Newsletter : Issue 11 : Learning How to Become a Beginner

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First Happy Halloween everyone! Today is a festive day full of fun and candy! Now that is positive change. In the spirit of Halloween and change management, below is a story about Jack the pumpkin and how he is navigating Halloween using change management principles:

­ http://www.hrvoice.org/this-is-halloween-and-change-management/

I know that my readership are high achieving professionals whom are experts in their respective fields. I know from first-hand experience that becoming a beginner is very hard especially when our current habits are detrimental towards your continued success. One of the fears is starting over as a beginner. It is because you are so accustomed towards being an expert. You hate the sunk costs of the trial and error of becoming a beginner again. Yet when things are not working, it is essential that you change. Remember, you have 61 more days left in 2016 and if you start today, you will no longer be a beginner come December 31st.

http://positivitychange.com/2016/10/week-pcm-allowing-beginner/

Since I have mentioned that after Halloween, there are only 61 more days, I am pulling up article from the archives about maximizing your productivity and positive change in the last 2 months of the year.

http://positivitychange.com/2015/11/meeting-deadlines-for-the-final-60-days-of-the-year/

Finally, as I have mentioned in a previous email about my involvement of being part of the HER Chronicles 2 anthology. I am very happy to be a coauthor. This project affords me the opportunity to tell people my financial literacy story about moving from ChexSystems to over 720 credit. Most people want to improve their credit but don’t know how. I have done it and my story, Fighter : We Aren’t Born, We’re Made! HER Chronicles is available for pre-order here: http://herchroniclesbook.com/

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This Week in PCM : Allowing Yourself to Be a Beginner

Oftentimes many people are dissuaded from starting new tasks or changing their habits because they are not expert. It is important to remember that everyone starts off as an amateur. No one instantly becomes an expert. Of course, you want to become an expert one day but getting started is the first step.

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I admit that I fall into this trap. When you have a degree, certification or a certain success level, you hate even thinking about the reality of starting over. You realize how much time and effort it takes to accomplish these things; however, you must admit that eating unhealthy, not exercising and procrastination are not good habits. We must change our habits like yesterday. We must also change our unrealistic perceptions of what new habits’ successes would look like. Remember, our future success may not look like our current success. For example, your definition of success receiving your degree differs from your success definition of receiving your first job. As we advance through life, our success definition changes. That’s why when you decide to change, you cannot uphold your future success definition to your current one. Therefore, allow yourself to be a beginner by starting right now!

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Newsletter : Issue 10 : Reputation Management

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Welcome to an all-new issue of PositivityChange where our motto is helping you manifest and manage positive change in your personal and professional lives. In this issue, we focus on reputation management. It is essential to manage your career at every stage from entry-level to senior-level. In this current week’s article, we discuss how to manage your reputation:

http://positivitychange.com/2016/10/week-pcm-reputation-management-climb-corporate-ladder/

Someone is Always Watching

This past week I got a Messenger email from someone willing to offer me a free LinkedIn ProFinder video shoot! He saw my most recent video. Long story short, someone was watching me. I was surprised because potential employers were my target market. Those were the people whom I wanted to watch. I was happy with the professional video shoot. This experience magnified the importance of showing up every day and killing it. Someone was always watching.

https://www.facebook.com/hardnett/videos/10207822203296581/

I could say the same thing with my Instagram account. Ever since I debuted my Project Management Minute podcast on Instagram, I received two actual talent agency comments. Now busy professionals were my podcast’s target audience. Remember, people were always watching!

Upcoming

This Thursday at 6pm EST, there will be an all-new Positive Change Radio episode on Blogtalkradio. This episode will cover reputation management. Click here to listen live:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2016/10/27/reputation-management

In Review

In case you’ve missed it, here is the Positive Change Radio Retraining Your Algorithm replay:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2016/10/20/retrain-your-algorithm

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This Week in PCM : Reputation Management as You Climb the Corporate Ladder

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Climbing the corporate ladder is an arduous task. It can consume a lot of time, energy and resources. Although most people focus outwardly on people and skills, establishing and protecting your reputation is critical towards your ascent. Reputation management is essential throughout your career. I will document how I have crafted and protected my reputation from entry-level, mid-career to senior-level.

Entry-Level

Protecting my reputation as a junior economist was about my showcasing my tactical skills (how well and fast I process data). I was judged on how I programmed in SAS and Excel. At the entry-level, registering for continuing education courses to improve your tactical skills are a vital part of preserving your reputation. However, do not stop there. It was important that you are establish yourself as a leader because you needed to develop strategic skills. In order to move from entry-level to mid-career, you needed to show that you were more than a worker bee. As a junior economist, I discovered new estimates and data sources. These two things set me a part from other junior economists moving me up to mid-career.

Mid-Career       

As I transitioned from entry-level to mid-career, I balanced both tactical and strategic skills. Protecting my reputation at the mid-career level meant still displaying my tactical processing data skills; but I also had to manage more autonomy. Autonomy was the beginning of my developing my strategic planning skills. I was no longer an entry-level employee whose boss had to watch my every move.  In addition, I applied for a leadership development program to learn more about the entire department not just my immediate agency. Strategic planning meant having a global perspective; whereas, tactical planning meant having a local perspective. As a mid-career economist, I had to know how my work fit into the bigger cog of the wheel. I was selected to participate in the leadership development program. Upon graduating from this program, I became the lead for a methodology change project due to my leadership program. Furthermore, that program let me network outside of my current workplace which was crucial because your network equaled your net worth.

Another thing setting me a part from my mid-career colleagues were being open to change. Although I led a project, I did not feel that I advanced as far as I anticipated so I started learning project management. This came about from seeing one of my leadership development participants took a temporary assignment and received a promotion. I asked her how she got promoted and her response was taking management analyst slot. This was a different job than economist. It made me realize that I had to diversify my skillset. I had to be open to getting a senior-level promotion in another position besides being an economist.

Flexibility was a key differentiator between those whom ascend to the top job. You had to become flexible with the result. When I earned project management certification, I told myself that I was okay with the reality that my next promotion may not come at the same employer. A lot of people said that they wanted change but wanted to stay in their current job. That was unrealistic which was why most mid-career professionals did not get the senior-level promotions.

Senior-Level

At the senior-level it was 100% strategic planning. You were now responsible for drafting the overall company’s mission. Yes, knowing how to do an entry-level job might be okay but you were getting paid the big bucks to make strategic decisions. Here your reputation lied in developing your leadership, negotiation and public speaking skills. I leveraged my previous Toastmaster International speaking skills towards presenting to upper management. As a senior-level employee, you had to overcome your fear of being the leader because people were looking towards you for guidance.

Constant throughout your career

Continued education and professional development would serve you throughout your career. You were your biggest investment; and, if you did not invest in yourself don’t expect your employer to do it. Yes, many companies had leadership development program and tuition assistance for employees. I used them to receive a promotion; however, I budgeted my own check towards paying for math classes and my two certifications. When I accepted my junior economist position, I had only algebra    I. During the next 3 ½ years, I completed precalculus, calculus I, calculus II, calculus III, linear algebra and advanced statistics. In addition, I paid for two project management exam prep courses, the study guide materials and online courses to sits for the CAPM and PMP. You cannot be so dependent upon the company for career advancement. Investing in yourself had an enormous benefit: your company would see you as a self-starter giving you more responsibility and opportunities.

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Positive Change Radio on Blogtalkradio Has Returned

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Last Thursday chief blogger Carla R Jenkins returned with an all-new Positive Change episode on Blogtalkradio discussing Retraining Your Algorithm. She has highlighted the four ways of how to accomplish retraining your algorithm. Here are the four ways:

  • Admit what is not working and stop doing it
  • Write down what you want to accomplish with action steps
  • Take action
  • Measure the action

 

Click here to listen to the replay: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2016/10/20/retrain-your-algorithm

This Week in Positive Change Management: Positive Attitude Month Resources

As you know October is positive attitude month. We here at PositivityChange.com have culminated this week’s top three resources to help you stay positive throughout this entire week:

  1. about.com: Make the Most Of Positive Attitude Month: http://stress.about.com/od/Holidays-and-Observances-for-Stress-Management/fl/Make-the-Most-of-Positive-Attitude-Month.htm
  2. Self-Growth: October is Positive Attitude Month http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/October_is_Positive_Attitude_Month_Tips_for_Maintaining_a_Positive_Attitude.html
  3. Self-Starter Zone: http://www.selfstarterzone.com/national-positive-attitude-month/