Welcome to TheCareerMaker.com
Hi, I’m Ed Murphy, and I’m the Co-Author of The Effectiveness Guide and the Founder of TheCAREERMaker.com.
This purpose of this site is to provide with the best-in-class wisdom, advice, and knowledge available anywhere on how you can become more effective tomorrow than you are today.
How effective are you? Any room for improvement?
How do you know for sure? Would your leader agree?
How effective are you at work? Would your employer agree? How effective are you outside of work? Is there room for improvement? These are the question we’ll be dealing with as we explore how you can become more effective.
In a 21st-century world, the best companies, the ones who make it to the top in their industry, are thriving because they’re breaking all the old rules and stereotypes of traditional leadership. Positions, titles, and organizational charts are meaningless.
Over my 20+ years as executive coach, working with hundreds of business executives and small business owners, I learned the reasons most businesses today are struggling, while others are thriving.
- Employers today are still relying on traditional development practices, which are stunting the growth of many young leaders. They’re still asking the wrong questions and using the same old lame metrics to measure success, which aren’t working as expected. Traditional assessments like 360 surveys or outdated performance criteria give false positives, lulling people into thinking they’re more prepared than they are.
- For new employees there is a huge skills gap between graduation and their first day on the job. As a result, they lack the critical job skills needed to “hit the ground running” and find themselves in dead-end, menial, minimum-wage jobs, trading time for money just to put food on the table.
- Most employees have no program for professional development and rested on their past accomplishments and no longer strive to improve their skills. They wait for their employer to tell them that they have a weakness before they do anything about it. There’s no motivation to empower employees to “Be All They Can Be.”
- Employers, especially small business owners, lack the time or resources to train their employees. Worse yet, large corporations today aren’t willing to invest in training their employees without a proven track-record.
This is why I created this site, to give both employees and employers better tools with which to overcome these deficiencies and maximize their effectiveness.
The truth is that being selected for a leadership or management position is not something you control. Others, like your employer, make those decisions. You can influence other people, but you cannot control them. But, you can control and therefor change (measure and increase) your level of effectiveness.
It’s clear to me that the leadership and management wisdom we’ve used for years doesn’t work anymore and is failing us in several critical areas. There’s got to be a better way.
Well, there is, and it has been hiding in plain-site for all these years; it’s called effectiveness: personal and team effectiveness
Effectiveness is the most powerful job skill on the planet today!
I know this is true because I’ve spent 50+ years of my life seeking the answer to this simple question,
“Why are some people more effective than others?
What do they think, say, and do that makes them more effective?
During that time, I served 23 years as a US Army Officer and 21 years as an Executive Coach in Corporate America. Here, I was privileged to work with some of the most exceptional men and women who were real game-changers, self-starters, and highly effective people.
Since performance includes both results and behavior, I learned that the true definition of effectiveness has three components:
Effectiveness is your ability to consistently produce excellent results, treat others with dignity, respect, and kindness, and help others do the same.
Effectiveness is far more than just doing a good job or being a hard worker. It specifically addresses results – results that make a difference and add-value to any employer. Effectiveness asks what did you do, get done, completed, finished, created, or resolved? Effectiveness also asks how did you achieve those results which include character, motivation, and awareness? Finally, effectiveness asks how are you helping others to become more effective in the future?
The beauty of Effectiveness, once you understand it, is that it transcends every job skill on the planet.
Effectiveness enables you to reach your true career potential
by enabling you to be the best you can be.
I also found that the most effective people with whom I served had several things in common. They were able to influence the actions of others by how well they applied the 10 Core Competencies of Effectiveness which are:
Followership | Delegating | Planning | Organizing | Communicating
Problem-Solving | Awareness | Training | Motivating | Character
A core competency is a specific set of skills that add-value to any employer.
This site contains 1000+ Tactics, Techniques, and Tools (or best practices) that have proven reliable when it comes to teaching others how to become more effective at work .
Effectiveness cuts through the malaise and confusion of the hiring process, the performance and potential appraisal process, and the professional development process for all employees. Effectiveness doesn’t care about how much experience you have, how hard or how long you work, your education or where you went to college, or what companies you worked for; all that is meaningless.
All that matters are your ability to consistently produce excellent results; treat others with dignity, respect, and kindness; and help others do the same.
The Effectiveness Guide benefits both employees and employers:
- Employees benefit because they now have better tools with which to consistently produces excellent results by adding-value to their employer; treat others with dignity, and respect; help others do the same; measure and increase their effectiveness; enhance their personal and professional development, and to do so quicker than they could on their own
- Employers benefit because they now have better tools with which to attract, hire, and retain the most effective employees; motivate their employees to achieve, sustain or exceed their goals; assess, recognize, and reward excellent performance and potential; and create more effective employees for the future by enhancing their professional development
So, how can you become more effective, when it’s not taught anywhere in academia or your company?
Here’s the good news! The beauty of this site is that it takes a completely different approach. It teaches how to enhance your individual and team effectiveness, regardless of your title, position, function, or level of authority.
I know from experience that by learning, using, and training others on the 10 Core Competencies of Effectiveness, you’ll become more effective with each passing day. This will prompt your employer and those around you to ask, “How did you know how to do that?” This is the best compliment you’ll ever receive – by the way.
So, what are you doing to become more effective tomorrow than you are today? If you’re honest with yourself, “not much” is your answer. And, you’re not alone. But, here’s the problem:
If you’re not getting better over-time,
guess what your peers are doing?
You can change all this today by taking personal accountability for your career and by learning how to measure and increase your effectiveness in every aspect of your life.
This site gives you everything you want to know, everything your employer expects you to know, plus the top things you didn’t realize you needed to know and, much, much, more. Best of all, this guide is self-paced and easy to learn today and use tomorrow to become more effective.
I know that without your direct intervention in your career, you’re leaving your career to chance. You’ll have no choice but to be like everyone else; spending your early years struggling, frustrated, making one mistake after another, until you finally get it right – often by accident. But, it doesn’t have to be that way!
The truth is that you can cut your learning curve in half and gain years of valuable experience by understanding and using this simple principle:
We all make mistakes. That’s how you learn.
You can also learn from the mistakes of others,
but only if you’re paying attention.
Paying attention and learning from the mistakes of others is critical to your effectiveness.
Remember, your goal here is progress, not perfection.
You have too much to lose by not taking a more active role in learning the critical skills needed for successful job performance. Without your drive for greater effectiveness, becoming more effective tomorrow than you are today, no program of self-development can ever help you achieve your true potential.
So, if you’re looking for a better way to jump-start your career, this site will help you increase your income producing potential, stand-out from your peers, and become absolutely essential and irreplaceable to any employer fortunate enough to have you on their team.
The one thing I know for certain is that doing nothing and waiting for someone else to make you more effective, is the definition of complacency, which will kill your career.
Also, if you feel this information could help someone else, please take a few moments to let them know. If it turns out to make a difference in their life, they’ll be forever grateful to you – as will I.
Let’s make a difference together – one person at a time!
All the best!
Founder of TheCAREERMaker.com
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