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Jan 25

In Over Your Head?

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Patrick felt like he was drowning, occasionally getting a gulp of air before sinking again below the surface. After six months as marketing vice-president of a valve manufacturing company, it seemed like he was in way over his head. Likewise, Susan, a newly hired creative writer for a magazine, struggled to produce work acceptable to her publisher. Meanwhile, Mike, the human resources director for an automotive parts manufacturer, was feeling overwhelmed by his company’s rapid growth. In every case, for different reasons, experienced managers found themselves in over their heads—and sinking fast. These situations illustrate three common reasons for people to end up in deep water on the job: “Overselling” by the employee when applying for the job; a poor hiring decision based on faulty analysis by the employer; or the needs of the job may have grown over time.

In Patrick’s case, his experience was as a sales manager. He was effective in organizing a staff to make calls, finalizing proposals, and closing business. However, when interviewing for his new job, he oversold his past experience by claiming he could do market research, develop strategy, and coordinate advertising campaigns. Once he landed the job, however, he didn’t have a clue how to proceed in developing a comprehensive marketing plan.

Patrick decided to confess his shortcomings to the CEO and requested specific training to learn the marketing aspects of the business. The boss agreed to provide training and also coached Patrick to give him the opportunity to grow on the job. Patrick’s proactive response to his dilemma demonstrates the truth of Proverbs 28:13: “He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion” (NASB). The risk in coming forward is that your boss may decide to terminate your employment, but it’s better to confront the issue head on, to either obtain the help needed or move on to another opportunity.

Jan 25

Don’t Let Murphy’s Law Get You

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Murphy’s Law states, "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong". Everything likely won’t go wrong every time, but we need to plan in advance. When I was 12, I sold Christmas cards. On one occasion, I was taking an order from a customer and the ink went dry in my pen. My customers asked if I had another pen. “Sorry”, I said, “I do not.” My customer replied, “well, then you won’t be able to take the order.” Fortunately, I was able to go home, get another pen and get the order. I never forgot the lesson, and the need of having back up.

Most of us have learned a hard lesson with computer backups. Right now, I use four back up systems for my computer, one back up in the past was not enough. I learned.   

In your business, think through your critical system, what you need back up for. If you do interviewing, take an extra recording devise and batteries.  When I travel for speaking engagements I bring my computer with the PowerPoint, I would have e-mailed one earlier, and I bring a back up disc with me. One time I needed that back up as the other equipment failed.

Jan 21

Developing Self confidence on the Job

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Many of us struggle with developing self-confidence on the job. While we don’t want to be prideful or overconfident, we do need to develop self-confidence. Paul said, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 ESV) and Timothy wrote “For God gave us not a spirit of fear but of power and love and self control” (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV).

Here are several steps to building self-confidence:

First, master something on the job. It really does not matter so much what this may be, but find something. If we put in 1,000 hours on most things, we can get very good at it, but add an additional 1,000 hours and you will be a master. When you master something and can do it “in your sleep,” you will have a sense of accomplishment. Among your peers in this area, you can hold your own. This is the first step to gaining confidence. Becoming a master of websites, copy editing, or some aspect of you product or service will help you become the “go to” person in your area.

Jan 21

Lousy Online and Cell Phone Behavior Can Hurt Your Livelihood

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Unprofessional use in any cyberspace area does not leave good impressions on prospective or current bosses. Paul wrote, “Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes- these are not for you.” (Ephesians 5:4 NLT)

Poor cell phone and online habits can damage your ability to get a job or a promotion. Employers today may conduct extensive online searchers, review Facebook and other social media accounts before extending job offers. From e-mail to what the Web says about you, there are many ways to make career mistakes. In today's tight job market, there's little room for error.

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Jan 20

When you see a problem at work

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We may see a problem or believe a customer is unsatisfied, we may not want the extra work of bringing the issue up, or secretly desire to see a colleague fail or get into trouble, or we may be afraid to become involved because we may be mistaken. 

Moses taught that if a person "has seen or otherwise known, if he does not tell it, then he will bear his guilt" (Leviticus 5:1 NASB).

Scripture is clear: we have a duty to speak up and to add value to our company.

A doctor’s office employee was transcribing notes for the doctor. She believed part of an order was an error. It was, the doctor had written the incorrect dose. By taking action, a patient was spared a possible risk.