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Developing Habits May Be Why You’re Overlooked

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Brush your teeth, go to work, and drink your coffee. Hit the gym, eat the low carb foods, and shower daily. Largely, most of the actions we take are based on habits. Are you developing habits? What are they?

Learn, Do, Repeat

Most of what we do is approached by learning first. Some of our work, often the best work, develops from the repetitive nature of execution. Time spent on the execution across many hours and we’re an expert.

There is an evolution for most careers and most organizations. They don’t exist just because they learned. They exist by what is replicated across time.

Online retail businesses, they market and advertise, they book orders, and ship.

Manufacturing, starts with a design, some raw materials, a build, and then ship.

Education teaches to curriculum, follows the plan, and diplomas or degrees are awarded.

It is mostly about a repetitive process. Executed day after day across time. Perhaps a habitual process that results in success.

Developing Habits

Often one of the biggest stumbling blocks for success in a career or for the organization is that they fail to develop the right habits. The habits that lead them to success.

People earn the degree, but work in a different field.

People buy the most expensive technology product but only use the simplest features. The ones they are comfortable with based on their habits.

Someone reads the book, watches the video, or attends the seminar. No new habits formed, no change occurs. Knowledge matters, but habits not knowledge create results.

Habits Are Impact

Nearly everything we do is approached by learning it first. It is the actions taken after the learning that are the most impactful.

For example, many people believe they are experts at customer service. Their belief is based on their mastery of knowledge. This knowledge often fails to translate to actions and habits that lead to better results.

You may know much, you may even know a whole lot more than the average.

What you do across time may be exactly why you’re being overlooked.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Overlooked, Why Fitting In May Leave You Out

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It starts with the job offer. The day your employer decides to extend you a job offer may be the first moment you become stuck. Do you feel like you are being overlooked for advancement? Are you wondering what you can do now?

Not everyone is trying to build a respectable career, some only want to supplement the family income. The truth is that most organizations need some of both types of employees.

Point of Hire

When you ask the hiring manager for the behind the scenes honesty about job applicant choices it probably won’t be long until they use the word, fit. Employers are looking for the best fit for the current job opening.

Both potential candidates and employers struggle with finding the right balance of fit versus satisfying future needs.

But you got the job. Six months ago, or ten years ago, and you’re looking for the sure-fire method to advance your career.

Seeking Advancement

There are really only two answers for this situation. One is that this employer is not where you should hang your hat and you should seek a new employer. The other is, that you need to be the best choice for advancement.

Neither answer may be easy, but from my experiences those are the cards you hold in your hand.

Assuming you want to stay with the current employer you must become the best fit for the new or advanced role. That typically occurs with proof.

Proof that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities, or that you are prepared to get them. It also means the right attitude and continuous demonstration of commitment.


For the organization, perfect employees are often hard to come by, but perfection is usually not their goal.

Prove that you are the best fit and you’ll succeed.

If you are certain that you’ve been crossed off the opportunity for advancement list and that you may be overlooked forever. You probably should consider doing everything you can to continue to fit, but privately you should consider seeking a different employer.

It starts at the point of hire. If the fit is exactly what they need and that need or additional opportunities do not develop across time, fitting in may leave you out.

Out of what? Out of opportunity since you are the best fit for the [current] job.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten RespectNavigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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