May 1999 Web Brief
Learning to be Successful

Quote of the month: "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, the mind of man can achieve" Napoleon Hill

On Becoming a Free Agent
Source: Communication Briefings ideas that work

Have you seized control of your career? To do so, think of yourself as a "free agent", someone who realizes that job security today comes from accepting responsibility for acquiring the skills you need to get ahead. Youíre a free agent if you say "yes" to most of these statements:

  • I seek opportunity in change.
  • I accept job insecurity as a fact of life.
  • Challenging work interests me more than job titles.
  • I view myself as self-employed at all times.
  • Iím able to clearly describe my strengths and my marketable skills.
  • Iím always watching for gaps and needs in the marketplace.
  • I keep looking for new ways to market myself.
  • I choose new projects carefully.
  • I constantly improve my ability to be a productive team member.
  • I form networks and alliances to expand what I can do.
  • Iím committed to being a "free agent" for life.

Source: Free Agents: People and Organizations Creating a New Working Community, Susan B. Gould, Kerry J. Weiner, and Barbra R. Levin, Jossey-Bass Publishers, 350 Sansome St., 5th floor, San Francisco, CA94104