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Hello Ranchers,
Last Friday, while waiting for my COO taken me out to lunch, I glanced through his half-reading book. The Five Patterns of Extraordinary Careers: The Guide for Achieving Success & Satisfaction by James M. Citrin and Richard A. Smith. The authors came from HR crowd. The book geared toward executive level jobs, but I though it might applied to anyone serious about their careers. The book was not thick and fitted into my palm nicely. I'm 6'0". The vocabulary usage was not too complicated.
I have been used two mentioned patterns in my career life without knowing it. One is dealing with paradox of permission and the other is practicing 80/20 principle. The paradox of permission is best rephrase as the Catch-22 of Employment Seekers. You want a job but do not have experience in it. How can you gain experience if a company not hiring you? Every company practices direct permission and implies permission. When you apply for the job, you are seeking direct permission. If you happen to live in the banana country, all you need is a degree or something similar to that nature. But if you live in an overdeveloped country, education alone will not solve your problem. You need to develop an implies permission. In the book, this section is fuzzy in explaination. In my career, I have applied for intern, college jobs, lesser jobs, using my common sense to solve the problem and gain management trust. I have achieved an implies permission. The implies permission is accepting responsibility without asking your superiors. If things go smoothly, two things could happen to to you. Your superior will ask you, your answer should reflex your education background and your intelligent in problem solving which separate you from the rest of the office/floor coolies. A savvy superior will complement and say something like he/she already forecasted when he/she agree to hire you. You may get a raise or a promotion. A shitty superior will hit the fans and lectures you about goes behind his/her back. If things go sour, again, two things will happen. You will apology to your superior because you have a theory wanting to test it out. Sing the best swan song that you know. Again, a savvy superior will forgive and credited you for being proactive. But have a clause statement like: "Next time, ask." A shitty superior will fire you for insubordinate. But if you ask for his/her permission, you are dealing with direct permission. Are you qualified? Do you have any experiences? But you could combine the following pattern because these two patterns are interwoven. The practice of 80/20 principle when you are employed, you practice 80% of your time for your paid duties and 20% of the time for the field that you desire for your next career step, through volunteer projects, help out other department short handed, and etc. You are practicing an implies permission. If the company is willing to pay, obtain the appropriate credential for the next career step.
When you applied for the new job emphasis on the implies permission stuffs, guarantee you will get the job because you have hands-on knowledge. You are secure the position with appropriate compensation because you also have an appropriate credential.
If someone complains that he/she spent 200% for the paid duties, but still get axed. He/she seriously needs to learn time management again.
In the book, it has many examples from real life popular people to validate the Five Pattern are working. It also said the only career fields require appropriate credential before consider apply for the jobs are lawyer and medical doctor. You are directly dealing with people life and death.
Regards,
MCao
 
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