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Video: An excess of stability? from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

November 26th, 2014 No comments

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A perverse nature of stability, too, is that sometimes we can have too much stability. If you’ve ever heard someone say, “I’m bored. Life is boring. It’s all I do. I have my house.” and they have a lovely house and a lovely car and lovely children and their life is boring. And I think in a lot of cases, they are suffering form an excess of stability. They don’t have enough change, enough transition, in their lives. We strive so hard and so long for that stability that sometimes we actually end up getting trapped by it. Because we get there, it’s like (deep sigh) “Aaaaahhh. Now I never have to think about it again.” Well, you do that for about 2 months and then you start to go mad, because life becomes boring. Without change, life is boring. Without transition, life is boring. 

Video: No single focus in every career from “It’s Your Career, After All” with Douglas E. Welch

November 24th, 2014 No comments

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People ask me at age 50 “What do you want to do? What do you want to be when you grow up?” I really don’t know. I am one of those people who doe snot have a single point of goal out there in the woods. Mine is more like a starfield. I have a variety of interests. Often they are totally divergent. If you look at my blogs, I write about careers. I write about food, wine, and other,stuff and books on my other blog. I write a gardening blog. I write a blog on New Media and I write a bog on technology. Those are kind of my basic star points out there and I’ve never been able to decide between them. I always have some interest in all of those things, so I pursue them. One will be more active than another at any one time. They are all kind if in the farming terminology we say something lies fallow. Which means you let a field, you don’t plant that field that year, you let it lay fallow to rejuvenate and some of the projects will go fallow for a little while and some will come back up and that’s just the way I live my life.

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Your superpower is the good example you provide with our own actions. Use it often!

November 23rd, 2014 No comments

Your superpower is the good example you provide with our own actions. Use it often!

Your superpower is the good example you provide with our own actions. Use it often!

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Archive: Your job depends on those around you — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

November 21st, 2014 No comments

Your job depends on those around you

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As many of you already know, in the corporate world, relations between departments can often be adversarial. Finance fights with creative, sales fights with manufacturing and almost everyone fights with IT. The problems that arise from this go much deeper than stalled company initiatives and delayed products. If you continue to develop adversarial relationships you might be putting yourself on the fast path to layoff. 

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Video: Don’t go the wrong way from Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

November 21st, 2014 No comments

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If you’re working in these two quadrants — if you’re down here — you are actively sabotaging your life. You might as well go out and shoot yourself in the foot because that is exactly what you are doing every single day. You’re trying to get to America. You’re Columbus trying to get to America and you’re going the wrong way. He’s going to end up in Africa because he turned around and suddenly decided to go East for some reason. It is that ludicrous. Don’t do it if at all possible. 

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Video: Constantly look for the new, the different from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

November 19th, 2014 No comments

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We want to constantly be looking outwards for the new, the different, the change and the transitions in our lives and embrace them. That’s where opportunity in your life and career comes from — from these new, different, changeable things — that person who walks into your life and has a great idea but doesn’t know how to go forward with it and that’s what you can provide them. The new job that suddenly appears out of nowhere. The new book you’ve read. Whatever. We need to constantly be looking for those interesting things in our lives because that’s where great things are going t happen.

Video: What have you done for yourself? from “It’s Your Career, After All” with Douglas E. Welch

November 17th, 2014 No comments

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And I talk with caregivers a lot. At the age I’m at and my wife and I are “of a certain age” and when these start to take place and I am always counseling them — I always praise them for what they’re doing and I say, “What have you done for yourself, lately? What have you done for you?” Because I know that it of they don’t do something for themselves — if they don’t get away — if they don’t have those regular breaks that they can take — they will burn out and they will fail. Same thing applies to your career. You have to refill that tank and concern yourself with your own career, and develop your own career otherwise you simply will burn out and you will end up in a job that you hate and you’ll feel trapped. And will talk a little bit about trapped in a bit.

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Archive: Don’t air your troubles in public — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

November 15th, 2014 No comments

Don’t air your troubles in public

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I could feel the chill as soon as I walked into the small bakery near my son’s school. I had come in to pick up a coffee, but ended up with this column. The chill had nothing to do with the weather or the air conditioning. The atmosphere was being created by two women seated towards the back of the room. I could immediately tell they were having a heated discussion about something. Humans seem to have an innate ability to recognize when others are unhappy and my “fight or flight” mechanisms went to full alert, even though I couldn’t hear exactly what was being said. That would soon change, though.

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Video: Keep Heading North from Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

November 13th, 2014 No comments

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For me, this is the most important quadrant of the whole compass, because if you are headed in your career here or here, you’re doing great. You’re heading — you’re either doing stuff that you like to do or heading towards stuff you would like to do. You’re understanding that you’re looking for opportunities. If you take a job that is filled with stuff you hate doing or you’re looking at a job you really don’t ever want to do that, you can imagine that is not where you want to be. And yet, I see people there all the time. I talk to people who who are utterly desperate about their work. It is making them sick. i have been in a situation whereI have been made physically ill by my work situation. It’s not fun and it need not happen. Partially, it’s because people have not thought about what they want. Intuitively, they know, but everyday — it’s like the boat wants to go this way and everyday they are turning it to got the other way. You can’t do that. If there is anything else I can reinforce with you today, you deserve better than that and you need to listen to what you want. 

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Video: Our reaction to transition from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

November 12th, 2014 Comments off

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Don’t just accept everything as kind of a fait accompli which means something that has just happened and you have to deal with it. Yes, there are points in our life every so often — I don’t think they are usual — when things are kind of presented to us and we simply have to deal with it, but as everyone in the self-help genre is fond of saying, it’s not what happens that is important. It is our reactions to it. And I am a perfect example of that. I have trouble with my reactions to change sometimes. Which is why I have thought about this so much. I tend to overreact to things. That’s just the way I’m made up. I can do things that try to alleviate it. I can work around it. Self-knowledge helps. Even if you can’t control it entirely. At least you know, Ok, this is why I’m feeling this way. I need to like go off in a corner and have a cup of coffee and just chill for a while an get my footing back, but it’s very important to understand who you are and how you reat to things and try to tune those reactions to better serve you. Sometimes we spend all of our time trying to better serve the externals. Everybody out there. Everything out there and we don’t think about ourselves that much. And that is where transition can really throw us off. We’re not thinking about how am I going to deal with this transition. We’re thinking about what are they going to think about this transition. 

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