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Game of Jobs

Lisa Kaye - 11 hours 54 min ago

Whether you are a warrior, a dragon slayer or someone who dons many faces, you have at one point in your career played the inevitable “Game of Jobs.” You might not have thought you were auditioning for a part at work, but that is what inevitably happens. Like any complex relationship, you are taught to play a part in the drama that has become your “work life.”

Not everyone plays the villain in this drama, but chances are you will run into some challenges with some of your co-workers or your boss along the way. If you are in a leadership position you might feel the need to surround yourself with allies who can take up the fight and support your efforts when needed. Or, you can be an up and comer who is taking prisoners on your climb to the top. If you feel like you are someone who has to look over your shoulder after every group meeting, maybe your instincts about watching your back are not too far from the truth?

Politics on any stage is a game for the seasoned and not the thin-skinned. You have to know who has your back and who will throw you under the bus even if they don’t work directly with you. Your enemies come in many forms, anywhere from the parking attendant to the CFO. Knowing how to navigate these politics is part of your game of jobs if you are going to survive the battle and ultimately win the war.

Mapping out your strategy is important to your ultimate success. Here are three key factors in any leaders ability to survive the Game of Jobs:

1- Know Your Enemies: They come in many shapes and sizes and positions within the hierarchy of your organization. Even if you think you are well liked, chances are you may have pissed someone off whether you intended to or not. Taking an inventory of your allies is part of your ability to shore up your resources and knows who is there to help you when you are going to need it.

2- Making Nice With Everyone: Even if your heart is not in it, knowing who you can trust and making sure you treat them with dignity and respect is part of building your allies and internal support system. Even though you think you don’t need it, you will one day. Everyone needs a support system even if you are looking to earn more money, get promoted or just make a move to a nicer office or workspace. You need to learn how to play nice even if you think you don’t need anyone to help you get to the next level of your career ascension.

3-Being on the Receiving End: A little humility goes a long way if you can earn the respect of your co-workers and superiors. Nothing screams success unless you can get other people singing your praises. You may not have done anything substantial, but just showing others you care and have their back will help you ensure you are recognized as a true leader amongst your peers.

Being able to navigate the treacherous career landscape that has come to define your career success may have its ups and downs, but knowing who and when to partner with the right people who will help you is one of the most important steps in your game of jobs. Otherwise when winter comes, you could be the one out in the cold staring up at the wall!

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Job Independence simply stated comes from never having to be a slave to your work. Whether that implies you are content being self-employed, not employed or a long timer at a job, your independence comes from calling your own shots and never having to feel restricted by anyone or anything.

You may think job freedom is a luxury for the rich or the famous and would not apply to you. Think again. Creating a career where you have the freedom to choose is your first step towards true emancipation. Having the ability to decide what type of job you want and whether the one you have is good enough opens the gates to allow you to walk in or walk out of any job situation that may not be right for you. Your career freedom comes from being able to pick and choose and from knowing that you can celebrate your job freedom by not working and going to school if that’s what you decide.

There are many people around the world who do not have the freedom of choice whether it’s in their job, their home or in their relationships. Realizing that you live in a time where flexibility, fluidity and the fact you can call your own shots is an honored tradition, gives you the courage and ability to take leaps where you may not have dared to jump before.

What does true Job Independence mean to you? How do you value your ability to be free when it comes to your career choices and do you take full advantage of your options? As you move into 4th of July celebration mode, ask yourself a few questions to determine whether you truly possess job independence:

  1. Can I walk away at any time?: Knowing that you are not trapped by your circumstances means you have a good sense of freedom when it comes to moving out of a job that you no longer like or where you are not growing. Most people stay at a job for financial reasons and because the fear in moving into a new position may be too overwhelming for them and they’d rather just stay where they are. Nothing screams “prison” like being held hostage by your lack of career choices and to stay in a job you hate no matter how valid the reason.
  2. Can I say “no” to my work?   Complete freedom comes from being able to not only walk away from a situation that is not right for you but to be able to say “no” to work that is not to your liking. How many people do you know that have that option? You don’t need to rebel against the hierarchy in order to be heard, but being able to professionally assert yourself is the key to true job independence.
  3. Do I have true flexibility? Choosing whether to stay with your job is one thing but do you have the freedom to come and go as you please at work and make your own schedule? Having creative freedom in your work projects is as important to creating job independence as your ability to walk away from your job or to show up to work when you want.

Having job independence means you are not limited by your surroundings and you can make your way at any time and under any circumstances. If you are lucky enough to have true job freedom, than you have much to celebrate this holiday!

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Original Post, July, 2014

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3 Simple “A’s” To Defining Success

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 06/19/2016 - 10:23

I was interviewed on a podcast on the topic of success recently. Much like most of the meaningful events of my life, I had a very impromptu response to the question on how I define success. I believe when it comes to defining individual success, it can be a very personal journey. Defining career success is not a one size fits all. I was not as surprised by my answer when I reflected on it because for me, it’s been true. Finding what motivates and makes you happy can be a difficult process because you can be so afraid of making the wrong choice. Digging past your fear, requires quiet contemplation, focus, and a willingness to be vulnerable. Being self-aware helps you weed out what you want from what you don’t want in your life and better enables you to hone in on how you personally define success.

When I look at all of the many opportunities in my life I can say I was just lucky, the timing was right or, I deliberately, if not subconsciously, steered myself to my desired course. You might ask how you can move yourself in an entirely new direction when you’ve been on the same path for 20 years?

The process starts with three easy words that I call the “3 Simple A’s to Defining Success”:

1- You’ve got to Ask: Asking yourself what your ideal work life would look like is the easiest way to start. It could be as simple as “I want to work 3 days a week and earn $5000 and work close to home.” That’s it. That’s all. Nothing more is required unless you feel the need to be more specific like, “I want to work 3 days a week, earn $5000 a week and work with people I love and find the work exciting.” You can keep going until you get it right. Whatever it is, whether your goal towards defining a successful career is achieving a certain “work-life balance,” or you just want to make more money, how you ask for what you want defines how you will get what you want, every time, no exceptions, I promise.

2- You’ve got to wait for the Answer: Here comes the hard part, once you’ve asked, you’ve got to be patient for the answer. It will come and maybe not in the exact way you suspected, but trust me the answer to your ask will reveal itself to you and it won’t take years! The trick here is not to jump at everything that appears to resemble the ask. So maybe it’s you have to work 4 days instead of 3 days a week but you have the ability to make more money, or the people are great but the commute is a little longer than 5 minutes-it’s okay, that’s why they call it a process. Your free will and ability to choose will guide you in the right direction every time, once again, no exceptions, I promise.

3-Now it’s time to take Action: Once you get to this point, it’s time to move. I don’t mean go for a run, I mean move and take action. Some people get stuck at this point, they think they have figured out what they want and they keep asking themselves the same questions over again and insist on getting everyone else’s point of view before making a decision and taking action. I refer to this as “analysis paralysis”. Your next steps are critical in order for you to put into action what you have desired. You can’t get it wrong. If you think you know what you want and you’ve figured out the answer, then making a move when an opportunity presents itself even if you are not sure how the story will end is the leap of faith you need to have in order to come close to achieving the kind of success you want.

Having enough self-awareness to realize even though you think you may have figured out what makes you happy, it’s okay to make a change. Circumstances in your life are ever changing. What works for you today maybe different for you 3 years from now and that’s ok too. Trusting you know what you want, when you want it and what makes you happy is the first stop on the A train towards career success.

Looking for a job?  Find us at www.greenlightjobs.com

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