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8 Ways Pokemon Teaches You To Build A Team

8 Ways Pokemon Teaches You To Build A Team

All those hours toiled away getting your Charizard to Level 100 are about to pay off! Pokemon, while also being the most addicting game ever, is a great lesson in how to build a strong team. Read the eight ways Pokemon prepares you to build the best team possible.

1. Start Your Team With A Powerful Partnership

When you’re choosing between Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur you should remember that whoever you pick is the critter who is going to be with you for your entire journey. Usually they’re the ones you spend the most time training and the ones that produce the best results for your team. When you begin a team outside of a Pokemon video game it’s equally important to start your team-building with a solid partnership so that the team is built on a strong foundation.

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2. Know Your Teammates

You should study your Pokedex constantly to learn the most you can about your favorite pocket monsters. Likewise, you want to really get to know every one of your teammates. It might take some time depending on the size of the team, but if you know them well you’ll get a lot more out of them.

3. Use Super Effective Combinations

Fight fire with water. Fight water with grass. Fight grass with fire. Those are just three super-effective formulas for powerful Pokemon attacks. Similarly, there are countless ways you can utilize different members of your team. Consider their strengths and weaknesses and partner them based on those so that your team members can accommodate for each other’s limitations. Mix and match when you’re team-building your group just like you do with your Pokemon.

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4. It’s About The Journey, Not The Destination

Remember that your team should be happy as it’s moving ahead. The whole point of playing Pokemon on your Gameboy and your Nintendo DS is to have fun, so please: have fun. The destination is sweet, but reaching it is only results in a brief sense of triumph. You should have accumulated a lot more enjoyable moments throughout the rest of your journey.

5. Let Things Evolve Naturally

It’s such a cop-out to buy an evolutionary stone to move your Pokemon to the next stage early. Natural progression produces the best growth. By not taking shortcuts your team can earn its evolutions instead of just having them handed to them. Really do the work or you’ll regret it later. If you all rush things, everyone will end up unsatisfied with the end result. Team-building, in or outside of Pokemon, takes time.

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6. Go To Your Healing Station Regularly

If you don’t heal your Pokemon frequently enough, you’ll find yourself KO’d. That’s not healthy for you or your pocket monsters. In the workplace, make sure your team is getting the opportunity to relax once in awhile, because it’s beneficial to no one if workers get burnt out from pushing themselves too hard.

7. Being The Best Takes Time

Your path isn’t a short one if it’s towards something truly great. To beat all the league masters and eventually the final boss, you have to dedicate yourself to the game and to your team. In life too you have to dedicate yourself to your team and your mission so that you can all find success on the same scale as Pokemon World Champion.

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8. Be Efficient

Pokemon is an even bigger time suck if you aren’t as efficient with your training as you can be. Don’t have your Level 40 Pokemon fighting Level 5 to build themselves up; find the fastest way to get them to the next level. In the real world you should look towards strategies like the ones you find on this very site that increase productivity. If you do, you’ll find yourself achieving a lot more in a lot less time.

Featured photo credit: Travis Estell via flickr.com

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Matt is a marketer and writer who shares about lifestyle and productivity tips on Lifehack.

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Published on March 25, 2019

How to Find New Growth Opportunities at Work

How to Find New Growth Opportunities at Work

Career advancement is an enticement that today’s companies use to lure job candidates. But to truly uncover growth opportunities within a company, it’s up to you to take the initiative to move up. You can’t rely on recruiter promises that your company will largely hire from within. Even assurances you heard from your direct supervisor during the interviewing process may not pan out.

But if you begin a job knowing that you’re ultimately responsible for getting yourself noticed, you will be starting one step ahead.

Accomplished entrepreneur and LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman said,

“If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward.”

It’s important to recognize that taking charge of your own career advancement, and then mapping out the steps you need to succeed, is key to moving forward on your trajectory.

Make a Point of Positioning Yourself as a Rising Star

As an employee looking for growth opportunities within your current company, you have many avenues to position yourself as a rising star.

As an insider, you’re able to glean insights on company strategies and apply your expertise where it’s most needed. Scout out any skills gaps, then make a point to acquire and apply them. And, when you have creative ideas to offer, make it your mission to gain the ear of those in the organization who can put your ideas to the test.

Valiant shows of commitment and enterprise make managers perk up and take notice, keeping you ahead of both internal and external competitors.

Employ these other useful tips to let your rising star qualities shine:

1. Promote Your Successes to Your Higher-Ups

When your boss casually asks how you’re doing, use this valuable moment to position yourself as indispensable: “I’m floating on clouds because three clients have already commented on how well they like my redesign of the company website.”

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Tell your supervisors about any and all successes. Securing a new contract or signing a new customer should be a cause for celebration. Be sure to let your bosses know.

2. Cultivate Excellent Listening Skills

Listen well, and ask great questions. Realize that people love to talk about themselves.

But if you’re a superb listener, others will confide in you, and you’ll learn from what they share. You may even find out something valuable about your own prospects in the company.

If others view you as even-minded and thoughtful, they’ll respect your ideas and, in turn, listen to what you have to say.

3. Go to All Office Networking Events

Never skip the office Christmas party, your coworker’s retirement party, or any office birthday parties, wedding showers, or congratulatory parties for colleagues.

If others see you as a team player, it will help you rise in your company. These on-site parties will also help you mingle with co-workers whom you might not ordinarily have the chance to see. For special points, help organize one or two of these get-togethers.

Take the Extra Step to Show Your Value to the Company

Managers and HR staff know that it can be less risky – and a lot less costly — to promote from within. As internal staff, you likely have a good grasp of the authority structure and talent pool in the company, and know how to best navigate these networks in achieving both the company’s goals and your own.

The late Nobel-Prize winning economist, Gary Becker, coined the term “firm-specific,” which describes the unique skills required to excel in an individual organization. You, as a current employee, have likely tapped into these specific skills, while external hires may take a year or more to master their nuances.

Know that your experience within the company already provides value, then find ways to add even more value, using these tips:

4. Show Initiative

Commit yourself to whatever task you’re given, and make a point of going above and beyond.

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Position yourself so that you’re ready to take on any growth opportunities that present themselves. If you believe you have skills that have gone untapped, find a manager who will give you a chance to prove your worth.

Accept any stretch assignment that showcases your readiness for advancement. Stay late, and arrive early. Half of getting the best assignments is sticking around long enough to receive them.

5. Set Yourself Apart by Staying up on Everything There Is to Know About Your Company and Its Competitors

Subscribe to and read the online trade journals. Become an active member in your industry’s network of professionals. Go to industry conferences, and learn your competitors’ strategies.

Be the on-the-ground eyes and ears for your organization to stay on top of industry trends.

6. Go to Every Company Meeting Prepared and Ready to Learn

A lot of workers feel meetings are an utter waste of time. They’re not, though, because they provide face-time with higher-ups and those in a position to give you the growth opportunities you need.

Go with the intention of absorbing information and using it to your advantage — including the goals and work styles of your superiors. Respect the agenda, listen more than you speak, and never beleaguer a point.

Accelerate Your Career Growth Opportunities

A recent study found that the five predictors of employees with executive potential were: the right motivation, curiosity, insight, engagement, and determination. These qualities help you stand out, but it’s also important to establish a track record of success and to not appear to be over-reaching in your drive to move up in your company.

Try to see yourself from your boss’s position and evaluate your promote-ability.

Do you display a passion and commitment toward meeting the collective goals of the company? Do you have a motivating influence with team members and show insight and excellence in all your work?

These qualities will place you front and center when growth opportunities arise.

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Use these strategic tips to escalate your opportunities for growth:

7. Find a Mentor

With mentorship programs fast disappearing, this isn’t always easy. But you need to look for someone in the company who has been promoted several times and who also cares about your progress.

Maybe it’s the person who recommended you for the job. Or maybe it’s your direct supervisor. It could even be someone across the hall or in a completely different department.

Talk to her or him about growth opportunities within your company. Maybe she or he can recommend you for a promotion.

8. Map out Your Own Growth Opportunity Chart

After you’ve worked at the company for a few months, work out a realistic growth chart for your own development. This should be a reasonable, practical chart — not a pie-in-the-sky wish list of demands.

What’s reasonable? Do you think being promoted within two years is reasonable? What about raises? Try to inform your own growth chart with what you’ve heard about other workers’ raises and promotions.

Once you’ve rigorously charted a realistic path for your personal development within the company, try to talk to your mentor about it.

Keep refining your chart until it seems to work with your skills and proven talents. Then, arrange a time to discuss it with your boss.

You may want to time the discussion around the time of your performance review. Then your boss can weigh in with what he feels is reasonable, too.

9. Set Your Professional Bar High

Research shows that more than two-thirds of workers are just putting in their time. But through your active engagement in the organization and commitment to giving your best, you can provide the contrast against others giving lackluster performances.

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Cultivate the hard skills that keep you on the cutting edge of your profession, while also refining your soft skills. These are the attributes that make you better at embracing diverse perspectives, engendering trust, and harnessing the power of synergy.

Even if you have an unquestionably left-brain career — a financial analyst or biotechnical engineer, for example — you’re always better off when you can form kind, courteous, quality relationships with colleagues.

Let integrity be the cornerstone of all your interactions with clients and co-workers.

The Bottom Line

Growth opportunities are available for those willing to purposely and adeptly manage their own professional growth. As the old adage says,

“Half of life is showing up.”

The other half is sticking around so that when your boss is looking for someone to take on a more significant role, you are among the first who come to mind.

Remember, your career is your business!

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