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"
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.
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.
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
Respect is earned and is "The gift someone gives themselves." Without self-respect (which is different than arrogance) you can weather almost any storm.
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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.
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!
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!
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."
Hey, it's been great having you in this course, so look forward for other courses as they become available
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.