March 5, 2008
We, as a professional, are hired by organizations to deliver results and perform. As time passes, our daily job becomes our universe. We spend our energies resolving problems, improving processes, saving money and many other good things. Sometimes we are ignorant and sometimes we are so busy handling all the situations at the job, we do not realize that whole world has changed and we are still there. We find that new technologies, processes, ideologies, concepts and trends have taken over what we used to do. And when we realize, then blame our employer for not guiding us, showing us the right path, etc. Remember, we are professionals and professionals know all about their field of expertise.
When I see clueless people in the situations when their cheese (i.e. work) is moved (or gone), I tell them to stop complaining but learn the lesson from it and take action.
Here are 11 points I tell (and remind) people to avoid becoming obsolete -
- Subscribe to professional/trade magazines and journals and read ( or go to library, but stay up-to-date on what is happening).
- Bookmark and frequently checkout websites dealing with news & views related to your field of expertise.
- Read some good books on the subject. Check Amazon.com’s ratings and views before buying.
- Become member & get involved in professional organizations in your chosen field.
- Volunteer your time & services in your chosen field or for any good cause.
- Mentor and guide other people, help people grow, offer help selflessly.
- Attend seminars or conferences; it does not matter if you got to spend few hundreds from your own pocket and on yourself.
- Read some good self-help books on personal development and personal finance.
- Grow your network, if good people can not find you; you go out and find for your networking. Interaction is the key.
- Always keep learning new things in your chosen field, and
- Change with time.
You will find out many successful people are already doing these above mentioned things to grow their professional network and knowledge base.
I am certainly interested in what you got to say on this subject. Everyone has unique experience and lets share our thoughts and learn from each other.
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January 13, 2008
Kick-off meeting is the first meeting of the project where you give all the team members good news that project is ‘go ahead’ from the sponsors and also set the tone of your project – is it going to be a success or a failure. Many hours and days have gone into preparation before you have kick-off meeting. You have worked very hard and now have project charter and project plan is in your hands.Primarily kick-off meeting has following goals-
energize the project team
communicate project goals and expectations
introduce team members and stake-holders
highlight opportunities plus challenges and reiterate importance of project for organization
provide information of processes, methodology, project plan, key milestones, etc.
handout team’s contact phone numbers and email addresses
present communication plan
give time to attendees to ask questions and express views
I would do following extra things to make sure kick-off meeting sets positive tone -
print the hand-out material a day before, also check for meeting room projector etc.
have some project related posters and famous positive quotes posted on the wall
invite one or two senior managment people to talk about project’s importance
have kick-off meeting around 9 AM (start of the day is better)
block enough time for this meeting (time for refreshments, presentations, questions and answers)
set date of kick-off meeting and notify all members at-least a week ago
offer light refreshments at the beginning of the kick-off meeting
do not sit and just talk, look and feel energetic
have your project plan and other documents (that you plan to hand out) reviewed well in advance by subject matter experts for accuracy
make sure meeting conveys the message and people walk out with motivation
Are there other key things? I will be interested to hear. Hope this helps and good luck with your kick-off meeting.
October 22, 2007
I am satisfied with my career and I know where I am going. I hope that you are also doing the right things for your career growth. In case, if you are doing the same job for last 10 years and now frustrated that your boss (or human resources department) is not doing enough for you to get to next level; you need to do serious thinking where are you stuck. Why you are not getting the next role?
Very first thing is to know where you are going in terms of career. Do you have any specific position or a career track in mind? I know you are doing excellent job year after year and then expecting some else will realize your contribution to your big corporation and will promote you; it can happen but it’s very rare thing. You got to prove that you are the right kind of material for next role. Here are some key points I would like to share with my net community -
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