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Archive: Organizing can be a great boost to your career — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

November 28th, 2014 Comments off

Organizing can be a great boost to your career

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Meetups are everywhere and the topics they support include technology, sewing, writing and a thousand other things. You might even attend some of these meetups or other user group meetings or conferences on a regular basis but have you ever thought of starting a meetup of your own? Surely there is some area where you would like to share your interests with other people. While meetups and user groups can be fun, they can also be a way to enhance your career while learning new things and having a great time.

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Video: Evaluating Opportunities from Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

November 27th, 2014 Comments off

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Te next thing about the Compass that really is effective is it allows you to evaluate opportunities that present themselves. If you see an opportunity that is sitting up here in this quadrant, you’re likfe Yeaaaaaa. Score! ANd you pursue that with your heart because that is taking you exactly where you want to go. See something going this way? Still good. Still cool. Cool stuff you like doing. I can do that. Stuff I’m doing now. Ok, maybe I can parlay that into a bigger role, a higher salary, a better title. Whatever. Because I have been doing that already. I’m experienced in that. So, when you’re — when you bump into the guys at Starbucks, and he says, “Well, I need this IT guy to come in and do this networking stuff for me” and you can say “Yeah I can do that.” That’s in my realm of my career that I want to head into. 

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

November 26th, 2014 Comments off

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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 Comments off

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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 Comments off

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 Comments off

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 Comments off

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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 Comments off

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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 Comments off

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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 Comments off

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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