Five Secrets to Becoming the Perfect Employee That Everyone Wants - Part One

Written by Ed Sykes

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Also take responsibility for your knowledge. Time and time again I hearrepparttar following: “Well, my company won’t pay forrepparttar 135435 class, so I’m not going to takerepparttar 135436 class.”

I say to that, “Findrepparttar 135437 way to gainrepparttar 135438 knowledge!” There are too many educational options not to haverepparttar 135439 knowledge. Whether you pay for it yourself, receive online training, volunteer, etc., there are ways to receive knowledge.

Remember, once you receive knowledge it is your knowledge to take anywhere you go in life.

3. Communication. Communicate, communicate, and communicate. Talking is one half ofrepparttar 135440 communication process. Listening isrepparttar 135441 other and sometimesrepparttar 135442 most important part ofrepparttar 135443 communication process. Listening means being open-mined to new ideas.

Communication also means learning how to give and receive feedback. Giving feedback means giving feedback that is honest and fair and leavesrepparttar 135444 person wanting to do better. Receiving feedback means information given to you, and it may include questions for clarity and understanding about what needs to be done.

Communication is also good follow-up with employees and management. Do you inform your managers or co-workers aboutrepparttar 135445 process or changes inrepparttar 135446 project on which you are working?

4. Appreciation. Appreciate to motivate others. Be accountable for your words. Once you say something, it’s hard to take it back.

Show and give praise to others inrepparttar 135447 workplace. Work at finding them doing something good and praise them (Read my article Appreciate to Motivate.). The more you do this,repparttar 135448 more you will tear down barriers and motivate others inrepparttar 135449 workplace.

5. Solutions. Be a solution creator, not a problem dictator. Anyone can find problems; butrepparttar 135450 employee who can find a problem or challenge and create a solution is an employee that can write his/her own ticket for success. Take it upon yourself to be a part ofrepparttar 135451 solution and not a part ofrepparttar 135452 problem.

Ask yourself these questions: * What isrepparttar 135453 positive that can come out of this challenge? * What will I learn from this challenge? * What are some solutions I can present? * How will I present my solutions so thatrepparttar 135454 organization seesrepparttar 135455 immediate benefits?

Apply these techniques and you, too, will becomerepparttar 135456 perfect employee.

Ed Sykes is a professional speaker, author, and leading expert in the areas of leadership, motivation, stress management, customer service, and team building. You can e-mail him at, or call him at (757) 427-7032. Go to his web site,, and signup for the newsletter, OnPoint, and receive the free ebook, "Empowerment and Stress Secrets for the Busy Professional."

The Last-Minute Interview

Written by Pierre G. Daunic, Ph.D., CCM

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Followrepparttar Rule of Three. As important as practice is in preparing for an interview, far too many of us overdo it. Trying to be perfect, we end up giving answers that are stilted or overly long. Remember then that your answer needn’t be perfect (if such a thing exists at all), only plausible. And to help convey that sense of plausibility, I suggest trying to give your answer in only three parts. For example, you might start by saying, “First, I would …,” and “Then, I would …," and “Finally, I believe it would be best if …”

When you followrepparttar 135342 Rule of Three, it becomes relatively simple to build answers that sound believable as you go along, are not too long, and are easier forrepparttar 135343 interviewer to remember.

Obviously, there are many other things to study and internalize if you are to interview well, but in a pinch, just rememberingrepparttar 135344 three suggestions above will help enormously.

Pierre G. Daunic, Ph.D., CCM ( has been a Senior Services Consultant with R. L. Stevens & Associates, the nation’s oldest and most successful privately held career consulting firm, for almost 20 years. Email comments and inquiries to

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