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FIRST LESSONS IN JOINING THE WORK FORCE

Posted by Tim Bryce on October 1, 2012

BRYCE ON MANAGEMENT

– “Got to pay your dues if you want to sing the blues, and you know it don’t come easy.” – Ringo Starr

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My book, “MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD – A Handbook for Entering the Work Force,” is designed to help young people make the transition from school, be it high school or college, into the work force.

In my introduction, I indoctrinate the young reader into the first basic truths we must all face as we enter adulthood:

* You are entitled to nothing. If you want something, you are going to have to go out and earn it.

* Nothing is free. Forget what the promotion says, people do not offer something without wanting something in return.

* Life is not fair. In fact it can be downright cruel and dehumanizing. Keep in mind, with rare exception, companies are not democracies; they are dictatorships. As such, they operate at the whims of the person in charge.

* Becoming an adult means assuming responsibility, be it on the personal or professional sides of our lives. Knowing this, put your best face on and act like a professional, someone you want others to respect.

* Becoming an adult also means making decisions. In theory, if you make 51% of your decisions correctly, you will be successful. Also, do not procrastinate; if you do not make a decision, the decision will be made for you (and probably not to your liking).

* If anything in life is constant, it is change. Some you will like, others will have trouble swallowing. Nonetheless learn to accommodate change. Learn and adapt.

* People act on their perceptions, regardless if they are valid or not. As an old systems man, I can tell you authoritatively, if the input is wrong, everything that follows will also be wrong. Don’t jump to conclusions; always seek the truth.

* The only good business relationship is when both parties benefit (aka “Win-Win” relationship). Avoid situations where one party benefits at the expense of the other (aka “Win-Lose” relationship).

* Everything begins with a sale. All of our efforts, regardless of how mundane they may seem, should be geared towards producing income for the company. Without sales, everything else will eventually come to a halt.

* There is only one problem with common sense, it is not very common. The obvious is not obvious to a lot of people. You will undoubtedly discover that decisions are based more on emotion as opposed to logic.

* Your personal and professional lives are one and the same. Some people like to separate the two, but the fact remains, there is only one you.

Finally, I’ll leave you with a thought from a good friend of mine who survived over thirty years of corporate politics:

“You cannot move to the top of the ladder by breaking rungs and breaking rules….we all must move through the learnings, the little successes, the disappointments, to develop and grow.”
– Michael B. Snyder

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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Copyright © 2012 by Tim Bryce. All rights reserved.


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4 Responses to “FIRST LESSONS IN JOINING THE WORK FORCE”

  1. Tim Bryce said

    A J.S. of Skidway Lake, Michigan wrote…

    This “breaking rungs and breaking rules” sounds like a quick trip downward. Smart guy!

    I agree that change is constant and we need to adapt. I’ve also thought that not making a decision is still deciding not to make a decision. It is usually followed by whining when things go sour.

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  2. Tim Bryce said

    An O.B. of Macon, Georgia wrote…

    “I was just talking to a supervisor (middle management) right before this article and we were discussing the woes and ills of the working force that is coming into the job market today. He has gone through 33 people the last year. All basically who believe the world owes them a living, This article of yours was timely, I copied it and sent it to his as a suggestion that he it as a handout to new employees. (of course I did attribute it to you) I loved the article.”

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  3. Matthew Snyder said

    Thanks for quoting my father, Tim. He had strong opinions on this topic as you very well know. I have had much success in my own career by applying “Mike Snyder” principles.

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  4. Tim Bryce said

    A J.D. of Dunedin, Florida wrote…

    “Some great advice for young people here.”

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