Archive: February, 2017

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

Posted by tomdowd - February 28, 2017 - News
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Mentors are like that blanket you couldn’t give up as a kid. If you
don’t have to stop the relationship, then don’t. Mentors provide
the objective point of view we all need. If your mentor is with your old
company, unless policy dictates it, there is no reason to stop the conversations.
One of my mentors hit me between the eyes with some feedback
as I was looking into options to get back into my former company when
she said, “Tone down the outside interests.” She meant that my “paid
hobby” of speaking and training on the side could easily be seen as a
priority conflict. Although I saw the strength of these interests as making
me a stronger professional, my mentor’s easily digestible comment put a
potential blind spot into context. Someone who may not know me well
might easily shy away from wanting to hire me due to a perceived priority
conflict. I was able to work on my filtering of this information in networking
and job interviews by not leading with it. I formulated a more
reserved message that came across stronger because it was clear how those
side interests had become an investment in my own growth that would
help me succeed in the new role. I am ever so thankful for the mentors,
both formal and informal, who stayed with me through this process.

 

 

 

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

  • Now What? The Ultimate Graduation Gift for Professional Success
  • 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

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Post from Transformation Tom™-CREATING OUR OWN PRESSURES: Chapter from “Time Management Manifesto”

Posted by tomdowd - February 21, 2017 - News
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I was juggling quite a few projects at one time. I was balancing important
and not important, urgent and not urgent, I was putting
in the hours and efforts, and still one of my projects went beyond
the deadline. Yet, it passed without a word from my boss, or anyone
else for that matter. As much as I try to do everything I can to communicate
progress to the powers that be, in this case, it slipped through the
cracks and I didn’t provide any heads-up. For the record, as previously
stated, I will emphasize that communication is critical in these matters.
Somehow, in this case, it wasn’t done. I had what I thought were the
right priorities—a strong relationship with my boss and no intentions
of hiding anything—so I let him know that the deadline had passed,
and told him my plans for completion. His response?

“Oh yeah, I forgot about that. Get it to me when you can. No
hurry.”

Let’s go back to the comment that communication is critical to
time management. When originally told about the initiative, I should
have asked the following question: “What happens if the deadline is
missed?” I should have ensured that our priorities were the same. We
sometimes have our own internal pressures that are far greater than
reality. Do you put more pressure on yourself than anyone else? Reign
in some of the pressure and give yourself a break.

It’s time to add the appropriate questions to your arsenal when asked
to complete a project. Start by asking when the deadline is, and follow
it up with a version of the question, “What happens if the deadline
isn’t met?”

Getting an idea of the true urgency is important in order to match
priorities with the requestor. If he or she says you’ll be fired if you
don’t meet the deadline, then I think you understand the priorities.
But in all seriousness, if you form the habit of asking questions about
prioritization and urgency from the actual requester, you’ll build trust
with your colleagues and supervisors and ensure that everyone is
consistently attuned to the same goals.

 

 

 

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

  • Now What? The Ultimate Graduation Gift for Professional Success
  • 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™- Continue to Help Others: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - February 14, 2017 - News
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You are bound to run into other unemployed people. In fact, a close
friend of mine was looking for a job at the same time. I could have
said we were competing for openings, but in reality we simply shared best
practices, gave each other advice, and maintained the special “unemployment
bond” that brought us even closer. When we both landed jobs within
a couple weeks of each other, the success was only sweeter. My two
months of unemployment was full of mistakes and lessons learned. I felt a
need to share this information with anyone I thought could benefit from
it. I considered this invested time, while always testing my theories and
getting feedback on my trials and tribulations for the future. A job may
not be right for you but if someone else comes to mind, pay it forward.

In these desperate times, it sounds counterintuitive, but it’s important
to share your expertise and knowledge and expect nothing in return.
Whether you are in a one-on-one session, talking with career centers,
or speaking with professional/networking groups, you should willingly
participate. You obviously don’t want to come across as a know-it-all, but
you will gain credibility and value naturally when people see your selfless
behavior and leadership skills. When you do things because it’s the right
thing to do, not because you need a job, the job ends up finding you. It
may take some time, but your patience and generosity will pay dividends
for you over time.

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

  • Now What? The Ultimate Graduation Gift for Professional Success
  • 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™-ACCOUNTING FOR PERSONAL CONVERSATIONS: Chapter from “Time Management Manifesto”

Posted by tomdowd - February 7, 2017 - News
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I used to work with a friend who had the same schedule, so we
always walked out together each day. But, I found that his end
time of five o’clock p.m. and my end time of five p.m. weren’t the
same. The clocks read the same, and we would often start packing up
for the evening at the same time, but we were never ready at the same
time. Sure, a customer might call, or colleagues needed our attention
at the moment we’d planned on originally leaving. This is understood;
it happens sometimes. However, what I found was that it happened to
him consistently.

He was a social butterfly. He would go from person to person and
spend what seemed like hours talking away about nothing important. As
someone who teaches networking and the importance of relationships,
I get it. However, there is a balancing act. He often complained that
there just weren’t enough hours in the day to do everything he wanted,
personally and professionally. There are enough hours—the question
is, where do you want to spend them? Once I made him conscious of
my observation of his nonproductive wanderings, he assessed himself
and readjusted accordingly. His hallway conversations still met the
needs of building relationships. His conversations didn’t have to be
terse, but he found a nice balance and actually was recognized for his
productivity a few months later.

Assess how much of your day is spent on a random personal
conversation, and determine if it is negatively impacting your ability
to get things done. This does not mean you can’t be personal. It simply
means, don’t spend forty-five minutes talking about the weekend and
then complain that you don’t have enough time in the day to do your
tasks. It might mean a five-minute chat and a genuine, “Great to see
you” before you move on. What’s more important at work: relationship
building or time management? If you find the right balance, this
becomes an and statement, not an or, enabling you to navigate through
the important social and professional aspects of your job.

 

 

 

 

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

  • Now What? The Ultimate Graduation Gift for Professional Success
  • 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