Roger A. Reid, Ph.D. is a writer and founder of SuccessPoint360, offering career advice and strategies for enhancing professional and personal development. A certified NLP trainer with degrees in engineering and business, Roger draws on his background as a fourteen-year corporate employee, business owner, and management consultant to help others achieve higher levels of career success and personal fulfillment in the real world.
You've seen them. Calm and collected, they rise from their chair and walk to the front of the room with an expression of absolute confidence. They take the mic, look out over the audience, and then . . . Magic. The words just seem to flow.
A large percentage of employees begin the workday in a state of groggy apathy. They muddle through the morning with a cup of coffee in one hand and their cell phone in the other, browsing social media sites, texting friends, and checking email. And why not?
There are plenty of employees with several years of experience who are ready to move up and assume the responsibility of a mid-level manager. But logistics, budgets, and re-organizations can often hamper a career path.
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I remember driving to work one morning and listening to three radio personalities offer their opinion on the best age in life. After a minute or so of discussing the pros and cons of a younger body versus a wiser mind, they unanimously chose 35 as the perfect age.
I haven't been back to my old hometown in years. The last time I was there, I felt like I was visiting a graveyard - lots of buried memories and too many headstones. It wasn't long before I began to feel uncomfortable - and...
I didn't have to worry. I'd done the right thing. And now my parents could brag about their son's success. Even better, I could give that all-knowing nod to my friends, letting them know I'd scored the mother-lode.
It's a common mindset expressed by many newly-minted graduates entering the job market for the first time. At first glance, it seems like a commendable, even admirable attitude - one that would serve both employee and employer to advantage. But consider this.