Monday, 7 December 2015

Free Sample Chapter - “Shortlist Your Employer: Acquire Soft Skills to Achieve Your Career and Leadership Success to Excel as a CEO”―Professor M.S.Rao

Dear friends,

Here is the sample chapter of my award-winning book titled “Shortlist Your Employer: Acquire Soft Skills to Achieve Your Career and Leadership Success to Excel as a CEO.” NY Times Bestselling Author and Inc Magazine’s Top 20 Leader, Orrin Woodward wrote foreword for this book. I appreciate your comment and share with your connections. 

Enhance Your Employability to Shortlist Your Employer

"There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart... pursue those. The moment that any life, however good, stifles you, you may be sure it isn't your real life." - A. C. Benson

During my leadership development training programs in companies some executives asked me how to fast-track their careers to grow as CEOs. Some of them raised questions on soft and hard skills. And many of them do not know what really the soft and hard skills are! I thought there is an urgent need to author a book highlighting the significance of soft skills to fast-track career to grow as CEOs. Since I earned my PhD in soft skills and provide soft skills training to companies, I authored this book.

Welcome to Shortlist Your Employer: Acquire Soft Skills to Achieve Your Career and Leadership Success to Excel as a CEO.   Conventionally employers shortlist job aspirants to fill their vacancies. However, this unconventional book underscores to shortlist your employer. It sounds strange, right! Your mind must have been embedded with an impression that it is common practice for the employers to shortlist their employees. But the fact is that you can also shortlist your employer.

You can Shortlist Your Employer!

If you are meritorious and are equipped with employability skills, you can shortlist your employer. If you are equipped with hard and soft skills, you can shortlist your employer. If you acquire right mindset, skill set and tool set, you can shortlist your employer. If you are equipped with self-management skills, job related skills and transferable skills, you can shortlist your employer. Hence, short listing your employer is an easy task if you are equipped with adequate knowledge, skills and abilities, and are employable and deployable in the corporate world.

I have an experience of shortlisting my employers during my lifetime as basically I have been choosy to pursue only my passionate areas. Similarly, you must be in a position to shortlist your employer based on your passion to fast-track your career to grow as a CEO. There is a myth among some job aspirants that employees are only in dire need to search for employers. The truth is that employers are more concerned to recruit the right talent to achieve organizational excellence and effectiveness. In fact, job seekers and job givers must be in a win-win position to make employment fruitful and meaningful.  Above all, these are the days of partnership between the job providers and the job seekers as the days of the employer and the employee relationship are getting obsolete gradually. 

How to Shortlist Your Employer

Laurence G. Boldt once remarked, "The decisions you make about your work life are especially important, since most people spend more of their waking lives working than doing anything else. Your choices will affect, not only yourself and those closest to you, but in some way the whole world." Therefore, you must choose the right employer based on your passions, career opportunities and monetary benefits. You must keep your priorities right. You must be clear about your career goals for 5, 10, 15 and 20 years from now. Emphasize more on your passion rather than money. If you follow your passions money will follow you naturally. Hence, identify your passions and choose your employer accordingly. If you choose the right employer and employment you don’t feel  working any more as you are engaged in your passionate profession. Choosing and shortlisting the right employer helps you balance your personal, professional and social life to provide meaning to your life. 

Love Your Employability, not Your Employer

Some of the employees in private organizations love their employers to safeguard their employments. They flatter their employers and pass on the information of their colleagues to their employers to be in their good books. They think that it is a way of demonstrating their loyalty to their organizations.  In fact, what they must understand is that they must love their employability rather than loving their employers.  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam rightly remarked, “Love your job but don't love your company, because you may not know when your company stops loving you.”

Employers appreciate employees who are committed and dedicated. They don’t appreciate flatterers and informers. Of course, they need informers among the employees who can pass them with genuine information about other employees to safeguard their organizational interests. It is known as informal communication which often serves as a feedback for the employers.

In the present context, employers are very serious and they respect the employees who deliver their goods properly. They appreciate the employees who add value to their organizations. The true employees work sincerely and deliver the goods as per the expectations of their employers.  It adds value to their resumes and enhances their employability. In fact, there is no permanent employment but only permanent employability. To ensure your permanent employability, you must regularly update your knowledge, skills and abilities. You must learn, unlearn and relearn with the changing times and technologies. This approach enhances your employability. It leads to earning respect from your employer and safeguarding your employment as well. Even if there is any problem with your present employer due to organizational politics you will be in a great demand elsewhere as you are already equipped with employability skills. Other employers are eagerly waiting to absorb you. Hence, love your employability, not your employer.

“You can give lifetime employability by training people, by making them adaptable, making them mobile to go other places to do other things. But you can’t guarantee lifetime employment.” – Jack Welch

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1 comment:

  1. A very inspiring chapter. Eagerly waiting to read this book