Career Insights for Millennials and for the Rest of Us

Most people do their jobs because they have no other choice. “The ultimate for everybody is finding a way to be really happy and get something out of the job,” says Robert Dilenschneider. I’d go a step further and say that what we don’t need are jobs. We need to shift our mindset to creating a body of work. And that body of work is one that represents our talents, passions and strengths. As a generational cohort, Millennials are not satisfied with rote work that is void of meaning and purpose. They  want what Dilenschneider advocates. Yet to have a career characterized by purpose and meaning it also requires that we thoughtfully tend to our career with diligence and focus.

In a recent interview with Robert Dilenschneider, he riffs on career wisdom for Millennials. I found, however, that the wisdom is applicable to everyone, no matter where you are in your work experience. Case in point, Robert highlights three ways to stand out positively at work. These are timeless truths that we all need to seriously integrate into our work ethic.

  1. Reach out and help others: offer to help others using your talents, passions and/or strengths or connections.
  2. Share your perspective in a spirit of help.
  3. Engage in dialogue to help make decisions.

It’s the person on the sidelines that can be overlooked. However, the person who is willing to raise his hand and says count me in will help make an impact.

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Quotes from Robert

  • “When you go home at night, you say ‘Something happened because I showed up.'”
  • “When you come to work in the morning say, ‘I’m raring to get there!'”
  • “Sit down with your boss and say what you need.”
  • “Be manner-literate. Do things that actually compliment and embrace other people.”
  • “If you say the grapevine doesn’t exist, you’re missing a big bet.”

Read Robert’s Body of Work

 

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Change Leader | Speaker | Writer Co-founder and CEO of Switch and Shift. Passionately explores the space where business & humanity intersect. Promoter of workplace optimism. Believes work can be a source of joy. Top ranked leadership blogger by Huffington Post. The Optimistic Workplace (AMACOM) out 2015

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