It's National Teacher's Appreciation Week – Let's Celebrate Educators All Month

Teachers have a challenging job and they often go under appreciated, but not during the month of May. If you are a teacher, have a desire to be a teacher or know a teacher, then take advantage of a special 50% discount on all packages or services during this month only. 

Enjoy this special gift from one educator to another. 

Entering the Promised Land: Tips for Women Executives on Breaking through the Glass Ceiling – Tip # 2 Take Risks

Hello All,

Sometimes it may not be in your best interests to take the safe route. When it comes to your career and getting ahead, we all must do what we have to do to ensure success. 

 

So if it means we should consider taking a risk or two every now and then we should consider it.  As women who are trying to break through the glass ceiling and enter the promise land we have to remember how important getting ahead and staying ahead can assist us in the workplace. That is what these tips are all about. 

I hope you enjoy this new tip on taking risk.

Dr. Cris 


Tip #2 – Take Risks: You will never get ahead in life or your career if you are not willing to take a risk. Risk takers, realize one thing, that the key to success lies in the fact that even though you have weighed the pros and cons, once you have made the decision to go forward it is usually because you realize that the risk you are about to take is an intelligent risk and would more than likely produce a favorable result when executed.

However, it is important to do your homework, so that you know for sure that your risk is calculated and that you come out on top. Take incremental steps in planning your success. If necessary, request the assistance of a trusted colleague(s). But by all means don’t buckle under the pressure; complete what you have started, and know that any risk is worth taking as long as you are prepared to handle any and all results. 

Entering the Promised Land: Tips for Women Executives on Breaking through the Glass Ceiling – Tip # 1 Go Over and Above

Hello All,

Let me take a moment to clarify that although these tips are directed toward women, everyone can benefit from them. 

This week’s tip stresses the importance of giving it your all. As I have mentioned more than once, you seldom gain an opportunity to make a great first impression; therefore, if you do all that you can from the start you won’t have to question after the fact what efforts could have improved the situation. 

Enjoy, 


Dr. Cris

Tip # 1: Go Over and Above
Because we are the underdogs in the good ole boys’ network, we have to go over and above what others may deem as qualified. Consider your education, your skills, and your experience. What can you bring to the table that the average man cannot? What can you offer an employer that would make the potential new boss stand up and take notice? Who do you know who can enhance your project with their expertise while ensuring that you receive the credit for facilitation?



If there is a training opportunity available for you to gain knowledge and skills that would advance your career, take it. If there are people who you should get to know who can support you as an ally or mentor, make yourself friendly and get to know them better.
We always have to consider that although we may have the skills, we may possess the talent, and we may know some of the right people, it still may not be enough to secure our spot in the workplace. If we really desire to enter the promised land, then we always have to put the icing on the cake. Go over and above what is expected and you will reap the results.




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Great Career Tip #6 – Update your use of technology

    Hello All,

I hoped that you all have enjoyed this series on the greatest career tips that I ever received. Today is the last installment of the series, and it’s all about the importance of using updated technology.

Earlier this week I launched a new series titled Entering the Promise Land: Tips for Executive Women on Breaking the Glass Ceiling. This series will run on Wednesday’s for the next few weeks. I hope that it provides you with some valuable information to advance you in your career. 

     Enjoy,

     
   Dr. Cris

 



         Great Career Tip #6 –  Update your use of technology
 
I know some of you still rely on your trusty typewriters to tackle any writing assignments that you may have. Although there are some famous authors and journalists who have and still do crank out their best work by use of a typewriter, these select few are in a league of their own. 
J. K. Rowlings

According to Hilary Magazine, J.K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter novel on a typewriter and had to re-type entire chapters if a change was made, and later re-typed the book to make it double spaced. Even best selling author and former journalist for the New York Times Gay Talese transcribed his notes and interviews on his typewriter. One of his more popular books is titled The Silent Season of a Hero: The Sports Writing of Gay Talese.

Although these award – winning writers have accomplished greatness on their typewriters, and Rowling has since begun using a computer to write her other novels, we cannot compare ourselves to them, at least not yet. Consider where you are in your career path and how important it is for you to prepare yourself for the right employer. How important it is to learn how to maximize our technological skills to prepare for our next dream job. 

Start with the basics, and learn your way around a
computer and the internet. What computer programs would benefit you most? When considering where you see yourself in the next two or three years, what computer programs could assist you in reaching the next level? Are you familiar with Microsoft Office? Could you use a refresher on Excel? You would be amazed at the online tutorials that can assist you in polishing up your skills and familiarizing yourself with a multitude of programs. 

Once you have the basics under your belt, you can then consider specific technology in your field. For example, for those who work with graphics perhaps Illustrator CS5 may be helpful, or if making movies is part of your forte then Movie Maker could prove to be a valuable technology option. The point is don’t miss out on an employment opportunity that you would be perfect for simply because your technology skills are not up to par.  It’s not too late to do something about it.

Entering the Promise Land: Tips for Women Executives on Breaking through the Glass Ceiling

As promised, for the next few weeks you can all expect to receive great career tips for women interested in breaking through the glass ceiling. 

This week I’m providing you with an introduction to get you all prepared for the next few weeks of great tips.

Enjoy,    

Dr. Cris

Entering the Promise Land: Tips for Women Executives on Breaking through the Glass Ceiling – The Introduction

Let’s face it, ladies; there will always be a glass ceiling to a certain extent, and there will always be a good ole boys’ network. So for us female executives in the industry we need to always be cognizant of the fact that our stilettos are putting us in a position where we need to consider what we have to do to propel ourselves to the next level based on our skills, talents, and intellect.

Entering the Promise Land

When breaking through the glass ceiling we gain the opportunity to enter into a land of opportunity–the promise land. In order to obtain that level of success we must learn to prepare ourselves with the armor of Executive Defense, a defense mechanism that is geared to serve us, not just as a shield or a means of protection, but as a means of fortification, to enrich us and uplift us, to enhance us and equip us as the best executives that we can be so that the glass ceiling is not only broken but nonexistent.   

Our road to breaking through the glass ceiling and entering the promise land is paved with much dedication and perseverance. But all the steps that we take along the way put us closer and closer to achieving our goals as professional and capable women, who refuse to settle for anything less than what we desire.

What is so important for us to keep in mind is that we are not going through this alone. There is a great network of sisters around the world supporting us in our common goal to successfully implement the executive defense, break through the glass ceiling, and enter the promise land.

When entering the promise land, as the honorable Dr. Martin Luther King once said in his unforgettable speech, we must remember a few tips to reach that pivotal and coveted goal. Over the next few weeks I will share with you five tips on implementing executive defense strategies that I believe will assist you in breaking through the glass ceiling, entering the promise land, and relishing in the glory that is finally yours, the ultimate dream job.      

The Job Comforter: Noah’s Other Purpose

What most of us know about Noah is that he was the man who built the ark, lived on it for 40 days and nights with his family and saved two of every kind of unclean animal (male and his mate), and seven pairs of every clean animal and bird during the biblical flood that covered the earth (Genesis 7:2). 

What some of us don’t know about Noah is that he served another valuable purpose for all mankind. Noah was our gift as the “Job Comforter.” So what is a job comforter and why is it so important? A job comforter is someone who can ease your discomfort from a job that you do not find pleasure in, a job where you lack fulfillment, a job where you toil because your purpose is not being met, and a job where your destiny has yet to take fruition – a job that I describe as a vocational wilderness. Basically there are three main reasons why some of you work in an environment that requires a job comforter. 

 1)    Perhaps you are NOT working or living in your purpose.
2)   Perhaps you possess a negative mindset.
3)    Perhaps you are working in a vocational wilderness.    
Let’s begin with point #1) perhaps you are not working or living in your purpose. Some may debate that working and living in ones purpose may not necessarily mesh or coexist. However if you believe that is true then I challenge you to at least consider the possibility of accepting one over the other. For if you will at least live in your purpose you will receive fulfillment and satisfaction because God has planned a great life for all of us, all we have to do is tap into it. He has predestined us for His will (Ephesians 1:11) and His will reflects our purpose and passion. You should also consider that God has provided us with certain gifts and talents (Romans 12:6 & 1 Corinthians 12:4) that we should use to fulfill us as we are connecting to His will for our lives.
Rick Warren

According to New York Times best selling Author and Pastor Rick Warren, who wrote The Purpose Driven Life, when we live in our purpose we are connected to God’s plan for our life. In the Message translation of the Bible it states in Colossians 1:16, “everything got started in Him (God) and finds its purpose in Him.” Warren also shares a connection between God’s purpose for our lives and our passion. He states “God gives us different passions so that everything He wants done in the world will get done.”

Just image, there is a specific need for your specific purpose, and that purpose is directly connected to your passion. Whether you chose to relate it to your occupation is up to you, but God’s expectation for you is still the same, to fulfill your purpose. But there are some who believe that working and living in their purpose do not mesh; therefore, they are willing to accept an occupation for the simple means of receiving a paycheck. Although somehow they know that there is a better life for them, they choose to remain in a position where there is no growth, no hope, and no joy. All they have to look forward to is a weekly paycheck and retirement. This brings me to point #2) possessing a negative mindset.
Someone recently shared with me that a job is a simple means to a paycheck. I agreed with that person; he was correct if his mindset was allowing him to receive only money for performing a certain task. Then I took the opportunity to explain to him the difference between a job and fulfilling his purpose. This man, like others possesses a negative mindset when it comes to working. Many believe that the word work has a negative connotation; so much so that we should not receive too much pleasure or fulfillment in what we do, but only expect the end results, a paycheck and retirement.   

He is actually a great example of why this concept or realization will not work for everyone. And even after I share the revelation with all of you that God shared with me, some may still be unwilling or unready to break free from the bondage that enslaves them in the vocational wilderness, which is point #3) or too afraid to have faith in what God truly wants us to possess; which is a career that is our purpose, our calling, our destiny.

If you haven’t had the chance to read my blog on the vocational wilderness then perhaps you should take a few moments. But to provide you with a better understanding, a vocational wilderness describes the lack of fulfillment that you can experience with a job. It is a physical environment where you work, combined with the fact that you are not working in your purpose, which is point #1 or perhaps you are not using the gifts (Romans 12:6 & 1 Corinthians 12:4) that you have been blessed with. It is the fact that we become lost in a corporate maze of long hours, weekend work, little to no time with our family and a life that is now impacting our physical and emotional health. This is not the plan that God has for us. God has planned a life a peace, joy, and comfort when it comes to our purpose. Peace that we are connected to His will; joy that we are connected to our passion; and the comfort in providing us with the savior who blessed us from a life of toil and hardship. And that’s where we begin with our Job Comforter.      
So what is Noah’s role in this?  Well, before I share with you his role, it is important that I share with you what brought us to this point in our lives. And I have to dig back really far in history to bring you up to speed. I’m sure that you are all familiar with Adam and Eve and how they ate the forbidden fruit. Well their actions had consequences, one of which was that they would be banished from the Garden of Eden and required to work the ground from which the apple was taken (Genesis 3:23). Not only would man work the ground but he would sweat from his brow and experience painful toil (Genesis 3:17 & 19) because God cursed the ground due to their disobedience (Genesis 3:17).

Several generations passed between the time that Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden and the time that Noah was born. Noah’s father Lamech saw something special in his son, even at the time of his birth. He saw something so special that he decided to name his child Noah because in Hebrew it means to comfort. Lamech went on to say that my son Noah “will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground that the Lord has cursed” (Genesis 5:29). Lamech’s words had power. And we as God’s children also have power to speak things into being just as He does. But also, God found favor in Noah. Noah was a righteous man; in fact, he was one of the only righteous men who had a personal relationship with God during this time and therefore God honored Lamech’s prayer and Noah not only saved his family and every species of animal on this earth from the flood but he also provided us with a great gift, the gift of comfort in the workplace.

After the flood when Noah left the ark and built an altar to the Lord and began to sacrifice burnt offerings on it, God was pleased. He was so pleased with Noah, and his obedience, that He stated, “Never again will I curse the ground because of man… and never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done” (Genesis 8:21).
The curse placed on the labor for mankind to work in toil and by the sweat of our brow was tough. But now we are predestined to live a life with purpose and to work a job in comfort. So I ask you, what is it that you can do to recognize and honor how God has blessed us? What is it that you can do to receive the blessing that Noah put forth in releasing us from a life without purpose, a negative mindset, and working in a vocational wilderness? What will you do now that you know that God has a great plan for your life, and that plan reflects your passion, your gifts, and ultimately your purpose?


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Great Career Tip #5 – Consider Multiple Revenue Streams

Hello All,
After today there’s just one more career tip. However, I have received positive feedback regarding the addition of a blog series; therefore, all of you can look forward to an upcoming  new blog series that will focus on how female executives can break through the glass ceiling.

This week’s career tip is all about the importance of placing yourself in a position to better prepare your self financially.  I hope this tip is useful. Enjoy!
Dr. Cris   


Great Career Tip #5 – Consider Multiple Revenue Streams
I have often worked more than one job at a time sometimes three, especially while in college, since paying for tuition can be costly. This time management lesson has proven to be a helpful tool when applied to my professional career and has taught me the importance of self preservation. 

Employers are loyal to themselves and their bottom line; therefore, we must be loyal to ourselves by developing other opportunities to earn income. 

Nowadays our money is not stretching as far as it used to; therefore, we need to consider other opportunities to generate more money. One of the best ways to accomplish this goal is to develop multiple means of earning potential, or multiple revenue streams.  I know what you’re thinking who has the time to devote to another job to make more money? My response it that who can afford NOT to consider how an additional means of income could impact their lifestyle?  So again I suggest, time management, so that you can live the life that you are entitled to.
Recently I wrote an ebook titled Need a Pay Raise? 7 Tips on Making More Money, this FREE ebook is still available on my blog at http://thedreamjobdoctor.blogspot.com. It’s a quick read and provides excellent tips on how you can alter your life and increase your earning potential. 

Ultimately we all need to consider the value of additional ways of making money. What happens if you lose your job? So many people today are being laid off due to this recession. If this occurs at least you will have the opportunity to bring in some additional cash through understanding the value of multiple revenue streams. 

Great Career Tip #4 – Ask for forgiveness not permission

Hello All,

It’s time for another great career tip! This week I’ve decided to touch on something that some may consider rude, but is actually a great opportunity to advance your career. So peruse through the suggestion and let me know your thoughts.

Enjoy,

Dr. Cris 

      Great Career Tip #4 –  Ask for forgiveness not permission
Sometimes we desire to take the safe route, we want to do what is right and follow the straight and narrow. Well in business playing it safe will get you left behind. While Jimmy is getting the job promotion for jumping through all the correct hoops at work, Sally got left behind because she was too busy asking the boss if it was OK for her to do this or that. 
That is where Sally messed up. If you want to get ahead in life, and in your career, you have to realize that it’s one big game and who ever passes go first without asking permission WINS. It’s simple; the philosophy is that to achieve a certain success, you must be willing to take certain calculated risks.
Usually these risks can pay off in a major way if you have conducted your homework, so do some research and know that what you are proposing has been successful with other companies. You apologize after the risk has been executed and the benefits are paying off for your company and for you. Now you have placed yourself in a position where upper management will realize how much of an asset you are to the company and they don’t want to lose you. Better yet, the next time a promotion becomes available, whom do you think upper management will consider?
Your ability to increase productivity or efficiency in a specific job task will directly impact your company’s profits. Once this occurs your risk would have been well worth the avoidance of asking permission. Then once a promotion becomes available, you will be far ahead of your colleagues and upper management will reward your hard work.    


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