The most significant changes to our world are going on as we speak and will continue as Millennials become our future leaders. Millennials are the generation of people born between 1982 and 1993, and there are over 80 million of them, which is larger than any other generation.
Get to know them! They are the future!
Here is a good place to start. I came across this interesting article by Dan Schawbel – Dan is a Gen Y career and workplace expert and the Founder of Millennial Branding.
Here are a few things he feels we should all know about Millennials and how they will impact the workplace in the foreseeable future: (more…)
Have you ever wondered why it is that some people are able to cope with stress and adversity better than others? That stress and hardship seems to grow them instead of weaken them. Stress brings out someone’s resilience which allows them to use their skills and abilities through a variety of hardships; these can be financial, relationship, divorce, death, changing or losing of jobs or general stress of the workplace
Resilience is described as the ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger. Resilience does not remove the stress factor from a person’s life, resilience only allows them only to navigate their way through adversity as well, as effectively negotiate for resources in order to make a meaningful impact on their lives and change their circumstance for the better.
Resilience is not something that people are exclusively born with; it is something that can be developed within someone (more…)
We live in an ever changing world at the moment, where a new “smart phone” is released every 6 months, leaving you constantly wanting to upgrade to the next best thing.
Technology is moving at an unprecedented pace and is presenting organizations with a massive opportunity to optimize not only their workplace but also to reduce property costs, with more and more people working remotely. (more…)
“Success” a concept that most strive for. The idea that we have risen above the challenge ahead of us called life and that we become “successful”
What is success? By definition, success is the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. Without a proper goal setting procedure in place, how does one measure this?
People measure success in many different ways and on many different levels. When setting goals in life, it’s important that we identify what success means to us personally, so that when we succeed we will know it. For example, some people measure success based on their income, but is that fair to any of us to judge our success or another’s based on the fact that someone else may earn more than us? What if you love your job more than anything, and someone earning more than you, hates theirs so much they can’t bear to work another day; is that a measure of success?
When I consult with companies, the subject of identifying and retaining top talent is always one of the critical items executives tell me they’d like to improve upon and we all know that the economy is not performing at its healthiest at the moment. Let’s face it, recruiting new staff is a huge additional cost to pay. Employers need to look at how to maximise their current employee’s potential and how to retain them in the business. So how can you create an atmosphere that will create positivity and keep the motivation going? (more…)
Just like a cup of hot chocolate, a blanket and slippers can make you feel relaxed and comfortable on a cold night; your job can start to feel comfortable after some time. Being in a comfortable position is not a bad place to be, for some their entire careers are built on a comfortable job position. For others, a sense of challenge is required to keep motivation levels up and stimulate an on-going feeling of development.
This is where most start the interview / exploration process of what internal opportunities are available within their company and what possibilities lay outside of their company. The interview process can be very exciting; new areas, new people, new ideas and countless possibilities imagined. When the offer arrives for any candidate there is a moment’s consideration of “is this the right thing for me?” the fear of change sets in and it is normal to think “maybe I should stay where I am?” (more…)
I am one of those control freaks that like to know exactly where I stand with my day whether it is from a personal perspective (this was taken to the extreme when planning my wedding) or in the working context and that is why I like drawing up lists, not just any list but the dreaded To-Do List! Now, I know that most of us do this and I also know that this to-do list could give Rapunzel a run for her money as it grows longer and longer and longer by the second eventually resulting in you having a panic attack at the very thought of getting round to crushing the list.
At the same time, there are some that might feel that the growing to-do list isn’t too worrying but in fact there are three main reasons why you should be focusing on killing that to-do list.
1. Looking backward doesn’t move you forward
To-do lists are mostly made up of unfinished work from yesterday and that does nothing but deaden your exciting, radical, fun thinking about tomorrow. When you get home at night, you are already unconsciously stressing about all the work still outstanding from that day let alone what might land up on your desk the following day. This keeps you anchored in the past. There is no opportunity to give a sigh of relief and say wow; tomorrow is going to be great because my desk is clear.
2. Your mind doesn’t stop thinking
I alluded to this in the previous one where you just don’t stop thinking about the work you still have to complete. This constant thinking can only lead to unproductiveness and ultimately tire you out.
3. Not doing equals failure
So you haven’t completed the to-do list again, immediately you feel like you have failed yourself. I know personally when I haven’t done all I set out to do that day, I really begin to think that I am not living up to expectations
So how do we get past this, and kill the to-do list. Below are a couple great tips that will help you plan a more productive day and allow you to reign in those annoying to-do lists:
To-do lists are ultimately what gives one a sense of control in a world full of chaos. When you put a solid line through something you have completed, there is that small surge of accomplishment that propels you forward to the next task. So feel free to put together those to-do lists but remember to manage them correctly and don’t give them the opportunity to take on a life of their own.
Now, I have written my blog – tick! One thing off the list, time to move on to the next…
Everything changed when I actually did it. Physical challenges show you your limits are physical things – nothing more. They’re physical things that you’re capable of breaking.
If you keep telling yourself that you “know” you could, you’re lying to yourself. You might be confident, but you can’t actually know until you actually do it. If you’re so confident and “know” you can do something – why not actually go out and do it? What are you hiding, denying afraid of?
Fear – a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. If you really don’t want to do something, then that’s for you to decide, but don’t hide behind that because you’re afraid you “cant” if you find yourself justifying why you “don’t want to” its most likely you’re just afraid you can’t, or that you might fail or your scared of that boundary, the unknown of a new ability – at least skip the talking and start “not doing” all the things.
But if you try – just once – try to push your limits – even on the smallest scale – things will change.
In our goal setting this month we discussed how to reprogram our own image of ourselves, telling ourselves that we already ARE the person we are trying to become. The creative subconscious mind gives us our self-image, it’s the part of our mind that tells, yes, we are a runner (because its what we’ve always done) or it’s the part that tells us, “what are you DOING?” when we start running and never have before….the Creative Sub-conscious informs of things we have done, and nothing more. It tells us who we are, based on things we have done. So the only way to trick this process is to tell yourself “I have run” “ I am a runner” “I can run kilometers and more”
You’ll whine, complain, sweat, cry and maybe even bleed a little trying. It will hurt, it will be scary and it will be freaking hard. Nothing in life worth achieving is ever easy. One thing I can promise you, every moment of pain turns into a victory story when you break that limit and achieve your boundless ability. So what are you going to push? What new ability are you doing to discover?
An extra 500m on your swim/run/walk.
Sign up for a community walk, boot camp, meet a new person, write a blog, do 10 sit ups. ..
Closing the deal on the scary client instead of walking away.
Whatever you choose to explore, push past your ability, internalize that feeling of success and push past it again, every day.
“Limit” the point or line beyond which something cannot be reached… is this truth? Is this what we think it is? Then why push it? Why try? Limit, an all pessimistic, predetermined outcome. For the purposes of this blog entry, let’s look at “ability’ by definition: The quality of being able to do something, especially the physical, mental, financial, or legal power to accomplish something.
Let’s discuss ability, when you push past your ability you increase your capacity and your strengths. You stretch yourself and increase your scope and minimum resting point. A common example of showing how you have increased your ability is with the phrase:
I used to not be able to do _________. Now I can.
When you first start out doing the impossible, you can’t do anything, when you set out to achieve something and break it down into something manageable and not quite so terrifying, you may find yourself using the phrase “I used to not be able to do _____, now I can.”
When you physically DO something you previously were not able to DO, something changes.
If we’re asked if we can do something (which we haven’t done before) like run a marathon, hike a mountain, ride the 94.7 what is the most common answer? “I could never” “oh heck no”, “I can’t do that” but why? If you run a marathon, you can never say “that’s too hard for me to do” because you’ve done it before, you’ve done it, you know you have the ability. you know that it’s possible.
Once you’ve broken the “limit” you believed was there, and you KNOW you have broken it and could do it again, something inside of you awakens and you understand a new potential within you, limitless potential.
Physical challenges help us visualize and experience our limits being broken, when you break through your own limit you become your own reference point and case study that limits do not exist, that it is all about ability, and you are in the real life moment of experiencing new abilities. Everything that you define about your current limit/ability is in your head. Whatever is holding you back is in your head
With physical limits, progress is almost immediately obvious. Try it. If you do, things change. You change. Try it. Here’s what mine looks like.
I literally used to not be able to run more than 2 kilometres. My legs would hurt, I’d quit and go home and tell myself “I just wasn’t a runner.” Then I registered for an adventure race with friends (the insanity that was: 12 kilometres of trail running with obstacles, and a time limit) I started running 2 KMs, then 2.5, then 3, then 4 and now I’ running 5 kilometres and pushing for 7. Am I enjoying it? Absolutely! I never thought I would, but I crave the feeling after a run, I sleep better, I feel better. And all because I pushed a little further every day, I erased my limit and explored a new level every time I ran.
My fiancé received an entry to the 94.7 cycle challenge in 2011, 4 weeks before the race. Not owning a bike, he got one, having not ridden a bike in 12 years, he started training. Having never done the 94.7; before he did it. His brakes locked halfway through the race and he pushed on: 2 hours first half 3 hours 20 the second half. He “gave up” twice, the second time convinced he was done, the pickup van pulled up, retired cyclists on the van, dejection painted on their faces. Seeing what “the limit” looked like, he got up, got back on his bike and pushed through every metre and muscle cramp to the end and finished. In that moment he refused to accept the limit, he discovered a new ability that he had not known before.
Do something tonight, whatever it is, read 1 more page in your book, work an hour longer when you’re tired, do 10 more sit ups, run 10 meters more, whatever your mind tells you tells you, this is where you stop because that what you know you always do, push further.
Check back tomorrow as my next entry discusses how talking becomes doing.
Last month I wrote about how important ‘candidate care’ is to us at DAV. We do not want you to feel like you are constantly being disappointed by regret after regret after automatic response after cliché after apology. We realise that this is what so many candidates can experience and that to the majority it might seem like our industry it set up to let down.
I am referring back to this because soon after writing last month’s blog I experienced a real life example illustrating how much we do care and I wanted to share it with you. It’s a great story.
I was working on a job assignment and the clients requirements made me think of a past candidate who we had successfully placed about 3 or 4 years back. She had since then moved on and we stayed in touch to update details, network and she had also referred some great candidates our way. So I gave her a call to chat to her about this particular job. She wasn’t actively looking, but after I shared the details of the opportunity with her she got very excited. It appealed to a number of her career aspirations as it was with her dream company and the role meant more growth and expansion of her skill set. So she went for it. (more…)