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Critical Steps to Performance Improvement

What's your single most significant professional challenge right now...today? We posed that question in an OMTEC attendee survey conducted in June and July. Participants represented varying professional titles and company sizes. Interestingly, just over a quarter of 51 respondents answered with people- or skills-related hurdles. Here are some of their responses. Do they sound familiar?

  • Time to manage suppliers instead of fire-fighting
  • I’m in the process of transitioning into a new role. My biggest challenge is learning the new processes
    and filling gaps left by another colleague’s departure from the group.
  • Attracting and retaining talented employees
  • Doing more with less—huge opportunity, with limited manpower
  • Handling all of the project manager duties with a team that is not trained in project management
  • Developing the next generation of leadership
  • Keeping up on technology offerings across many suppliers
     

There will always be forces that lie out of our control. How we respond to factors that we can control is what can ultimately lead to career advancement. The latter point called to mind a BONEZONE article by Brian Moore from 2012. Moore, previously President and CEO of Symmetry Medical and now a business and leadership consultant, noted:


The most important job we all face is to manage ourselves. The better job we do of it, the more effective and valuable we are. I am sure that most of you have heard the expression, ”The only constant is change.” Issues of job security, constant regulation pressure, more expected for less, time pressures, etc., remind us every day how true this is, and it’s only likely to become more intense. The only real constant in your life is you.
 

Moore outlined critical aspects for us as individuals to improve our performance, including how to remain engaged in our work, how to react to other’s behavior and how to inspire colleagues and direct reports. While Moore was mainly writing about leadership, his insight is universal for those seeking to advance their knowledge, responsibilities and influence.

On BONEZONE, we republished a portion of that article as a reminder that we control our actions, and we can help others guide theirs as we all pursue professional development goals.

Read the rest of this article on BONEZONE.

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