StoryTime Career Series – Episode 2: Toxic Work Environment

This is second of the StoryTime Series on my podcast and YouTube channel sharing stories of all of our experiences in the world of careers, jobs, contract work, independent consulting and business interactions. In the second episode, I share one of my experiences while working in a toxic environment. The names, dates and other information were kept confidential to protect the innocent or guilty party.

The objective is the learn and grow from our professional and personal experiences to become a better version of ourselves, professionally. This particular story hits home and taught me so much about myself and the level of restraint I earned during that time. If it wasn’t for a great friend talking me off the proverbial ledge on a weekly basis, I probably would have been arrested for physical assaults and verbal altercations. The tension was thick and my stress level went through the roof! I am grateful to have survived it without loosing my composure.

What did I learn from this experience?

I learned that people and their preconceived notions are so strong, it allowed them to spread malicious lies about other people’s character. Keep in mind, they never took the time to get to know the individual but somehow felt entitled to assume things about people. Needless to say, the very sword those people intended to injury others, they ended up falling the same swords.

I learned corporations set up “certain people” for failure. For example, training some employees on the 25% – 30% of their duties while training other employees on 90% of their duties. They followed up by measuring each employee’s job performance without the same level of detailed training. So the employee with 30% of the training will never perform at the level of the employee that received 90% of the training. When questioned about why the training levels are different when the expectation of performance is the same, you receive responses like “training is a privilege“.

I learned that we all have a choice with the work environment we choose to spend our time. In my case, this employer terminated me for job performance, when I received less than 50% of the necessary training to be successful. It was the second termination from a job that I felt relief! The relief of not ever setting foot in that toxic environment.

If you find yourself having to self-talk your way into the doors of your job every morning…just so you don’t want the entire place to explode while you’re on a lunch break…It’s time to get a concrete career plan specifically tailored to you leaving that toxic environment for GOOD! Start by grabbing my eBook, “From Clueless Teenager to Consummate Professional”, 7 Steps to Cultivating the Career and Economic Life You Want here. It will help you cultivate your exit plan and career strategy. While you’re at it, grab my FREE DREAM Career Guide specifically formulated to help you document your Career Strategy step by step.

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Career ReVamp 4.2 – The Corporate Employee (Wrap-Up)

In the final part of the Career ReVamp Series, the integral parts of making the career transition and all the tools needed to make it easier. We know that changing careers, even if it needs to be done by force, is a process…not a sprint! Each parts of the process must be implemented strategically to increase your chances of a successful transition.

1. Career Tools Needed for the ReVamp

2. Need help with completing the new resume for you? Go here or if you just need the new resume to be reviewed professionally, then go here.

3. Want me to complete the new revamped career portfolio? Go here.

4. Are you getting interviews in your new career and want help getting prepared for it? Go here.

5. Need to schedule a career strategy session to have a clear path to revamp your career? Go here.

In Part 1 titled, Know Where You Are Now gives you a place to start. You have to where you are now.

In Part 2 titled, Putting Your Plan Together, helps you assess and document your skills, knowledge base, qualification and your overall professional persona. You should also document how to showcase what you have to offer will benefit your new career venture.

In Part 3.1, titled Entrepreneurial Track, you can use your knowledge base to start a viable business. This episode of the series reviews some aspects of business start-up activities.

Part 3.2 titled The Career Track goes into more detail about how to approach your career change choices. It provides an overview of the what you need to do when you change your career.

In Part 4.1 titled The Business Owner Path provided detailed steps to functional entrepreneurship and the specific steps you will need establish your next successful business as your new career venture.

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Get Your Career Transition Moving!

There are no shortage of people who HATE their current job. Monday mornings are cringe worthy for many…Is it that you hate the job or industry? Are you looking to change your career path or just establish one? Do you want to change your career path from employee to entrepreneur? If anyone of these #career change situations apply to you? Start you transition with these three (3) actions.

Action #1: Create a career transition plan (Check out my resource here.)

Action #2: Understand and document what do NOT want in your next career venture. Write it down!

Action #3: Begin NETWORKING (online & offline)

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Negotiating Factors other than salary for Job Offers

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Bet on Yourself, Professionally

Don’t be fearful of new opportunities that knock you out of your “comfort zone”. In this market climate where technology driven changes ultimately affect almost every industry directly or indirectly, you must step out on faith and BET ON YOURSELF!

Long gone are the days where people remain employed to the same company for 20, 30 or even 40 years….so believing in yourself, knowledge, skills and abilities may end up leading to unexpected opportunities for growth and working independently.

Be bold enough to step out on your own before it becomes a necessity versus a choice. You may end up venturing into entrepreneurship, sales or consulting based on what is going on in your industry.

To learn how to position yourself for professional growth and communicate your value in a professionally independent environment, go here.

Exciting news…my new ebook, “From Clueless Teenager to Consummate Professional” is in the editing stages now but you can pre-order the book now and get it first by going here.

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Market Yourself Well…You’re Worth It

You are your best advocate for your career and negotiating your worth in the marketplace whether you are looking for a new job/career or providing services or products to a new client.

If you want to understand the mindset, positioning and posture necessary to negotiate your professional worth well, schedule your interview coaching session here.

Never allow anyone to dictate your worth when you understand and communicate the market value you bring to the table. Show confidence when negotiating your salary, rates or other fringe benefits, it serves the other party notice to take you seriously.

Just want to share the awesome news about my new book, “From Clueless Teenager to Consummate Professional” going through the editing stages now. It will be officially published in a few weeks. You can pre-order you copy here.

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Sometimes, They choose another candidate…KEEP GOING!

In your career process, you go through the necessary steps of applying for jobs, getting called or email about the interview #1, then interview #2…then you wait…..and wait…..and wait….only to get the email or the call that they went with another candidate.

It happens to all job seekers and it’s part of the job search process. Not every job you #interview for belongs to you. This is the reason I encourage all of you to treat your job search efforts like entrepreneurs treat their lead generation process….just go through the numbers. Don’t take it personal, it is truly just business.

With the numbers game #mindset…you will have so many applications submitted, interviews being setup to attend, you will not have time to focus on the job you didn’t get. Just keep going and run through the number until you get the career opportunity you truly want.

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Make Your DREAM Career Happen…No Excuses!

Career dreams don’t happen accidentally…they become reality when you work for it consistently!

Nobody is going to hand it to you on a silver platter…you must fight for our, make sacrifices and #pushpasscomfort when necessary.

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Everyday Actions = Successful Results

We each have the ability to be our best versions of ourselves, if we’re willing to put forth the right amount of time and effort.

Your career path and overall life can either benefit or suffer solely based on the decisions and actions taken daily.

Every little bit does help when you look at how the #TedTalk speaker shared his method of taking his time daily to absorb information in tiny pieces daily. The methodology dramatically improved his life. Let’s explore and implement methods daily that will dramatically improve your lives as well.

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