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09/05/2011

Set a Career Strategy Now to Beat Your Competitors!

Careers 2 We all recognize that in today’s marketplace we must create a strategy for change in our career, whether it's within a current role or taking on an entirely new career path.  Unfortunately, most people just don’t trust themselves enough to define their career strategy since this is the basis for ultimate accountability and transparency.   Yet, given our challenging economic times, our economy can no longer wait.  People must stop procrastinating and start defining their career strategy not only for their own advancement but also for the betterment of a healthier whole.   America’s reinvention and the fiercely competitive global marketplace demand it.   The marketplace is just moving too fast and most people don’t even realize that their market value is quickly becoming a commodity. Especially since the rules of business engagement are being redefined by developing countries

International business leaders believe America’s workplace is lazy and unable to contribute in meaningful and purposeful ways to the weakening economy.   They believe America’s current economic duress is nothing compared to the reform, revolution and the wars that have been fought for independence and democracy in developing countries.   As such, these business leaders are carefully monitoring each move we make and how we are reacting to the unexpected changes in our business climate. 

As more immigrants invest in themselves to pursue the American dream, US-based companies are looking actively to recruit them.   The United States may be the land of opportunity, but those who lead America’s corporations are disproportionally immigrants with an immigrant's hungry perspective.  This means that today’s workforce must pay more attention to their foreign-born counterparts that are perceived as more able to thrive in today’s fast changing times.  

What does this mean to you?  Don’t get comfortable with your career status.  

More than ever, you must refresh your perspective and evaluate your skills sets and capabilities to see what has already lost its value.  In fact, ask your boss how relevant you are to your organization and its future.  One thing is certain:  you should be more concerned about whether you are investing in the right skills sets and leadership aptitude. 

With America’s growing reputation of employing a lazy workforce that doesn’t want to roll-up their sleeves and get their hands dirty, our US-based value proposition of the past is becoming difficult to sell.  It’s time to lift your game

You must define your career strategy with just as much focus as Pepsi does when competing against Coke.  There is a new game in town that most people are ignoring.   This game is neither being defined nor made in America.   It is being crafted by developing countries that are emerging as new world leaders and the new American Fortune 500 founders.

What are you passionate about?  What excites you most?  This should define your career strategy and inspire you.  This is what your foreign-born competitors are doing.   They are focused and are willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to tend to their family, cultivate their legacy and make a difference that matters.

It’s time to revitalize our passion and desire to compete, get better and make a difference in our careers.  Define your career strategy today before it’s too late!   

Note:  If you are interested in knowing whether or not you are applying the skills-sets and capabilities that are most relevant for you to succeed and thrive in today’s new workplace, please take the following assessment.   This assessment will specifically measure your ability to use the (6) natural characteristics that define your immigrant values in your everyday work life; the immigrant values that exist within you and that will give you a competitive advantage in today’s fiercely competitive global marketplace.

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