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July 18, 2011

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Whenever I worked for someone else, my attitude was always to try to think about the business from the owner's perspective. How can I do things better? Does the system or job the way it is work best or is there a better way to do it?

As a business owner, any employee I look to hire will have to have the qualities stated in your post. The days of showing up to work and only doing the specific job someone was hired to do are over.

People better get this straight or they'll be left in the dust.

One more thing, Michele. I know you are involved in different facets of career/job counseling.

How would what you do help people to understand this concept and become more aligned with the times?

Hi Tom--One of the things that I do in my work with people is have them look at the "important questions" that face them in their work. One of those "important questions" is what are the trends that are going on with the workplace, technology, etc. and how are they going to impact me in the future.

When we are self-employed, we may be more likely to look at these kinds of trends so that we are able to adapt and change our businesses for new conditions. When we work for someone else, though, we are less likely to do this. We tend to just see what's in front of us with our particular company, rather than looking at the bigger picture and how we want to prepare ourselves for our next moves some place else. At least in my experience.

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