Today’s advice comes from Canadian Tourism Commission CEO Michele McKenzie’s interview with CanadianBusiness.com:
“I always value hard work. … But I think what I’m coming to value more is an ability of a person to work in an ambiguous work environment. I think it’s becoming a characteristic that’s going to be more valued in the workplace.”
People who rely on technical skills alone limit how much they can contribute, McKenzie says. Job descriptions are becoming more fluid, with employees expected to shift priorities or take on new duties to further an organization in a quickly evolving business climate. That’s especially important as businesses, like McKenzie’s, are investing lots of money and effort in social media, which the business world is still figuring out how to best use.
It’s important to not be too attached to a job title or your original job description, because there might be slight adjustments to better serve the company. The biggest part of that flexibility is a willingness to collaborate, she says. Everyone should be eager to contribute all that they can, and prepared to put in the extra effort to do that.
Instead of resisting change, you should see it as a chance to expand your experience.
“We need talent that see growth and learning as opportunity.”
Today’s advice comes from VisionIT founder David Segura’s interview with Smart Business.
“Sometimes people just put a plan on paper, then go and never look at it again. They never ask if the plan is still really representative of who we are as a company and where we are going.”
Segura — who founded VisionIT, an IT consulting firm, in 1997 and helped grow the company to more than 900 employees and $230 billion in revenue in 2010 — stresses the importance of having a clear and simple strategic plan that gives focus to your business.
But companies need to make a commitment to revisit the plan regularly as their business grows.
“Say we’re going to leverage more LinkedIn to [find job candidates], we would have someone do some discovery, make a plan, come back and say this is our strategic objective around social media,” says Segura.
“But let’s say a new tool comes out in the market. I’ll share in our strategic framework that a new tool might be out, there might be a better tool than LinkedIn, and is getting a lot more passive candidates. That is where you’re going to need some flexibility to say, ‘OK, we have already gone down the path, we’re making this investment, but we need to take a look at another tool in the market.”
Getting up early is a common trait among CEOs, but don’t get carried away.
Not getting enough sleep can lead to weight gain, cancer and other adverse consequences described in the following infographic (via Barry Ritholtz). And 93% of people don’t get enough sleep.
Although the infographic is effectively an ad for sleep tech company Zeo, it still makes for a good read.