Celebrate Your Independence: Taking Charge of Your Career
Today, my country celebrates its 243rd birthday. Many observe the day with family and friends and enjoy fireworks. Consumption of hamburgers and hot dogs will most likely be huge.
No one in the United States is still alive from the time when the colonists rowdily left Great Britain. Moreover, the United Kingdom is one of this country’s staunchest allies and has been for decades. For many, the day is a time for reflection and joy. For some it is largely symbolic.
However, there are many lessons from history and as the saying goes, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”[i] So what can today’s population learn from those that took the ultimate risk in that day; “We pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”[ii]
Despite some of the well discussed faults of this country, not many of us today are asked to pledge it all. However, increasingly, we are being asked to take charge of our careers.
Certainly, our lives and fortunes depend on how we manage our profession. The 9 to 5 days of ole are long gone, if they truly existed.
Many pundits, including this author have addressed the changing job market and the new role of digitalization. In fact, we recently addressed this issue in depth; Job Disruption Due To Digitalization: Myths And Legends.[iii] Interested readers are invited to read that piece.
Much like colonialists of almost 300 years ago, we can no longer depend on the mother company to take care of our career needs. Proactive men and women at all stages of their professional life can be more successful than with the old career model. Passive individuals will reap what they sow as well.
Enjoy you holiday weekend and get back to work next week actively managing your own career. Happy Birthday, America!
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Critical Mass: Value from the RBC Framework
Nuclear physicists define the term, “critical mass” as the amount of fissile material whereby a nuclear reaction is self-sustaining. From that original definition, the construct is further developed along societal and political terms as a function of the environment and number of adopters and their interdependencies that create enough of a consensus for individual actions that sustains an undertaking.
In 1996, the author published the first of several case studies on a societal interaction model based on the Relationships, Behavior and Conditions (RBC) construct among economic actors. Previously the model was only in the domain of academia.
This blog addresses contemporary issues from the RBC perspective and whether in the present state they are sustainable or not. Many readers may be familiar with the “Innovation Adoption Curve.” RBC seeks to enlighten the causality of behaviors that cause movement towards the critical mass that generates movement along this diffusion curve.
- The Tyranny of the Blank Sheet of Paper July 28, 2020
- Home for a While? July 24, 2020
- Technology Assessment in the Era of Minimum Viable Product (MVP) June 30, 2020
- Next or Back to the Future? June 16, 2020
- Agility, Resiliency, Sustainability May 14, 2020
Other Blogs by Dr. Shemwell
Dr. Shemwell is an author/contributor for the following 3rd party blogs.
So, You Want to be an Entrepreneur
Dr. Shemwell is a member of the Global Energy Mentors (GEM) Leadership Team. Every month he or one of his colleagues is posting timely tips to help entrepreneurs navigate the energy start up sector. Check out the Landing Page.
Governing Energy Blog
BTOES Insights is the content portal for Business Transformation & Operational Excellence opinions, reports & news. Dr. Shemwell is a contributor.
Consult 2050 connects organizations with a wide range of consultants all around the world. The firm operates an online marketplace for consultancy services.
Essays on Business and Information
This two volume set covers a series of newsletters and opinion pieces published circa 2002-2009, including Bug Lore–Lessons for the Online Economy that addressed real time systems vulnerabilities from Y2K (1998-99).
About the Author
Dr. Scott M. Shemwell has over 30 years technical and executive management experience primarily in the energy sector. He is the author of six books and has written extensively about the field of operations. Shemwell is the Managing Director of The Rapid Response Institute, a firm that focuses on providing its customers with solutions enabling Operational Excellence and regulatory compliance management. He has studied cultural interactions for more than 30 years—his dissertation; Cross Cultural Negotiations Between Japanese and American Businessmen: A Systems Analysis (Exploratory Study) is an early peer reviewed manuscript addressing the systemic structure of societal relationships.