Hello, everyone. Happy Sunday. I am really excited about the week ahead.
More training for my upcoming race and a webinar with Jennifer McClure. And after traveling more than 10,000 air miles in seven days, I am glad to be home.
My ears hurt from all of that flying. Something that hasn’t happened in a few years.
So here is the stupidest thing I read, this week: Keynote by Hillary Clinton at SHRM Chicago Will Be Closed to Media. | The article is fine but I’m not exactly sure how an HR association can guarantee that Hillary Clinton’s speech won’t be covered by the media. Citizen journalists are everywhere. The Boston Bombing and the Mother’s Day Parade Shooting have taught us that if your mom has a smart phone, she can cover an event.
And your mom does have a smart phone. It’s probably the iPhone5. And she looks great at SHRM in her new Coldwater Creek tunic dress. She is snapping Facebook photos and hanging with her friends in payroll. She is not paying enough attention to ask Hillary about Benghazi.
But yeah I can see why SHRM would ban the media.
(Actually, I can. You never see media coverage of HRC speaking at private events. And this might be her team’s requirements. Maybe SHRM rolled over to keep her as a speaker. Can someone find out? And when is Fareed Zakaria getting kicked off the agenda?)
Have a great week!
I am not a strong swimmer, but I don’t always wear a flipper or mask. And I got into some trouble in the water, last week.
It happened quickly. The experience was quiet. There was no thrashing or waving of my hands. I couldn’t get my mouth and nose above the water line. And I couldn’t really make eye contact with any of the other swimmers around me.
My husband pulled me to shallower waters. I would have drowned without his help.
Drowning doesn’t look like drowning.
- Except in rare circumstances, drowning people are physiologically unable to call out for help. The respiratory system was designed for breathing. Speech is the secondary or overlaid function. Breathing must be fulfilled, before speech occurs.
- Drowning people’s mouths alternately sink below and reappear above the surface of the water. The mouths of drowning people are not above the surface of the water long enough for them to exhale, inhale, and call out for help. When the drowning people’s mouths are above the surface, they exhale and inhale quickly as their mouths start to sink below the surface of the water.
- Drowning people cannot wave for help. Nature instinctively forces them to extend their arms laterally and press down on the water’s surface. Pressing down on the surface of the water, permits drowning people to leverage their bodies so they can lift their mouths out of the water to breathe.
- Throughout the Instinctive Drowning Response, drowning people cannot voluntarily control their arm movements. Physiologically, drowning people who are struggling on the surface of the water cannot stop drowning and perform voluntary movements such as waving for help, moving toward a rescuer, or reaching out for a piece of rescue equipment.
- From beginning to end of the Instinctive Drowning Response people’s bodies remain upright in the water, with no evidence of a supporting kick. Unless rescued by a trained lifeguard, these drowning people can only struggle on the surface of the water from 20 to 60 seconds before submersion occurs.
Drowning isn’t dramatic, which surprised the hell out of me. So I am going to take swim lessons (again for the billionth time) and always wear a stupid floaty jacket in the water.
This experience changed my life. I wanted to tell you about it.
Here’s the best career advice I was ever given.
“Good work gets noticed.”
I know you don’t believe me. You think you are doing an awesome job and lighting the world on fire. But no one notices. And you feel jacked by the system.
This is important: You are not doing good work. I’m sorry. Someone needed to tell you. Good work gets noticed.
Maybe it’s not noticed right now. Maybe not tomorrow. But building a solid foundation of knowledge, skills and abilities — and having a work ethic — will always pay off. You will always win by doing good work.
If you are not winning and you are always a victim, maybe it is time to look internally and assess your skills. Maybe you are not as smart as you think you are. Maybe you have a horrible attitude. Maybe you should find a new career. I’m not sure. But don’t buy into the myth that you have to be engaged to do great work. I have plodded my way through many weird and sketchy employment situations by hunkering down and focusing on the work.
Some jobs suck more than others. That’s no excuse. Every job offers an opportunity to learn and grow. And if you have a work ethic and produce great results, you will be recognized and rewarded.
Everyone wants to know how to get a raise.
- Don’t ask at the wrong time. If your company has an annual review process, ask then. If you don’t have an annual review process, try to sync your request with your hire date.
- Have the right kind of data. How have you made the company money? How have you saved the organization money? How are you measurably better than some schmuck off the street? Those points matter. You know what doesn’t matter? Salary data from the internet. Nobody cares.
- Ask nicely. HR doesn’t negotiate with terrorists or people who are threatening to leave.
- Advocate on behalf of other people. Labor costs aren’t fixed even when we say they are fixed. If you see someone who is working hard and isn’t earning a fair wage, say something. Equal pay for equal work benefits everyone in the long run.
- Make it hard for them to say no. Be an awesome human being. Have good ideas. Be genuine and helpful. And in a separate conversation that has nothing to do with your raise, provide your leaders with clear ways to save cash and build the business. Ingenuity goes a long way.
- Ask the right person. More than likely, your boss cannot give you a raise. It has to go through an approval process. Even though you’re asking your boss for a raise, try to remember that you are really asking the CEO. Figure out what motivates him to say yes.
I still think the best way to get a raise is to quit your job. Unfortunately, it’s easier to quit a job (and avoid internal politics) and bump your salary 10% than stay and fight.
Who has time in life to fight?