My focus this year is on nutrition and quality events. For the first time since 2007, there is no full distance Ironman triathlon on my race calendar. I am hoping this will allow me to focus on shedding more weight and building my capacity rather than focusing on getting ready to “get through” a 140.6 mile race. I have picked a handful of triathlons including 2 half-iron distance endeavors. I have also set my sights on 4 or 5 marathons with the goal of going under the 4 hour mark for the first time.
On the work front, my responsibilities are slowly increasing. I have a small portfolio of projects that I’m slated to deliver by the end of March and it is giving me a good taste of the rigors of resource, risk, and plan management at that level. The budget and scope are smaller than the largest project I managed, but has been a good way to get my feet wet in this arena that I hope to fully move into one day. During the 2nd half of 2010, I will likely be involved with revamping either our dot com or intranet platform (or both!). I’m looking forward to the opportunity to continue to grow. I’ll yap more about this in March when I look back on my tenure at McKesson.
You are only a leader if people want to follow you. That is a somewhat loaded statement as incentives can encourage anyone to “want to follow you”. Just look at the current President of the United States. Politics aside, whether you are organizing a community or leading a Fortune 1000 company, there are certain qualities that individuals exist that give people confidence in their leaders. According to the National Leadership Index for 2009, they are:
Trust in what the leaders say
Competence to do the job
Working for the greater good of society
Share my values
Get good results
In touch with people’s needs and concerns
Take these qualities and apply them to your leadership. I have run several people through my head mentally and find these traits to be accurate measures of what my gut reaction would be. For a couple, it’s “yes, they are solid”. For a few others “yes, they’re good, but I’m not quite sure.” Finally, for others I’m asking “who put this guy in charge” and they are failing in all of these traits.
I hope people nod their head when they think of me and say “yes, Mike is solid”. I simply see these traits as black and white and, for the most part, things that cannot be learned.
My monthly reminder to update my resume just triggered in my to-do list and I thought this was a good tip to share with all of you. Whether you are in the job market or not, you should have a process in place keep your resume current to within a few months. Why? Most of us are terrible at remembering details about what we have accomplished in the past. When you are suddenly thrown into the job market, you need to accurately market your knowledge, skills and abilities to attract the best employers and command the highest salaries.
At the time I joined McKesson, I was a passive job seeker. I had my resume in place, more or less. But it did not thoroughly capture my skills. Why? Because I only updated it once a year. For example, in December 2003 I updated it, and did not touch it again until the following December. I did not capture that I worked on a piece of a Partner Reporting system that used Crystal Reports Enterprise (a piece now part of Business Objects Enterprise) that was exposed using a custom Java front-end. I was only reminded of this work once I was put on a similar (albeit MUCH LARGER) enterprise reporting project. Some projects that I look back on seem insignificant or simple, but in some cases that is due to the work I did to simplify those projects and make them successful. These are the things employers are looking for and can affect the salary you command in the marketplace.
My point here is that I may have missed opportunities based on not having documented that project, the experience I gained, and the technologies involved. It is better to have a comprehensive list of projects and technologies that you can later skinny down to customize for a particular posting than to have a fairly blank slate of “responsible for this” and “worked on that”.
Today, I will update my resume to reflect work on an Internet Explorer custom toolbar and Browser Helper Object that I have worked off and on for the past 6 months to get into a production ready state. You should set aside time on your calendar in the next week (and at least quarterly from here on out) to update yours.