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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Career Builder and Breaker - Part II

Career builder: Good communication skills.
Career breaker: Failing to communicate.
The most effective professionals spend 80% of their time listening and only 20% of their time talking. They then spend 80% of their talking time asking questions. How does your communication ratio stack up to this standard?

Career builder: Long term concepts.
Career breaker: Short-Sightedness.
Approach your problems and decisions with a long-term view in mind. Ask how what you do today will affect the organization 2 years, 5 years and 10 years from now. While this does not mean every decision you make will have that kind of impact far in the future, however it is a good way to verify your thinking.

Career builder: A stable and organized record.
Career breaker: Not keeping good records.
Are you using a good contact management tool? If not consider starting today. A contact management tool will keep important information about peers, customers, and clients in one easy to access place.

Career builder: Continuous growth and development.
Career breaker: Stunted growth; a quitter.
Become a better person and reach higher levels of success by continuing to feed your mind.

Career builder: Keeping a fair share of the workload.
Career breaker: Not delegating some of your workload.
Today almost everyone is doing the job that just a few years ago were done by as many as two people or more. If you do not delegate a portion of your work to others that are capable of doing the job, you can become overloaded and perhaps all of your other work will suffer.

Take a look at your current workload and see what you can pass on to someone else. Do not forget to give credit to the person you delegated the job to.

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