Becoming the Indispensable Employee
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Becoming the Indispensable Employee

And control the corporate battle-space
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Created by Thomas Hennefer
Last updated 9/2016
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  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Take action to assure that in hard economic times, YOU are indispensable
  • Learn valuable techniques that keep YOU ahead of the political game
  • Develop irreplaceable skills that make YOU a valued asset to the organization
  • How to use technology as an asset regardless of YOUR comfort level
  • How to become "well-connected" in any organization
  • How to recognize YOUR "market value" and use it to your advantage
  • How to build YOUR own "fortress of solitude" and weather any storm
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  • Have the ability to watch videos on their laptop, tablet or smartphone
  • The desire to change their lives and take control of their destiny

In a world where your replacement is an email, phone call or Skype video conference away from happening, having the skills necessary to work on an equal footing with co-workers, management or executives is essential to long-term employment; something that today is in short supply. 

This course is based on over 25 years of experience, research, observation and personal experience in both he private and academic workplace, and takes a straightforward, no-nonsense and unabashed look at what it takes to survive in todays workplace.

This course will show you how to develop the skills necessary to level the playing field and have everyone in your organization see you as "Indispensable"

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to keep their job and weather the storms of economic uncertainty
  • Anyone who has been laid off or thinks they will be laid off in the future
  • Anyone who has had their job exported
  • Anyone who "works for a jerk" and doesn't like it
  • Those who recognize that the Human Resources (HR) Department is not your friend
  • Anyone who need to understand the power to say "No" and not get fired
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Curriculum For This Course
24 Lectures
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6 Lectures 37:55

Just a brief introduction to the course; hope you like it

Preview 01:19

—Whose Indispensable?

In a world where your replacement is an email away, knowing how to become indispensable is well, indispensable. Being viewed as indispensable is a perception many CEOs possess which is why when a company stock increases in value, the credit usually goes to the CEO and not the people actually doing the work in the first place.

  • –Absolutely no one
  • –Those who are feared
  • –Those who are respected
  • –Those who are well connected
  • –Those with irreplaceable skills
  • –Those with power
  • –Have unique knowledge
  • –Those of independent means
Preview 08:03

—Everyone is Replaceable

No one is truly "special" regardless of what your mother may have told you, so once you realize that you are not "special" you can focus on those attributes that really matter to your life, family, friends and career.

  • –Be unique, just like everyone else
  • –Talent is not enough
  • –Desire is not enough
  • –Those unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity
  • –Pay less attention to what people say. Just watch what they do
Preview 05:59

—Fear as a Motivator

Fear is a great motivator unlike "fire" which is what the late Richard Pryor said on his way to the burn center at the Sherman Oaks California Hospital after he caught fire freebasing cocaine. fear is different that being traumatized since with he latter, you have the ability to react or critically think your way to a positive solution  

  • –It’s a primal survivor reaction
  • –Keeps us safe
  • –Keeps us sharp
  • –When others are apprehensive of us, they treat us with respect, because they fear us
Preview 07:50


Respect is earned and is "The gift someone gives themselves." Without self-respect (which is different than arrogance) you can weather almost any storm.

  • –Respect has mobility
  • –Respect is hard to get
  • –Respect keeps others in their place
  • –Respect is the gift you give yourself
Preview 06:54

—Well Connected

Who you know, not what you know which is why so many propel place a great value on an Ivy League education; not for the diploma (which certainly doesn't hurt) but for the connects made while attending the university itself.

  • –Connections provide mobility
  • –Connections provide knowledge
  • –Connections let you run in the same social circles
  • –Knowledge and connections are power
Preview 07:50
Understanding Your Skill Sets
6 Lectures 44:32

—Irreplaceable Skills

These skills are hard to get because they usually take time, discipline, money and dedication and once obtained travel with you. As I tell students "A college education won't guarantee you a job, but it makes it easier to get one."

  • –They take time to develop
  • –Exclude people from being peers
  • –They require certification
  • –They require licensure
  • –Need to be continually updated
Preview 06:39

—Those with Knowledge

Knowledge is power and when you have knowledge and leave your current position, but that knowledge travels with you and doesn't get left behind in the bottom drawer of the empty desk you once occupied.

  • –What you know about the world
  • –What you know about your profession
  • –What you know about your colleagues
  • –Knowledge should never be shared until you get something tangible in return
Preview 07:05

—Transactional Value

Every transaction or exchange has value attached to it, that said, ever interaction you have with a co-worker needs to have some type of value attend to it or its importance declines over time. By attaching some type of value (emotional or monetary) to each and every interaction, you establish and expand your worth to the organization

  • –Knowing its worth is key to being indispensable
  • –Establish quid pro quo for each exchange
  • –Transactional value has to serve you first before serving others
  • –The “what's in it for me” question
Preview 06:02

—Aligning Priorities

Everyone has priorities, the hard part is discovering what the priorities are to the people who make the important decision and big bucks. By aligning your priorities (within reason) with their, you are seen as an asset and not a threat.

  • –For some it their career
  • –For others it’s their family
  • –For some it’s power
  • –For some it’s wealth
  • –For some it’s social or political status
  • –Finding someone’s priorities are essential to being indispensable
Preview 06:09

—Have an Exit Plan

Having an "Exit Plan" gives you mobility and options, which is why an employee after winning the lottery still goes to work, but with a different attitude. One aspect employers use to control employees is the "fear" of losing their job, income, social standing and health benefits. Once these are removed from consideration because an employee has their own "independent and financial means", the employer is forced to work with the employee as a peer since the ex-employee just might buy the house next door.

  • –Lets you prepare for the unexpected
  • –You’re less dependent or vulnerable
  • –Makes you more independent
  • –Puts you in control of your future
  • –Gives you independent action others lack
Preview 10:17

—The leader they want to follow

Not all leaders are managers, but all managers must be leaders which is why you can still be a recognized leader in your organization regardless of where your name appears on the organizational chart

  • –Leadership is not exclusive to those in positions of power or authority
  • –Its getting people to do what they may not want to do, but they do it anyway
  • –Lead by example, others will follow
  • –Leaders offer direction, security and protection
Preview 08:20
Gathering Momentum
5 Lectures 43:18

—Solutions Not Problems

By offering solutions, you give others a way to solve problems and increase your value to the organization. By providing solutions, you are seen as a "team player" and some that adds tangible assets to the bottom line

  • –They need to be actionable
  • –Need to be realistic
  • –Need to be original
  • –Need to be cost-effective
  • –At their when the situation is critical
  • –Need to be directly associated with you, so credit is correctly awarded
Preview 09:33

—Credentials, Reputation and Contacts

These are the “hard-gets” of society since they usually take time, discipline, money and dedication to acquire, which is one reason why on 0.05% of all college educated people possess a doctoral degree (PhD)

  • –Don’t come easily
  • –Often cost time and money
  • –Level the playing field
  • –Take a long-term view to develop
  • –Take less time to lose
  • –Impossible to counterfeit
Preview 08:19

—The Same Social Cup

As they say "Fish where the fish are; so if the power brokers in your organization golf, then so should you, and if they belong to certain social or charitable organizations, join as well

  • –Play the same games (golf)
  • –Have the same charities
  • –Attend the same social events
  • –Have the same friends
  • –Know the same movers and shakers
  • –Share in the same interests
Preview 08:13

—Know your Market Value

By knowing your market value you know if you’re under or over valued and can then look at other options or companies that not only recognize your abilities, but are wiling to pay for them

  • –Put a price on your expertise
  • –Compare yourself to others in your profession.
  • –Are you at the same level?
  • –Knowing your market value lets you better gauge future opportunities
Preview 07:50

F—aking Sincerity

Honestly being the best policy, is probably the worst policy there is or as they say "No good deed ever goes unpunished", which is why you should monitor any social media you are engaged in so it plays in your favor not the competition

  • –Honesty only makes you feel better
  • –People love to hear about/ talk themselves
  • –Ask open-ended questions to gain valuable intelligence for future use
  • –People love people who make them feel better about their lives
  • –Co-workers will confide in you
Preview 09:23
The Big Finish
6 Lectures 55:30

—Intellectual Property

By owning your own ideas they are legally protected and travel with you retire than staying with your current employer. Rush Limbaugh's advertisers are contracted to him not the radio station, so if or whenever he leaves EIB, all that revenue is tied to him and NOT the media organization

  • –Make all ideas independent of the workplace
  • –Copyright before sharing them with friends or collages
  • –The idea is the first critical step
  • –Without identifiable embodiment of the idea there can be no intellectual property protection
  • –Do all development work offsite
Preview 10:21

—Technology as an Asset

Adopt new trends and technology first which will give you an edge over other co-workers. A colleague recognized the importance video will become in higher-education, so they learned how to craft high quality video and podcasts in their own inexpensive home studio, and then placed them on their own privately owned website and not the universities. This way they owned the technology, and content, which makes them harder to be fired.

  • –This places you at the cutting-edge and ahead of your colleagues
  • –Knowing how stuff works gives you an advantage
  • –Makes you more marketable
  • –Trade knowledge for something valuable
Preview 09:10

—Monopolize Relationships

Not all relationships are important but those that are will be priceless, so if "social networking" is not something you excel at, find a coach who can help you establish and promoted the personal brand of YOU!

  • –Direct access keeps you informed and in a position of influence
  • –Keeps interlopers outside of the circle of influence
  • –Lets who know whose coming or going
  • –Allows early identification of trends or threats
Preview 10:51

—The Power to say No

When you have the power to say “No” negotiations often go your way and when people know that you are willing to walk away from the negotiations, they will either meet your price or not. This ability gives you real power!

  • –Gives you back your authority
  • –Works best when they need you more than you need them
  • –Works best from a position of strength and influence
  • –Limits opposing options especially if you have something they need and can't get
Preview 10:18

HR is Not Your Friend

The last group or person to ever talk or confide in is someone from HR since their primary responsibility is to reduce the legal exposure of the company, so if they see you or your problem as a liability, they will take steps to "involuntarily separate your from the payroll cycle."

  • –Is there to protect the organization
  • –Is not there to protect you
  • –Its job is to remove liability
  • –First, consult your attorney
  • –Record every HR conversation
  • –HR has no power outside of HR
  • –HR is not your intermediary
  • –Get it in writing
  • –No one is really afraid of HR
Preview 14:00

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About the Instructor
Thomas Hennefer
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Thomas Hennefer, PhD, is a lecturer, educator, researcher, and media producer developing video courses for both formal and unconventional viewers and students. Thom is also a former Associate Professor of Business Management and Sciences at an HBCU in East Texas, and has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate courses to over 3,000 students both online and in the traditional classroom.