Archive: May, 2017

Post from Transformation Tom™- Passage from “Now What: The Ultimate Graduation Gift for Professional Success”

Posted by tomdowd - May 30, 2017 - News
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You worked so hard, you hit your stride,
But you know the real world is no free ride.

Post from Transformation Tom™- Break Out of Your Comfort Zone: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - May 23, 2017 - News
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It’s hard to tell you to look outside your previous industry when I landed
a job in the same industry I’d been in for over twenty years. It’s logical
to go toward your comfort zone, and it’s a lot easier to demonstrate
your strengths in order to land the job. However, when I say I cast a broad
net, I truly did. I looked into expanding my own business. I looked into
professional training firms, healthcare, sales, marketing, and many other
avenues. You will start to understand there is more out there than the
fences you remain confined within. After you’ve broadened your scope
to explore other fields, then you can consider it a well-thought-out plan,
even if you choose to stay within your field in the end.

 

 

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™-TAKING BACK YOUR DAY: Chapter from “Time Management Manifesto”

Posted by tomdowd - May 16, 2017 - News
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The concept of time is manmade, yet as the centuries passed,
the lone town church bell that marked the end of another
work day somehow became the need to manage every second
of every day. As a result, we have blurred the lines between work and
life. We have a choice every day in what to do with the twenty-four
hours that are staring us in the face. I’ve been anal retentive and a consummate
time management teacher—and student—for many years.
Yet, I don’t wear a watch. No, I don’t use sun-dials, but we are surrounded
by apparatus that tell us the time. It’s on cell phones, computers,
and even in my small New England church bell tower, which
chimes every hour.

To me, time is the present, not a device. We can’t live in the past,
we are only in this very moment, and we can make the future better by
managing our present effectively. Time management is all mental. It’s
about commitment, routine, flexibility, adjustment, and planning. I
gave a person I mentor specific instructions to do something to develop
herself. She agreed it was reasonable, and committed to doing it. She
didn’t do it. Her exact words were, “I didn’t do it because I didn’t have
time.” That’s too bad. It doesn’t hurt me, but it also doesn’t develop
her. I can’t force her to do it, but she couldn’t commit to finding herself
thirty minutes a month for her own growth. We create our own self-limitations.
We say we’ll do tomorrow what we really want to do today.

It’s time to take back your work day. Today is about self-reflection
in order to understand what else you need to control your work day.
This comes from understanding what’s holding you back, thinking it
through, having the right conversations, and taking action to improve.
Time management is a requirement for all levels in an organization.
If you think you don’t have enough time to invest in improving 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.

In time management terms, that’s now.

 

 

 

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™- Turn Your Passions into Your Career: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - May 9, 2017 - News
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One of my favorite quotes, “Opportunity seldom labels itself,” is credited
to an unknown author. A number of mentors and people within
the network suggested I take my side interests of speaking, training,
and coaching and make them a full-time endeavor. As appetizing as that
sounded, I still felt a passion to go back to the banking industry. With the
down-turned economy, the banking industry has been beaten up. The industry
has been wounded, but there are far too many opportunities in the
risk avoidance space to turn away from it altogether. I’m passionate about
fixing problems and have a strong history of start-up roles. The job I was
ultimately offered and accepted was brand new, and fit both categories.
Even with so many unknowns, what you do know are your passions. Run
toward them. To paraphrase Steve Cohen, professor of public speaking,
and one who had to go through a similar process in his own past, “Be
inspired to look to leverage your passions to make money.”

 

 

 

 

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™-CREATING TIME FOR YOU: Chapter from “Time Management Manifesto”

Posted by tomdowd - May 2, 2017 - News
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As an immature manager who hadn’t realized how important
the people working for him were, I would come home every
night saying that I should be paid extra for babysitting. I even
moved my computer from the front of my desk to the back corner in
an attempt to reduce the volume of questions. It didn’t help, but I did
quickly gain a reputation for being unapproachable (I will remind you
that I wasn’t ready to manage people). I was moved out of the role, but
that’s a story for another day—it does end well (see The Transformation
of a Doubting Thomas for details).

Why was I so frustrated with people asking me questions to solve
customer problems or wanting my attention in order to build a stronger
employee-manager relationship? It took some soul searching, but I did
figure it out. What I found was that I allowed one-hundred percent of
my time to be swallowed up by others who were dependent on me, and
I found myself not knowing when or how I would get everything else
done. If you’re a parent or even have pets, you may know the feeling
that we sometimes just need a little time alone to do what we need for
ourselves.

What I learned was that I simply had to create that time. It didn’t
have to be long periods. Whether it was a quick five-minute breather
or going to a quiet office to write a performance appraisal, that time
made me concentrate on the task at hand. As a result, I became more
productive and could then give one-hundred percent concentration
when I returned. The built-up frustration of wanting to do something
only to encounter obstacles because of the pull from those depending
on us hurts our relationship building, and our time management.

When it makes sense, put up your own “Do Not Disturb” sign when
you absolutely have to get work done. This can be literal or figurative,
done with an online indicator for instant messaging, for example, or
by walking away from your desk. Either way, proactively let people
know that you’re temporarily not available. If you’re on vacation, turn
on your out-of-office message. You can also practice just letting your
phone go to voicemail and allowing emails to come in without an
immediate response. Next, turn off the distractions that can take away
from your actual work. Don’t sneak a peek at Facebook—your friends
will still be there later.

You can be more productive and reduce frustration and
interruptions by simply being obvious about your availability—people
will respect it. Let people know that you’re temporarily not available,
but that when you return they will have your undivided attention.

 

 

 

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