- BE ENERGIZED – Keep your activity levels high. Now is NOT the time to become lethargic or complacent. The people who report to you model themselves after you. The more you accomplish, the more they will accomplish. The harder you push yourself, the harder they will push themselves. Younger employees are sometimes seen as being more energized than older employees – prove them wrong. Exercise daily, at least 30 minutes each day. Watch your diet and your weight.
- BE A MENTOR – You have a responsibility to train and motivate the people that work for you. The knowledge you possess is not your own. It should not be guarded and kept secret to increase your job security. The more knowledge you give away, the more that will come your way. You will be seen as the “go-to guy” and a subject matter expert on a wide variety of topics. Your younger employees will respect and appreciate the knowledge and experience that you possess and will tell others of your accomplishments.
- BE A STORY TELLER – People want to learn from your experience. Over the course of your career, you can probably recall all sorts of situations where you, or someone you know, had faced adversity and overcome it with a brilliant idea. That kind of relevant experience is what makes older workers valuable for the organization. It’s particularly encouraging when younger people are caught in the middle of projects that have stalled, derailed or been hijacked. They need words of wisdom in an anecdote they can understand.
- BE A DOER – Just because you’re in management, doesn’t mean that you should bark orders through a bullhorn while your underlings carry out your wishes. Good leaders are in the trenches, working side-by-side, to get things done and the ball into the end zone. Your superiors will appreciate that closeness with your team and you will appreciate the knowledge you gain from being in close to the action.
- BE A LEARNER – Whatever your age, whatever your industry – the minute you stop learning, you start losing a tactical advantage over younger employees. Don’t be bypassed by technology. Don’t be put out to pasture for hanging on to an aging skill set. Take on online class. Buy a book and self-teach yourself something new or enhance your knowledge in your chosen area of focus. Don’t fall for the old adage “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”.
- BE ENCOURAGING – Far too often, I see people who are discouraged and losing their way in their careers. Be there to listen and guide people through difficult times. Make sure though, that person is really following their calling and not just working a job. If you do what you love, you’ll never work again. If they aren’t following their calling, you should encourage them to follow that call and then they will find happiness and fulfillment.
- BE A LEADER – By far, the most inspiring thing an employee can be is a leader. But are you a leader? Do people follow you? Are you resting your laurels on a job title or do people really believe in you? You have to be the kind of person they want to be. You have to be someone they look up to.
- BE FEARLESS – My favorite saying is what I try and live my life by – “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog”. You have to believe in yourself to the point where you become invincible. When I stepped off of Parris Island quite a few years ago as a young Marine, I felt bulletproof. In many ways, I still feel that way!
In June 2010, Steve Jobs announced we were entering the post-PC era. Five years later, few people doubt that. My wife is like many, who have not touched a PC in years. For surfing the web, checking email and many other tasks, an iPad or tablet is more than sufficient to provide an efficient and, in most cases superior, user experience to that of a desktop.
It’s no wonder why Windows 8 metro apps are now beginning to catch on. We want the user experience that mobile apps brings us yet few desktop apps provide that for us. Some apps that we have grown accustomed to and are an integral part of our daily lives aren’t even available in a desktop version. I think with the launch of Windows 10, you’ll start seeing greater acceptance of Windows apps because of this mobile-like functionality that people have now become used to.
Enter Bluestacks that can run Android apps on both Macs and Windows PCs. How cool is that? The really cool thing is – IT WORKS, and works well! This isn’t some emulator hack. Android apps run smoothly and act just as they would on a mobile device. Now, it does take some time to get used to pretending your mouse is your finger and how to emulate touch gestures while using a mouse, but once you get the basics down it’s smooth sailing.
What’s your favorite app you can’t live without? For me it’s Flipboard. By the way, I’m a die-hard Apple Fan Boy. I have a Mac, iPad and iPhone and have fallen in love with the Apple ecosystem. Still, the Android apps function almost identically as an iPhone so if you’ve never used Android before, do not fear. If you are an Android user, you’ll be totally freaked out by Bluestacks because your PC is now an Android device. Scary, I know.
Anyway, Flipboard is what I use to peruse articles that I want read later. It’s basically an information aggregator that displays posts from newspapers, magazines, websites and other sources (even your Facebook and Twitter account if you choose) in a gorgeous magazine-style format. I like to go through and cherry pick article, save them to and app called Pocket, and then read them later. I couldn’t read a third as much as I do if I couldn’t use Flipboard. Now, I can use Flipboard while I’m at my PC (which is where I spend at least ten hours a day).
If you’re tired of the ho-hum of regular apps on your desktop PC and you need the functionality of a mobile app on your desktop, try running Android apps using Bluestacks on your Mac or Windows PC.