I am so glad to be writing about this topic this week. You see, more than 80% of resolutions are dropped by January 17th. Great intentions at the beginning of the month slide away in the face of day-to-day pressures. If you are intent on doing something with your career this year (and I hope […]
Career Management Articles for Executives and other Experienced Professionals
Pleased to have you here and talk about executive career management.
I did a lead interview a few years back on employee disengagement for Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe & Mail. Is your job satisfaction low? Do you feel disengaged with your work? More to the point, if you think that you have a pattern of self-sabotaging your career or feel disengaged with your job, is to analyze […]
As a leader who cares about the health of their career, you need relationships with reputable executive recruiters (aka headhunters). The executive search or recruiting firms looking for management-level to executive-level talent can be an important channel of opportunity. Here are 12 ways to demonstrate credibility and build a relationship with a headhunter. First, search […]
When the only person in your organization who knows the good work you do is your immediate manager, you have a problem. There is no getting around the fact that you need profile and relationships in other parts of your organization. Your goal is to have important, influential people in your organization think you are golden. One of their most valuable employees.
Between where you are now and the future you envision for yourself is an inner enemy. That enemy is **resistance**. From Steven Pressfield:
> On the field of the Self stand a knight and a dragon.
> You are the knight. Resistance is the dragon.
The bolder your vision, the more formidable your enemy. Every one of us goes toe-to-toe with this enemy everyday. From sticking to an exercise regime or healthy eating, to professional projects like:
* Launching your own thing
* Proactively moving out of your current job
* Expanding your professional network
In the Inbox of my DevonThink Pro Office app, I keep a Read/Review folder to which I post articles and sites to, well, you know. I just came across this. It isn’t that new (April, 2011). This articles deserves to be posted it because it is awesome. And the writer, Merlin Mann, is well, awesome as well. Specifically, Merlin gives […]
A few years back, I wrote an article that seemed to resonate with people. The title was Stop Undermining yourself at work. Delighted to find out yesterday that this article was featured yesterday on the US Yahoo home page. Pretty cool. If you’ve stopped by as a result of that article, welcome. Glad to have […]
Over the years, I have posted some thoughts and ideas on managing the holiday experience, some of which has been published on Monster.com and other career / job related sites. Thinking it might be of use to highlight them as a collection, here they are for your reading pleasure. If you find yourself with the […]
I have met my inner enemies and they are perfection and complexity.
For too long, I have been intending to send you new newsletters, and blog more, and announce new offerings to help with your career management, job search, career change and personal branding goals. And then I get stuck. Since the How to Manage your Career in Scary Times report, not a lot of activity. Like you, I have obligations that I can easily use an an excuse. In my case, there is always a core group of 1-1 clients working with me through their career transitions and personal branding efforts.
That isn’t good enough for me. Every time I speak to an audience, publish something or engage 1-1 with a client, I generate a Wow reaction. And that feels great. But I have a need to reach and serve more of you. In my case, my real enemies are perfection and complexity. I want things to be perfect for you. And I make things too complex. And this holds me back from sharing my expertise and passion and caring to you and a wider audience.
So, no more. It is time to play a bigger game.
Responding to Market Forces
In this kind of economy, there is a strong tendency to go small. And to hide. I don’t want to do that. Speed, simplicity and value trump perfection and complexity. So, I am going to go Big. I have always liked the play a bigger game metaphor. It says something to me about raising my level of play (including my tennis game).
I heard a story a week ago surrounding the inauguration. A friend of mine has a colleague and that colleague received an invitation from a friend of hers in New York to go to the inauguration. Two tickets to that historical event. Of course, she was excited and she had vacation days coming to her. […]