Archive for November, 2008

why reinvent the wheel?

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

Reinvent the wheel A friend of mine contacted me the other day.  She has been at home with the kids for a while and the time has come for her to get back into the job market.  She and her husband have some household objectives and the extra income would make things easier....

As we spoke, she mentioned that she was not getting many nibbles on her resume so I offered to take a look (why did I do that?).  She sends me the resume and needless to    Read More

i’m paying for the experience

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Starbucks I was speaking with a colleague the other day and we began to discuss marketing.  He is the CEO of an executive search firm which specializes in diversity and as he was explaining what he is "selling" to his organizational clients.  He discussed that conceptually his company was redefining the landscape of an organization with talent that would not only significantly contribute to the organization but also make a difference in the community but "packaged" as diverse executive talent.

As it turns out, he had been in a    Read More

because freedom isn’t free

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Veterans day As a war and an Army veteran, today I pay homage to the men and women who have served and who continue to serve this great nation of ours because we sometimes forget that freedom isn't free.  THANK YOU.

It occurs to me that many no longer remember the history of Veterans Day so I thought I would include this brief overview....

In 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month, the world rejoiced and celebrated. After four years of bitter war, an armistice    Read More

congratulations! you’ve got the job… what?

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Confusion I had the privilege last week of spending time with Jason Alba over at JibberJobber.  As his expert guest on his weekly radio show, I had a great time discussing one of my all time favorite topics - tips and strategies to get off to the best start in a new company during the first 90 days!!

Most professionals in the career space (be they career coaches, recruiters or outplacement agencies) focus their time on one primary task - getting the    Read More

leadership lessons from colin powell

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

"Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off."

Colin powell leadershipGood leadership involves responsibility to the welfare of the group, which means that some people will get angry at your actions and decisions.  According to Colin Powell, it's inevitable if you're honorable

Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity: you'll avoid the tough decisions, you'll avoid confronting the people who need to be confronted and you'll avoid offering differential rewards based on differential performance because some people might get upset.

At    Read More

love or money

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Linkedin I have found LinkedIn to be a great professional tool for both reconnecting to old friends and colleagues and utilizing those connections for networking. 

One of the features I enjoy is the Q&A.  Sometimes the Q&A is self-serving but often it seems that folks are simply trying to find solutions to their professional challenges.

I recently responded to a question that I think is appropriate for you so I decided to post it here for your benefit as well.

The question basically asked if one had a choice    Read More

the manifestation of possibility

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Obama-familyx Perhaps one of the best aspects of the work that I do is getting to be a "possibility beacon" for my clients.  My clients come to me with a variety of hopes, dreams and aspirations and I get to be the voice of hope and the strategy to achieve. 

I get to be the one that says, "You can create anything you choose". 

Sometimes...they actually believe me.

But not often enough.

Inwardly they say, "I'll believe it when I see it."

I say, "See it    Read More

if you don’t like it, don’t buy it

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Boycott I have a pet peeve.

If you don't like the way someone does business, don't do business with them.

It sounds simple doesn't it?

I was listening to Clark Howard one day and a guest called in because the bank they did business with had begun to charge them $4.00 for an ATM transaction.

The caller was outraged!  Couldn't something be done?  Couldn't someone file a complaint with someone?

The funny thing is, Clarks response was the same as mine...

If you don't like the policy, don't do business with that bank!

We    Read More