PROFESSIONAL EDGE with columnist Kim R. Wells, from the WWW.BLACKCOLLEGIAN.COM Career Center
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Even if you don't desire necessarily to make millions, but do want an edge to escalate your corporate game, and possibly some extra "doe-rae-me" in your pocket, this posting has some great ideas for an emerging executive to build a professional edge, consider these excellent strategies.
One strategy I would add is to consider taking a business global, and develop global networks and business partners, just duplicating your efforts in a new market can be big money in the bank when done well---my two cents.
If you want to be a millionaire you’ve got to stop thinking like the middle-class. Change your mindset and your bank account will follow.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
- See the challenge as an opportunity to grow, both professionally and personally
- Look for opportunities to show your value, stop focusing on the negative
- Find a trusted mentor - value and act on their feedback
- Some challenges are simply the result of a poor match between you and the organization, don't take it too personally, in the right organization you can be a star.
- Seek out an executive coach - this can be a very valuable professional investment
- Befriend productive people - they have figured out how to produce in the environment
- Take advantage of training and continuing education opportunities
- Stop speaking negatively about the situation, start talking positively
- Make sure you are not projecting an indifferent, arrogant, or nasty attitude
- Remember success is your responsibility, not something you are entitled to
- Take care of your "temple" through increased rest, exercise, and eating right, all will effect your ability to perform successfully at work
- May be time to get back in that "prayer closet," I believe prayer changes things.
Friday, August 21, 2009
From: Examiner.com | August 13, 2009
Abby M. Locke
Have you ever been bursting with excitement to share your good news with someone, only to have them ask you – “so what’s the big deal?” Well, imagine getting a similar question and response from a recruiter or hiring manager when you are really trying to make a lasting impression.
In my quest to help you transform your professional resume into a compelling storytelling document, I want to focus your attention on work responsibilities and job tasks. Employers and recruiters should not read your resume and feel like they are reading a classified advertisement or generic job description. While you always need to show employers the scope and breadth of your experience, don’t get so tied to your daily tasks that the professional resume falls short on value proposition.
Is your current resume only telling employers what you are paid to do?
- Focus on strong facts/statistics including budget size, the number of direct/indirect reports, the number of divisions or branches you manage, sales/revenue objectives, the number of clients you service and the title of your immediate boss.
- Compile these details to a three-to-five sentence paragraph, pepper it with vibrant action verbs, industry keywords, and eliminate any overused, passive phrases like “Responsible for the development of marketing plans for clients in the West Coast region."
Check out how this candidate’s work responsibilities get enhanced by highlighting the key objectives in his job.
Before: Manage daily activities for real estate portfolio for investment management company and supervise staff members.
After: Challenged to deliver 10% return on $700 million investment portfolio in unpredictable, evolving real estate industry. Oversee all daily activities including ROI maximizations, client relations, loan negotiations, and investment dispositions. Manage and coach staff of ten employees.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
With great challenges there are often great lessons, and this recession is no exception.
1. It rains on the just and the unjust. When the world's marketplace is in major flux, we all feel the impact. So don't beat yourself up over challenging times you may be facing in your career or personal finances. Make up your mind to find the opportunities in this moment, protect what is rightfully yours, and develop a new strategy if necessary to move forward. Those that will succeed will have the talent or willingness to develop their existing talent, the character to endure the right way without looking for shortcuts, and the wisdom to make critical adjustments wherever necessary to thrive in a changing world.
2.Take a snapshot of the changing national and global social-economic landscape Do an inventory of your talents and interest, see if you can match a strategic need of people or organizations with your unique personal genius. These times are going to open up new opportunities for innovative thinking, technology, and services for someone, why not you?
3. Hard times have a way of recalibrating our priorities to what matters most. Is it really all about the money, power, and prestige or is there something else more important in life that you need to give more attention to? Whether it is family and loved ones you need to spend more time with, self-preservation strategies such as taking better care of yourself in your eating, exercise and spiritual development, or simply taking a little more time to appreciate the more simple things in life.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I am excited that so many students and young professionals are striving to start their own businesses, have their sights on the top executive suites in business, government, and other industries. But like the old-timers in my hometown of Princeton, NJ used to tell me, one of the most important qualities you can ever have as a successful professional is a Good Name.
Many professionals today have more degrees than a thermometer from some of the world's most prestigious universities, hold influential positions in business and government, live in exclusive neighborhoods, drive luxury cars, have all the new techie toys and whistles, etc., etc., but none of these should ever be confused with having a Good Name.
The world has a lot of so called "business stars," but often few live up to the hype, and many rarely deliver more than smooth "business speak" and a well sculpted image, in part why our economy is in the shape it is in today, too many drank that Kool Aid!
Former NFL Coach Herman Edwards may have put it best. In a recent television interview Coach Edwards shared how as a boy his father once told him, "Son I don't have a lot to give you but a good name, what you do with it is up to you."
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Michael found his "personal genius" and developed it to be without question the best that ever was in his industry. He took what he had and maximized it to the fullest.
Michael didn't allow the "establishment" of his time to limit or define him, and broke many barriers of racial and social stereotypes to reach his audience. He didn't take "no" for an answer.
Michael continually reinvented himself and his product to match the evolving needs and demographics of his globally diverse fan base.
Michael was a perfectionist, a hard worker, and relentlessly strived for new standards of performance excellence.
As a professional, Michael continuously sought after and surrounded himself with the very best talent and producers in his industry.
Michael, even with his super star status, was reportedly a very kind and approachable individual.
Michael had the ability to take challenges and turn them around for powerful new material and branding opportunities.
Michael knew the power of business ownership, evident in the his strategic decision to purchase some of the world's most prestigious catalogues of music that will continue to grow in value benefiting his family and estate long after his passing.
We could go on, but the next time you hear Michael was just a singer and dancer, you may want to think again. The world is full of great singers and dancers, but Michael was so much more and that is why he is and will always be the King of Pop.