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New Strategies for Career Productivity and Success Published: Sunday, May 16, 1999 By: Dr. Manuel Angel Morales

Last week, Governor Pedro Rosselló made an interesting proposal for the development of a career system, empowering teachers and educators of the Department of Education for growing in the future workplace. On the other, in the world of emotional intelligence at work, Barbara Moses has published a formidable piece of research on career intelligence and the new rules for work, productivity and life success.

The core argument of this expanded investigation is that the society, economy and workplace have changed, and the strategies for career success have changed respectively. Thus, there are four principles in managing a career:

  • Be a career architect, craft your own future
  • Know yourself and the content of your personal portfolio of enhancing experiences, themes and competencies
  • Know what is more important to you
  • Be who you are and develop a personal success paradigm.

But which are the new productivity and success strategies, as researched by career activist Barbara Moses?

  • Ensure your marketability. Think of everyone you work for as a client. Know your products and services, and the skills, assets, strength and weakness plus the value you can add to the organization. Know the market and be able to communicate your presentation points to the internal and external market. Always make the most of your current work situation.
  • Think globally and act locally. Acknowledge that cultural and linguistic sensitivity are very important. Thinking, living and working with a double-loops mind-set helps you gain a richer understanding of work settings and new realities, while interfacing intelligently in the domestic scenarios.
  • Be able to communicate in powerful, persuasive and unconventional ways. Capture quickly, your listener`s attention, make information vivid, and write clearly and with impact.
  • Keep on learning on your own time with constantly changing work and shifting skill requirements, lifelong learning and knowledge acquisition will be an imperative. Read books, journals, newspapers, develop and practice new skills.
  • Understand new economic, social and business trends. Expand your knowledge of economic, demographic and cultural developments.
  • Prepare for areas of competence, and not jobs. Think roles not jobs, and dare to apply them to new emerging work environments.
  • Look to the future. Identify potential growth areas in the new economy (health, medicine, education, edutainment recreation, the environment, telecommunications and personal anything).
  • Build financial autonomy. To manage your family, life and career effectively your must manage your finances wisely. If your salary is committed in 80% you don`t have any discretion. Think income streams, not salary. Rethink your relationship to money.
  • Think networks, not ladders. Track your career progress by your work, contribution and value added, not by your level within a hierarchy.
  • Decide if you are going to be a specialist or a generalist. Choose such a path based on your strengths and the work environment.
  • Be a ruthless time manager, professional or worker. We are living in a fast-track environment where speed is highly prized. Be gymnastically flexible.
  • Be kind to yourself. Learn to live with the best you can do, because there is always room for improvement.

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