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Self Development: How to Help Yourself and ARS

National AO Conference

Colorado Springs, CO

April 23-27, 2001


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Self Development

  • Presenters:

    • Diane M. Strub, AAO, Midwest Area

    • Deb Larson, Acctg Tech, Northern Plains

    • Sheila Zeto, LAO, North Atlantic


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Self Development

Goal of this Session:

Provide you some tools,

resources and tips to help

you climb the ladder of

success in your ARS career


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Let’s Loosen Up!

Write down, as fast and furious as you can,

what frustrates you about your present job;

what do you worry about; what are your

career challenges? Ready, Set, Write!


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Self Development

What does a successful LAO look like to you?


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Self Development - KSAs

  • Interpersonal Skills

    • How well you communicate is key to how you relate to your supervisor, your staff, your customers.

    • Research of successful individuals show they attribute their success to interpersonal skills (85%) and technical skills (15%)


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Self Development – KSAs 2

  • Organizational Skills

    • Would you call yourself organized?

    • How do you prioritize multiple tasks

      and “juggle many hats”?

    • What kind of time management tool do you use?


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Self Development – KSAs 3

  • Increased Knowledge Base

    • What are you reading?

    • Who are you networking with?

    • Where are your resources?

    • Be a sponge!


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Self Development – KSAs 4

  • Increased Technical Ability

    • What training have you taken?

    • What training do you need?

    • What are your strengths & weaknesses?

    • What does your IDP look like?


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Self Development – KSAs 5

  • Learn to Give and Take Direction

    • How well do you take direction?

    • How well do you lead your staff?

    • Supervisory training is a must!

    • Who is your mentor?


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Self Development

Success Stories

Diane, Sheila, Deb

Success Stories – audience?


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Do’s and Don’ts 2

Take control of your own career. Do not

wait for things to happen to you but be

open to opportunities. Luck is simply

preparation meeting opportunity!

“The best way to predict the future is to

create it.” Peter Drucker


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Do’s and Don’ts 3

Consider yourself the first beneficiary of

your work. Consider it an exercise in

developing yourself.

Foster a “can do” attitude!


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Do’s and Don’ts 3

“Do what you can with what you have right where you are.” Teddy Roosevelt

“Unless a person undertakes more than they can possibly do, they will never do all they possibly can.”

Be willing to learn

from your mistakes!


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Do’s and Don’ts 4

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” Vince Lombardi

Jump in, be willing to take risks, be

willing to ask for help, move ahead.


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Do’s and Don’ts

“Never be afraid to try something new.

Remember, amateurs built the ark;

professionals built the Titantic.”


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Do’s and Don’ts

Don’t be afraid to be in the “discomfort

zone”, the risk zone, trying something

new, being more than you are now and

stretching yourself to new limits.


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Do’s and Don’ts 5

You need to learn how to deal with the

“tyranny of the urgent”. Manage the

stress, prioritize, and do your best.

Strive for balance between

your work life and your

personal life.


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Do’s and Don’ts 6

  • Visit your research personnel; ask questions about their research.

    • Sense of humor mandatory!

      Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself.

  • Learn how to delegate.

  • There’s more than one way to skin a cat! Empower your staff to be creative.


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Self Development - Handouts

  • Individual Development Plan

    • Brochure

    • Sample IDP

  • LAO Training Matrix

  • Suggested Reading List

  • Things to Consider


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Self Development – Handouts

  • SMART Center

  • Useful Web sites

  • Program Information

    • New Leader Program

    • LEAD

    • CARE


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Self Development – Handouts

  • Dr. Seuss Poem

  • Addresses of Presenters

  • Evaluation Form


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Self Development - Summary

  • Your career is what you make it. Be proactive.

  • Utilize all your resources available to you.

  • Challenge:

    • Make new contacts while at the meeting.

    • Plan your IDP and go to training!

    • Read – pick one book off the list to read!

    • Volunteer.

    • Find a Mentor


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Self Development - Summary

Strive for “WOW”!

  • “I love my job!”

  • Your customers love your service!

  • You feel valued and have a sense of accomplishment!

  • You are in a “good” place!

    !


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