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Self Development: How to Help Yourself and ARS. Diane M. Strub, MWA DAD NACOP Training Conference August 18-19, 2010 Norman, Oklahoma. Self Development. Goal of this Session : Share some thoughts and insights to help you be successful in your ARS career. Self Assessment.

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Self Development: How to Help Yourself and ARS

Diane M. Strub, MWA DAD

NACOP Training Conference

August 18-19, 2010

Norman, Oklahoma

Self Development

Goal of this Session:

Share some thoughts and insights

to help you be successful in

your ARS career.

Self Assessment

  • What do you like about your job?

  • What don’t you like/frustrates you?

  • What can you change?

  • What are your career challenges?

  • Do you feel successful?

Define Success

What does “Success” look like to you:

  • Climbing the career ladder?

  • Salary?

  • Self satisfaction?

  • Quality work?

  • Part of a successful team / inclusion?

  • Recognition?

How do I get “lucky”?


Interpersonal Skills

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

    technical skills (15%).


Interpersonal Skills

  • Communication and self projection

  • Positive thinking

  • Good listener

  • “Can do” attitude

  • Team player

  • Glass half full / half empty

  • Humor/Laughter


Organizational Skills

  • Are you organized?

  • How do you prioritize multiple tasks

    and “juggle many hats”?

  • What kind of time management tool do you use?


Increased Knowledge Base

  • What are you reading?

  • Utilize your resources?

    • P&Ps

    • Reference Guides

    • Manuals

    • Job Aids

  • Be a life long learner


Increased Technical Ability

  • “SWAT” Analysis


  • Strengths

  • Weaknesses

  • Abilities

  • Training

Next Steps

Build a plan for your success

  • Details

  • Teams/ Committees /Task Groups

  • Special Assignments

  • Shadowing opportunities

  • Evaluate your environment

  • Evaluate your personal situation

  • Build an IDP

  • Be open to opportunities

Next Steps

  • Prepare for that “lucky break”

  • Luck: preparation meeting opportunity!

  • Every day a job interview!

  • FormalTraining

  • Self Development

  • Build yourself a strong network

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Peter Drucker

Do’s and Don’ts 1

  • Do understand every day you are on the job you are on a job interview.

  • Don’t wait for an opportunity to come before you prepare

  • Do foster a “can do” attitude!

Do’s and Don’ts 2

“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.”

Do be willing to learn from your mistakes!

Do’s and Don’ts 3

“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

  • Don’t sit back and expect opportunity to knock on your door. If you don’t prepare for it, you may not recognize it nor will anyone else recognize you as a candidate for that opportunity

Do’s and Don’ts 4

“Never be afraid to try something new.

Remember, amateurs built the ark;

professionals built the Titanic.”

Do’s and Don’ts 5

Don’t be afraid to ask for some advice. Seek assistance on how to reach achieve your success.

Do’s and Don’ts 6

Do learn how to deal with the

“tyranny of the urgent”. Manage the

stress, prioritize, and do your best.

Do strive for balance between your work life and your personal life.


  • Define your success

  • Plan how to achieve it.

  • Tapinto all available resources.

  • Start today:

    • Meet some new people today.

    • Be a life long learner.

    • Work on a legitimate IDP.

  • Be content with your choices.

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