PositivityChange Post – Issue 40 – Here’s to a Positive Halfway Point

Hey everyone!

This week marks not only the end of June but the first half of 2017. This is a great time to reflect on what accomplishments we’ve made during these first six months. If you are unsatisfied about your progress then you have a whole nother six months to get it right; or, at least start over. Now in June is a perfect time to press the restart button is you don’t feel that you’ve accomplished as much as you want.

As for moi, I have some great news that I wish to share. I have completed one of my 2017 accomplishments by passing the ITIL Foundation certification!  I have been wanting to obtain this certification for nearly one year. I have received some training money so I am grateful about this.

Here are the resources that will help you evaluate and press the reset button (if necessary) during the halfway point

Stacia Pierce of the Huffington Post gives you her 5 tips for pressing the reset button if you feel like you are stuck in your career:

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This Week in Positive Change Management : Getting out of the Middle

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This is the time of your when people start looking at how they can have a better New year than last year. Oftentimes, receiving a promotion is at the top of the list. Well, there are certain things that are holding you back. I have four tips that you will get out of the middle and ascend up the corporate ladder.

Focus on your brand and not just a job

Unbeknownst to me, I focused on my brand early and I professionally benefitted from this. When you define your personal career brand, I looked at how my transferrable skills fit in with other positions. It is an egregious error to only identify yourself as your job. This is dangerous because you become confided to that box. Had I been so narrow to only economic jobs, I would still be a GS-11 economist. Once a layoff hits, then you are through. Identifying your transferable skills repositions yourself as a brand because you can work in other areas.  Your career brand transcends your job.

Obtain certification

Certification distinguishes you from the rest. Take my field, project management for example. Earning your PMP certification separates you from everyone else. PMP requires a certain amount of work experience. You don’t see many young or middle-tier professionals with PMP certifications. Furthermore, obtaining certification means that you are a self-starter. This gets you noticed internally and externally.

Expand your network vertically

The one reason why you’re stuck is because all of your networking friends are at the same level. You know everyone you’ve started with me but nobody one or two levels above you. That’s horizontal networking and that’s problematic when you truly want to advance. Find a professional organization and attend the formal functions (Christmas party, annual charity ball, etc.). These events have the board members and senior officials. Once they know your name, they can become your mentors and sponsors guiding your career upward.

Get out of career inertia

I broke out of career inertia by leaving my first fed agency. I saw career inertia upfront. I left my economist position to grow. Although disgruntled, many coworkers stayed because they were comfortable. Now this year, my formal agency is moving out of state. Those same coworkers are going right along with the agency even though they hate leaving DC. Career inertia sneaks up on you. You start getting comfortable then make excuses for your fear. Getting out of the middle means putting yourself in motion.

These four tips will help you lay the groundwork towards realizing this year’s career ambitions.

New Positive Change with Carla airing this Tuesday on Blogtalkradio

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Per www.carlarjenkins.com, Project Management Mondays will air Tuesday, January 19, 2016 due to the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday. The two topics this broadcast will discuss are new 2016 PMP exam changes and PMBOK 4.2 developing project management plan. Check out the Project Management Institute’s link here: http://www.pmi.org/certification/exam-changes/pmp.aspx. Check out the Blogtalkradio show link here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2016/01/19/new-2016-pmp-exam-changes-and-pmbok-42-developing-project-management-plan

Project Management Mondays Coming to Positive Change with Carla Radio

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I am happy to announce courtesy of http://carlarjenkins.com/ that I will debut the Project Management Mondays radio series on Positive Change with Carla. The debut show will air Monday, January 11, 2015 at 6pm. The inaugural episode will cover developing the project charter and my journey towards becoming a Project Management Professionally-certified manager. Check out my show link here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2016/01/11/developing-project-charter-and-my-journey-to-pmp

Pivoting past office politics

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I have a situation where my office pays for my coworker’s PMP studies. I have to self-finance mine without my employer’s assistance because I am not the ‘Golden boy’. This is a big professional slight because earning this credential propels your career. PMP is accepted across multiple industries. This has stung because it is like my office doesn’t have the same vested interest in my career success as it does my coworker’s. I admit that I am extremely disappointed.

Life isn’t fair. There are favoritism and office politics within any work environment. I have been in this predicament where I have been on the bad side. Here are my three tips on how you deal with it and manage your career effectively.

Take the emotion out of the situation

I know that this extremely hard to do when you spend 40 hours looking at these people. You have to convert this emotional energy into productivity. In my case, I have saved the money to purchase project management study guides. Remember, that you still control your paycheck! Instead of feeling sorry for yourself and buying a tub of ice cream, invest in yourself by saving the money to get the requisite credential to advance your career. You have to manage your money differently because your career is stagnating here.

Use what workplace capital and stick to the bottom line

You will get through this rough patch of corporate betrayal. Align what you want with your company’s objectives to achieve buy-in. I have. I have used my capital to have my employer upload the project management software onto my work computer. I have sold the company that this is a way of improving my productivity. No, you may not be the favorite but money is money; and, increasing work productivity makes money.

Use this opportunity to pivot somewhere else

Go where you’re appreciated not tolerated. Don’t ever tolerate mistreatment from any place especially when you are spending 40 hours a week there. You are a competent professional. Favoritism means that I am being tolerated. I have used my simulation software ‘win’ to pass the PMP exam. I have pivoted to another career opportunity. Immediately I market my PMP/MBA combination into a private sector opportunity.