Investing in yourself
Video: Investing in yourselfIf you want to increase your value per hour, and be more successful in your career, how much time are you willing to invest outside of work hours to improve your ability? It's common for employees to feel that they should only work the hours for which they're getting paid. It's certainly important to do your job, but you also want to invest in your career by regularly improving your skills outside of your day to day job duties. This will enhance your ability, increasing your value per hour, and your job security.
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Join author and business coach Dave Crenshaw as he demonstrates ways to discover what you're truly best at doing and how to leverage those strengths and abilities in your professional life. This course reveals how to uncover your strengths and talents, match them to job responsibilities, and develop a path to apply those strengths at work. Set yourself up for continued success with self-assessments and the ability to invest in yourself and make continual improvements as your career grows.
This course is one of a series of five Dave Crenshaw courses based on his Invaluable teaching methodology for professional development.
- Identifying gifts, loves, and skills
- Assessing personal performance
- Applying your strengths and talents at work
- Making continual improvements that impact your career
Investing in yourself
If you want to increase your value per hour, and be more successful in your career, how much time are you willing to invest outside of work hours to improve your ability? It's common for employees to feel that they should only work the hours for which they're getting paid. It's certainly important to do your job, but you also want to invest in your career by regularly improving your skills outside of your day to day job duties. This will enhance your ability, increasing your value per hour, and your job security.
You can make this investment in yourself by following a simple five step process. The first step is to determine the time investment you are willing to make, whether its one hour a week, or more, make a decision on the amount of time you're willing to spend improving your ability. Then budget that time by scheduling blocks of time in your calendar. Call it your ability investment, or some other descriptive title. Scheduling time in advance in your calendar will make it easier for you to stick to your commitment.
The second step is to choose an area of study. If you've completed the previous videos, you have gone through an exercise to identify your talents and job responsibilities. Now pick the areas that you are going to focus on, let's say, for the next month. The best choice will be related to your top talents; those one, two, or three things you do best. Spend extra time to improve those talents in a way that benefits both you, and the company.
The third step is to gather your materials for the course that you are creating for yourself. You're going to find your own textbooks and other materials to improve the ability you selected. If I'm trying to improve my ability with computers, I might choose books or magazines about computers, or I might decide to enroll in online courses on particular technologies. You can pool resources not only from books, and magazines, but also Web sites, blogs, and community classes.
Step four is to commit to a deliverable. Tell a friend, a mentor, a coworker, or ideally your manager about this ability investment that you're making. Let them know that you're going to deliver an assignment to them to demonstrate what you've learned. Commit to a specific date, and ask them to put that date in their calendar to hold you accountable. This will strengthen your commitment, and allow the other person to play a supportive role for you.
By being involved from the outset, they will want to support you, and give you whatever resources they can to help you succeed. And the fifth step is to work the schedule that you created. At the scheduled time you have set for yourself, stop whatever you're doing, and focus on that ability improvement. Make sure it doesn't get in the way of your normal job responsibilities, but takes place outside of the work schedule as an investment in yourself. As you follow your training schedule, and create deliverable projects to your accountability partner, you'll see that your talents grow, and you will progress steadily toward becoming invaluable.
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