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Video: Weathering the Transition Storm from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

December 30th, 2014 Comments off

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Don’t constantly be on the lookout for stability — once you’ve got that base level. You want to stay “in training” — that’s the term I used here — keep “in training.” You want to go to the gym — got to the transition gym — every so often and make sure that you haven’t lost the ability to lift that transitional weight you need to lift.

You want to be able to better weather the storms and I know we don’t sail a lot these days, but sailing metaphors sometimes are some of the best metaphors for our lives. Because we want to roll with waves. We don’t want to be capsized. We don’t want to be swamped. We don’t want to be driven under by the changes in our lives. We want to just, sit like a little cork on top of the water and roll with the changes. Sometimes there are going to he violent changes and sometimes they’ll be smaller, but we want to be on top of the waves not underneath them somewhere. And the way we do that is by constantly engaging in that change.

Video: Make the best decision for you from “It’s Your Career, After All” with Douglas E. Welch

December 29th, 2014 Comments off

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When you are between a decision between you and your company, you have to make the decision that is best for…you. Ok? The company will only ever make a decision that is best for them. You should put yourself on the same level. If they’re going to do what’s best for them, I HAVE to do what is best for me. Even if you manager, your co-workers, company may not think it is a good idea for them, well, so what! If you don’t make the best decision for you, you are basically giving up any power you had to them and saying. “Oh, I guess your better than I am — smarter than I am. You tell me what to do.”

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Archive: Ugliness and Beauty — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

December 27th, 2014 Comments off

Ugliness and Beauty

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You may think that ugliness and beauty are only concepts that occur in art, but they are both part of everyday life. More importantly, they are also a part of your work. Every action we take, everything we do can often be divided along these lines. Were we kind to our fellow bus passengers? Beauty. Did we drop our litter on the ground? Ugliness. While it may seem extreme to divide the world into only two sides, it can give us a very clear idea of how much effect our actions have on the world.

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Video: It’s Ok to engage with change from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

December 23rd, 2014 Comments off

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So, again, another reason to be out there engaging with transition — engaging with change — on a constant basis and I don’t want you to be afraid of it, because you’re not deciding the end goal of your life with every single decision. You’re just looking into it. It’s like walking down the shelves of a library and seeing a book that interests you and pulling it off the shelf and reading it. There’s no huge commitment in that. There’s no huge commitment to flipping through the first few pages of the book. It doesn’t mean that’s the only book you’re going to read for the rest of your life. So, why would you think that change that comes into your life has the same effect. You’re not committing to that change forever. You’re just looking at it and investigating it and say “Hey, is this a good change? Could this change lead to something bigger? Could it make my life a little happier a little better, whatever?” Hey, it’s worth checking out.

Video: Staying in a crappy job is your fault from “It’s Your Career, After All” with Douglas E. Welch

December 22nd, 2014 Comments off

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There is a great book called Radical Careering that I love by Sally Hogshead — great book! Radical Careering and one of the things — it is more of a picture book almost. It’s like pithy quotes and stuff and one of them says, “Being in crappy job is not your fault. Staying in a crappy job is your fault.” (inaudible) That’s right. Crappy Anything. Staying in that, when you know better, is your fault and you need to see it that way. Please, don’t ask for excuses from others, because often times they won’t occur and you’re just sitting there going “Do da doo, not my problem. I’m unhappy but it’s not my problem because no one gave me an excuse.” No! You’re unhappy because you have haven’t made a decision. Make the decision. 

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Archive: Those who talk, but do not do — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

December 19th, 2014 Comments off

Those who talk, but do not do

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“I want to…” “I need to…” “I would love to…”
We hear these every day from those around us. We might even say it ourselves. Then come the excuses. “I don’t have enough time. I’m too busy. I don’t have the money.” There are a hundred more. While I can easily forgive occasionally slipping into this mode, one of the most frustrating experiences is knowing or working with someone who professes to want or need so much and yet does nothing to achieve any goals. What they are often saying is that they lack the will to do something, not the time.

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

December 18th, 2014 Comments off

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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 Comments off

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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 Comments off

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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 Comments off

It’s Your Career After All

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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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