Top 7 Ways – To Improve Your Career Marketability, Portability and Profitability (MPP)

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By Paul Burke, PMP, MBA

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Picture this: You are now doing what you love to do. You are in demand by many Fortune 500 companies and organizations in different industries and countries. You are being paid top dollar, with your earnings continuing to rise for years to come.

 “You have control over which job you want to take, where it’s located and how much you will be paid. Sounds good, doesn’t it?”

In this blog series, we will show you how to attain your highest levels of MPP—Marketability, Portability, and Profitability through our Top 7 Steps…


In the last (5) years, my associates and I have fine-tuned the Top 7 MPP Steps. We have been searching for a silver bullet solution, to give individuals the ability to have more freedom and control of their jobs, location and economic-lifestyle. By using these 7 MPP steps, our MPP index has improved significantly.

“Improving your MPP Index could upgrade your career capability and help transition from staff level positions, to executive opportunities, or to business ownership.”

Whether you’re just getting started in your career —Risers, have solid experience–Experienced, or are well established–Established, the Top 7 MPP Steps can help you achieve career success, on your own terms.





In this first installment of our blog, let’s take a closer look at MPP. We will lay out the 7 steps in the next blog installments.

Marketable definition, by
1. Fit to be offered for sale, as in a market: marketable produce.
2. In demand by buyers or employers; salable: marketable goods; marketable skills.

“What were considered marketable attributes five years ago may not be any more. The skills, attributes and experience needed by organizations continue to change, as our world, technology and economies change.”

Portable definition, by
1. Capable of being carried or moved about
2. Characterized by portability

Dan Schawbel, in his Forbes article, discusses the top 10 workplace trends,with the #2 trend being “freelancing” or being more portable. “Freelancing becomes a normal way of life. One third of Americans are freelancers (17 million people), contractors and consultants right now and there will be more of them than full-time employees in six years.”

Portable“If you have the portable mindset and ability in the global marketplace, many more doors of opportunity open up, and you’ll be able to cross-industries, technologies and geographies—to find your utopia opportunity.”

Portability also enhances your marketability and profitability.”

Profitable definition,
1. Making money
2. Producing good or helpful results or effects


Once you have a direction towards the type of economic-lifestyle you want, and a feel for the amount of money it will take to support that lifestyle, you can chart a path to get you to your utopia opportunity that will provide the needed income for that lifestyle. It is important to know how much your current and desired skills and experience are worth, before pursuing a new position or a promotion.

“Next blog installment will be on MPP Step #1 – KNOWING YOURSELF & FINDING YOUR VOICE, which is the foundation to improving your economic-lifestyle.”

Thanks for reading my blogs!

Be Well,

Paul Burke is the Principal of PCMPro Consulting, which has a passion for delivering high value systems solutions, launching business initiatives, delivering business results and helping educate, train and develop leaders to think in new and creative ways.

PCMPro offers consulting and training in the practice areas of Project Management based roles (Portfolio, Program, Project Management, Business Analysis, Systems Analysis, Quality Assurance Testing and Software Development), Process Improvement (Lean Six Sigma), Change Management, Management Consulting and Leadership.

Comments 3

  1. Marshall Burke

    Just a passing thought before it slowly fades away… Is there a place in your site in aiding in the employment of the many Veterans returning from the two conflicts due to the reduction of forces and their enlistments ending. Many are leaving and can’t find meaningful jobs.

    There are a great number of fields that they had served in having some degree of commonality in “our” civilian work force. That may be happening but to what extent? There are much better sources than what I can offer from my military experience of 60 years ago but I’m convinced more can be done if employers can be informed as to what military skills are available that could be integrated into their businesses.

    I’m sure there are others way out front on this thought but the question would be, is it enough and can more be done?

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      Paul Burke

      Thanks for your feedback and question Marshall!

      Yes, we as a society need to do more for our veterans after they’ve done so much for us. PCMPro is working to develop capability development and job opportunities, specifically for veterans. Our distinguished advisor Keith Meyers has expertise in this area, and we are partnering to bring this offering to veterans–more on this later.

  2. Paul Burke

    I found this great write up that I wanted to share, by Captain Benjamin Jones…

    Why Hiring Veterans Makes Sense:

    1) Accelerated Learning Curve
    Veterans have the proven ability to learn new skills and concepts. In addition, they can enter the workforce with identifiable and transferable skills, proven in real world situations. This background can enhance your organization’s productivity.

    2) Leadership
    The military trains people to lead by example, as well as through direction, delegation, motivation and inspiration. Veterans understand the practical ways to manage behaviors for results, even in the most trying circumstances. They also know the dynamics of leadership as part of both hierarchical and peer structures.

    3) Teamwork
    Veterans understand how genuine teamwork grows out of a responsibility to one’s colleagues. Military duties involve a blend of individual and group productivity. They also necessitate a perception of how groups of all sizes relate to each other and the overarching objective.

    4) Diversity and Inclusion in Action
    Veterans have learned to work side-by-side with individuals regardless of diverse race, gender, geographic origin, ethnic background, religion, and economic status as well as mental, physical and attitudinal capabilities. They have the sensitivity to cooperate with many different types of individuals.

    5) Efficient Performance Under Pressure
    Veterans understand the rigors of tight schedules and limited resources. They have developed the capacity to know how to accomplish priorities on time, in spite of tremendous stress. They know the critical importance of staying with a task until it is done right.

    6) Respect for Procedures
    Veterans have gained a unique perspective on the value of accountability. They can grasp their place within an organizational framework, becoming responsible for subordinates’ actions to higher supervisory levels. They know how policies and procedures enable an organization to exist.

    7) Technology and Globalization
    Because of their experiences in the service, veterans are usually aware of international and technological trends pertaining to business and industry. They can bring the kind of global outlook and technology savvy that all enterprises of any size need to succeed.

    8) Integrity
    Veterans know what it means to do “an honest day’s work”. Employers can take advantage of a track record of integrity, including security clearances. This integrity translates into qualities of sincerity and trustworthiness.

    9) Conscious of Health and Safety Standards
    Thanks to extensive training, veterans are aware of health and safety protocols for themselves and for the welfare of others. Individually, they represent a drug-free workforce that is cognizant of maintaining personal health and fitness. On a company level, their awareness and conscientiousness translate into protection of employees, property and materials.

    10) Triumph Over Adversity
    In addition to dealing positively with the typical issues of personal maturity, veterans have frequently triumphed over great adversity. They likely have proven their mettle in mission critical situations demanding endurance, stamina and flexibility. They have overcome personal disabilities through strengths and determination.

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