Are you in college now or thinking about returning to earn a graduate degree? Here is a series of steps to follow. [Note: If you are already working, most of the steps in this chart are still relevant are you. :-) ]
Are you realistic in your expectations regarding your current job and your long-term career prospects?
“Our expectations serve us like a yardstick where we kind of measure people both ahead of time and after an event. We think we know what to expect of others and ourselves, so we check to see if all of that expectation is missed or met. What happens when our expectations are continuously missed? We turn grouchy, to start with. If our expectations are continually abused, it can become the catalyst of unrest and great unhappiness. We hate to be disappointed. The question is – Are your expectations realistic or are you a control freak? It’s good to be good, but it’s annoying to work with someone who wants to be perfect. Besides, it’s just not possible, so you could be unrealistic and also be a real pain in the backside.”
1. Are your expectations clear? “Sometimes we have them, but we can’t exactly pinpoint what they are. If you can get clear first, you can examine them more closely.”
2. How did you form your expectations? “We sometimes cook up expectations and fail to communicate them.”
3. Are your expectations consistent? “You’re confused and don’t know WHAT to expect. Time to ask.”
4. How do your goals compare to peers? “Make sure you know where the bar is set for your peers to see if it is within a reasonable range of your own.”
5. Are you properly communicating your expectations? “We often go about doing our work without really communicating what we need, when we need it, and what details go with it.”
6. Do you seek feedback? “Depending on your situation, you could do that with your boss; but if that isn’t an option, consider a respected mentor or peer.”
7. Are your expectations adversely affecting your work or career? “One sure way to know if your expectations are reasonable is if your work is being negatively impacted by someone else. It’s not unreasonable to expect others to meet quality, quantity, and deadlines as it relates to the work you do.”
Starting a new job can be a stress-filled time. So, what can you do to reduce your anxiety and optimize your relationship with your boss?
“Building a relationship with your new manager isn’t complicated. It must be intentional, genuine, and built on a foundation of respect. As a new employee, ideally you should be spending some time with your manager every day for the first couple of weeks, even if only for a brief check-in. These meetings are ideal opportunities to jump-start the dialogue. Here are five simple conversations you need to have with your boss when you start a new role.”
Research giant Nielsen annually examines thousands of new product introductions.
As part of its analysis, Nielsen has identified its 2014 U.S. Breakthrough Innovation Winners: “These diverse new products carry the common thread of finding and filling unmet consumer needs while demonstrating that with significant effort, game-changing innovation is possible in any category and by all types of companies.” The products are all commonly found in the supermarket.
The winning products were all introduced in 2012. We have inserted direct links to these products:
- Angry Orchard Hard Cider, The Boston Beer Co.
- Barcel Takis, Barcel USA
- Bud Light Lime Ritas, Anheuser-Busch
- Depend Silhouette Briefs for Women and Depend Real Fit Briefs for Men, Kimberly-Clark
- Febreze Car Vent Clip, Procter & Gamble
- Gevalia Kaffe Retail Coffee, Kraft Foods
- International Delight Iced Coffee, The WhiteWave Foods Co.
- Meow Mix Tender Centers, Big Heart Pet Brands
- Mucinex Fast-Max, Reckitt Benckiser
- Nabisco belVita Breakfast Biscuits, Mondelez Global LLC
- Nature Valley Protein Bars, General Mills
- Sargento Ultra Thin Slices, Sargento Foods
- Tide Pods, Procter & Gamble
- ZzzQuil, Procter & Gamble
Many companies have had a major impact on business practices and our lives. And a lot of these companies have endured for a century or more.
Recently, Fortune published a list of 27 companies that have changed the world over the last century-plus.
Sorry, Apple fans — but Apple ranks only 16th on the list!