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The adjunct professor plays a critical role at many universities. Business professionals with a variety of expertise are brought in to teach subjects that require subject matter expertise or to fill roles that cannot be filled by existing faculty.
Many businesses would do well to consider the "adjunct" role for management or key leadership or training roles in their organization.
While most companies may provide incentive for their existing workforce by providing short-term opportunities to advance in critical roles such as on a training team or for holiday management roles, having seasoned professionals that companies can turn to on a less than regular schedule can be extremely beneficial.
Without the need for paying benefits or the need for retraining, companies who lose valuable full-time staff members to new positions can have a trusted resource to turn to during staffing downturns or business upturns.
The next time you have an employee who leaves, give some consideration to keeping them on as an "adjunct".
When I was in college, I worked as an "adjunct" at a couple hotels and a gas station on weekends. Although I wasn't a regular member of the payroll, I'd call up a couple days before the schedule would be posted to see if they had any needs for the week, and depending on the weekend, I'd work either at a hotel or the gas station. It gave the businesses some needed bench strength and it gave me the flexibility to concentrate on my studies.
Now that I am full-time in my business, it would be a delight to return from time to time to some of my former places of work as an adjunct.
Wouldn't you like that opportunity as well?
In the Fall 2007, one of the first classes I taught involved a real-time case study of the airlines to determine ways that they could make more money. A recurring theme that came up during class discussions and student research was that airlines should charge money for luggage or at least outsource the services.
Following a few weeks of discussions, the students and I decided to send letters to many of the major airlines; several responded with emails or letters of thanks for our input.
No less than a few months later, we began to see that airlines began to charge for luggage handling.
Whether it is your classroom, your office team, or just you, remember that your words and ideas, expressed, can have a huge impact.
Don't let a good idea go to waste!
One of my favorite books of all time about business relationships and networking is Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi. Check it out on Amazon.com
Keith talks about a number of great tips, including:
The Networking Jerk - how to avoid being one
Managing The Gatekeeper - how to get in touch with people who others think are untouchable
Be a Conference Commando - how to make the most out of the conferences you attend.
Here is a review as well.
"Your network is your net worth. This book shows you how to add to your personal bottom line with better networking and bigger relationships. What a solid but easy read! Keith's personality shines through like the great (and hip) teacher you never got in college or business school. Buy this book for yourself, and tomorrow go out and buy one for your kid brother!"
--Tim Sanders, author of Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business and
Influence Friends and leadership coach at Yahoo!
Amazon.com - Never Eat Alone
I always get overwhelmed with excitement when the Yankees play on the road and have a huge following of fans where they go. This past week, it was very apparent at both Nationals Park and Turner Field that fans from New York had traveled in bunches to see the Yankees play on the road in interleague play.
How do you embrace others' fans at your business? Much like you would embrace a convention group at your hotel, like your competitors' customers as your business, or a stranger who comes off the street. Wow them with your service, create an environment where they feel welcome, and offer amenities that they would find elsewhere.
Personally, as a Yankee fan who has traveled to many rival ballparks, I always feel welcome, whether it is on the street, at a restaurant, or at the park itself. In fact, I think in Boston some fans probably thought I was insane when I walked down Yawkey Way alone with a Yankee jacket on at 8 o'clock at night, because no one bothered me. Now that is what I call respect!
No matter who decides to frequent your business, wow everyone!
How do people know whether or not they should frequent your business? Do you have a good website? Do you advertise?
From an HR perspective, some people need to hear you in action or see you live in order to get a better feel for whether or not they will want to work with you or for you.
Tune in to an episode of Capital District Business Profiles, which debuts this coming Monday at 7:30pm (and in February will also air Wednesday mornings at 10am) to check out some of the local businesses that may be offering opportunities for doing business or potential job opportunities in the future.
On Capital District Business Profiles, we will be interviewing local business owners to find out more about their business and how they go about doing what they do.
I have professionally fallen in love with a few businesses and businesspeople in my time. I'm not talking about the romantic, touchy feely, lovey dovey kind of love, but more of an overarching admiration and respect for the totality of another business person or business.
You know the person or business I am talking about; the business or person representing a business who loves what they do, cares about their clients or customers and is extremely passionate in their belief in their products and their belief in you.
Have you professionally fallen in love with anyone?
Here are signs that you are professionally in love
1. You wouldn't think about buying or working with anyone else.
2. You go out of your way to talk to others about how great they are.
3. You actually believe your life has been changed because of your experience.
Sounds a lot like romantic love, doesn't it?
Get people to fall professionally in love with you and your business, and you will never be short of customers, business, or momentum.
We have already awarded two 12 week online interactive business classes to two Capital Region residents seeking to take the next step in their career, whether it be start a business, find a new job or career, or learn something new to help them in their existing situation.
We are delighted to be offering these free courses for 12 lucky recipients this holiday season in the spirit of workforce development, business startup incubation, and career training for those who have been let go or downsized.
To enter for a spot in the 12 Classes of Christmas contest, send an email to email@example.com with your request for a free course, why you want to take the course, and what you hope to learn as a result of it. The courses included Modern Marketing Methods, Exceptional Human Resources and Entrepreneurship, among others.
The first 12 submissions will very likely also be the 12 recipients (the first two were inspiring people so we selected them right away), so get in your email request today!
A family owned business has a policy of not speaking about the competition. Many companies I have worked with have a policy of respecting partners and competition. When it comes to doing business, I prefer doing business with those who speak fondly of their competition or say nothing at all.
A big turnoff in business is when you hear someone or some company badmouthing their competition. To me, whether it is a potential business partner, client, or vendor, the minute I hear something said about how poorly someone else does something, I turn off my listening head and decide that its time to consider someone else for the work.
Do you have a policy in place about your competition and how you speak about them? If not, it is probably time to put one in place.
In addition to my offer of free resume critiques online through September 17th (email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
), I will be at the following Job Fairs at the times below offering resume critiques and career advice.
Saratoga Job Fair
Saratoga City Center
Wednesday October 5th from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm
Times Union Job Fair
Monday October 10th from 2pm-5pm
Another great service I'd like to share with you is Google Appointments. Google Appointments allows you to block out time for people to schedule time with you. You can specify the blocks of time, how long the appointments can be, and what for.
If you'd like to book an appointment with me, you can visit Robert Braathe of Braathe Enterprises Google Calendar to schedule a time to speak with me via Phone/Skype/GoToMeeting
Once you are established and well into your HR career, your next thoughts most likely center on advancement. Human Resources is continuously evolving to meet the business needs, requirements, and laws that are ever changing. If you want to move to the next level in your field, you must work hard and prove yourself. This means taking on extra projects, not being afraid to voice new ideas , becoming a Subject Matter Expert, and going back to school for additional training, certifications and/or an advanced degree.
1. Taking on more projects - When new projects arise, that usually means extra work and most people avoid more work like the plague. If you want to advance your career, you must be the person who steps up to the plate. Why? Well, for numerous reasons. When promotion time comes, you will be at the forefront of the minds of management for your willingness to roll up your sleeves and help the company in their time of need. Secondly, you are showing eagerness and a willingness to both learn and try new things and that is also a positive with management. Thirdly, with each new project that you complete, you are proving just how knowledgeable you are and how much your help can improve the HR process.
2. Voice New Ideas - Everyone has an opinion, but most are too afraid to voice them. If you have an idea or suggestion that you feel will help the HR process, then voice it. This shows initiative and drive, and it can also make a great addition to your resume if your idea succeeds.
3. Become a SME (Subject Matter Expert) - Read HR blogs, start an HR blog, answer questions on LinkedIn, build your profile on social media sites, and get recommendations on those sites. In other words, spread the word that you are an HR professional and a true subject matter expert in the field. Not only will your employers take notice, so will other in your industry and that can only help you in the future.
4. Advance your education - Many Senior level positions requires certain certifications, training, and degrees. By taking educational classes focused on HR, you stay ahead of the pack by learning of the new laws, regulations, and business process hitting your industry. Do you think you don't have time? Online education is becoming increasingly popular and is now widely accepted by big organizations. Here is one HR class being offered online that is merely 8 weeks and is centered around your schedule. You already have the education and with training classes, you also have the education, which makes you the ideal candidate for promotion.
With these four steps, you will be on your way to advancing your HR career. Have you recently moved up the ranks in HR? How did you do it?