Deep Breaths

Never underestimate the value of a deep breath. Taking a deep breath when you’re under stress can provide a much needed calming effect. It can allow you to stop and think instead of panic and react. I read somewhere that the secret to a long life is continuous breathing. I think the secret to a long job search is taking the time to look back and celebrate your successes. Sometimes we get so caught... Continue reading

Sometimes…..

Sometimes you can do nothing wrong. Sometimes you can do nothing right. Sometimes networking feels like you are shooting fish in a barrel. Sometimes networking feels like you couldn’t hit sand if you fell off a camel. Sometimes you’re the pigeon. Sometimes you’re the statue. Sometimes there is not a hill too tall you can’t climb. Sometimes you wait until the hill gets smaller. Sometimes... Continue reading

Resisters

The givens: 1. Change is inevitable (except from a vending machine). 2. There are only three types of employees in an organizational change process: The Change Hardy, The Fence Sitters and The Resisters. 3. Front line leaders are the key to any change process. So, when confronted with a change in your organization, do you: • Consider the cost of switching before you consider the benefits? • Highlight... Continue reading

The Little Things

I’ve read my share of books on ‘Success’ and, in my view, they pretty much say this same thing, only differently. I’d like to write a book, but writing books is a complicated process that takes time, research and talent. And since I’m too stupid for anything that complicated, I like to focus on the little things. When you take care of the little things, the big things take care of themselves.... Continue reading

A Gateway to the Next Chapter

When a C-Level executive is separated the news is heard publicly. And so, often, is the next chapter. What would the next chapter look like if money were not an issue? What would you do first? Why is a traditional outplacement program not the answer? What help would you need with this dilemma? Some ‘situational’ thoughts……………. • A CEO of an automobile company who doesn’t want to be... Continue reading

What Do You Do?

First: Are you leaving behind an easily found trail of accomplishment? More people are interested in what you’ve done than what you think you can do. especially if you can prove that what you’ve done has made money for your company. Second: Do you regularly note what you produce in a log or journal? The first thing is more difficult: If the work you do isn’t worth collating and highlighting,... Continue reading

Getting Back Up

Getting back up, bouncing back or being resilient. Call it what you want, it is quite simply, the ability to take disappointment and get up again and keep trying. If you were at work and you ran into an problem and if solving it meant that you would be more successful, you’d find a way to solve it. If you found out you had the winning lottery ticket with 20 minutes left to claim the $10 million prize,... Continue reading

Making Money

Any day you learn something new is a good day. Any day you take what you’ve learned and make money for your company is a good day. Any day you can be recognized for your contribution is a great day. It helps if you know how your company makes money. People get hired because they can make ‘the company’ money. And……….people get fired because they can’t. Interviews... Continue reading

Some Stuff to Think About for 2012

(Because it’s the little things) Develop a reputation for reliability. Know what you don’t know. Be the first to own your mistake. Look people in the eye when you apologize. Listen. Give credit. Take responsibility. It’s only what people hear. Good questions are better than easy answers. Asking is better than telling. There’s a big difference between asking and accusing. It’s only what... Continue reading

Being Vanilla

For the most part, a resume will not get you your next position, but it’s hard to get your next position without a resume. It’s the perennial job search ‘catch-22’. A resume is an expanded business card that can go where you can’t go and sell when you’re not there. It is the product of the research project on your favorite subject. It has an average ‘read time’ of three to ten seconds.... Continue reading

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