641- 5 Minutes to a Better Career
Episode Title: 5 Minutes to a Better Career
Gaining a competitive advantage at work doesn’t have to mean working crazy hours. Here’s one way I’ve always done it, coming up next on The Perna Syndicate.
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Welcome to a new week on The Perna Syndicate! I’m your host, Mark Perna. With a recession looming, everyone’s looking for a competitive advantage at work. I’ve got one for you today—and it’s not rocket science.
It’s this: Show up at least five minutes early, leave at least five minutes late, and care while you’re there. I call it “the 5-minute method.” It’s simple—but surprisingly profound.
The 5-minute method demonstrates commitment, engagement, focus, pride, and contribution to the cause and the organization—some of the foundational “soft skills” that 89% of employers are hungry to find, according to a Wall Street Journal survey. Employers are looking for people who “get it” and who genuinely want to move the company forward.
What about work-life balance? Well, work cannot, and should not, become your entire life. Regular unplugging is a healthy practice that actually enhances your performance. But investing just a little extra time and commitment at work can make a big difference in how you position yourself for success.
Show up at least five minutes early, leave at least five minutes late, and care while you’re there. This can set you apart from the crowd—and give you a competitive advantage for whatever lies ahead.
Tomorrow: What else do you need to build a dynamic competitive advantage in a fast-changing world? On the next episode of The Perna Syndicate, we’ll cover that and more. See you then!