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 site is about effectiveness, the effectiveness of your career, your ability to become more effective tomorrow than you are today.
Your effectiveness (or value added) is the sum of everything you bring (your knowledge, skills, experience, achievements, attitude, relationships, character, and balance) or have done, that has contributed, in some significant way, to the achievement of your leader’s goals.
As such, this site covers your entire career:
- How to Find and Build the Career you were meant to have
- How to become a better Leader tomorrow than you are today
- How to become absolutely essential and irreplaceable to any employer
- How to find a New Job in 90 days or less (Job Searching)
- How to change your Career-like those leaving the US Military
Is this site for you?
Let me ask you a few questions. Who’s holding a meeting today to move your career forward? Is your leader doing all he can to maximize your potential? Who cares more about your career than you do? What are you doing to improve yourself? What will it take before you decide to act on your own behalf, instead of waiting for others. These questions are designed to get you to think about your career.
Being selected for a leadership or management position is not something you control. Others, like your leader, make those decisions. So, how can you become more effective, which is what your leader expects, when it’s not taught anywhere in academia or in your company?
As I see it, you have two choices. You can either do nothing and hope your leader trains you, or you can take the initiative and train yourself. The bad news is that businesses today aren’t willing to invest in training you until you’ve been with them for a considerable amount of time and have proven yourself. Where does that leave you? You’re on your own-good luck! Which of these two choices do you directly control? What are you waiting for?
Over the past 50+ years, I’ve been searching for the answer to what makes some people more effective than others and what do effective leaders do that cause their companies to thrive and grow? During that time, I served in the US Military (as a US Army Officer for 23 years) and in Corporate America (as an Executive Coach for 21 years).
Here, I was privileged to work with some of America’s most exceptional men and women who were real game changers, self-starters, and highly effective regardless of titles or position. I observed that the most effective people have several things in common. They were able to influence the actions of others by the way in which they applied the 9 Core Competencies of Effectiveness including:
In a 21st-century world, the best companies, the ones who make it to the top in their industry, are thriving because their breaking all the tradition rules and stereotypes of traditional leadership. Positions, titles, and organizational charts are meaningless. So, what’s left. What remains is effectiveness; both personal and team effectiveness.
The problem today is that many businesses 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.
Business leaders today are still asking the wrong questions.
Instead of asking, “What are the qualities of great leaders?”, and trying to copy them, they should be asking, “How can I become more effective tomorrow than I am today?”
Asking what made President Abraham Lincoln great is the wrong question, because it assumes that by doing what he did you can also achieve the same results. The truth is that you can never replicate the situation or conditions he faced or the options available to him at that time.
The beauty of this site is that it takes a completely different approach. It teaches you how to enhance your effectiveness, which includes your productivity and your sustainability.
By learning, applying, and training others on the tactics, techniques, and tools of effectiveness from this site, you’ll become more effective with each passing day. This will prompt your leader 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.
If you’re not getting better over time, guess what your peers are doing?
The good news is you can change all this today by taking personal accountability for your career, and learning how to increase and measure your own effectiveness? My goal for you, and the reason I created this site, is to help you become more effective in life, as well as in business.
This site is unique because you’ll learn:
- 3 Conditions for Effectiveness needed to influence the actions of others within your company, community, and family
- 9 Core Competencies of Effectiveness including Delegating, Planning, Organizing, Communicating, Problem Solving/Decision Making, Awareness, Training, Motivating, and Character, needed to consistently produce excellent results
- 120+ Tactics, Techniques, and Tools needed to enhance your effectiveness including how to follow up, follow through, assess and mitigate risk, identify and exploit opportunities, and how to hire the best people
- 5 Appendices needed to show real world examples including an example of a Plan of Action, the Problem Solving Process used on a real-world problem, Advanced Problem Solving with VUCA, Career Advice, and how to create Mission and Vision Statements
I created this site because I know that without your direct intervention in your own 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 what this site is about.
Remember, your goal here is progress, not perfection.
Best of all, this site gives you everything you want to know, everything your leader expects you to know, plus the top things you didn’t realize you needed to know and, much, much, more.
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 personal drive for greater effectiveness, getting just a little bit better tomorrow than you are today, no program of self-development can ever help you achieve your true potential.
So, if you’re ready to jump start your career, this information provided here, will be the best investment you will ever make in your career.
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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What are you doing to improve yourself? Stop wishing you were better and do something about it today.