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by Randall Craig on November 3, 2009

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Did you ever think that you would appreciate the grammar that you learned back in grade school? While writers (and grade school teachers) might be concerned with nouns, verbs, and other parts of speech, is there any reason you should be? The answer is yes… but perhaps not for the reason you might think.

Think back to the definitions of these words: nouns are people, places or things, and verbs are action words. Interestingly, people can be easily classified this way too. Are you an analyst, a designer, or a manager? Or do you analyze, design, manage, invent, act, inspire, and lead? Nouns vs. Verbs.

People who are nouns have a fixed sense of what they are and what they do; they are static. People who are verbs have direction: from what is, to what can be. They are moving to their next goal.

This week’s action item: Look over any biographies and resumes (and any elevator pitch) that you have. Are you a noun or a verb? If you are a noun, add some direction by re-writing with more verb-alization: make yourself a person of action.

Bonus Action: Organizations can be nouns or verbs as well. If you are writing a proposal, doing a pitch, or writing a memo, take a moment this week to identify all of the nouns, then consider if your communication would be better verb-alized.

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Randall Craig

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by Randall Craig on September 11, 2007

Filed in: Blog, Career Planning, Make It Happen Tipsheet

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Annoyed with your customers, suppliers, co-workers, and boss? Just putting in your time, “working for the man”, for the paycheck?

For some people, this unfortunate scenario is all too real – but why should it be? For many others bad bosses and dull jobs are convenient excuses for a different, underlying problem: no career roadmap. If you don’t know where you’re going, you won’t know which direction to head.

Before you say “this isn’t me” (or “this couldn’t be me”), consider these questions:

  • Before you took your current job, did you know what skills the job would teach you?
  • Do you know what possible career paths there are for you at your present employer? Do you know which interests you the most?
  • Have you spoken to your manager about the skills you should master to qualify for that next role?
  • How much of your personal time have you invested in professional development and training activities?

Most people don’t think about these questions, let alone have positive answers to them.

Without a career roadmap, you don’t know where you’re going, and you’ll never know when you’ve arrived at your destination. While it still may be true that your current job isn’t perfect, if it fits into your career roadmap – and you see it as a stepping stone to your next role – at least your mindset might be a bit different.

This week’s action item: There are many reasons for job dissatisfaction – and not having a career roadmap is one of them. Start the career roadmap process by working through the above four questions.

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Randall Craig

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Knowledge to Action

by Randall Craig March 27, 2007

When was the last time you read a good book? Or rather, when was the last time you read a good book that was good for you? No, not a trash novel, or even one that is mildly entertaining. What is a good book? It is one that moves you one step closer to your […]

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