Archive: April, 2016

Post from Transformation Tom™- Be Proactive with Follow-up: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - April 26, 2016 - News
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Be Proactive with Follow-up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

People get busy. Let’s be honest with ourselves—most networking sessions
and conversations with people about possible jobs are more important
to us than the person with whom we’re talking. I heard many offthe-
cuff comments such as, “Call me in a couple weeks.” While I know
most of us may give an instant response similar to, “Will do,” I felt I
was differentiating myself and ensuring action when I immediately put a
follow-up appointment on my calendar. As with the last chapter, I wasn’t
going to be a pest, but I was diligent in making sure that I took full advantage
of all leads. I couldn’t afford to be skittish in my follow-up, and I
found most people did not seem offended by someone who stayed on top
of what we had discussed. Keith Ferrazzi notes in Never Eat Alone, “Don’t
apologize for being persistent.” Persistency does pay off. Additionally, if
you tell someone you will do something, such as sending your résumé
or marketing plan, do it right away. You don’t want to earn a negative
reputation as someone unable to follow instructions or follow through
on a task.

 

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

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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™-BUILDING TIME FOR THE UNEXPECTED: Chapter from “Time Management Manifesto”

Posted by tomdowd - April 19, 2016 - News
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MAKING PEOPLE A PRIORITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever been deep in thought or just hit your stride on
a project only to have it snatched away with a phone call,
an incoming email that you caught from the corner of your
eye, or worse, a loud ding from a device you’re working with? Research
has proven that it will take you up to seven times longer to come up
with the thought you just had than it took for the original idea.

You must build in time for the unexpected—or as the business
world affectionately calls them, fire drills. In an article entitled “Don’t
Let Technology Take Over,” Dave Beck references a Basex study of
over one-thousand office workers showing that interruptions consume
more than two hours, or twenty-eight percent of a typical workday. To
quote the article,
“More than half of those surveyed said they open email immediately
or soon after it arrives, no matter how busy they are. The two hours
of lost productivity included not only unimportant interruptions
and distractions…but also the recovery time needed to get back on
task. The study found that based on an average salary of $21 per hour
for ‘knowledge workers’ whose jobs involve information, workplace
interruptions cost the U.S. economy $588 billion a year.”

Have you accounted for these two hours in your calendar? Have you
trained yourself to jump in to actually deal with these interruptions?
Think about how you schedule your day. If you schedule all eight
hours in a work day, you are guaranteed to not meet everything that’s
on your calendar. Look at your schedule for the coming week and start
to block off time to account for fire drills—the things you didn’t plan
on dealing with today, but have no choice. Maybe the few minutes
here and there don’t need to make your calendar to deal with those
small tasks, but you may need to account for it in other administrative
or work action time. For example, if it takes you thirty minutes to
typically do paperwork daily, schedule an hour for administrative
purposes. Next, it’s time to schedule specific time for real-work action
like responding to emails and returning messages. Personally, I prefer
the quiet morning time for email and later in the morning for phone
calls, when possible. Next, identify other x-factors such as busier days
of the week or seasonality, and make the adjustments. As another
example, when I was a manager in a call center, we knew the call
volume was heaviest on Mondays, so we built time for managers to be
on the floor with the people on the phones that day, and made a point
not to schedule Monday staff meetings.

You may be asking yourself, “Why does scheduling stuff I know I
need to do each day need to make my calendar?” You probably already
know that if you don’t schedule it, it may not get done. Having the
actual reminder will prompt you to get to it. These scheduled periods
of time become a barrier of protection to show you what’s supposed to
be done today. The phrase supposed to is italicized because we know that
planning a day doesn’t always mean that’s how the day will play out. By
scheduling administrative work and overestimating the expected time,
you are leaving a fire drill cushion.

You can’t control all the interruptions that may come your way, but
you can control your reaction to them. You don’t want to be a slave to
your calendar, but you do want to be committed to it when you can.
Let’s go back to the paperwork example. If you actually completed it
in the expected time of thirty minutes and had no interruptions, you
bought yourself some extra time to pull future work in from other days.
If you did have some fire drills to deal with, you accounted for much
of this with the reserved blocks of time.

 

 

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™- Recognize the More Important Roles in the Job Search Process: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - April 12, 2016 - News
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Recognize the More Important Roles

 

 

 

 

 

Obviously, everyone in our network has an important role to play.
While it’s important to avoid rash judgments about one contact
being more important than another, I will tell you that if you have the
choice between being in touch with a recruiter or a hiring manager, lean
toward the hiring manager every time. The recruiters are there to screen
applicants and determine who is best suited to move on to the next level
of interviewing. While it’s extremely important to have a strong relationship
with them, if you have the contact information for the hiring manager,
then use it. If you don’t have his or her information, then do your
due diligence and attempt to get it. I’m not condoning being pushy, but
I am encouraging assertiveness. The hiring manager can provide exact
expectations for the role, including the unwritten description. A hiring
manager can provide insight as to what successful, and not so successful,
people have done in the role in the past. Even if a hiring manager holds
back some information, they now know who you are beyond your résumé.
The contact also establishes a relationship that could be critical if
there are equally qualified candidates applying for the same job. In that
case, the hiring manager may even appreciate the extra effort you took to
learn more about the job.

 

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™-MAKING PEOPLE A PRIORITY: Chapter from “Time Management Manifesto”

Posted by tomdowd - April 5, 2016 - News
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MAKING PEOPLE A PRIORITY

I was running to what I thought to be the most important meeting
I ever had—I say with sarcasm. I mock myself because I can’t even
remember what the meeting was about. What I can remember is
that someone who worked for me stopped me at my office door and
asked for a couple of minutes of my time. I asked if it was important.
The words said, “No;” the eyes that I remember so clearly said, “Definitely.”
I never saw her again. I found out later that she was having
stress-related mental health issues. I could have easily found her the
support and assistance she needed with a quick phone call. Instead, my
schedule dictated where I needed to be and at what time.

Regardless of your schedule, people are the highest priority. When
we die, our inbox will most likely not be empty. As we go through this
book on time management, it’s critical to understand that “how” you
manage your time can influence others. It’s also important to realize
just how important people are. The ones we often complain about
who are occupying our time, can actually make us all more productive
if they feel like they are part of the solution, part of the team, and
active members in supporting all of our time management challenges.
All the while, these individuals teach us to make better judgments
and assessments that will pay off later. This comes by building trust,
respect, and support for the people who surround us personally and
professionally. We can’t do most things on our own.

Let’s take the time to acknowledge that the clock may dictate where
we should be and at what time, but we must also have a willingness
to drop everything to take care of the matters that need our attention
the most. This usually revolves around people! You must take action to
ensure that you pay attention not just to words, but to the cues that
people are sending with their body language.

When I teach this portion of my seminars, I’m often asked how
this idea of making time for those around us can positively impact
effective time management. After all, dealing with people not only
takes up a lot of time, but it often takes time away from what needs
to be accomplished. Besides the lesson I learned in the story about it
simply being the right thing to do, this also pays off in the long run,
because people see what you’re willing to do for them. They, in turn, are
more willing to reciprocate if you are ever in need. Not everything has
to be burning with urgency, but you will find that time management
is about working together with colleagues, co-workers, clients, and
business partners so that everyone wins. Additionally, as your ability to
assess what is really important and urgent becomes better, your ability
to effectively prioritize will likewise improve.

 

 

 

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