You are listening to Trinity, employment’s a player matchmaker podcast, starring your host and the cofounder of Trinity employment specialists, Cory Minter. Hello, and welcome back to them.
A player matchmakers, where we’re always trying to find different ways to add value to job seekers and employers. And the title of this podcast is it’s around Stephen Covey’s book seven habits of highly effective people. This is a book that I read many years ago, probably, probably at least 20 years ago, but it’s just so very good advice. And I wanted to take some of these habits and apply it to career development, advancement, getting jobs and that sort of thing, and just chat about some of these really good ideas and, and just analyze it and relate it to career development. I think it’s so very important, and this is not just for employees. This is also for employers. Um, you can, you can advise, you can take these seven items and, and really be impactful no matter where you’re at with it because we are looking to help you with our Tulsa Industrial Staffing. But you know, the it’s probably been 20 years since, since I’ve wrote, since I’ve read this book.
Um, and honestly I forgot how much I enjoyed it until I just started rereading it again, uh, through my audible, you know, but as I began to reread it, I was just amazed at how the advice is still just so important for me to hear. I mean, I know these things, but being reminded, they’re so true, especially how each habit can be directly applied to career development in any other area of your life. It’s just so it’s just so such good rich material. So let’s, let’s jump into this. The very first habit of the seven habits is to be proactive, to be successful in your career. You must be proactive in defining who you want, or I mean, what you want to achieve and then create a game plan for how you’re going to get there. And so being proactive, you’ve, you’ve got to have a clear vision of what it is that you want to go out and be able to do with our top Tulsa Industrial Staffing solutions.
Um, have you ever heard the statement? You know, if you don’t know where you’re going, how are you going to know when you get there? And the one thing that I see that employees do all the time is they’ll come in for an interview. What is it you want to do? Well, I I’m just open, you know, uh, is there anything that you have available? And I know that, I know that this, you would think well that you don’t hear that from highly high level people. Yes, you do all the time. Um, I, I hate to say it. I, I heard it today from someone who was a high level engineer and their industry, it’s in the oil and gas industry right now, our oil and gas industry in our area is just getting decimated. I’ve had three to four calls just this week and I hate it for them because they really are struggling to try to figure out what do I do now, now that our industry has gone and all my specialty is gone, will you, you need to really think about it and be able to give your recruiter, vision and yourself vision, and you gotta be proactive for that.
And it’s hard to do that when fear and an uncertainty is there, but having the discipline of being proactive is super, super important. The second is begin with the end in mind, if you want to be the VP of marketing and sales, what knowledge experience, and skills or education do you need and determine the gaps and then work on eliminating them. Um, the, in the book, Stephen Covey, um, draws a great example about how to, to close your eyes and envision your funeral. What are people saying about you? What are people thinking about you when it comes to making you great with our Tulsa Industrial Staffing. What do they think about your life? Um, and then did you do the things that would create the kind of things being said about you that you would want to be said, you know, right now, how are you living? Are you living a life and creating examples for people to say these things about you right now? So for example, start with the begin with the end in mind. Well, if you want to end it as a career, as a CEO, well, what, what is it that you’re doing now? Are you doing the things that are going to lead you to that type of pathway?
Earlier in the, uh, in, in a podcast we had, we had talked about different roles that you’ve got to figure out. You have to have vision discipline, passion, conscience, and you have to be balanced in all four, start with the end in mind and create a pathway for yourself. Number three, put first things first every day, make a list of the most important tasks that you need to accomplish. This will force you to complete critical items first, and you’ll realize the trivial things that you put aside. Now, have, have you ever been in a situation where you’re like, Oh, I got to get that done today. And then you keep putting it off because you don’t want to do it. It’s just hard. You don’t want to do it. And then all of a sudden you’ve stressed out all day long and when you get it done, it wasn’t that bad anyway. And so you wish you had his son at first
And then also you don’t prolong it. I got into a pattern where I created a daily checklist of things I needed to get done. And because I’m the boss, I got the opportunity to move it to the next day because I really didn’t have a lot of accountability. I was my own accountability until I really, until my assistant pointed out, listen, you keep putting these things off. You’ve got 20 things on this side, on this list. You’ve got to still get done. It is because things I didn’t, I didn’t want to do, but had, I just gotten them over with first, I wouldn’t have all those 20 monkeys on my back. Number four, think win-win this habit will help you find creative solutions to problems and even improve business relationships. Um, Covey, Covey States in his book. It’s not your way or my way. It’s a better way, a higher way when it comes to the best Tulsa Industrial Staffing by far..
And when you go in to get what you want, but also look out and be empathetic to what the other side wants and then work creatively to get a solution that works for everyone. Um, you’re, you’re going to be so much more successful than if you go in there and bulldog and bulldog and bulldog and bulldog and bulldog because eventually you’re going to bulldog someone that eventually you’re going to need something from or a favor from, or at least some grace from, and they’re not going to be willing to give it because you crushed them with your ego a long time ago. Number five, seek to understand first, then seek to be understood. This is a habit of discipline and of patience. It’s especially important. If you’re a manager before responding to situations, you need to seek to understand all angles. Look at all the details, as well as seeing the bigger picture before taking action.
But then at the same time, don’t delay your action. You got it. You got to sit back, look around, seek to understand, and then make the call. And, and a lot of people do a shoot from the hip type of situation, and they’re quick to react and they jump to conclusions and they miss the boat and they miss the Mark. Great managers do this sometimes synergize, there’s this old saying that the whole, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts during your career, try to diverse, try to create diverse teams, varying backgrounds, and experiences for more Tulsa Industrial Staffing today. Look for people who have different experiences than you and different talents, and be able to partner with them and utilize their skills. My wife is complete detailed person. I’m a complete visionary person, honestly, without her helping me, um, you know, prioritize and get things right from a big, from a high level perspective, it’s very difficult.
And it’s very easy for me to make mistakes. Same thing from her. She might not get the vision, but my vision in her details work very well together. But I respect her skills in that area. At least mostly she’s my wife. So we do have arguments, but I mean, we really, she respects my vision and I respect her ability to, to figure that out and help, help create a pathway to execute my vision. Last thing is sharpen the saw, I love this last habit because, um, you know, it’s it his example with it, it’s just perfect. And I’ve heard this story before. I even read the book where a person’s been trying to sell down a tree for five hours and is getting nowhere and when asked why he doesn’t stop. And when, when he asks the guy that has been cutting down way more trees than he does, he said, you know, and he’s now sitting down taking a break where the first guys has been working all day long and he hasn’t saw down as many trees as the other guy does.
And he’s like, how is it that you’re able to saw down so many trees you’re just sitting there. He’s like, what are you doing? He’s like, well, I’m sharpening my saw. Um, same thing applies for your career. If you want to move into a higher position oriented one completely differently. Um, you gotta take time to grab the knowledge and skills in the necessary areas and make sure to become an expert and set yourself up to be an expert. Same as, um, the, the very, the second, the second item begin with the end in mind, set yourself up for that success that you dream about. If Trinity can help you in any way with your career with great Tulsa Industrial Staffing today, we’re a staffing firm. We’re located here in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We are one of the top staffing firms in this area. We’ve been staffing for different companies and for really high level individuals for the past 12, almost 13 years now. And we would love to be a staffing firm that you trusted. Give us a call, give us a shot, go check out our reviews. We’ve got some of the best reviews of any staffing firm in Oklahoma. You can call us at (918) 622-2588, or just go visit us online. We have a lot of information about how we do what we do, and you can check out all of our jobs at Trinity employment dot.