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A weekly podcast of 50 Ways to Succeed At Work, for school leavers, Uni grads, anyone starting work and those who have been in work for a few years. Each week's episode ends with clear suggestions for action and is designed for easy listening. Episodes deal with work issues seldom mentioned in joining documentation, handbooks and other support material. Andrew's wide-ranging work experience delivers help and insight for those wanting to succeed at work. Visit the website www.50Ways.site to access the podcast transcripts; play past episodes, and learn about e-learning courses.

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A weekly podcast of 50 Ways to Succeed At Work, for school leavers, Uni grads, anyone starting work and those who have been in work for a few years. Each week's episode ends with clear suggestions for action and is designed for easy listening. Episodes deal with work issues seldom mentioned in joining documentation, handbooks and other support material. Andrew's wide-ranging work experience delivers help and insight for those wanting to succeed at work. Visit the website www.50Ways.site to access the podcast transcripts; play past episodes, and learn about e-learning courses.

    EPISODE 23 (50) BE A CHANGE MAKER - not change loser

    EPISODE 23 (50) BE A CHANGE MAKER - not change loser

    In this episode, Andrew explains that Change-Makers are people who, often against the odds, keep making positive things happen. They have a vision of how things should be and keep pushing to bring it alive.

    Not everyone at work will be keen on change, says Andrew.  He suggests that you need to become change friendly or a change maker to succeed at work.

    This is much better than being a change loser. You need to choose one or the other.

    The more proactive you can be in supporting change efforts, Andrew says, the more likely you'll be regarded as effective at work.

    When you're a change-maker you seek positive and valuable change. This helps you build positive workplace relationships with colleagues, which is a major part of succeeding at work. 
    Knowing about change and how you can support it has another spinoff. It can strengthen how you adapt to new work situations. 
    To those in charge, your adaptability conveys your professionalism and reliability. Your positive reactions show people they trust you to assist when changes must happen.
    It’s sensible not to be overambitious about your personal ability to affect change. Equally, it’s a mistake to assume that you’re helpless to influence it and are bound to lose out. 
    As a change-maker, you’re proactive, not merely reactive. 
    Andrew points out that your adverse reactions to change could label you a change loser—someone who moans about change and resists it.

    He describes how change makers and change losers sound at work.

    The more proactive you can be in supporting change efforts, the more likely you’ll be regarded as effective at work.

    So, which of these two types of responders, Change-Makers or Change-Losers, are you likely to be?

    Andrew suggests what you need to do to be seen as a Change-Maker which can enhance your chances of success at work.

    All 50 Ways podcasts end with three actions you can take today to do better.

    COMING SOON!
    Handbook Happy: why its worth studying those new employee notes or handbooksGrab training: Stay alert for personal development opportunities.Come Clean: How and why cover-ups can be career-damaging Don't miss these important success topics due out over the next few weeks.

    DISCOVER!
    Definitive, carefully researched articles on this topic Access the full audio transcriptDiscover the specially created e-learning units based on the Podcasts.Participate in the Forum where you can ask questions about this Podcast or raise issues about work and receive answers. Find all these at the Podcast website: www.50Ways.site
    Transcripts: https://www.50ways.site/reading/categories/transcripts

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    EPISODE 22 (50) BEING AN ASTUTE ADAPTOR - why it pays to go with the flow

    EPISODE 22 (50) BEING AN ASTUTE ADAPTOR - why it pays to go with the flow

    Andrew explains that it takes nearly half an hour after being interrupted at work to get back into the flow.

    As part of being a success at work, he urges, take advantage of what we know about being adaptable.

    That another way of talking about flow and the importance of dealing with interruptions with destroy flow.

    There are many benefit at work from going with the flow and Andrew describes several of them, such as you get more done in less time.

    There are some simple steps to stay flexible and adapt to changing circumstances and stay in the flow. Andrew explains, for example, that establishing a clear goal can help you remain adaptable.

    He offers other suggestions and as usual, ends the podcast with three basic actions you can take right away.

    All 50 Ways podcasts end with three actions you can take today to do better.

    COMING SOON!
    Astute Adaptor: Why it pays to go with the flowChange Maker: Be a Change Maker not a Change LoserHandbook Happy: Study any new employee notes or handbooksDon't miss these important success topics due out over the next few weeks.

    DISCOVER!
    Definitive, carefully researched articles on this topic Access the full audio transcriptDiscover the specially created e-learning units based on the Podcasts.Participate in the Forum where you can ask questions about this Podcast or raise issues about work and receive answers. Find all these at the Podcast website: www.50Ways.site
    Transcripts: https://www.50ways.site/reading/categories/transcripts

    • 6 min
    EPISODE 21 (50) SAYING NO - can be empowering and helpful, but handle with care

    EPISODE 21 (50) SAYING NO - can be empowering and helpful, but handle with care

    In this latest episode, Andrew talks about the power of saying no at work, but that you have to be careful in how you do that.

    In numerous workplaces, you will face a choice, whether to speak up and say "no" or risk damaging your career.

    Sometimes it may even mean having the courage to say no to going along with corruption, fraud or some aspects of treating people with disrespect.

    For most of us says Andrew, saying no at work does not come naturally. We feel bad for disappointing a colleague or guilty about turning down a boss.

    You don't want to be seen as a "No" person explains Andrew

    Andrew goes on to suggest ways in which you can say "no" responsibly. One way for instance is to refer to current priorities. Basing your "no" on priorities can prevent you from becoming swamped by demands.

    An important step is to review carefully requests for your help as on closer inspection they may prove to be more complex and time-consuming than expected.

    Andrew ends the Podcasts as usual, by proposing three practical actions and a simple Takeaway.

    All 50 Ways podcasts end with three actions you can take today to do better.

    COMING SOON!
    Astute Adaptor: Why it pays to go with the flowChange Maker: Be a Change Maker not a Change LoserHandbook Happy: Study any new employee notes or handbooksDon't miss these important success topics due out over the next few weeks.

    DISCOVER!
    Definitive, carefully researched articles on this topic Access the full audio transcriptDiscover the specially created e-learning units based on the Podcasts.Participate in the Forum where you can ask questions about this Podcast or raise issues about work and receive answers. Find all these at the Podcast website: www.50Ways.site
    Transcripts: https://www.50ways.site/reading/categories/transcripts

    • 9 min
    EPISODE 20 (50) SPACE MAKER - giving other people the room they need to function well

    EPISODE 20 (50) SPACE MAKER - giving other people the room they need to function well

    According to Andrew, in this week's Podcast, over 60% of calls and meetings at work tend to be unscheduled or begin in unpredictable ways.

    You may not even realise that you are under excessive pressure. But the signs will almost certainly be there, such as unexpected colds, minor illnesses or perhaps severe infections.

    These can all damage your effectiveness. What is missing?

    It's deliberately making time and space for yourself and including others at work. You know something is not correct when people at work say things like:


    "I need space to think that over.""Too pushed right now to make this decision.""Now's not the right time to deal with this."Take such boundary warnings seriously, urges Andrew.

    Those who need space could be your allies if you let them. Let them realise that you get the picture and calmly respond to their warning signs. For example, saying, "OK, I see now's not a good time; let's talk later."

    Once you're on the lookout for these signs, use this awareness to help colleagues think through things by offering help and support.

    It would help if you looked after yourself too, by making your own space and giving
    yourself time to think.

    Your thinking is not abstract rumination. Instead, it needs to be focused on what is happening to you and what should be the next steps.

    For example, you might need to walk away from work for a few hours or even
    days. 

    Or you might realise that you are battling on alone and would benefit from some help from your team or a supervisor.

    The main takeaway from today's Podcast says Andrew is that there are
    increasing demands on all employees for flexibility and readiness to change.

    These make it essential to respect your and others' needs for space and time to think.

    All 50 Ways podcasts end with three actions you can take today to do better.

    COMING SOON!
    Saying NO: can be empowering and helpful to your success, but handle with careAstute Adaptor: Why it pays to go with the flowChange Maker: Be a Change Maker not a Change LoserDon't miss these important success topics due out over the next few weeks.

    DISCOVER!
    Definitive, carefully researched articles on this topic Access the full audio transcriptDiscover the specially created e-learning units based on the Podcasts.Participate in the Forum where you can ask questions about this Podcast or raise issues about work and receive answers. Find all these at the Podcast website: www.50Ways.site
    Transcripts: https://www.50ways.site/reading/categories/transcripts

    • 5 min
    EPISODE 19 (50) CONNECTOR - build strong work relationships

    EPISODE 19 (50) CONNECTOR - build strong work relationships

    Of the many ways to succeed at work, being a connector is up there with the best, says Andrew in this EPISODE 19.

    Connectors make links between individuals and groups. In the latest Podcast, Andrew suggests you should consider becoming a connector.  Connectors are influential people who help create collaboration and improve problem-solving. 

    Being a Connector takes time and effort, and you may wonder whether it’s worth it. Asking people how important relationships are at work finds most, or 77% of respondents say these are top priorities.
    Connectors are powerful because what they do goes beyond brain rewards. Good connections, for example, mean better collaboration, improved problem-solving, more engagement and commitment, and making space for new ideas and innovation.
    Andrew explains what you have to do to become a connector.  The essential requirement is that you want to build relationships and contacts at work. 

    More specifically, Andrew lists some ways to do this, including:
    Make time for everybody, not just senior peopleBuild your branding, so you come across as a reliable, helpful and respectful team memberGive people a chance to know you Great connectors seem to know everyone and are always thinking about how to help others in their network.


    All 50 Ways podcasts end with three actions you can take today to do better.

    COMING SOON!
    Make Space: Give other people the space they need to be seen and heard. | Saying NO: can be empowering and helpful to your success, but handle with careAstute Adaptor: Why it pays to go with the flowDon't miss these important success topics due out over the next few weeks.

    DISCOVER!
    Definitive, carefully researched articles on this topic Access the full audio transcriptDiscover the specially created e-learning units based on the Podcasts.Participate in the Forum where you can ask questions about this Podcast or raise issues about work and receive answers. Find all these at the Podcast website: www.50Ways.site
    Transcripts: https://www.50ways.site/reading/categories/transcripts

    • 6 min
    EPISODE 18 (50) TOXIC TURNOFF - dealing with difficult work colleagues

    EPISODE 18 (50) TOXIC TURNOFF - dealing with difficult work colleagues

    Andrew introduces the Triple T or Total Toxic Turnoff at work.

    These are people whose attitude and behaviour can drag an entire organisation through the mud.  Or undermine individuals and even teams.

    It's essential, says Andrew, not to stay passive in the face of such people. Instead,  speak up and help to mobilise action.

    You won't regret it, and most of your colleagues will be in your debt!

    How do you deal with toxic colleagues who don't quite qualify for being labelled a Triple T?

    Andrew says to reframe them and stop seeing them as insoluble problems. Instead, try to figure out what they offer and where all this angst is coming from.

    Searching for this information will help reduce your resentment about their behaviour.

    No matter how much you like your job, it doesn't mean that all your co-workers will be a pleasure to work with.  The main point Andrew stresses are never let interpersonal problems affect your professionalism.

    He ends the Podcast with the usual three practical actions you can take about toxic colleagues: 

    1)  Examine your behaviour before blaming the other person as difficult
    2)  Communicate the issues you are having to the other person in a discreet way
    3) Ask a senior person for help if you can't solve the issue independently.

    Additional Material

    In her book Jerks at Work, social psychologist Tessa West reveals her findings after 20 years of studying different "jerk" personality types.

    Understanding them is "a bit like profiling a serial killer.  You need to get into your jerk's head to learn what makes them tick."

    She also offers a quiz to determine whether you might be the jerk at work!

    Other professionals who have studied the toxic jerk at work say that the worst offences of workplace culture occur because many of us are unwittingly acting out our grievances. We have long-buried wounds from our childhood. 

    No amount of working from home (WFH) or work habits can protect you from idiots and other toxic contenders.  You can't avoid encountering annoying people at work, so figure out a strategy for dealing with them.

    As one commentator puts it: "The bogey (wo)man is rarely as bad in person as they are in your imagination. You can WFH. But you can't hide."

    Reference: V.Gloskop, You can WFH, but you can't hide from jerks as work, Financial Times, https://www.ft.com/content/dd9d39f8-2861-4c99-809e-6a198dd7c4ee

    All 50 Ways podcasts end with three actions you can take today to do better.

    COMING SOON!
    Connector: Build strong work relationships.Make Space: Give other people the space they need to be seen and heard.Stress Buster: Turning stress into a bonus not a bummer Don't miss these important success topics due out over the next few weeks.

    DISCOVER!
    Definitive, carefully researched articles on this topic Access the full audio transcriptDiscover the specially created e-learning units based on the Podcasts.Participate in the Forum where you can ask questions about this Podcast or raise issues about work and receive answers. Find all these at the Podcast website: www.50Ways.site
    Transcripts: https://www.50ways.site/reading/categories/transcripts

    • 5 min

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