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It’s Trying Times. Keep up the Motivation

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The one common statement that I get to hear too often from people is that, “the market is closed right now” and that there are not many options available around.

While I was partially agreeing to this fact and felt the same, more often than not.. I also saw quite a lot of people switching jobs and for better positions and salaries. I was a little surprised initially, but then realized that, the problem was not in the market, but in the thought.

The market still had a lot of opportunities and there were a lot of good paying jobs. All that was required was a slightly positive thinking and a little motivation to spend some additional time searching.

Staying Motivated

One of the biggest challenge during tough times, is repelling all the negativity around you.

It is not uncommon for people to be negative when the market is tough. Difficult times lead to lesser job promotions and pay hikes. The job market also goes into hibernation. People start getting frustrated and frustration leads to de-motivation.

Negative conversations start with one de-motivated person and spreads to everyone coming in contact with him.

Slowly you sense the negativity in everything around you and your mind starts to create situations that are all negative.

The first and foremost thing to do in such situations is fending off such negativity. Some of these tips might help you in doing that -

  • Politely excuse yourself from conversations which look like are going the negative way
  • Whenever you feel negativity creeping in, take a break and go for a cup of coffee with people you think are good motivators
  • When you feel demotivated, think about all the good things your job has provided you with or, think about the happy faces of your loved ones
  • Avoid the company of people who find negativity in everything

The key to be happy during these trying times is to be motivated. The more motivated you are the more opportunities you will find around you and you stand a chance of landing a better job opportunity, if that is something you are aiming for.

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Tips for Maintaining a Positive State of Mind for Professional Success

positive thinkingWhen we think about aspects of health and wellness, the first things to come to mind are typically exercising and eating right. Our minds almost immediately go to states of physical health and wellness. While physical health is absolutely essential, mental health and wellness are also important aspects of being a healthy individual. Just as our physical wellness plays a large role in aspects of our everyday lives (our job, our family, our happiness), so too does mental wellness.

Maintaining a healthy and happy mental state is essential to fulfilling your full potential in every area of life. When it comes to your career and daily professional life, a positive state of mind can be your biggest asset. The right mindset can make all the difference in how successful your work is and how happy you are doing it. Consider these tips for maintaining a positive state of mind and becoming a healthier and happier individual.

Think about Actions

When we’re stuck in a negative state of mind we often go through all the things we haven’t done in our heads. We’ve all done this—driving home from work at 5 and going through all the things we wanted to accomplish that day, but didn’t. This is commonplace for a negative worrier. We often focus on the things that didn’t get finished or are yet to be completed. However, this can be a very detrimental tendency for both our state of mind and our actual productivity. Rather than focusing on the things you didn’t do or accomplish, look at the things you did accomplish. Think about actions, not inactions.

By exploring the things that you did finish, you will find a stronger sense of accomplishment and a more motivation for the next day. Change your point of view. There are always going to be tasks and projects that need to be done. By focusing on the things you did finish you can better evaluate how to do those things better or more efficiently.

Focus on the Now

In many ways, this goes along the same line as thinking about actions rather than inactions. Try to focus on what you are doing right now. Rather than thinking over and over about what you need to do, think about what you are doing. Yes, of course it is important to think ahead and devise a plan, but only thinking ahead and not acting right now will get you nowhere. When you look too far into the future for any task or project, things are bound to look close to impossible and, at the very least, overwhelming. Condense your vantage point. Think about what you can accomplish in the next hour. Take one step at a time. In many ways, focusing on the now leads to thinking about actions rather than inactions.

By considering the present and what you are doing now, you will put yourself in a more positive state of mind. Think about the elements of your condition that you can control now and do what you can to make those things positive. If you’re stressed out about a project at work, set your sights on accomplishing one small step now and don’t think about the rest until you get there.

Devise a Plan

Okay, this may sound contradictory of my last two points, but it’s really not. Devising a plan is essential to actually being able to focus on the now and think about action. Part of maintaining a positive state of mind with all the challenges of the working world is understanding how you are going to overcome those challenges. Devising a plan and sketching out a general agenda helps you to focus your attention in the right areas at the right times. Bye creating a clear but flexible plan you will feel more comfortable focusing on one thing at a time. One of the easiest ways to fall into a negative thought pattern is by becoming overwhelmed by something. Take the time to look through an entire project and sketch out a plan for it, in order to ease the stress.

About the Author:

The author of this guest post is Amelia Wood, who frequently blogs about medical billing and coding education and careers. She is passionate about all things related to health and wellness. Amelia welcomes your feedback at amelia1612@gmail.com.

 

Handling Interview Rejections

Overcoming Interview Rejections

Handling Interview Rejections

Rejections at interviews are not uncommon. But your success at every subsequent interviews depend upon how you handle your failure in the previous one.

How easy is it to overcome an interview rejection?

It took me 12 interviews to get my first job. With every failed interview, I kept loosing my confidence. Every subsequent interview seemed as if it was even more difficult than the previous one. It was later that I realized that it was not that the interview was difficult. Instead I was loosing confidence.

It was an uphill task for me to regain my confidence and keep appearing for interviews until I could get through.

Before we even discuss how to overcome interview rejections, a question to ask is – Why should your loose your confidence when you get rejected in an interview? What you need to understand is the fact that they have not rejected you. Rather they have lost you.

The best approach to take is to look at rejection as a loss to the organization and not a loss to yourself.

It is often seen that even after so many interview rounds and screenings, organization often make the wrong decision and hire the wrong person. The consequence is a disaster. In doing so they often reject much more and better skilled talent, only to loose them to another organization who has a better form of interviewing and screening.

7 Things to do to overcome Interview Rejections -

As soon as you are through with and interview and you get to know that you have not been selected, don’t be disappointed. Follow this 7 step method to overcome the disappointment and to gear up for your next interview.

  1. As soon as the news of you not getting selected is conveyed to you by the interviewer, thank them for the time and effort they invested in you and ask them if there is a feedback.
  2. Don’t leave the interview venue immediately. Sit there for some more time and jot down 5 things that you think that the company lost by not hiring you. Read that for about 10 minutes and then leave.
  3. Go out with your friends for a cup of coffee or, a dinner or, to watch a movie. Prefer not to go to pubs or, discotheques.
  4. Read about 2-3 chapters of your favorite book, preferably a non-fiction book. I recommend, “The Magic of Thinking Big” or, “Tough Times never last but Tough People do”.
  5. Prefer not to use terms like “rejected” or, “not selected” when telling people about your interview result. Rather say, “I was over-qualified or, over talented for their organization”. It might sound odd, but it will make you feel good from the inside.
  6. Prefer not to schedule any interview the very next day. Set up your next interview at a gap of at least a day and leave everything alone and take some rest for the entire day.
  7. Jot down 5 things you thought did not go well in the previous interview and what their ideal responses would have been. Practice them for about 15 minutes. Then proceed for your interview

These are simple things to do and you might feel awkward with doing a few of them. But these give good results and help you rejuvenate for the next interview.

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How Good are you with Delegation?

Are your spending more than 12 hours in your office and still unable to complete your work?

Is your team feeling demotivated and unimportant?

If you are wondering, why I asked these two different questions that has no relation with each other, then think again!! These two questions are related to each other.

I have still not forgotten that day, when my boss walked into my room once late in the evening just as he was passing by the office and found me still in the office. He looked at me and asked me, “What are you doing in office so late”? I had a sarcastic look in my eyes and replied, “Boss, I am trying to complete my work”. My boss responded with an even more sarcastic look and said, “If you cannot complete your work in 8 hours of office time, you cannot do it in 16 hours”. I felt insulted and disappointed. After a few minutes when I tried to decipher what was the inherent meaning of this statement, I learnt the biggest lesson of my life.

If you cannot complete your work in 8 hours of office time, you will not be able to complete it in 16 hours.

In my further discussion with my manager he told me how to work effectively in order to complete things in time. A lot of these discussions were around effectively delegating work.

What is Effective Delegation?

Are you someone who delegates all of your work to your team members and prefer being an audience? Or, do you delegate very little or, no work?

Effective delegation involves carefully assessing each of team members’ skills and competencies. Your team members will have specific areas of interests. There would be certain other areas on which they need to work some more and some others in which they are masters.

The key to effective delegation involves the following -

  1. Delegating activities which are of utmost priority to team members who are masters in it.
  2. Delegating critical activities to people who have an interest in those areas.
  3. Delegating less critical activities that have some time to completion to people who are not experts in these areas and who require some grooming.

Though these could act as guidelines to deciding on how to delegate work, these might not be necessary rules to delegating. Effective delegation could involve a combination of all of these aspects. At times your decision could also be based on the composition of your team. Whatever the basis of decision, you need to bear in mind that your delegation should not in any way hamper the deliver-ability of the activities being assigned.

A few other aspects that you should need to keep in mind while deciding on how to delegate -

  • Keep in mind, not to put somebody in charge of someone which whom they have a negative relationship.
  • While delegating you should keep the “favoritism” aspect out of the decision making process. Delegate unbiased.
  • You would not want to loose control of the situation and become vulnerable. Do not delegate everything that is important and put the burden on the shoulders of somebody else. Keep somethings that are important with you and stay in control. Keep on eye on everything that is happening around you.

It is often found that a lot of bosses delegate everything and finally find themselves at the edge of the cliff with no way to go. Don’t loose control of the situation ever.

Delegation and Motivation -

Every employee wants to be identified and wants some extra responsibility so that he can show his worth. He starts to develop a monotony with the activities that he has been doing everyday. There starts to develop a lack of sense of belongingness. They begin to distance themselves from the team and the team leader.

The gradual shift of the team member from the team and the feeling of not being important is the core of demotivation and loss of production. Delegation can take care of this to a great extent.

Additional responsibilities will make them feel important. They will learn and acquire new skills thus making their work even more exciting and interesting. They will identify themselves with the team and the leader.

I still remember once of the employee in a team of mine who had a huge problem in outage. His leaves exceeded much more that then entire team taken together and he has a reason every time he went on an unapproved leave. He was given the responsibility of outage management for the team. He had to approve leaves for the team. Gradually over a period of time, I observed that he became very efficient and kept his outage within control because he had to answer every other team member if he disapproved their application. Also he had the responsibility to ensure that the team’s outage is within control.

Delegation can do a world of good for your team members in motivating them and upskilling them in their career aspirations.

Aggression – Its Importance in your career

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Is aggression good for your career?

Many a times I have seen people in the top management being a bit too much aggressive. I have also come across quite a few employees in the lower management levels also who have exhibited excessive aggression. How good is aggression and what level of management does it benefit?

It is good to be aggressive, especially if you are into sales and marketing. It is said that the most aggressive of salesman are the ones who are the most successful. Aggression helps a salesman in pitching for his product with full confidence. In a way he overwhelms the customer’s thought process and induces him to think the way he wants him to think, thus creating an urge for the product that he is selling. And because the customer does not have too much time to think, the salesman is able to sell his product.

Does the story end there?

It would have ended there if the customer (consumer or, market) in question was that of the 1950s. The markets have changed now to become a buyers’ market and so the story does not end there. Customers have options these days and every company knows that if they do not keep their customers happy, they will loose then to their competitors. In such a situation, aggressive selling only helps meet the goal for the moment. When the customer finally gets time to think, he will realize that it was a forced sale and he will return the product or, decide not to buy from the company anymore.

Let’s ask the question again. Is aggression good for sales? The answer would be – Controlled aggression is good for sales.

Aggression in Management -

I was attending a workshop being conducted by one the top management personnel in my organization, when suddenly a participant stood up and questioned a logic that the speaker gave. The question was valid and would have made any speaker think. The speaker in question here, got irritated, probably because the questioner was a lower level manager and was a new entrant into the organization. His response did not provide a rebuttal to the questioner, but he indirectly meant to tell the participant that he should not be questioning somebody in the top management. He, in a way wanted to make the participant realize that he was in command.

The workshop turned out to be a flop with not too much of attention from any of the participant and even a few quitting the workshop in between. Later we got to know that the feedback that the participants gave the speaker was very poor. It is worthy of mention here that the speaker was an extremely intelligent person, with immense experience in the field that he was in and was the subject of the workshop, had good knowledge about the subject, was an extremely good orator and a public speaker.

Aggression can be extremely harmful, irrespective of what position you are in, or what level of management you belong to.

“No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him.

Control your aggression. Think of a situation in your organization where both parties take to aggression. There would be no solution. Logical thinking and a logical explanation is what can help you succeed.

People Managers, especially should bear in mind that you cannot lead your people by being aggressive with them. You need to understand them, their needs and their thoughts and evaluate things logically instead of taking to aggression. A composed discussion can provide you a resolution or, a solution rather than an aggressive discussion.

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