ArticlesBlog

Personality Tests, Ageism, Business Cards, and A Whole New Way To Better Your Life |#AskBurk | 001

Personality Tests, Ageism, Business Cards, and A Whole New Way To Better Your Life |#AskBurk | 001


So I’m up early before the sunrise I gotta
catch a flight I thought it’d be fun if you come with me and we answer some
questions about work about life and about how to do both smarter so I thought it’d be fun whenever I’m
traveling to do kind of an ask me anything there’s a lot of questions that
I get either on social media or via email through my newsletter which by the
way you should sign up for we put a link like here-ish that I don’t really have
data for right I have some ideas about but I don’t really have a solid study I
can point to something like that and if you know me you know that I believe in
god we trust and all others bring data and since I don’t have data for it the
the daily Burk isn’t really the appropriate place a book that I’m
writing isn’t really the appropriate place to talk about it so I thought here
would be a good place to talk about it so first question how do I grow out of a
position I’ve held for 25 years I’m too young to retire and too old to be
promoted so I’m actually gonna kinda punt on this answer the the reason is
that my good friend Whitney Johnson has a phenomenal body of work around this
idea both in her book disrupt yourself and also in build an a-team and
essentially what Whitney’s theory is that every job is sort of an s-curve of
learning right you start out and it takes Whitney estimates about 18 months
to really understand the position another 18 months to thrive in it and
then the last 18 months should actually be spent looking for a different
position or looking to make the jump into something else now in this case you
spent 25 years in the same position no wonder you’re bored right I’ll push back
on the idea that you’re too old to be promoted there’s a whole sort of age
discrimination thing we’ve got to unpack eventually and we’ll do it in the daily
Burk eventually but in the meantime what I would encourage you to do is think
about how can I apply the same skillset to a different job that way you’re using
the same skills right but you’re still learning a bit more about a different
industry a different department in the same company etc it might mean you have
to take a lateral move but the fact that you’re learning new things puts you back
at the beginning of that learning curve and hopefully engages you in a way
that’s a bit more fresh a bit more original so yeah you may be past the
point where you’re gonna make a total career change you may be
or we feel like you can get promoted up into another level but there are still
new things to learn and so start looking maybe how can I do the same job but in a
different industry different sector different Department somewhere where
there is more learning to be had because ultimately making progress
learning new things etc that’s where we drive a lot of motivation so if you can
do that I think you can build a still fulfilling career for the next 10 15 I
mean realistically 40 to 50 years as a career now so maybe even longer than 15
years you got a lot of time left on the clock so keep learning new things even
if it means taking a lateral move to a different department you quickly over here in DFW I thought we’d
answer a couple questions by the way if you are stuck in DFW and you’re hungry
twisted root in front of a 25 single best place to get a burger alright next
question why are you so down on personality tests so this is an
interesting one um I’m not actually down on personality tests in terms of tests
that actually measure personality in psychometrically valid ways not down on
that at all there just aren’t a lot of them right so IM down on things like the
MBTI and discs etc when usually when it’s proprietary and there is a company
that is making a ton of money when you want to take that test it probably
hasn’t gone through the level of rigor that academic oriented scientifically
oriented personality tests like the Big Five non-inventory have so that’s really
the big thing it’s not that I’m down on that I will say the other thing is that
often personality tests try and put someone into a personality type and
that’s really difficult to do I like to say often there are no personality types
there are only personality dimensions writing in other words introversion
versus extraversion you are somewhere on that sliding scale you are not an
introvert or an extrovert alright so this is a flaw that a lot of them have
in common and then some of them just aren’t based in science at all
myers-briggs would be a great example of that
I love personality tests I love personality testing when it’s
scientifically valid the only one of the only for-profit companies I’ve found
that does that pretty well would be Hogan assessments actually I have Tulsa
Oklahoma where I’m from which is just a treat it’s just coincidence now they’re
probably one of the few that have a workplace applicable psychometrically
valid test for the rest of it skip them stick with the Big Five inventory which
you can usually take for free on a number of different places on the
Internet next question do you think social networking is more about online
connections or in-person meetings so this is actually something I say often
that social media in terms of online social media should be a actually not
aware of non online social media so whatever it should be a supplement to
not a replacement for your existing off social network there is still a place
for face-to-face meetings there is you’re still gonna have to know someone
in the flesh in person to really get to know them so by all means social media
is great for making that initial contact but you should probably want to make it
a point to meet with that person in person the other great use for social
media is to keep tabs on stay connected to know what’s going on in the lives of
your week in dormant ties that’s probably the most powerful use of the
tool is that it supplements your existing offline network by allowing you
to stay a little bit more connected to people that in Prior decades we wouldn’t
be able to that’s the best use of it but no there will not be a replacement for
face to face anytime soon at least not until we have those like Holograms from
Star Wars but even then there’s something about being in the same room
with someone sharing activities with them sharing experiences with them and
online is just not gonna replace that so it’s a supplement to not a replacement
for your existing offline social network one more while we’re on the subject of
social networking business cards or no business cards I want to go green and
direct them to connect with me online but everyone keeps asking me for one and
they probably will it’s kind of a habit to ask for card it’s a great way to
politely end a conversation etc there are cultures particularly Eastern
cultures and when I’m in China Singapore etc where the business card exchange is
a really big deal and so yet you’re gonna need some printed I don’t think
you need that many printed I’ve used the same group of about a hundred for I
don’t even know how many years now the trick that I do is I usually ask for the
business card I trust myself with the contact information and my system of
writing some notes about the person on the back of it and following up within
72 hours via email I trust that more than I trust them to just get around to
it whenever if somebody asks for one I always have a few on me but more
importantly I’d rather collect their business card then make sure to follow
up with them quickly then trust them to follow up with me in doing that usually
people don’t ask for a reciprocal one I just promise to follow up with them and
that’s good enough for them because they know the contact info will come through
so I would try that ask for theirs first or proactively offer to get in touch
with them and then you’ll have theirs so you can ask for theirs and then you’ll
go green you’ll save a ton of them you also save some money on printing costs
which is a bonus and now we’re here I’m in Park City Utah
for reasons I’ll explain in a second but it is relevant to a question that we got
asked which is how do I start bettering my life what are the steps that I can
take and what I love about this question is that the number one thing you can do
is actually not like here’s how to establish a habit or grow willpower or
make better decisions what have you it has to do with your friends the number
one thing you can do a ton of research proves this point the number one thing
you can do to start bettering yourself is to start picking your friends a
little more wisely whatever you want to commit to whether it’s Fitness whether
it’s being more disciplined at work whether it’s getting more education
surround yourself with people that are already doing that and you’ll be more
likely to stay with it you’ll be more likely to begin to better yourself
that’s why I’m in Park City Utah I’m here to meet with a group of friends of
mine about a hundred and fifty entrepreneurs authors speakers etc in an
event we call mastermind talks where we all get together and just kind of talk
about each other’s problems for a year we hold each other accountable we commit
each other to bettering ourselves and we have a wonderful time while we do it
that’s why we’re here so I would encourage you final question for this
episode what do I do to start bettering myself start bettering the friends that
you’re surrounded with thanks so much for joining me on this journey it was
really really fun to have you we’ll probably do more of these so this will
will call it episode 1 fun fact about the number 1 the ancient Greeks believed
that one wasn’t actually a number that you could not actually start counting
things until you had more than one of them so you had two so if we do in
episode 2 this will be episode 1 I guess if we don’t this is just a fun video I
hope you enjoyed thanks so much for joining me
you

Comment here