The Fastest Way To Success

Earn Success

Earn the trust of others by being trustworthy. Success comes through relationships.

By Dr. Paul L. Gerhardt
The fast way to accomplish your dreams and goals is to be very clear about what you want. It takes very clear focus on a distant vision of your ideal successes. If you want to be a millionaire, you have to earn enough money to invest it wisely. You have to choose not to spend money on things that you do not need. You must determine what you WANT versus what you NEED. You need to make sacrifices in how you choose to spend your time. Yes, I know. That does not sound like much fun. It can be if you choose to make it fun! Perception is powerful! It is all about attitude and only you get to choose how you feel about things.

Success usually will not come from constant comfort. It usually takes making time to go above and beyond what you would normally do. If you want a raise, you need to be raise-worthy. If you want a promotion, you need to be the best candidate for the job. Yes, I am telling you what you probably already know. Success is EARNED.

We need others to help us achieve success. You need to build and maintain relationships with others that have what you need. You need to be really authentic. You need to be genuinely kind. You need to be genuinely giving, thoughtful and nurturing. Yes, people who make decisions rely on the advice of others. So, be the kind of person who people will recommend.

If others like you, they will support you and recommend you. So figure out who has your ideal job. Start from the bottom or the highest job you qualify for in that organization. Build meaningful relationships and a reputation of working hard. Be the best at your job in your category. Network with people above you and earn their trust. You get trust by being trustworthy. Be ethical, honest, hard working, and never speak badly about anyone.  Relationships are fragile. Help out more than anyone else you know and enjoy making relationships count.

By focusing on what you want and building quality-authentic relationships, you will undoubtedly get to where you want to be much faster than you may think. Every good thing truly does take time. Do something every day that gets you there. Before you know it you will have arrived!

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Kindest regards,
Dr. Paul L. Gerhardt
“The Organizational Doctor”
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Thoughts on Leading HIGH Performing TEAMS

High Performance Teams

Great leaders know these are the keys to performance!

By Dr. Paul L. Gerhardt

Today’s organizations need to have the RIGHT people in the right places.  It is true that people who are most-alike tend to get along better than ones where there is great diversity. However, it is the leader’s job to facilitate the required cohesiveness of the team. Great leaders must be cheer leaders.   This comes in many forms. I call it “celebrating small wins”.

The literature is filled with countless references of how important praising success is in an organization. In my book, Diversity At Work (2007). I mentioned that, “Great leaders praise every seven days”.  Not that one should count the days and look for ways to praise every week. My point is that there should be an INTENTIONAL mindset that praising team members in a sincere way will helps change the culture from one of “me” to one of “we” (are all important because we all add value to the team).

Leadership truly does make that positive difference. I believe anyone can be a leader, but it really takes the right skill-set to be an amazing leader of high performance teams. Leaders must be intentional with their actions. They must think big and know how to get people to support each other and understand that differences should be embraced, as well as openly welcomed. Team members should find ways to praise each other and look for those small and big wins to celebrate.

As a diversity and leadership trainer, of course I am going to say that it all comes down to effective training. It truly does! Team building can transform mediocre teams into high performance teams. It is all in the facilitation. Great facilitators INSPIRE people to come to key understandings for themselves of how to be truly high performing. Great leadership help team members gain the needed skills to take what they do as a team member to new levels.

Performance is all about having the right skills, knowledge, resources and motivation. Leaders are the ones who help team members have all of that. Motivation is inspired. Therefore, great leaders must know their followers and what will inspire each individual on his/her team. This of course is all about effective communication and hard work directed at making the needed adjustments as opportunities arrive to make things even better.

Trust is the glue that holds teams together. Trust is earned by giving trust and being trustworthy. Once trust is violated, it is much more difficult to earn back, therefore great leaders must do everything possible to uphold the expectations of their followers.

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The Quickest Way To A Rewarding Career

Secrets of having a career you love

Networking and finding a mentor are the keys to quickly building your career.

By Dr. Paul L. Gerhardt

I am often asked about how to get into a preferred career. My answer is always the same, “Find a mentor–someone who is already doing what you want to do.”

The fastest way to get to where you want to be is to first identify what your ideal job is. There are other articles on this site that will help you with that one. They key is to know yourself. Tools like Myers-Briggs, Strength Finder, and DiSC are perfect for that. Once you are sure that you know what you want to do for a career, you have to figure out what industries offers those jobs.

Google is a great resource to identify jobs in the industry of your choice. Use Linkedin to see if you can also find people to connect with in that industry.

The next step is to contact the people who are doing that job. Reach out. Do not be a burden, be sure to figure out what would be a win for that person to help you get to where you want to be. Sometimes, just being someone to help that person with doing duties related to that ideal job will be a win for that potential mentor. Sometimes just being able to be a sounding board helps both people be even better at doing that job, so that is a possible win for both of you. I was good at doing web design, so I designed and managed my mentor’s website for a while.

The fact of the matter is, that most people get to where they are through networking. Everyone needs somebody to give them a hand-up. Sometimes just asking and being likable are the keys to networking success. You have to put thoughtful time and energy into anything. Have a plan and work that plan each and every day.

Networking must be seen as a win-win to all involved. I got my start by finding a mentor through asking people I knew were well-networked. I just simply asked the question, “Do you know anybody who does what I want to do?” Because the person who actually connected me with my mentor really liked me, he felt comfortable connecting me with the man who soon became my mentor. My life quickly got better-and-better because I just asked.

There is a lot to be said about being likable. You must always remember that relationships are fragile. If you take people for granted, it has a tendency to downgrading levels of trust. Therefore, you must always be grateful, kind, respectful, hard working, honest and ethical. If you practice doing these things with EVERY interpersonal opportunity, then you are well on your way toward creating a life you truly love.

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Quick Thoughts about what leaders should know

Shared Vision

Great leaders must know what inspires people. Having a shared vision is key.

By Dr. Paul L. Gerhardt

Let’s talk about leaders and how they must utilize the concepts of having a shared vision. It is such a basic staple in so many of the motivational and leadership theories, and we see it described in so many ways. People must know what is expected of them and how their work fits into the bigger picture of the overall success of the organization and of course the team they are working on.

The biggest cost of doing business in most organizations is the human costs. When an organization loses and employee, not only do they lose the productivity of that individual, but many other uncountable costs as well. Loss of a friend of work could cause a loss of morale and productivity. That lost employee could take her experiences and talents to benefit the competition. She may also take other employees, company secrets, processes and customers with her too.

There are costs associated with hiring someone to replace that employee. Some literature suggests that it takes roughly two years of experience to become as efficient as the person who left. And how can you measure the losses associated with learning a new job?

Yes, it certainly is more profitable to teach leaders to praise more often and to show genuine appreciation for work that is well done. Clarifying with specific measures and helping each person meet those expectations are the REAL jobs of effective team leaders. Mistakes will of course happen–we are human of course. Great leaders know that they must make mistakes into valuable lessons for future success and opportunities to correct systems that need calibrating. Mistakes should be therefore praised not chastised.

When people know what is expected of them and they are meeting those goals, they become even more committed to the organization. It just feels good being a winner on a winning team. Great team leaders know that leadership is something that must be ongoing and proactively-active on a daily basis.

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Leadership Essentials

The Key Ingredients of Effective Leadership

The Key Ingredients of Effective Leadership

By Dr. Paul Gerhardt

Here are some of the basic things that leaders must never forget:

Leaders need followers in order to truly be leaders. Loyalty is earned and trust is at the core of any meaningful relationship like that found between the most-effective leaders and productive teams. Essentially, we need each other in order to accomplish anything.

Therefore it is absolutely important for people to not waiver from the leadership essentials:
• of having integrity;
• being honest;
• listening more than we talk;
• recognizing our emotions and the emotions of others;
• and managing relationships with understanding and respect.

Sounds pretty easy? It is. We just never must forget that relationships are fragile. They take gentle daily care and actions–like growing roses in a garden. People bloom when nourished properly with the right kind of respect. They wither away when they are neglected or not cared for properly. Water relationships daily with understanding, support, and integrity.

You probably learned this growing up and may have forgotten the reality of how to maintain positive fruitful relationships. These basic essentials are what great leaders know and never compromise. Once trust is broken, the crack still makes relationships weaker, even when repair work is done. This is why, daily upkeep must never be compromised.

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How To Be A Leader

How To Be a Leader

Dr. Paul Gerhardt teaches how to be a leader

By Dr. Paul L. Gerhardt

Have you ever thought about what makes great leaders great? Do you want to be a leader? Are you in a leadership position and want to get better results. If so, consider this.

If you want to be a leader, it means that you are willing to be in front of others supporting their success. Leading means being able to have an ideal vision of a greater future for your team or organization. It means being willing to make the right investments of time and expenses to get amazing results which benefits many others.

Leadership is a term that has many definitions. People earn master’s and doctoral degrees in leadership because it is something that all organizations must have to survive in this global marketplace. Organizations pay huge sums of money for people to lead–expecting positive returns. Leaders must be able to inspire followers to give their very best and to be as innovative and creative as possible. Leaders know that people are their organization’s greatest assets and losing even one employee can be very, very expensive.

Great leaders know that people are not machines. People need to be supported, cared for, believed in, respected, listened to, and trusted. Great leaders understand that if they give their people the right kind of respect and support, that loyalty is earned and people will fight to keep a good leader in the job.

So, how do you become a leader? That is a great question. It is about showing you are willing to do whatever it takes with absolute integrity. It is about delivering above and beyond what is expected. It is about always being honest, even when making mistakes, and finding ways to make everyone around you look and be good.

Anyone can be a leader if he or she is willing to shine brighter than others, by working harder, by being more honest, by following through on what is asked, by giving more, by supporting more, by dreaming more, and especially by caring more. Great leaders know that greatness is absolutely NOT mediocrity. It is about being and giving above and beyond what others are giving and doing.

The path of a leader is laid out one step at a time. The steps are just longer. Sometimes are more challenging. Great leadership starts with a yearning to do more than what is expected and putting whatever it takes to enroll others in making dreams and goals happen. Great leaders know that it takes the efforts of many who are dedicated and trusted to make those dreams a reality.  Great leaders know that trust must be earned and never violated.

Take a look at who is seen as a great leader in history and in your town or organization. What makes them great? Actions, integrity, honesty, hard work, vision, clarity, communication, earned-trust and team work. Other people help make great leaders great!

Are you willing to be a great leader? If so, earn the support of others, one action at at time and do not let them down. Go above and beyond. Be impressive, be humble, supportive and deeply care about the success of those around you. This is the what makes the sweet, sweet cream that rises to the top.

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How Do I Find My Dream Job?

DreamJob

By Dr. Paul L. Gerhardt

If you are looking for your dream job, it may be closer than you realize. We are all drawn to work that is within our preferences. Those entry-level job that we start out with can lead to gaining a career of your dreams. Sometimes taking a step backward may be the quickest way to get to where you really want to be.  Consider this…

I had a friend ask for some advice about building a career. I reminded him that great careers are built one action at a time. Sticking with a job on a path that leads to the IDEAL dream job for you and delivering MORE than what is expected is key to career success. You eat an elephant one bite at a time. Keep your eye on the prize! What you focus on is where your actions will be.

  1. Start with looking at industries that you really like. Figure out who has jobs in your area in that industry. Use Google or your favorite search engine to find those organizations.
  2. Identify what jobs are in that industry that may look like your dream job.
  3. Find out what the pathway the people holding that job suggest you take to be qualified for future openings. Usually, most people love to talk about their jobs and how they got them. You may be surprised by this.
  4. If education is involved, find a school that meets your budget and is within driving distance or convenient for your schedule. Online colleges and universities may serve you best. Stick with the degree path associated with that dream job and schedule time to do the work to get you there. Learning is a process and it takes time to do what it takes to learn new skills.
  5. Enroll in that educational institution and apply for entry-level jobs for organizations that has your dream job.
  6. Once hired, do your best to exceed the expectations of your supervisors.
  7. Express interests with the higher-ups within that organization letting them know you are willing to do extra work outside of your department because you want to grow with the organization.
  8. Do your best to make sure your work is contributing the overall success of the mission and vision of the leaders.
  9. Apply for each job that comes along within that organization and maintain your reputation by always being honest, not talking badly about anyone behind their backs, and working hard.
  10. Be seen supporting others and being an ideal employee. You get to choose how hard you are willing to work.

By doing these 10 things and focusing your time and energy on doing work that will help you get to where you want to be, you will soon find that your dream job is in sight and closer than you may realize. Have fun and know that only you create your won successes and failures.

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Diversity Matters

Diversity Matters

Dr. Paul Gerhardt Speaks about Diversity

Dr. Paul Gerhardt Speaks about Diversity

Recently, I was the keynote speaker at the Madigan Hospital on Joint Base Lewis-McChord military base. I spoke on the value of diversity and why inclusion was important. This was important to me, because I know that our freedom comes at a cost and the brave men and women in our US military in every position are doing their part in protecting our freedoms and our nation. I love talking about diversity and have done hundreds of diversity talks and trainings around the United States.

In every type of organization, people are the greatest asset. We of course know this. However, if leaders want to maximize profitability, increase creativity and innovation, they must truly understand the value of diversity. We are all diverse. It is not only about color of our skin, gender, sexual orientation or background, it is about the way we each think.

We are all each much stronger when we are allowed to be our own true authentic-self. This is why we must learn NOT to judge others. We must learn to not only TOLERATE, but we must absolutely accept and embrace differences of others. Differences means more choices, more ideas, and more perspectives that solve problems and make things even better.

Consider this, a rope is only as strong as each of it’s strands are strong. When one strand of the rope is weak, then the rope is not as strong. In my book Diversity At Work, I use the metaphor of  how much better music is when there is a whole orchestra with many differing instruments, rather than just all trombones, or all just drums. Diversity is GREAT when many voices are true and different.

The same goes with salad. Just plain lettuce is okay, but when you add tomatoes, almonds, onions, olives, and peppers–Wow! Now you have diversity and something that is so much better!

It makes good sense that we should just learn to appreciate people for who they truly are, rather than make them hide an important part of themselves which makes them a little weaker. We are strong in number when we do not judge others. We are weaker when one part of our teams are not whole and feeling completely healthy.

The bottom line is that we accomplish so much more when we treat others the way they need to be treated. I call that the “Platinum Rule” in my book. Non-judgement gives us more power. We all have the power to influence and empower. This is so much better than judging and deflating. Don’t you agree?

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Attitude of Gratitutde

English: Painting of Gautama Buddha sitting in...

English: Painting of Gautama Buddha sitting in Dhyana, unharmed by the demons of Mara. Sanskrit Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra manuscript written in the Ranjana script. Nalanda, Bihar, India. Circa 700-1100 CE. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Adopt an attitude of gratitude! You cannot be grateful and negative at the same time. These feelings are almost complete opposites. An attitude of gratitude can and will change your life. Attitudes direct your actions and shapes your personal character. If you are looking for things to be grateful for, you will probably find what we are looking for.  When you feel a negative attitude coming on, acknowledge it and let it go. Nothing positive will ever come from harboring a negative attitude.

One of my favorite quotes from Buddha is, “Being angry is like drinking poison and wishing your enemy will die.”

If you are looking for things to be grateful for, you may find that people just like being around you. People may introduce you to others that will help you broaden your career and also recommend you to others.  Remember the fastest way to grow your career is through networking. Nobody likes being around negative people. Of course, chance are that if you are perceived as a negative person, nobody will recommend you for a promotion or new job opportunity.  The exception to this rule is when people just want to get rid of you and are willing to ruin their own personal reputation to do so. 

If you project  a negative attitude, then you may be that proverbial rotten apple that spoils the whole barrel.  Conversely, if you are the person that looks for things to be grateful for throughout your day, you may be the one person that makes that positive difference and the person whom everyone enjoys being around. Attitudes are powerful and contagious!

If adopting an attitude of gratitude sounds difficult–fake it till you make it at first if you have to. Soon you will enjoy the feelings of being genuinely grateful for the people and things in your world after you make counting your blessings a daily ritual you practice morning, noon, and night.  Practicing anything, including holding a positive attitude of gratefulness, will alter your personality in about 30 days of consistent practice. Science has taught us that our brains can easily be rewired through habits practiced for as little as 28 consecutive days in a row. The key is consistency. Perfect practice makes perfect!

The good news about attitudes is that you get to choose yours. So, start each day thinking about what you are grateful for. Make a GRATITUDE LIST: Keep a written list of things (and people) you are grateful for.  See how many things and people you can come up with that you feel grateful for. Write in that list every day if possible. Keep it in a place that is easy access.

TIP: When you are feeling down or not at your best,  look at your gratitude list and try to add to it. You may be amazed how just reading your list brightens your day and changes how you feel.

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Gratefully yours,
Dr. Paul L. Gerhardt
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Get More Job Security: Be Indispensable

Get More Job Security

Don't you want to have more job security?

There are very few things worse than having a feeling of fear that you are going to lose your job. Right?

Some employers may train their supervisors to give this feeling to employees. While other supervisors somehow feel that this is their special power over employees and it really gets the best results. However, in the long-run this only creates expensive employee turnover.

The reality of the matter is that turnover leads to more recruiting that is one of the greatest costs to an employer. If you think that, it takes time to place advertisements, pay someone to do screening, interviewing, and finally hire someone–this is a lot of time and money. Then training someone to be as good as the person the new employee replaced takes more money and resources. Some experts suggest that it takes nearly two years to get someone fully up to speed. Mistakes are costly and are a natural part of learning every new job.

Some difficult to figure costs associated with turnover include:

1. Costs of irritated employees who leave due to not liking a new employee.

2. Employees leaving fearing they don’t like the changes of people they like being pushed out and new employees coming in. Are they next?

3. Customers who leave due to a lack of total competence that comes from having someone new in a job and will not know everything. Mistakes happen.

4. Errors that cause losses of supplies, time and other resources. Things break when people don’t use them properly when they are learning new things.

5. Morale issues in co-workers which lead to diminishing production levels. This leads to more people leaving and not just slowing down.

Yes, it is in an employer’s best interest to make employees feel genuinely valued. You need to do your part and help your supervisor remember what a great employee you are. Always bring more than what your boss expects of you. Never make your boss look bad. Always do things to make your boss and coworkers feel genuinely valued and appreciated. Help your coworkers do the same to your boss and others. Create a place where people love to work and give their best. It feels great to be a part of a winning team!

If everyone is working hard to make your employer look good and be good, then there is more job security to go around. There is no limit to levels of success, unless you are not adding to it. Help others around you and be indispensable. Failing to give your best makes your organization weaker and the competition stronger. Yes, everyone has an impact on the organization–even you.

You can create your own job security. It all begins with a positive attitude, a little humble self-promotion, and hard work. Don’t brag about yourself, but make it easy for others to see how indispensable you truly are.

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Job Satisfaction: The Best Way To Manage Your Career

How Do I Get Job Satisfaction?

How Do I Get Job Satisfaction?

Want job satisfaction? Are you wondering about the fastest and best way to get the ideal job for you? It is all about understanding what “right” means to you. “Right” is relative for each and every person. I talked with my son-in-law yesterday who has a new job working for the federal prison system as a guard. That is the last job that I would EVER want and he loves it!

So, you know what you don’t want. How do you know what you do want. I think one of the best ways to narrow your job choice down is to learn more about yourself. Take an assessment of your personality and find out what other people who love their jobs with your type of personality do.

Employers want you to have job satisfaction. It is in their best interest. Did you know that many organizations who want to retain their employees pay to assess their employee’s personalities? Two of my favorite personality assessments are: DiSC and Myers-Briggs. These assessments, if used correctly can help you understand your preferences–what feels most comfortable to you and help you find a list of jobs that people with your personality type do.

I think it is important that you find a skilled and certified personality type facilitator to give the assessment. That professional can make sure that you are in the correct mind-set when you take the assessment and also help answer questions in the right way to get the best results. Yes! You truly can have job satisfaction!

If you answer the questions the wrong way, then you may not get accurate results and it would truly be a waste of your time. Once you get your accurate results, then you can start doing your research on the web. If you simply Google your personality type with the word “Careers” you could find a job that is perfect for you.

If your personality type is INFJ. Just Google “INFJ Careers”. You would that that you are a good fit for education, counseling or spiritual-related jobs. There are 16 different Myer-Briggs personality types and essentially 8 DiSC types. This really works!

Personality is what makes you who you are. You must be true to yourself all the time and you will find that this is where you will gain true happiness. When you are doing things that are not in alignment with your personality, that is when you will find the most dissatisfaction. You must listen to your feelings. They are really telling you something. If you are happy, you are doing what you are meant to do. If you are unhappy, then stop what you are doing (don’t quit your job unless you can afford to do it and have another job lined up) and find what you are meant to do.

The tortoise and the hare story tells it best. It takes time to find the right job. Once you know your personality type preference, start getting the right experience and education to become qualified for that job. In the long-run you will be glad you did. Slow and steady will win the race to job satisfaction.

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How To Get A New Job

How To Get a New Job: Just Ask For It

Ask for your dream job: Here is how

I truly believe you can get that dream job and it may not be as difficult as you may think. If you want a new job, this is an idea that worked well for a friend of mine. One of the coolest true stories I ever heard was from a friend I had when I was an undergrad. This friend of mine had a job that paid about twice of what was the annual average salary for our state was at the time. She did not have a bachelor’s degree yet and made great money working in an office of a very well respected Fortune 100 company in our area.

I remember asking my friend how she got this amazing job. She told me that all she did was ask. I could not believe it. My friend (Lisa) told me that she needed a job and here was this really big company that people loved to work for and she just put on her professional clothing, brushed up her resume and went in “for the kill”.

As I recall, I remember her telling me that she set up an “informational interview” with the Human Resources department of the company she wanted to work for. She had a couple fresh copies of her resume on nice paper that listed her known skills which included using basic computer applications efficiently and “good interpersonal skills”. She dressed for success and was determined she was,  “not going to take ‘no’ for an answer”.

In the informational interview, the Human Resource manager originally told her that “Sorry! We don’t have anything for your right now.”

However, my friend was assertive and continued to ask again, “I really cannot believe a company this size does not have ANYTHING for me. You must find me something to do here. I learn things very quickly and I promise to be an excellent employee. Just give me a try. You will be glad you did.”

Well, the rest was magical history. She did get formal interview because of her persistence and they found her a job with a team of professionals at the company who taught her what she needed to succeed. All she did was ask and prepare them to see her as an excellent fit.

Yes, that was a true story and I believe anyone can do this. Of course, some organizations just don’t have any openings. I believe that if you know what you are capable of doing and can help the future employer see how you can add value to the organization, they they may be able to create a job for you or recommend you to an organization that has that need. You must be genuinely likable and you must give your best every day to be their best employee. Your reputation will follow you and you get to create your own successes, one action at a time.

It is difficult to find talented employees that are a perfect fit for an organization. It is your job to show you are a match in personal values, knowledge, talents, skills and abilities. So you have to do your “homework” and study the company, learn what is important to them and learn to fit in.  You must be able to share examples of how what you know and have done fills a need for what they are looking for.

Employers want people who are likable, can learn to do things right and well, and have experiences that are similar to the ones they are hiring for. Sometimes starting in the mail room or at an entry-level job is the perfect way to get your foot in the door and grow with the organization. You have an opportunity to learn the culture, prove your work ethic and build your internal network of people who can recommend you for the next steps.

So, yes. I believe anyone can have their dream job. It is a matter of finding an organization you really want to work for, showing you have what it takes to fit in and grow, and then just ask for a job in an assertive and respectful way. It does not hurt to dress for the position, because this helps the employer visualize you fitting in. Most employers will give an informational interview because they really do not want to have a lull in production if someone were to unexpectedly leave the organization.

A closed door yesterday does not mean there will be that same closed door tomorrow. Things change very quickly in every organization. You must prepare yourself by having what employers need and then make it happen. You are the only person who will manage your career.  So, go get that job you are looking for and don’t take no for an answer.

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Copyright © 2013 by Dr. Paul L. Gerhardt. All rights reserved.

Finding Joy in Your Job: Celebrate Success!

Work must be something you look forward to doing. If your job feels like work, then now is the time to make some changes. I am not telling you to quit your job. I am asking you to stop and figure out why your job does not bring you joy. If you supervise other people, it may be YOUR fault that work does not feel so good to you. Lighten up!

Of course YOU get to choose how you feel about things, as I tell you every day in this blog. You must also put actions into creating a career that you truly love. How you treat people matters. Are you looking for things people are not doing to your satisfaction or are you looking for things to be proud of? You will always find things in others that irritate you. Sometimes, they are VERY easy to find. Is it worth it?

You may be nickeling and diming the joy out of your own job and others. Of course your intent is good. You just want things to run smoothly and you want everyone to know what is expected of them. Have you considered that you may not see the bigger picture and that there may be REAL meaning behind why they are doing what they are doing?

So try this: Look for things to praise at work. Do not spend any time judging others in a negative way. Just be open to finding things that are working well and done right. Find things to praise–even if the person you observe doing something good is not your subordinate. You can help make your workplace a great place.

Your actions can and do make a difference. Are they making a positive one or a negative one? Celebrate successes at every chance you can. Nobody likes working with nitpickers. Everybody makes mistakes. Find ways to praise! Yeah, but what? Just make things positive. Give this some thought and just do it.

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Copyright © 2012 by Dr. Paul L. Gerhardt. All rights reserved.

Overwhelmed? Take a Minute to Get More Done. Here is How.

Free Time Management Lesson:

Sometimes it feels like there is too much to do and not enough time in a day to get everything done. When you feel this way the only thing to do is prioritize and focus on one thing at a time. There is a saying, “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer is, “One bite at a time.” We simply cannot eat a whole elephant. We must start with a toe and work our way up the leg, one bite at a time. Who eats elephants anyway? I prefer a good beef steak!

So, make a task list. Seriously, if you want to get satisfaction, you need to make a written list of everything that needs to get done. Put the most-important and time-sensitive thing as number one. The next most-important thing should be number two. Continue your list according to priority.

You must NOT multitask. Your brain can only do one thing well at a time. If you are even thinking about other things that overwhelm you, then you are multitasking. Stop it! And do one thing only until it is done well before you start anything else.

In my time management workshops, I bring a bag of plastic balls–like the ones you find in children’s theme restaurants like Chuckie Cheese. I ask one person in my training sessions who feels like she can multitask well to be the leader of the plastic ball activity. That leader goes to the center of the room and asks her team (everyone else in the room) to form a circle around her. On the count to three, everyone is asked to throw the ball–all at once at the leader in a way that she could catch them. Of course, as you may have guessed, the leader usually cannot catch more than one plastic ball–maybe two if she is lucky.

So it is with managing time. If we try to do two or more complex items at a time, then we “drop the ball.” It usually takes much more time to fix things that are not done well than it does to do it right the first time. I know, it takes a minute or so to create a daily task list. However, chances are that if you make time to make a prioritized list (really), then you undoubtedly WILL get more things done than you would have without it.

As I have pointed out many times before in this blog, everything is a matter of perception. Some people can get more done because they are better at managing their time. Sometimes, we need to close our doors and tell others not to bother us, unless there are things that cannot be done by others. We all have the same amount of time in our days, we need to create systems that help us manage it best as possible. When you get a task done, then cross it off of your list. There is an amazing feeling that our brain gives us when we cross things off of a list. Try it! I hope this helps you get more things done. If you don’t try it, then you can’t thank me later.

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Copyright © 2012 by Dr. Paul L. Gerhardt. All rights reserved.

How to Be a Great Boss

We don’t always remember what people tell us. We always remember how they make us feel. Relationships are so fragile.

If you want to EARN the respect of your coworkers, help create a place that FEELS enjoyable. The word “joy” is not too often associated with work enough. We should all look forward to going to work and ENJOY making a living. As supervisors, we have the power to influence the levels of joy people feel.

With great power comes great responsibility. My leadership workshops help leaders create places where people look forward to going. Being aware that we can choose to be a person who others enjoy being around and still get the job done well is key to being an effective leader.

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Copyright © 2012 by Dr. Paul L. Gerhardt. All rights reserved.

Consider this: YOU May be THE problem

OK, so I really wanted a catchy title to get you to read this. The fact of the matter is you always need to look at the FACTS and not the STORIES. We can create stories in our heads that can sometimes make things worse. These stories are not always the truth and the whole truth. The facts will give us what we really need. We are creative creatures. This is what makes us human. However, if we want to be truly effective in our work, and home life, we must look at the facts and only the facts! If you have people in your network who are upset, disgruntled, argumentative or calls in sick all the time, you may indeed be the reason.  We have the power to influence others with what we say and do. You may not even realize how you have slighted someone, even though your intentions are good. This management training or leadership training philosophy is often called: Intent and Impact theory.

Here is a fact:. In mathematics (insert giant groan here), a negative times a positive always equals a negative outcome. So if you have Susie Positive sharing ideas and Johnny Positive sharing his and YOU Negative sharing yours–the outcome is going to be negative. This does not mean you need to agree with Susie and Johnny, but you do need to be positive about what they are talking about and really consider how your actions can spoil everything. Be non-judgmental and evaluate the logic of it and how the decision will affect others.

Yes. There you go. You have been the problem the whole time with you looking for the glass half-full. It probably is everybody’s fault but yours isn’t it? Yeah but what? The math does not lie. Think about that today!

So, the good news is that your emotions are really indicators of how you feel about something. If you are feeling negative, don’t just be on autopilot and be reactive–this could make things worse. Figure out why you feel the way you do and look at the facts only. What is real and what have you done to put fuel on a fire to make things worse with your creativity–putting your stories into the mix. Negative thoughts can sometimes help show another perspective, but you really should try to have the goal of keeping things positive. Do the math first, it is based on fact.

This is why I am a firm believer of just being kind to everyone and never being negative. It is easier to be forgiven if we are always filling others up with non-judgement and kindness.

Your thoughts?

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What YOU (and your boss) MUST Know To Love Your Job

We spend about one-third of our lives at work. Therefore, it truly is important that we love our jobs. There are a few key things that you must know. (1) The secret to career success is to find a job that you love. (2) It is true that relationships are the main reason we love or hate our jobs. Most people leave their jobs because they do not like someone at work, either their boss or a co-worker. In other words, they have an attitude against someone else that makes them dislike their work situation.

It is interesting that if we truly love what we do, we tend to change our own attitudes and even when we work with people we would not normally like, we are still happy. When we are happy we develop a positive attitude which changes how people treat us. With that said, the old saying goes, “When you point a finger at someone, you have four fingers pointing back at you.” This is very true. (3) WE choose our attitudes to be happy or not.

So, I know that I did not directly answer the question on how you can find a job that you truly love. Well, here is the key: You align your personality with the right job! Yes, I have found in my career as an educator and business consultant that people who are really good at their jobs–love their jobs; and they love their jobs because they found jobs that are in alignment with their personalities.

OK. So I have said it before in previous postings. Finding your true personalities can be done through taking assessments like Myers-Briggs; DiSC; and Strength Finder 2.0. There are many tools out there. Wisdom proverbs suggest that, “It is better to truly know yourself first, than to know others.” In other words, once you really know who you are, your strengths, weaknesses, preferences, behaviors and triggers, then you can find work and relationships that fit you.

Once you find a job that fits you, then you will feel like you are cruising down stream with a cool drink in your hand on a hot summer day. This is much better than rowing up stream with oars that are too small in the wrong kind of boat. So, it just makes sense that if you set yourself up for success by taking personality assessments from certified and trained experts (like me), that you could find true happiness in a job that you love. Great bosses should be happy to have their whole staff trained by professionals who use those types of assessment tools. This is a great first step in creating positive and productive workplaces.

If we do what we love to do, then we tend to get very good at those types of jobs. It is not a burden to work hard in work that we truly love. We spend more time perfecting our actions and learning all the nuances–and therefore, we feel even better about our jobs when we know we are good at what we do. We find our bliss when we find out who we are and do work that is meaningful to us. There are jobs that are perfect for each of us out there. We need to know where to look and what to look for first. I hope this helps.

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Make it a great day! (You get to choose how you feel about it.)

Dr. Paul

By Dr. Paul L. Gerhardt, PhD
www,paulgerhardt.com

Copyright © 2012 by Dr. Paul L. Gerhardt. All rights reserved.

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