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Archive for December, 2010

How to Find Work You Love

December 26th, 2010

Don’t be bored at work. The more you know about yourself, the better the chances are of finding fulfilling work. In finding a career that is your calling, seek to understand your:

Passion. The most common mistake people make in choosing a career is doing something simply because they are good at it. Know your strengths, but find work that brings you joy.

Personality Traits. Are you analytical, emotional, imaginative, or super productive? Do you enjoy collaborating or working alone? Personality profiles such as the Myers-Briggs Indicator, DISC, and the Enneagram are invaluable tools for better understanding our preferences and motivations.

Ideal Work Environment. I have found that even more important than the job title or duties is the work environment. What is yours? Do you thrive in an environment that allows you to work outdoors, with autonomy, or with people? Whatever the factors may be, determine your four to seven “nonnegotiables.”

Values. Are you motivated by position, status, titles, and money? Does beauty move you? Do you love to be around people? When does time fly for you? Be clear about what you value.

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Are You More Like The Oak Or The Reeds?

December 17th, 2010

What can this Aesop fable teach you? Aesop’s Fables date from the sixth century BC. Aesop was reportedly a Phrygian slave, and met his death when he was thrown over a cliff at Delphi for being ugly and deformed. I was surprised to read that Aesop collected the fables; he didn’t write them. Regardless, his fables contain timeless lessons. Here’s one I particularly like that reminds us of the importance of being flexible.

A mighty oak tree was uprooted by a gale and fell across a stream into some reeds. “How have you reeds, so frail, survived, when I, so strong, have been felled?” asked the oak tree. “You were stubborn and wouldn’t bend,” replied the reeds, “whereas we yield and allow the gale to pass harmlessly by.”

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How to Ask for a Raise

December 4th, 2010

Two tips to consider before asking for a raise. It’s annual review time for many. Here are two tips to remember when you’re ready to ask for a raise.

One: Always say “I deserve a raise.” Then back up your statement with a list of measurable contributions you have made to your company.

Two: Ask for more than you think you deserve. Even though you may be willing to accept less, asking for more could well improve your employer’s perception of you.

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