Dustin Wax over at Lifehack.org mentions a few interesting aspects to consider when contemplating your “Where do I want to be in 5 years from now?”-question.
He uses the business approach of an “individual development plan” and applies this thinking also to the private/personal space.
When you plan the conccrete steps how to reach your goals step by step, he suggests to consider these areas in your planning:
- Courses and workshops: From formal university instruction to extension classes to one-off events like seminars.
- Reading: Books, magazines, websites, newsletters, trade journals.
- Networking: Don’t neglect the value that building
connections within your current niche or your desired one can bring.
Figure out who in your field is worth following, and how to get close
- Mentoring: A special kind of networking; consider asking a leader in your field to “take you under their wing”.
- Ride-alongs/shadowing: Hands-on experience is
invaluable. Ask to spend a day with someone whose knowledge and skills
you admire, learning their work from their perspective.
- Outreach: Form or join a group devoted to your topics.
- Reassignment/move to a new job: Ask your employer
to shift you into a different department or position, or find work that
better matches where you want to end up.
I just would add you should reserve the required time well in advance to avoid your short-term priorities are dominating your calendar. Budgeting time and scheduling time-slots in your calendar can help you with that.Posted at April 16th, 2008
The answer is simple: if you don’t, you will be in trouble.
Get me right: I am not saying that you as an individual professional need to chase business all over the world. But, you need to be aware of your global competition. With high-speed Internet, well educated and trained people are available and reachable all over the world. Unlike last century, where low paid blue-collar work tended to be outsourced (or off-shored) to developing countries such as India or China, this is happening in the 21st century with white-collar job as well.
Seems like tough times ahead, especially if you consider some of the aspects presented here (a pretty nice presentation, but lacks in my opinion a proper citation of the sources. Anyway, some good food for thought, if you take it with a grain of salt):
So, what to do? In my opinion, the outlook is not as bleak: Although competition is global, professionals have an invaluable advantage when competing locally against global competition: Trust, reputation and transaction costs.
What do I mean by that? Outsourcing and offshoring comes with transaction costs for your customer: more travelling to set up remote operations, more controlling and supervision. Because your customer does not know your fellow competitors from another continent yet: He is not familiar with their culture, he can not judge easily on their reputation. He still needs to build up trust to lower his transaction costs. This is the main (if not the only) entry barrier professional from a different country or continent face (no matter where they reside).
Therefore, in the 21st century, it is essential for a professional to focus on a few things:
Trust is the currency of the 21st century, and your network is your bank.
Treat it wisely.Posted at April 14th, 2008
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Interesting question, isn’t it? I found this nice categorization over at IttyBiz. Naomi Dunford argues that you are either in the business of selling emotions (e.g. sex, safety or even envy – that’s the love category) or selling money. Here, you are selling your customers a monetary gain (making money or saving money).
Naomi Dunford heavily argues not to mix these categories when trying to sell something, as this would weaken your position.
Although it might seem to limit youself to have just these two categories, I think posing this question forces you to rethink your marketing positioning. Food for thought on a rainy day.
Which business are you in?Posted at November 4th, 2007
In today’s work environment, business opportunities quite often originate from one’s personal network. Therefore, it is essential to carefully foster your social network to ensure this source of business opportunities is not drying up. As business coming from your personal network is quite often not direct business with your contacts but rather personal referrals and recommendations, it is important to foster your network also from a strategic point of view.
See it as a continuous process, based on the following questions: