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Welcome back. I got behind the proverbial eight-ball last week and was unable to finish this in a respectable time.Anyways we are back and ready to have a look at ‘Aptitude’..The second half of the equation.

Like before, let s begin with a basic definition: According to Wikipedia: Aptitude  is a component of a competency to do a certain kind of work at a certain level, which can also be considered “talent”. Aptitudes may be physical or mental. Aptitude is not knowledge, understanding, learned or acquired abilities (skills) or attitude. The innate nature of aptitude is in contrast to achievement, which represents knowledge or ability that is gained. Then look at how our friends at ‘Urban Dictionary’ sees Aptitude: Intuitive aptitude is the ability to understand the structure and operation of complex systems without special education or training. Interesting stuff! in short Aptitude has to do with a level of competency to perform at a certain task well, while having a natural understanding of the task without special education or training. I would almost stretch out and say Aptitude in a certain area could consider you a savant at some level….(any discussion?)

What does this have to do with the workplace or your life in general? To be considered one of the best in your line of work, or to be considered good at your job, and material for further promotions down the road; you have to be both consistent and almost automatic at what you do and how you personally operate. (Second Nature?) As an example anyone can do piece-work or assembly-line tasks- The question which will set them apart from others in their field is how to do the task faster, more industrious and save the company dollars by creating minor modifications to the task which will shorten the time required; allowing more to be done with less; and increasing the company bottom line in a positive fashion.

Not everyone is perfectly matched to just any job. Some of us are good at certain things; while others are simply stellar in different areas; both are needed to form a complete unit, however regardless of status the cream always finds away to reach the top and garner the attention of both power-brokers and management. How many jobs do we apply for because they could be considered ‘safe choices’? How many of us apply with hopes a certain lack of skill can be compensated with more education about the field? How many just apply and hope the chips ‘fall’ in their favour? All good questions, and ones we need to ask ourselves honestly when searching/ transitioning to a new position. Bear in mind that any position in a given company has been done by someone before; and that person has either moved up or moved out, depending on how they chose to complete a given task; and whether or not they could find some way to personalize the experience and shorten completion time to the satisfaction of management.

Here is where things get interesting- you have been brought in to continue making sure the job continues with no delay in production! This entails ‘hitting the ground running’ , being both trained to a new system (potentially) and expected to ‘make your mark’ sooner rather than later.  WELCOME TO THE BIG TIME!! Being thrust in the spotlight probably isn’t going to be new; expectations are not new; adapting and receiving training are not new; The crew you are now with is very new to you, possibly looking at you as a threat to their livelihood; at the very least, someone who needs to prove themselves and that they can function under pressure with little to no real training forthcoming.

How you handle this “pressure” will speak volumes about your tenure. Remember it is your Aptitude towards Success that got you to this point- so don’t spoil the moment with a round of bad ‘attitude’. Similarities and differences- next time as we mash the two concepts together and create a new creature crucial to how business should be done. With luck, (and a prayer to the gods of computers) it will be this week…… As a take-away; Microsoft is launching both its tablet and a new operating system this week, How many of you plan to be early adapters and how many think they will wait and see how others view the goodies? Leave a note below, I may look at Windows 8 within the next couple of weeks.

Enjoy the day (with alot to ‘Carpe Diem’)

Daniel

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“Maybe….Could it be….Possibly those of us who worked hard to be denied most job/promotion understand things different from those who were handed everything? Life experience on occasion trumps book smarts….hmmm maybe my own little blog is in that seed….” May 2012

This is a long-overdue blog created by a conversation on Facebook I had with Rayanne Thorn discussing the shape of the new employment industry; and how various age-related groups fit in the new status quo. Over the past number of years, I have noticed a change in the way people operate in the workplace. Basic rules of politeness seem to have been replaced with a “I need it NOW” mentality- Meaning that ‘Please’ and ‘Thank-You’ and rules of courtesy are reduced to ‘Move, I need xxxx NOW, or the job won’t get done”

Panic (or a state thereof) never really accomplished much, neither did the fine art of ‘Doing Everything Yourself’. Sometimes we all need assistance; the smart people figure out how to get that accomplished, while making their volunteer think their service is for the ‘Greater Good’

I guess what I am trying to say is Take Ownership in everything you do. If the credit is good, you will see it- but be prepared and grown-up enough to politely accept the criticism for a job not done to your usual standards. Ownership allows you to step back, look at your work/project, and think of what the realistic expectations should be of the results.

Being of a different (yet still cool) generation; I can’t help but notice a lot of things get done with the bare appearance of effort; something I like to class as “I Don’t know about this, but it is my assignment, so I will do it my way and hopefully not be asked again…” Whereas individuals of my generation gather information needed on the job, look for every solution, choose one, and successfully have the job done.

What’s frightening even more, is that a lot of resumes go unread for key positions if they are not matched with a credited education. When I was a little younger, I remember hearing “Book Smarts will get you so far; it’s your life education/ learning that will carry you through,” Nice stuff to remember.

Then come “the age game”. Yes, any potential employer is not supposed to ask for age; however a good look at the resume will answer that question and show that, although you may have the qualifications which are being looked for, you won’t have potential tenure to enjoy a long career with this firm. Somewhat biased, but things are what they are, and as management gets more savvy and younger, all employees have to learn the new rules of survival; know when to ask questions, and when to sort the issue out themselves. Ownership, it’s the one thing you can be honest about regardless of the occupation. Take it and run, and maintain the pride of your project.

A sense of Ownership seems to still resonate in today’s workplace. People are ecstatic, and justifiably so, when a job gets done well, and their ‘bag of tricks’ have served them well once again. I notice that blame gets shares all to easy, or tasks get done with little research or forethought, leading to blame being given or shared with anyone who even looked at the project. Not necessarily fair, just the way of the new world!

Education is good. Continuing your education in your chosen profession is awesome. It takes time to become good at something; and it takes more time to excel- that’s the difference between ‘okay’ and ‘Wow’- Myself, I will take the ‘Wow’ moments to the back every day of the week- as it means that I did the job right, and my reputation has become that much better as a leader, or as a doer of great work.

Younger management doesn’t faze me; so long as they are prepared for a little advice from time-to-time on how to best handle an account, a job-list, or a project being fast-tracked on a tight deadline. Know when things are getting a little out of the wheel-house, and that you need to lean on someone who has been there before. Most workers know their place in the ‘Org Chart’; and try not to step on toes, or get involved in things ‘over the pay-grade’. To them I suggest: Never be afraid to share your knowledge! In the long run it will be appreciated and you should see some form of reward. Being the ‘New Kid’ can be cool for a short while; being ‘Dependable and authentic with your actions’ make you irreplaceable.

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The Take-away from this blog would be that age is a number; and knowledge is ageless. Never accept being overlooked because of your physical appearance, especially if the job requires more brain that good looks. Nothing is given out for free these days; stay on top of your game, stay concerned with your actions and your reputation (which has taken you years to develop) and (sometimes) quietly be the leader by making the suggestions seem that they came from up the ladder. If it is good for you, probably it is good for the business.

Enjoy these thoughts on ‘Career Evaluation 101’

Daniel

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 Welcome Back! Nice to see that last week moved some of you Socialytes enough to give me another look. I plan on returning to 10 Key Customer Service Traits later (possibly starting next week); however today I thought a little discussion of how to start properly at the new gig might be in order. Lets think on this for a couple of minutes: You saw and applied for a new posting, either on your own or with a little coaching (no matter), you went through the evaluation process and made it to the other side, The company called on Friday afternoon, and knowing you are currently available with no obligations to wrap up (If you are leaving one position for another- at least have the courtesy and the attitude to leave on good terms- you may either 1) return to “the roost” one day or 2) find that you may wish a reference on your work and personality to cement the new position; always better leaving on good terms than burning the bridge behind yourself.) ask you to begin bright and early Monday morning for orientation, team introductions, tour of your working area etc.

Monday comes with a mix of anxiety and confidence; you (think you) know what waits ahead, and you wish to get started on the new journey. After all, the discussions and evaluations have led you to this point- YOU ARE THE ONE for the position, all that waits is for you to arrive. Now you enter the building…

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You arrive at the “Gate Keeper”, introduce yourself and ask to see your contact, who arrives shortly down the hall & with a firm handshake, welcomes you to the company. They then ask if you have any questions. Please don’t be coy and say ‘no’ as this is the one chance you will have to get most of the  answers of how you will fit in the mix, out in the open. (There is nothing worse than starting somewhere; getting ready to dive in and realize that you don’t have any reference to work from about the client, or what is expected. Don’t assume the answers…Ask away, and know that everyone goes through this- you will be no different until you hit your workstation); the mandatory tour of the site gets underway, and you meet with all the people you will either be a) reporting to and b) working with as a team.

Find a senior staff on your team and ask them to guide you through the first couple of days. Everyone needs a mentor at some stage, and starting a new gig is no different, you need to know the lay of the land as soon as you arrive; not after 6 months. Should this individual agree (depending on their own project list); feel free to get any and all information from them that you feel you will need to accomplish your tasks efficiently. If it is like most company’s, the time ‘under the microscope’ could range anywhere from 3 to 6 months; some places even work under a certain number of hours logged in (usually around 2500 hours). Ask for their history, what makes them do what they do, and how much success you could hope to see on the journey. YOU will be a key piece of the puzzle, in maintaining a black bottom line, if you sink- the company WILL replace you (No one is bigger than the machine).

Take all the information given you over the next couple of weeks and digest it, mull it over and create your own personal ‘Mission Statement’ for this

How I get through each and every day

occupation; knowing what will be asked, what you can accomplish and how to achieve both goals in a minimum combined time! Be Good and be Efficient, that ‘s why you were brought on board. Ask alot of necessary questions that will help you adjust, know who the contact people are and how to reach out to them, take a deep breath and dive in- YOU are the one with the talent needed at this point; show off your skills and drive home WHY you were the best choice to fill this position; then get set for the most amazing journey you have taken in quite some time.

Settle in, The formalities are out of the way, and it is up to you to drive home why you are the success which you are!

Until Tomorrow

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