Do It

Today we have to talk about the ‘do it’ factor. We have discussed time being more important than money in the past because you can make more money and you know you can’t make more time. And we have talked about planning.

Once we know what is important enough to us that we are willing to trade the time, we cannot get back to see ‘it’ done. No matter what ‘it’ may be, we have to do ‘it.’ 

You can do either the task or something else. The question asked  is, “Do you want to do something else?” At the moment, the mind will probably tell you, “Yeah, just relax.” Yet, you know the task needs to get done.

Critical thinking allows you mentally to walk around to the other side of your decision and see what comes out. You were supposed to clean up the kitchen and run the dishwasher. It is scheduled.

Start by thinking of the task you need to do and how long it will take. It’s not a big kitchen. You can probably finish in half an hour. When you start to relax, you never want to stop. Now, imagine what the kitchen looks like after you clean it up. It’s nice and clean, and it makes you feel good.

What would you do knowing this?

Who Joins Whom

When you get hired somewhere, are you joining that company, store, business, or whatever it is? Or, are they joining you?

It sounds like a ‘so-what’ question, yet the answer will predict the odds of getting picked for your desired position.

You face one of the most important decisions you have to understand before ever looking for a job. To put this in the proper perspective, you must remember that you are not the only person applying for the position, and you have no power to change management’s needs. If you do not fulfill their requirements, they will leave you.

When you get hired, you’re joining an organization that already has its ground rules, what works best for them, and equilibrium amongst their workers and management, making the company successful. They will teach you all of this information and then some. You want to remember that you are joining them, and you will work by their rules.

I don’t want this to sound too rough. In my years of teaching people, I have had more than one person show up for a practice interview adorned with a full head of spikes; piercings, nose rings, tongue studs, and other paraphernalia, including earrings to practice an interview for a conservative company.

Most companies are not going to worry about what you do on your own time. These same companies want you in proper dress code when dealing with their conservative customers.

What choice does the company have? On average, there will be 252 resumes for each position a company advertises. Most people will have looked at the company website, read the company values, and probably the dress code. The majority of the 252 people applying for the job will be hungry and ready to do what it takes to gain that job.

Do you want the job? Play by the company rules.

Get A Handle on It

I’m working hard to get a grip on everything I’m trying to do. Yet right now, it’s like looking at a tsunami of paperwork and actions that are just flooding towards me. Every time I am in front of the computer, I add something new to my work inventory and study it in depth.

My goal is to finish a course on building Evergreen classes in a month and prepare to put my first one on the market.

Background, I am five years into this dream, and now, with the help of a good instructor and others, getting some real traction.

Newer technology, an understanding wife, and better training are the main ingredients in making this possible.

What do you do when you are in the middle of an overwhelming life’s desire?

Take Care

There’s a member of the team that usually gets overlooked. And yet, if you don’t take care of that member, the business will never get to the place it could be. That member is the person in the mirror.

We are always taking care of others. We tell them when they’ve done well. When they mess something up and feel bad about it, we are there to make them realize everyone makes mistakes and encourage them to do better. When we see somebody struggling too long, we encourage them to take a break or come back to it in the morning if the hours late.

Quite often, we forget to do these things for that person in the mirror. Wait a minute, isn’t that person in the mirror ourselves?

If we do all this good for all these other people and help them make their goals, shouldn’t we do that for ourselves? It is not selfish, petty, or childish for us to take care of ourselves. It is necessary because if we go down, how can our company stand?

Self-care and self-compassion are vital to everyone in every organization. It is as essential as anything we accomplish.

Not Done Yet

This week, we have put on our critical thinking hat And worked at getting a job. We have looked at the jobs, the companies, doing a phone interview, and more. We have one more thing to accomplish. We must keep the company aware of us.

We want those we met at a particular company to remember us and think of us favorably. It is a great and doable thought. Believe it or not, this is not that hard to do:

  • Send the people you met a handwritten thank you card.
    • That it was handwritten makes it more memorable.
    • The sooner done, the more it will mean.
  • Give a follow-up call in a couple of weeks to see if the job is still open.
    • My brother got an excellent job. A month after the interview, he was the only one who had called back to check on the job.
  • Connect on LinkedIn with those who interviewed you.
    • If they did not have a job for you, they might know who does.
  • If you are not the right fit for a company, tell others who might be better suited for the job.
    • If you help someone else get a job, they might return the favor.

Who you help along the way could help make your journey easier.  Think about it.

Critically Thinking The Phone Interview

Any interview is a critical step in getting a job. Think logically, those who present themselves in the best light during these interviews are more likely to get a job. Today, critical thinking gets extended to how to ‘look good’ on the phone.

A phone interview is essential. Preparation is key.

The big question: how do you implement the critical thinking to win the phone interview and move on to the in-person or Zoom round?

  • When you have a phone interview, dress up. When you dress up nice, you impress yourself, and the good you feel is what interviewers will hear.
  • You want the interviewing room picked up and clean because that plays to how you feel and how your voice sounds.
  • No extraneous noises. No dogs barking or cats meowing. Put the pets in another room or outside.
  • No spouses or kids in the room.
  • Make sure no extraneous sound like the refrigerator opening or closing. No ding on the microwave.
  • Whatever you do, NO bathroom sounds. In more than one after-action report, the person had the job right up until the interviewers heard the toilet’s flush. It is rude, and the interviewers hung up.
  • Have a mirror in the room that you can look in and see your smile. Your interviewers hear the smile.

Remember, you can do this!

Finding the Right Company

If you have completed what I gave you yesterday, you now know what you want to do. The next step is to find who’s hiring for that type of position. Now, I want to warn you that many job requests get written to hire a specific person the company wants to hire for that job.

To get past that, you have to apply for many jobs. Also, each job posting will attract on average 250 job applications. To beat the odds, you want to read the company’s website and write your resume and correspondence using the company language. If they call customers ‘clients’, you do the same. If they call their employees ‘the team’, you ask to be part of the team. The more you work this, the easier it gets.

Even if you pay somebody to do your resume, you may end up with only a generic form. Take your time to do your work. Employers do notice and pay attention when you put the extra effort into it. Taking the extra step rarely goes unnoticed.

Make sure friends, family, and everyone you know understands that you are looking for a job. Anything they do to help you is greatly appreciated. You want to be on everyone’s good side and every set of eyes counts.

Earning a job is not an easy gimmie. Many consider getting employed as the most challenging thing to do.

Tomorrow – phone interviews.

Welcome to Critical Thinking

We can talk about types of critical thinking, how we can use critical thinking to build better computers and find answers to global warming, forest reduction, and other problems that plague us all. One of our biggest challenges today is trying to help everyone find employment. I think this is where I’ll start.

Critical thinking is finding the correct answers to essential questions. To do this, you may find yourself talking or even arguing with yourself from time to time. That’s OK, and after a while, I don’t even notice the people staring at me. The important thing is that you keep notes of what you want to know and how you will find out.

Take notes because notes are easier to figure out. It beats having to watch 2-hours of video you taped of yourself.  Some of the first things you will want to know are what you want to do; and who is hiring people to do that.

Other questions might be how much I need to earn, and do I like this type of job? Also, does the job advancement take me where I want to go?

This blog is all about asking questions. You cannot get correct and needed answers if you don’t know what to ask. Starting tomorrow, we will look at finding the critical solutions and next steps.

You Did What

Have you ever noticed that if something goes wrong, no matter how big or little it may be, we often look for someone to blame? Unfortunately, each of us usually points the finger at the person in the mirror. We need to stop doing that.

First off, others will want to blame anybody else even though they feel the same way. Also, whether somebody did it or not, if the majority can blame them, everybody else feels good (and that person feels bad.)

Instead of finding someone to blame, let’s first look at what happened. And then, see what process failed which caused this error to occur. Blame is third or fourth tier after an event.

We need to understand what happened and why it happened. And what we are going to change to make sure it never happens again. Anything less is a band-aid fix that tells you the same thing will happen in six weeks. 

Remember, when we are in business. We manage processes, not people. If the process is wrong, how can you blame the person running it?

What have you falsely blamed yourself for lately for which you had no control?

Everybody Loves to Learn

Everybody loves to learn something new. It makes people feel good to know we can extend our knowledge. Learning keeps us young in heart and soul. Although we love to learn, no one likes getting pushed and forced. Several negatives link to being poorly taught. I am not here to force anyone.  I am here to help you learn the new things you want to know.

As soon as you mention things such as TQM, 8 – D, Six Sigma, or any other quality and process improvement techniques, you find yourself the only person standing in the room. Everyone else ran. Most hate these classes because of how they are taught and rammed down people’s throats.

Starting Monday, I will give you a brief intro to critical thinking at a pace of 250 words a day for five days.  I hope to instill as much fun as anyone can have in these five blogs. And, hopefully, you can find a way that thinking can now become a fun game.

How good are you at finding fun in ‘Everyday’ things? What if you had a refresher?

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