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Video: Revisit the Career Compass Regularly from Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

December 18th, 2014 No comments

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Finally, with the Career Compass, one of the things you need to do is revisit it regularly. Once a quarter. Once a month. At least every 6 months. Sit down — this is work for you. Working the Career Compass is work for you. This is something you are doing for yourself. Not for anybody else. And it’s deserved work. It’s important work that you need to do for yourself. Sit down and re-think the Compass. How have things changed? Maybe you’re in a better job now and you’re working more in these quadrants and you are like, “Hmm, where can I go from here? Now that I’ve got those desires” — what is the name of the guy who developed the scale of need? Once your need at one level gets — Maslow? — Maslow! Thank you! I knew it was an M but couldn’t think of the name. Once you get needs established at one level, you start reaching for the next level. So, that’s what you’re doing in your career. Once you get a little stability in a career you like, then you can start to set those “stretch goals” to use the buzzword — set those goals a little further out there. “Well, now I’ve got this. Maybe I — now I can fine tune this. I want to work over here and do more of this particularly more defined piece of work.” You can do that. But again, you’ve got to correct your course as you go on. Every 6 months, you’re there. You’re correcting your course. You’re making sure you’re still headed where you want to go. 

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Video: Don’t forget how to change from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

December 16th, 2014 No comments

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Another scary part about this, of course, too, is stability, as we all know, is fragile. It’s not always there. It can change overnight. If you aren’t constantly exercising your transition muscles — if you will — if you aren’t constantly out there looking for change and engaging in change and looking at opportunities and being aware o them and making “carefully considered decisions”, when you’re presented with something like that, where stability suddenly goes out the window in a large way, we often don’t know how to react. We’ve lost the ability…we don’t just not want to be uncomfortable. We’ve forgot how to be uncomfortable…and we freak out. (AGITATED) “I can’t deal with it. Too much. I can’t deal with it!” it overwhelms us, because we haven’t had to go through that much change in such a long period of time. We’ve forgotten how to change.  

Video: Make your own carefully considered decisions from “It’s Your Career, After All”

December 15th, 2014 No comments

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You have to make your own decisions. We let people make decisions for us way to often. Whether it’s our spouse, our family, our co-workers, our boss, whatever, we let people make decisions for us too often. And that leads nowhere, for you personally. I don’t know if you have ever heard of it, this is kind of an odd example, there is a couple of apps out there for the iPhone right now called Secret and Whisper and these are apps — you don’t need necessarily want to download them these apps, but these are apps that allow you to anonymously post things in your life. And they can get pretty wild sometimes when you see what people post, but the things that just keeps recurring — I keep seing these similar messages again and again and again in these anonymous sites are, “I wish my boyfriend would do something stupid so I could break up with him. I wish my girlfriend would find someone else so I could break up with here and have an excuse to break up with them. Have an excuse to leave. Have an excuse to…” Why are you looking for an excuse to do something, If you want to break up – BREAK UP! Why are you letting them make the decision. In a form — and I am going to use a very charged word here — it’s cowardice. You are being cowardly with yourself. You can be cowardly with the world. I can understand that. Life is scary sometimes, but don’t be cowardly with yourself. Make the decision that needs to be made and live with it. Now, I’m not asking you to make wild, crazy, off the cuff decisions. Think about the decisions you are making. What did say here, I called it a particular thing…You only need a reason of your own carefully decided. Ok? I think, sometimes, when we think we’re making decisions, we’re jut doing it off the top of our head — even ourselves. “Well, I’m just blowing this off.” Carefully decided decisions. But make them. Don’t hope to be fired. Find a new damn job! 

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Archive: It’s Your Career After All — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

December 12th, 2014 No comments

It’s Your Career After All

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From the Career Opportunities Archives…

Lately, when asked to describe Career Opportunities I have found that I can better describe it by what it is not. Career Opportunities isn’t about resumes, interviewing, climbing the corporate ladder or many of the topics covered in more typical career forums. I figure that there are plenty of places you can go to find that information, including one of my favorite podcasts, Manager Tools.

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Video: A Career for the 21st Century, not the 20th from Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

December 11th, 2014 No comments

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We’ve come a long way, but we are still carrying with us a lot of baggage from the 1950’s and the 1960’s. I would caution you to those ideas that you have in your mind and perhaps that we inherited from our grandparents or our parents and reevaluate them in the light of the 2000’s. Because it has changed so much. The invention of the Internet alone has dramatically changed all of our lives. If nothing else had changed that one thing would still have been just a traumatic change in our lives. 

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Video: Accept Opportunities Into Your Life from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

December 10th, 2014 No comments

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I had someone call me the other day and they said, “Someone came to me with this opportunity and I don’t know if I should even talk to them.” Why wouldn’t you talk to them? (Agitated) “Well then I – it’s too much and my boss…” I’m not saying you have to take the opportunity. All I am saying is you need to talk to them. And once we got to that standpoint in their mind — I’m not deciding anything. I’m not leaping off the boat. I’m just talking to people. We should all be doing that. If an opportunity walks in that door — talk to it. Don’t slam the door in its face and I see people do that all the time. Opportunity shows up and, of course, again, just like transition, what;s our first response to opportunity? (Screaming) Ahhhhhhhhhh. It’s scary. It’s frightening. I want to run in the other direction, because it’s too good. It’s too interesting. It’s too much possibility there for us to deal with. Don’t do it. You’re turning away opportunities at the door. not every opportunity is going to result in something. Not every opportunity is even going to be something you want to take advantage of. Talk to it. See what its about. . 

Don’t fear change…

December 10th, 2014 No comments

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Don’t fear change

One important thought to remember about change is that is causes fear, both large and small. Change challenges the status quo and can sometimes seem to turn your life upside down. Yes, change can be dramatic, stressful and frightening, but it can also be illuminating, challenging and energizing — if you see it in the proper light. Feel fear, but then turn this fear into something powerful.

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To be flexible to change, we must first learn to recognize it…

December 10th, 2014 No comments

Flexibility to Change

To be flexible to change, we must first learn to recognize it. Too often I meet people who are doing the mental equivalent of sticking their fingers in their ears or their head in the sand. They think that if they ignore a change, it will simply go away. Nothing could be further from the truth. Change will happen whether we wish it to or not. We can either ride the wave of change or let it knock us to the sandy beach like an unheeded ocean wave.

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Are you living someone else’s life? from “It’s Your Career, After All” with Douglas E. Welch

December 8th, 2014 No comments

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If you are constantly doing what others want, then you are not living your life, you are living someone else’s idea of your life — a life that better serves them than you

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Video: Are you living someone else’s life? from “It’s Your Career, After All” with Douglas E. Welch

December 8th, 2014 No comments

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If you’re constantly doing what others want, you’re not living your life. You’re living someone else’s idea of what your life should be. It’s like those people who are always telling me to Focus! They have no idea. They are capable of focusing on one thing. I am not. We are different people and if I try to live to their standards, I’m going to chew myself up, because that’s not who I am. We all need to realize that. Don’t try to be the square peg in the round hole. (inaudible) I actually had to read it, because I liked so much when I wrote it, I actually had to read it here. I you’re constantly doing what others want, then you’re not living your life, you’re living someone else’s idea of your life — and i actually added a little here — a life that better serves them than you. 

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