This ship is a reconstructed blockage runner from the War of 1812. I proudly crewed on this ship and ought it in to its home port from Gloucester, Mass. We sailed from Cape Ann down the Atlantic coast and up the Chesapeake Bay. What a wonderful experience, but this was no vacation and an eye opener. Tall ship sailors are tough! God bless America and all who served to establish and maintain our freedom. Happy 4th of July! J
I’ve always been curious and wondered what makes some people “move up” while others remain on the career ladder’s lower rungs. Adele Scheele asked the same question and made a formal study of lawyers who worked in legal firms. Some of the lawyer advanced to full partner while others stayed at the associate level. Intelligence and knowledge of the law could not be distinguishing factors because everyone in the study graduated from law school, passed the bar, and worked as accomplished lawyers.
Adele noticed several behaviors and practices that were discriminating features and separated workers into two major categories. She labeled these groups “Sustainers” and “Achievers.”
Sustainers were talented people who did their assigned tasks well. These people waited patiently for recognition and followed the “good student” model. They saw life as a test and waited passively for recognition and reward because they did everything that was asked of them. Sustainer saw no need to actively petition for promotion and expected the system to take care of them.
Achievers were equally talented and performed their job well, just as the Sustainers. Achievers got themselves recognized and made alliances. When asked, Achievers had poor vocabulary for describing how they got ahead. Folklore was often used to
describe their success. “I was at the right place at the right time.” “Success breeds success.” “I knew the right people.”
Although nobody fits perfectly into either category, people are characterized by the majority of their behaviors and in which category they spend most of their time. Adele summarized a set of competencies that characterize Achievers. These are what she calls, skills for success.
She presented three major careering competencies:
- Positioning, and
In addition, she described six attributes that are typical of Achievers. These were:
- Experience doing
- Risk linking
- Show belonging
- Exhibit specialization
- Use catapulting
- Magnify accomplishments.
Adele performed and reported her study in her doctoral dissertation:
Scheele, A. Careering: Identifying Critical Career Competencies from Everyday Lawyering, UCLA, unpublished dissertation, 1976.
She also described her insights and conclusions in a small book entitled:
Scheele, A. Skills for Success. New York, Ballantine Books, 1979.
Adele is a very successful career coach, conference speaker and writer. She has many videos and blog entries posted on the internet. I’ll provide a little more detail concerning the characteristic behaviors of Achievers in successive posts.
I’ve decided to re-engage this blog and use it as a repository for some thoughts about growth, development, and success. I visited an Organic Chemistry classroom yesterday and a young woman and I started discussing the factors that differentiate people and contribute to their success. I’ve been thinking about this for a while and will use this blog to organize my thoughts and insights. There’s a ton of information to organize:
– A. Scheele – Skills for Success
– R. Peterson – Crunch Time
– J. Loehr – Power of Story
– K. Ferrazzi – Never Eat Alone
Today is World Statistics Day!
Help me celebrate by building a histogram, cranking out a Pareto Analysis, or drawing a Normal Distribution and post it on your wall. May all your desired effects be robust and overwhelm the noise! J
I’m convinced that there are eternal and ultimate truths. I won’t argue about the nature of creation or it’s origin. I’m a believer and have strong faith in a supreme creators and will discuss Orthodox Christian theology with anyone who wants to listen and hold a conversation. I further believe that math is the language of the universe. It is simply too perfect and makes me stand in awe. Here’s a link to a video that shows some of the wonders and mysteries of math and what others have said. I like the quote at the end of the video. Math is like a very capable servant, who,,, if you ask nicely, will take you to the solution. You have to ask nicely!
When you’re really stressed out and frustrated, slow down and take a few moments to face God and pray. Listen to this, close your eyes, and relax for 5 minutes. You don’t need to understand the text. Just listen. J
I found this TedTalk and want to watch it several more times and absorb what Brene is saying. This is powerful. J
Tim Conway is simply a master of slap stick comedy. I grew up watching McHale’s Navy and rolled on the floor with laughter when Conway got into a good skit. This one is from the Carol Burnett Show and dental students cringe when they watch it. I still think it’s funny. Watch that needle!
Here’s a TED Talk I found and will summarize in a few days.
This is a lecture and some notes that every young person who is entering or contemplating a life in the “sciences” should hear and absorb. Professor Wilson presents his notes of great wisdom with humor and genuine concern for his protege’s development. I wish I had heard these words forty years ago. J