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Maybe You're Next

As I look back over the course of my career it is easy to identify the people that really made a difference in my professional life. The leader who gave me a chance when I didn't have the "perfect" amount of experience...my first management job as a young leader trying to figure it all out...and a couple of other important moves as life moved along.

Those moments stay with us, and the leaders who helped us will never be forgotten. Wow, think about that for a minute. Those leaders will never be forgotten!

Who They Were
Take a moment and think about one of those influential people in your life. Picture their face in your mind. What did they do that made them so special? Was it their honesty, willingness to listen, or support for you and your team members? How did they behave? Did you worry about their mood, or were they a steady leadership presence that could be relied on to "be there" day after day?

Who They Were Not
I'm willing to bet that none of you would describe your person as "an excel whiz" or a "master at budgets" or "really punctual." No, those aren't the traits of people who are influential in a positive way. While these traits and skills are important, they are not differentiators.

Maybe You're Next
Wouldn't it be terrific if one of your employees was asked to describe one of the most influential and supportive leaders in their career someday...and they immediately thought of you? Consider that point the next time you're interacting with your colleagues. You never know who you're impacting at any moment.

Lead the way!

-Jay



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3 Keys to a Successful Interview

Job interviews can be both exciting and stressful at the same time. One one hand the prospect of a new position is thrilling. A fresh start with new colleagues at a terrific new company is hard to beat. On the other hand we've all experienced the anxiety that comes from the interview process. First impressions and selecting each answer so carefully can be exhausting.

Yikes!

Check out these three tips so you can enjoy the experience and do well in your next interview!

#1 - Get Ready
One of the best ways to impress the people you'll be interviewing with is to be prepared. Learn about the hiring manger, the company, the role...anything you can uncover will help you. Turn your research into questions that will prove you've done your homework and are really interested in the opportunity.

#2 - Dress for Success
I can not emphasize enough how important it is to look professional. That doesn't mean you have to spend lots of money on designer clothes. However, it does mean you need to wear clothes that are appropriate for the position you're interviewing for (or better), and make sure they are clean and pressed. 

Wrinkles never work!

#3 - Have Fun
This last one may sound odd, but believe me when I tell you it is obvious when an interviewee is enjoying the process! Sometimes candidates appear to be so nervous that I wonder if they're going to pass out. (It's true...I'm not making this up!)

Interviews are an opportunity to talk about the person you know the best...you! Get excited...tell your story...and enjoy the process. It will make a great impression on every one you meet!

Good luck at your next interview!

-Jay



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Confidence!

We face many challenges in our work lives. Pressure to perform well, meet deadlines, prove ourselves each day, and in the health care industry to make sure we provide the best care possible for the patients and families we serve.

Wow, that's a lot to handle!

One Step At A Time
Too often I see people trying to accomplish "everything" each day. They put the weight of the world on their shoulders and expect to be successful at every turn. That simply isn't realistic. Sure, we can all get a lot done each day...but other days we can work and work and feel like we haven't accomplished a thing!

Frustrating? Sure. Demoralizing? Absolutely not!

One of the fundamental keys to success in the workplace is keeping a broad perspective on the work that needs to get done. Of course we have daily deadlines or important tasks that cannot wait. But if we get too focused on our to do lists that seem to get longer not shorter, we'll never be able to see the big picture.

Think Big Each Day
One of the ways I avoid getting too caught up in the details of my work life is to spend a few minutes each day "thinking big." What does that mean? Well, it means looking beyond my calendar...it means thinking about the possibilities of the work I do...it means imagining a future that is better than today. 

You can do that too...regardless of your role, or job title, or company where you work!

Start Today
I challenge you to think about how you can help your organization grow. Consider what you would really like to be doing each day. I know you've thought about these things...now it's time to put your thoughts into action! Write down your ideas and share them with a colleague or supervisor.

You can start making a difference today!


-Jay



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