Archive: March, 2016

Post from Transformation Tom™- Be Clear in What You Want, Including the Level: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - March 29, 2016 - News
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Be clear in what you want

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you want to be on the frontlines with customers? Do you want
to be a manager? Do you want to be VP of Marketing? Do you
know what level is the lowest point you’re willing to start in a new position
and what future growth potential is available for the jobs you are
seeking? With over twenty years in the financial industry, I knew clearly
that I didn’t want an entry-level position. There is nothing wrong with
entry-level, but it needs to make sense with your background, tenure,
and competencies. Also, not everyone wants to be a manager of people.
Is the career path associated with the job you’re looking into leading to a
management role? You need to be clear in what you want—this includes
the level.

The name of this chapter may seem redundant based on the rest of this
book. To an extent, it is—but there are a number of aspects you need to
be clear on when applying for a new job. If you rely on the assumption
that you and your prospective employer are on the same page, you may
well be disappointed. Within days of first losing my job, for example, I
was offered a position with a local company, but it didn’t match the role
and level I was chasing.

In addition to the type of role you may want, you need to know what
level you want. Being in the banking industry, SVP means different things
to different people, including recruiters and hiring managers. Some companies
hand out the title like it’s candy while others limit it to only the
highest levels. Looking from the outside in, it became obvious that my
former company handed out SVP titles closer to the candy version. Don’t
get me wrong, I was proud of my promotion, but I was also proud of the
many peers who also had the same level and title. One of the changes that
I made on the résumé included removing that title.

As I mentioned, I was proud of my past accomplishment, but ultimately
it didn’t carry much weight on my résumé. Some prospective companies
simply didn’t have any of those types of roles open because they
were few and far between since people in that position typically oversaw
significant operations or employees, for example. I had that title when I
managed many people; I had the same title when I was managing projects
with no direct reports. I had to start speaking the external language of the
companies I was pursuing, not the company I’d just left. That meant extra
diligence in laying out what I wanted. The changes had to occur on my
résumé, my marketing plans, my strategic plans, and in the conversations
I was having. All forms of communication had to be moving in the direction
of my laser-focused desires.

As a previous executive, I was still open to senior manager roles in order
to get in the door, knowing I would put in the effort and attitude to
get to the next level eventually. I needed to put that to paper so that everyone
was on the same page. For example, on one of my marketing plans, I
listed the following as my potential roles and options I was seeking:

Senior Risk Management Leader
VP, Operational Risk Manager, or
Executive SVP, Business Control, or
VP, Business Control Senior Manager

There was no question about what I was looking for and what opportunities
could be presented. That description made it very clear what I
wanted specific to the level of employment I was seeking and the type of
role I was best suited for.

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s books available in softcover, eBook, and audiobook (From Fear to Success only):

  • Time Management Manifesto: Expert Strategies to Create an Effective Work/Life Balance
  • Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job…A Reference Guide to Finding Work
  • The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World
  • From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide received the Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in Business Reference
  • The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood

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Manage Your Time—Don’t Let It Manage You

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Post from Transformation Tom™-BALANCING PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL TIME: Chapter from “Time Management Manifesto”

Posted by tomdowd - March 22, 2016 - News
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BALANCING PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL TIME

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was sitting in a company-sponsored time management class as a
new manager at the ripe age of twenty-four. I held in my hand my
brand new time management binder that, I was sure, would solve
all my problems. The instructor made a comment that has unintentionally
stuck with me for years: “If you can’t manage your time well,
you’ll be playing catch with one of your kids one day and your mind
will be elsewhere, trying to remember what you need to do next.” Fast
forward to many years later, when I was kicking a soccer ball around
in the yard with my oldest when I found my mind wandering. I was
distracted with work thoughts. My personal and professional lives were
bleeding together.

Welcome to the modern world, where there is inevitably a blur
between work and home. Yet, we have control over more than we
think. The boss may be barking instructions, your email inbox is
blowing up, and you have to post that picture of what you ate last
night on Facebook. It can all be done. Time management isn’t about
a new binder or even an electronic device. It is a disciplined mindset
that allows you to live in the moment while working toward the
future. Time management is often a mental game—but the concept
of time management doesn’t have to be hard. It’s about commitment,
routines, flexibility, adjustments, and planning. We create our own
self-limitations. We say we’ll do tomorrow what we really want to do
today. You must eliminate what’s holding you back.

You can’t come home after a day of work and completely clear
your head—can you? Yes. It starts with taking inventory. I don’t want
you to start a time study. They are too subjective, the data sources
too unreliable. Instead, I want you to write down the top three things
that take up most of your time at work, regardless of whether they’re
required or not. Think it through. Not what took your time yesterday;
think about what consistently occupies your day. The goal of this book
is to gain efficiency where and when you can, even if it takes small
steps. By keeping it top of mind as you continue to read through Time
Management Manifesto, you’ll start to adapt your most time-consuming
methods and habits to find the balance you’ve always wanted.
Time management is a requirement for all people in all roles—not
just CEOs, managers, owners, or even individual contributors. If you
think you don’t have enough time to invest in order to improve your
own time management, think again. There are only twenty-four hours
in the day. They should not all be devoted to work, but if you don’t
manage the work piece, you can’t balance the personal piece. Start
immediately. Manage your time, don’t let it manage you.

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s books available in softcover, eBook, and audiobook (From Fear to Success only):

  • Time Management Manifesto: Expert Strategies to Create an Effective Work/Life Balance
  • Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job…A Reference Guide to Finding Work
  • The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World
  • From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide received the Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in Business Reference
  • The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood

See “Products” for details on www.transformationtom.com.  Book and eBook purchase options are also available on Amazon- Please click the link to be re-directed: Amazon.com

Do you know about Avanoo.com?  Two-to-three minute eLearning programs that can change your life.

When Your Job is to Find a Job—and Yourself

Manage Your Time—Don’t Let It Manage You

MP3 Downloads of “From Fear to Success:  A Practical Public-speaking Guide” are available at Apple iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Emusic, Nokia, Xbox Music, Spotify, Omnifone, Google Music Store, Rdio, Muve Music, Bloom.fm, Slacker Radio, MediaNet, 7digital, 24-7, Rumblefish, and Shazam “From Fear to Success” MP3 on CD Baby

Post from Transformation Tom™- Marry Your Unique Talents: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - March 15, 2016 - News
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Marry Your Unique Talents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was fascinated by the networking conversation I had with John
Brubaker, author of “The Coach Approach: Success Strategies From The
Locker Room to the Board Room.” He and I had many common interests
and hit it off right away, sharing notes about professional development.
John turned on his coaching charm and we found instant connections as
he shared his own stories of triumphs and tribulations when he was in a
similar situation. He left me with the following information to chew on:

• Know your ideal job in the perfect world.
• Recognize your unique talents and passions. Pursue ways to ensure
they are part of the job-search process to marry them with what
you’re looking for. You will be more motivated to follow a path of
something that drives you.
• Figure out whom to get in front of to help you pursue these ideal
jobs, unique talents, and passions.
• Know your strong general skills that can be carried with you and
emphasized regardless of field.
• Sell the abilities and competencies that make up these skills in a
targeted approach by aligning it to the jobs you’re interested in so
you don’t come across as a jack-of-all-trades and master of none.
o The jack-of-all-trades and master of none comment got my attention.
I would ask people who knew me well and people I’d
just met for their opinions of whether my story made me seem
like more of a generalist or a specialist, and made appropriate
adaptations based on their responses.

 

 

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s books available in softcover, eBook, and audiobook (From Fear to Success only):

  • Time Management Manifesto: Expert Strategies to Create an Effective Work/Life Balance
  • Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job…A Reference Guide to Finding Work
  • The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World
  • From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide received the Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in Business Reference
  • The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood

See “Products” for details on www.transformationtom.com.  Book and eBook purchase options are also available on Amazon- Please click the link to be re-directed: Amazon.com

Do you know about Avanoo.com?  Two-to-three minute eLearning programs that can change your life.

When Your Job is to Find a Job—and Yourself

Manage Your Time—Don’t Let It Manage You

MP3 Downloads of “From Fear to Success:  A Practical Public-speaking Guide” are available at Apple iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Emusic, Nokia, Xbox Music, Spotify, Omnifone, Google Music Store, Rdio, Muve Music, Bloom.fm, Slacker Radio, MediaNet, 7digital, 24-7, Rumblefish, and Shazam “From Fear to Success” MP3 on CD Baby

Post from Transformation Tom™-INTRODUCTION: Chapter from “Time Management Manifesto”

Posted by tomdowd - March 7, 2016 - News
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Intro Time Mgt

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first time I can remember being called anal retentive, I debated
whether it was a good thing or a bad thing. According
to Memidex/WordNet Dictionary/Thesaurus, it is a person,
“who pays such attention to detail that the obsession becomes an annoyance
to others, potentially to the detriment of the anal-retentive
person. The term derives from Freudian psychoanalysis.” I guess a description
using words like psychoanalysis and obsession can’t always
be seen as good, but the term grew on me. The reference to anal retentive
was typically about making sure things got done. Nowhere in
the description does it mention the words time, organization, or time
management. Yet, when people say they don’t have time, they are really
saying they didn’t get done everything they wanted to get done. Now
is the time to do everything you want to do. This book may not create
obsessive anal-retentive monsters, but it will create methodologies to
help you pay attention to the right priorities.

Even at work when I was riding a rollercoaster of success that
included some interesting curves and downhill dives, I made the effort
to constantly hone my time management and organizational skills to
not only keep my nose above water, but to prove people wrong. When
I was demoted twice for being in the right place at the wrong time—
not being mature enough yet to manage the efforts of people—nobody
could say it wasn’t because the work wasn’t getting done. I ironically
found the maturity by sharing all of my mistakes with others!
I’ve taught versions of the time management information included
in this book for more than fifteen years. There are four points I want to
emphasize. First, the word secret is not found anywhere.
• There are no secrets to time management. Commitment, routine,
and a number of other factors will make you successful,
but there is no secret formula to time management. As you find
the balance that works for you, you will find success.
• Second, as attached as we may be to the latest and greatest technology
gadgets and applications that claim to make us more
efficient, they are only supporting tools to the process of time
management. In fact, many of them—including social media—
eat up large chunks of time before we even realize it. Your
ability to execute what you set out to do will not be magically
solved with a new smart phone.
• Third, your personal and professional lives are intertwined. You
may not think that you take your work home with you. You
may not even discuss it when you get home. However, you do
think about it. What do I have to do tomorrow? Was I supposed to
send that email? Did I ever get back to my boss? A dozen random
thoughts from your professional world worm their way into
the sanctity of your home life, regardless of how much you try
to keep them separate.
• Finally, for as long as I’ve shared my time management tips,
it has been rare that I’ve made significant changes to what
I’m teaching. It’s not because I haven’t evolved with time. I’ve
found that people over complicate the process, or find excuses
as opposed to solutions. Let’s oversimplify, instead.

I sleep very well. Most nights, I sleep more than the recommended
eight hours. I am refreshed and ready for each day. I balance my fulltime
job with my other business, while still making it to my children’s
piano recitals, field hockey games, school events, and so much more.
I mention this not to say, ‘look how much I can jam into a day.’ I
truly don’t feel like I jam anything into my days. I simply prepare for
all of them ahead of time. I own my twenty-four hours each day—I
don’t rent them. It’s up to me to determine how they are used. I’m accountable.
I must make decisions each day based on my priorities and
account for unexpected time by thinking forward and being flexible.
If there is such thing as a traditional forty-hour work week, I’m confident
enough to be able to say that I do more in it than most people do
in fifty, sixty, and even seventy hours. It’s time to work smarter—not
harder—and start taking back the twenty-four hours in your day to
actually get more done personally and professionally.

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s books available in softcover, eBook, and audiobook (From Fear to Success only):

  • Time Management Manifesto: Expert Strategies to Create an Effective Work/Life Balance
  • Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job…A Reference Guide to Finding Work
  • The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World
  • From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide received the Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in Business Reference
  • The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood

See “Products” for details on www.transformationtom.com.  Book and eBook purchase options are also available on Amazon- Please click the link to be re-directed: Amazon.com

Do you know about Avanoo.com?  Two-to-three minute eLearning programs that can change your life.

When Your Job is to Find a Job—and Yourself

Manage Your Time—Don’t Let It Manage You

MP3 Downloads of “From Fear to Success:  A Practical Public-speaking Guide” are available at Apple iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Emusic, Nokia, Xbox Music, Spotify, Omnifone, Google Music Store, Rdio, Muve Music, Bloom.fm, Slacker Radio, MediaNet, 7digital, 24-7, Rumblefish, and Shazam “From Fear to Success” MP3 on CD Baby