigned a poem to memorize and recite in class.  She gave me a love of literature and of poetry.  Recently I had a similar experience in an MBA class.  Cleaning out my office I found a hardcopy of the following article: The Benefits of Poetry for Professionals.

For the poem goto: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174752

By the way the article is an excellent example of “how not to write an article.”  Too much junk to search through to find the kernel.

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Get Rid Of Performance Reviews

10 Jul

 

Why is it that HR managers often have to nag managers into doing their performance reviews?  Could it be that the annual performance review has some flaws that managers know – but attorneys don’t?  For a provocative article on the problems of making annual reviews work, consider a recent article in the WSJ entitled Get Rid of Performance Reviews.

 Or better yet go to What Did You Say – Feedback?

If you must do annual reviews, consider these four questions:

  • What have you accomplished this last year, make your best case?
  • What haven’t you accomplished? Why?
  • What do you hope to accomplish this upcoming year?
  • How can I help you?

 

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