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Noted: How Taking A 20-Minute Walk Every Day Transformed My Approach To Work via Fast Company

September 2nd, 2014 No comments

Noted: How Taking A 20-Minute Walk Every Day Transformed My Approach To Work via Fast Company

Noted: How Taking A 20-Minute Walk Every Day Transformed My Approach To Work via Fast Company

If you’re like most Americans, you suffer from the physical, emotional, and mental epidemic that the scientific community calls “sitting disease.”

But unlike many other illnesses that require a team of doctors, the cure is in our own hands–or feet, rather–and all we have to do is take a walk.

Last week we challenged readers, and ourselves, to restore some energy, focus, and creativity by taking either a 20-minute lunchtime walk or two 15-minute mid-morning and mid-afternoon walks each day.

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Video: Never enough success from “What is success…and why you might have it already?

September 2nd, 2014 No comments

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There are some other issues involved with this. If you start to believe that this is true — nothing is ever good enough. You are never satisfied — ever. You can make a $1500 bonus at your job and it’s not enough. You can get that big raise, you can become a manager, you can become a vice president in your company and it’s not enough. Because if this is the level of success nothing, except for Madonna-level status — is enough. Again, what brain-cracking dichotomy is that. It’s going to drive you mad and, in fact, for a lot of people it does drive them mad. We chew ourselves up trying to reach levels of success that are absolutely rare — rare like diamonds, rare like gold, but we beat ourselves up for not achieving them.  

Noted: “Note And Vote”: How Google Ventures Avoids Groupthink In Meetings via Fast Company

August 29th, 2014 No comments

“Note And Vote”: How Google Ventures Avoids Groupthink In Meetings via Fast Company

You know when a meeting turns into a complete waste of time? Maybe you’re trying to come up with ideas, or make a decision. Before anyone realizes it, the meeting starts to suck.

Meetings want to suck. Two of their favorite suckiness tactics are group brainstorming and group negotiation. Give them half a chance, and they’ll waste your time, sap your energy, and leave you with poor ideas and a watered-down decision. But meetings don’t have to be that way.

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Archive: Interview: Al Isago Parvez of Advance, Inc. in Tokyo, Japan from the Career Opportunities Podcast

August 29th, 2014 No comments

A re-release of this Career Opportunities podcast from 2008.

Listen: An interview with Al Isago Parvez, a recruiter with Advance, Inc, in Tokyo, Japan

An interview with Al Isago Parvez, a recruiter with Advance, Inc, in Tokyo, Japan

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Video: Don’t let your career happen to you from Career Compass with Douglas E. Welch

August 28th, 2014 No comments

Don’t let your career happen to you from Career Compass with Douglas E. Welch 

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There are those that manage their career at every step. Every time they evaluate a job or opportunity or an interview they look at that and say, “How does that fit with what I want to achieve in my life?” There’s the other side, which many of us I am sure know and in some cases I have been this person, who have simply let their career happen to them. They take the first job that offered. Whether it has any interest to them at all. When it has any direction to where they want to go in their lives or their career. It’s simply they take one job, then the next, and the next, and the next, and they wake up 20 years later and go, “How did i get here?” Because they had no plan. Because they weren’t watching where they were going. They weren’t setting their course. Someone else set their course for them and I will tell you, that if you don’t manage your own career, there are more than enough people who will gladly manage it for you. They will say, “You need to go work over there and you need to work over here” and you’re going to wake up in 20 years and wonder, “How did I get here? How did I get from there to here?” You’ll have no idea, because it has simply been a case of taking whatever presented itself along the way.

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Video: Share your knowledge to help others discover you from Career Prescriptions with Douglas E. Welch

August 27th, 2014 No comments

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In the past we have sort of had a very, very scarcity-based idea about our lives, our work, our jobs, our knowledge. I keep it. If I know this little piece of knowledge. If I know how to get that purchase order through the system, I’ve got a little piece of power. It’s mine. It doesn’t work anymore, because the fact is there are a thousand other places that people can got to get that information. By sharing what you know — and I want to reinforce this a lot — what you’re passionate about, you expose your ideas and yourself to a huge number of people out there. Again, what did I say at the beginning? We don’t know where out next job is coming from? So, our goal is to share our knowledge and to expose what we do and how well we do it to as many people as possible out there. And the way you can do that very easily is with a blog. Yes? (inaudible) Ah, yes, a friend of ours is a woman who suffers from dissociative disorder. Yes. It used to be called multiple personalities, but dissociative disorder and she had a blog in which she wrote about that and a number of other things. She’s also an amazing photographer. She’s an amazing writer and she shared this information especially about the dissociative disorder so that people who also suffered from that had somewhere to turn and someone who knew what they were talking about. There is a show on Showtime called The United States of Tara, which is about a woman with dissociative disorder. Well, the fact is, Diablo Cody, who wrote Juno (young kid), she went looking on the Internet for information about dissociative disorder and guess what? She stumbled across our friends blog. They started conversing via email. Diablo said, “You know what? You are so in tune with what is going on right now — the current research, what people are dealing with — I want you to become the technical advisor on my show.” And our friend came to us and said, “Should I do that?” And our response back was, “Well, what are they going to pay you?” And she went, “They’re going to pay me?” (Laughter) And we said, “They should!” And that is exactly what happened. This turned into a side job for her, if you will. Basically, reading the scripts, discussing story ideas with the writers and saying — the writers would come to her and say, “Well, would they do this or would they do this? What’s your experience when” — that show deals a lot with how it effects her family — “what does your family deal with when you change into a different personality? — when you become, I forget the different character names — but when you become one of the other characters?” And she would be able to go through — she wasn’t really writing the scripts, but she was providing technical advising, much like you would hire a police officer to advise about a police show or doctor about a doctor show. Ok? That is, obviously not a story that is going to happen to all of us, but I will say in many, many, smaller ways, that will happen to you, if you start a blog. If you start a blog and you start putting stuff out there, people are going to find you. People are going to be searching Google about rose gardening and you’re going to pop up. And they are going to “Ooo, that’s cool! What’s that? Ooo.” and they are going to send you a question or they are going to refer you to someone else. They’re going to spread the word about you. I’m mot saying you have to go out and do blogging as a living. There are people that do that. Frankly, I blog a lot, but I don’t blog as a living. I blog to share stuff. Much like I am advising you to do. My wife is a television writer and I am often fond of telling her, “scripts don’t sell themselves in a drawer. Books don’t sell themselves in a drawer.” If no one see it, it has zero chance of selling. They same thing applies to your skills, your passions, your knowledge. If you no one sees them, what good is it doing you? 

Douglas is writer and host of Career Opportunities, a long running column and podcast dedicated to “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!” Career Opportunities began in 1997 as a magazine column and expanded to a podcast in 2004. Douglas is also a New Media Consultant, Technology and Career Consultant with over 30 years experience in high-tech. You can find all of Douglas’ work at DouglasEWelch.com.

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Noted: Op-Ed: America, say goodbye to the Era of Big Work via The Los Angeles Times

August 26th, 2014 No comments

Noted: Op-Ed: America, say goodbye to the Era of Big Work via The Los Angeles Times

Op-Ed: America, say goodbye to the Era of Big Work via The Los Angeles Times

For much of the past century, the Era of Big Work — the 40-hour workweek and its employer-provided benefits — were the foundation of our economy. That was then. Now, independent work is the new normal.

Freelancers, independent contractors and temp workers are on their way to making up the majority of the U.S. labor force. They number 42 million, or one-third of all workers in the nation. That figure is expected to rise to 40% — some 60 million people — by the end of the decade.

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Video: The Bell Curve of Success from “What is success…and why you might have it already?”

August 26th, 2014 No comments

The Bell Curve of Success from “What is success…and why you might have it already?”

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The reason I call for these levels of success is, there is a mathematical property that we have know about for — gosh, I’m going to say almost a hundred years probably – -and you’ve all seen it — anyone who has been to school has seen it. And that is The Bell Curve. Right? The funny is about math is we can come across mathematical constructs that actually mimc the world in very effective ways. In the case of success, if you’re looking at this, you have very few people, relatively few people who are unable to support themselves at all — the true poor, the true poverty-ridden who are trapped in poverty. At the other end of the spectrum, you have the — (laughs) I almost said, excessively rich — the exceedingly rich. You can use whichever term you prefer — you have the exceedingly rich celebrities — Donald Trumps, Moadonnas, P Diddy, name your favorite. Pardon? (inaudible) But the bulk of us, the bulk of people in the world fall in the the curve. That’s the way it works. It’s not because someone declared that the Bell Curve is the way you figure this out. It’s if you do studies and you track statistics this curve appears again and again and again. In everything from bird populations to human genetics — anything. We know that this gives us a way of looking at the world and yet we ignore it. We ignore the fact that, these are the outliers, these are the outliers. Ok, guys, we are the “normal” people here. What we do, what we see, what we earn on a daily basis is the norm. It falls probably somewhere in that range. But we’ve been told — only these people are successful.  

Empathy…

August 26th, 2014 No comments

Empathy...

“Empathy is the ability to understand the feelings or situation of another person. As you might imagine, empathy is a very important trait for those people who want to successfully collaborate with others, whether as co-workers, manager and staff or client and consultant. If you are unable to connect with others or truly understand what they might be feeling, you set yourself apart like a modern day Marie Antoinette, giving advice without any real understanding of the world around you. Other people are quick to catch on when you lack empathy or any real understanding of how they are feeling. This diminishes your effectiveness with others and can put your career at risk.”

A Reputation for Empathy
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Audio: Smartphones, technology and your career with Douglas E. Welch at OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) in Simi Valley, California

August 25th, 2014 No comments

Audio: Smartphones, technology and your career with Douglas E. Welch at OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) in Simi Valley, California

An hour-long talk on how careerists (and anyone) can better use the technology they carry with them every day for OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) in Simi Valley, California.

I talk about apps, using voice control, navigation, productivity and more in this wide ranging talk.

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