Written by Susan Lamphiear
Director of Career Connectors Jessica Pierce welcomed everyone, reminding them, “You’re ahead of the game if you’re still job searching instead of taking a break.” Many people don’t realize that companies are still hiring during the holidays. Career Connectors aims to help attendees connect to hiring companies and to quality resources. Toward that goal, a new Glendale site will be added in 2014 to assist people on the west side of town. Gilbert and Scottsdale will meet monthly, and the Phoenix group will continue to meet twice monthly until the new Glendale site is up and running.
If you’ve not picked your own theme song, Kristi highly recommends you select one today. It’s part of becoming a rock star leader, says Kristi Staab, innovator with 25 years’ experience coaching individuals, teams, and organizations. Kristi’s own long-standing theme song by Def Leppard, Pour Some Sugar on Me, keeps her inspired. She wants you to pick a theme song to increase your energy and optimism so you can lead like a rock star, too, in your work life and in your whole life in general. Leadership is influence, and who among us doesn’t want a little more influence in our lives? Being a rock star means enhanced relationships and the conscious decision each day to improve as a leader.
Leadership, after all, boils down to choice. Rock stars and rock star leaders make important choices every day in their careers and their lives. Unfortunately, in a recent Gallup study, 72 percent of Americans admitted to feeling disengaged on the job. And just how much influence can anyone hope to possess without being engaged in life? That kind of detached workforce translates into 380 billion dollars of lost business. Even more shocking, 90 percent of leaders made aware of these high numbers of disengaged employees planned to do nothing at all to change this alarming trend.
It doesn’t have to be this way. At any given time we all find ourselves in leadership roles and would probably benefit from considering and studying how the rock star navigates through this world.
Kristi’s Nine Essentials to Becoming a Rock Star Leader
- Be self-directed. To be self-directed demands energy. Have you picked your personal theme song yet? It should motivate you to move, to take action. Even though she’s not a singer, she recently performed twice with her long-time idol, Def Leppard.
- Model excellence. Give your best every time. Anyone who’s ever gone to a concert in high anticipation, only to be disappointed, understands this metaphor. Develop the “it” factor in whatever you do, whether it’s your job or your personal life.
- Take responsibility for action both taken and not taken. What are you doing consistently in your life that is working for you? What are you NOT doing?
- Take the initiative. Rock stars are doers. A choice NOT to take action is just as powerful as action taken.
- Volunteer your talents. Be willing to give back.
- Connect with the audience (everyone around you is your audience). Picture this: Starbucks. Kristi’s in line. She notices the server is disengaged, some would say even cold. Asked her name, Kristi says, “Rock Star.” The conversation that followed was reminiscent of Who’s on First. “Did you say your name is Roxanne?” When Kristi aka “Rock Star” was called to the counter for her double latte, extra hot, extra something, and a lot of other adjectives, like all those orders at Starbucks, she received applause, laughs, and high fives.
- Create lasting relationships. The Rolling Stones have toured for 50 years. Bon Jovi for 30. Their fans have followed them all this time because fans feel a sense of connection to the rock stars.
- Create demand for you. If you deliver high performance consistently, people will seek you out, follow you.
- Hang out with other “rock stars”. Do you know that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with?
Kristi admits to being passionate about two things. First, she’d like to be on a concert tour right now, which kind of explains the rock star metaphor throughout her message. Second, she heartily believes in personal and professional excellence. Deliver high performance consistently. Learn all you can. No one can take that education away from you.
Within the State of Arizona, ASET actually represents five different groups. The group is always looking for innovative people who want to make things better. Working for the state allows you to work on large scale projects, to gain experience with the latest and greatest technologies, and to experience frequent training opportunities. To apply for jobs, candidates may go directly to the ASET website or to the state job site.
Cheryl Compton, Senior Recruiting Manager & Mary Crump, Senior Recruiting Manager
Renaissance Personnel Group, a full service recruiting group, places skilled workers into administrative, technical and professional positions. Positions available include jobs ranging from project management to net developer to pharmacy technician. Demand for executive assistants continues. Founded in 1994, the company works with small to mid-size businesses. Committed to client and job candidate satisfaction, the company will not try to talk you into going for a job that you feel is not a right fit for you. For more information, go to their website.
EDMC includes four school systems: Argosy University, The Art Institutes, Brown Mackie College and South University. Mark Pierce, Staffing Manager for Argosy University, needs to fill 140 positions. Their ground campus is still their main focus, but online classes are available also. Nationwide EDMC includes 37,200 students and 4000 faculty. Positions range from admissions reps to faculty and more. The company tends to promote from within and offers benefits including health insurance and free tuition for the employee after 90 days, and for their family members after one year of employment. For more information, visit their website.
Rodger Brubacher explained the Workforce Investment Act, which provides funding to many people who are unemployed or underemployed. Dynamic Worldwide Training Consultants offers Project Management Certification, Microsoft Certification, and much more. Classes are small and there’s a great view from the classroom windows. To check on available classes and possible funding, contact the school or visit their website.
Jessica Pierce closed the meeting by thanking everyone involved and announcing this Scottsdale event concludes Career Connectors’ meetings for the year. Starting in January, Career Connectors plans to add an event to the West side of town. In January, the Gilbert and Scottsdale groups will meet monthly. The Phoenix group will meet twice per month until the new Glendale event kicks off.
In your journey to rock star status in life and in your career, remember to check out the free Career Connectors’ events throughout the Valley. You’ve already displayed a hallmark of the “rock star” model by taking action, exploring the great networking events available to you through Career Connectors. As our keynote speaker, Kristi Staab, reminded us, “Every single experience we have is potentially life changing.”