Listening to a leading teacher speak at a recent event, it came as no surprise that he admitted that teachers were probably the worst people to give students and pupils career advice. It has always been so when I was about to leave School in 1975 a tweed clad teacher of advancing years gave the careers talk to me. It appeared I had a number of options which included.
1. Getting a job at a bank (a job for life…)
2. Joining the armed forces (and branch would do)
3. Attending further education to resit as is was expected my exam results were to be less than average.
4. Do the above and then apply to a polytechnic or university.
5.Become a teacher
6. Apply to a local engineering company for an Apprenticeship (7 years before a living wage)
7. Stay unemployed as the State at the time was a generous benefactor.
None of above suited me but I persisted with 3 and 4 because at that time grants for education were readily available which meant that it was one step up on 7 but staying pretty close to it.
Now moving on 45 years what is left of that approach? More than you would have thought… Listening to teachers there are the very similar options although the University one comes a quite a high personal cost.
Having experienced overseas working there is an option which if handled well and supported properly by qualified and experienced people is probably more appropriate for the current workforce of the most recent generation this would be enjoying the freedom and pain of becoming an Entrepreneur or even just working for yourself without the backstop of anybody sitting around waiting to bail out the failures.
Why aren’t our Children leaving school with higher aspirations and a business plan in tow?
If we don’t want a failed generation we have to give them the tools to be successful not more of the same…
The price of everything the value of nothing
I would like to work for a company where the demands are very little and commitment to deliver is non existent also I want to turn up when I feel like it and spend my time pretending to care about my fellow workers but in fact only care about myself. If I have told you what I want and expect you to go out and find it for me as we have a false non committal understanding that if you help me I will seriously try to think about helping you.
Lots of networking groups try to model themselves on others that are more successful but they don’t like having to submit themselves to the demands made upon them.
If we look at any networking group as a team of sales people working, unpaid, on your behalf who are willing and able to leverage their reputations to help you get what you want don’t you think that deserves some form of payback or minimal commitment. Lets get back to the sales analogy if you have a team working for you how are you going to motivate them. I suggest that keeping to the implicit rules is a good way to get the buy in. How about turning up to meetings on time, not leaving early and doing what you say you are going to do when you say you are going to do it.
For those un-initiated in relationship marketing commitment is core to the success of any time or money invested.
If you cannot do the commitment thing then spend your money and time elsewhere. No matter how you cut it paying the joining fee of any organisation is the minimum entrance fee it is not a contribution of effort. Whether the entry fee is £50 or £5000 if the return, admittedly the main unknown factor, the return on investment must be measureable and tangible. That does not mean it has to be financial but it has to be valuable. If we spend £5000 and get a return of £5050 then that is positive but if I spend £50 and get nothing in return that is a complete waste of my time money and damages my reputation.
If only we could find somewhere that cares about my investment as much as you do then we may be some way into finding out how to run a business.
If you get hit by a bus tomorrow and your business does not continue along as if nothing has happened then you do not have a business you have a corner shop so don’t call yourself a business owner call yourself a shopkeeper.
According to Marriott Edgar “Now Albert had heard about lions, How they were ferocious and wild, And to see Wallace lying so peaceful, Well… it didn’t seem right to the child” Well those that know what happened next are rightly justified in keeping clear of all lions or in fact any big cat.
But … if you dont engage with the big beasts all you get is something uninspiring and tedious so sometimes we have to push outside of our considered comfort zone until it becomes our comfort zone.
In the video below you will see how engaging with the dangerous can reap enormous rewards.
In business do we always take the easy route a bit like water or do we look for the right route, the gut feeling route, the route that satisfies and makes us happier and more content?
I believe that everyone is capable of so much more if only they would just take a deep breath and dive right in thats not to say you put your head in the lions mouth but take a look at the video below
We have all heard the concept that we have two ears and one mouth and that we should use them in that ratio. I came across this speech given by Julian Treasure on TED in JUne 2013 – I only wished I had found it earlier as anyone who gives speeches or presentations will tell you all of this is absolute gold. So much so that I am now reading his book “Sound Business” which gives an insight into how and why we can use sound to our advantage listen like and learn…
Communication is the only way us humans can get together and share stuff.
Whether that is emotional or physical it goes without saying that is we fail at this really basic level then we may as well give up and hide under the stairs.
We all know that certain professions have been led to think that having a strange outlook on communicating is acceptable but I would hazard a guess that this is pretty self generated. A case of the shy convincing the shy. In a business environment getting your idea across in as unambiguous manner as possible is fundamental to getting the job done.
Using all the available senses would be a good way to start!