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Your career depends on the company you keep from the Career Opportunities Podcast

June 18th, 2018 No comments

Your career depends on the company you keep from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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 “CHAPTER XXII — CONCERNING THE SECRETARIES OF PRINCES

The choice of servants is of no little importance to a prince, and they are good or not according to the discrimination of the prince. And the first opinion which one forms of a prince, and of his understanding, is by observing the men he has around him; and when they are capable and faithful he may always be considered wise, because he has known how to recognize the capable and to keep them faithful. But when they are otherwise one cannot form a good opinion of him, for the prime error which he made was in choosing them.” — Niccolo Machiavelli

Even as far back as the Renaissance — and probably before — people have known that good people attract other good people while evil, avaricious, greedy, mean people attract those with the same failures and vices. You can be, and will be, judged by the company you keep, but few people seem to understand or remember this very useful part of human nature. Worse still, even when people understand that the company they keep is damaging their career and life, they remain in their company simply because leaving it — quitting a job, finding another, moving schools or homes — is simply too much trouble. This column is a reminder that the damage you do to your career by associating with the wrong people is far worse than the inconvenience you will face in trying to change it.

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The little truths we need to tell ourselves from the Career Opportunities Podcast

June 11th, 2018 No comments

The little truths we need to tell ourselves from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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Telling the truth, especially in situations that require it, is important to every career. The truth can be hard. It can be dangerous to your job. It can also raise you above others who have decided to ignore the problems that are right before them. Sure, we all tell little white lies to smooth our interactions with others, but in the end, the truth is usually the most powerful tool we own.

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Acting and Your Carer from the Career Opportunities Podcast

June 4th, 2018 Comments off

Acting and Your Carer from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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Given my focus on computer consulting and writing, it always seems to amaze people when I tell them that my college degree is actually unrelated to either of these areas. I graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in — theater! That’s right, I did every possible job in the theater during my time in college. I was an actor, a dancer, a singer, lighting operator, stage manager and more. I think I spent more time in the theater than I spent in the classroom during my college years and even though I do not work in professional theatre now, I think that that time has had a direct and significant impact on my life and career ever since.

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The pain of solving a problem today is always less than the pain of solving it tomorrow from the Career Opportunities Podcast

May 28th, 2018 Comments off

The pain of solving a problem today is always less than the pain of solving it tomorrow from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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Human conflict can be troubling to all parties involved. For myself, being forced into conflict with others leaves me drained, even when the problems are small. That said, many of us put off important, if painful, discussions much longer than is healthy. We think that sparing ourselves and others the pain of a a difficult conversation today, is more important than solving the problem. Surely, we can talk about it later. The trouble being, though, the pain of solving a problem today is always less than the pain of solving it tomorrow. Conflict might be frightening, angering and depressing, but I can guarantee you it will only get worse the longer you procrastinate.

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What you DON’T do is often more important than what you do from the Career Opportunities Podcast [Audio]

May 21st, 2018 Comments off

What you DON’T do is often more important than what you do from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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When people talk about careers, jobs and productivity the main focus is almost always about doing — getting things done — being highly productive. I often write on these topics myself. Moving from inaction to action is greatly important, but as with everything in life, there is an opposite or converse side to that advice. Sometimes in your life and your career you will be judged more harshly for those things you didn’t do than for those things you did. Whether a sin of commission or omission, failing to do something important can damage your career much more than doing something that fails.

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Reading – The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier – 18 in a series

May 15th, 2018 Comments off

I’ll be highlighting books that I am reading (or re-reading) on all sorts of topics this year — Douglas

Reading – The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier – 18 in a series

Reading -  The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier- 18 in a series

In my life and I my work, I am often called upon to consult (and console) people who are having issues with their career and more. After writing Career Opportunities for nearly 20 years, the emails I have received have given me an opportunity to assist people all over the world and a wide variety of career issues.

One common occurrence when I am coaching someone is that they ask me for answers to their most pressing problems. Even before I read The Coaching Habit, though, I was already following some of Stanier’s methods. Many times my first response to them was an answer to their problems, but rather a question that might help define their problems further. Often, the problem isn’t what people think it is. It is buried deep within an onion of issues that lead to encompassing nest of smaller, associated issues.

There are times though when, like others, I want to jump right in and “solve” the problem (even though I probably don’t know what that problem is yet.) The Coaching Habit gives me both great reasons and methods for avoiding this consulting trap and bringing real, deep, intimate (and more importantly, self-driven) change to a person. I’ve been consciously employing his methods over the last few weeks and I can see some dramatic shifts in how I approach my consulting my counseling. When I see myself moving into “solution” mode, I now have some tools to help me dig deeper and greater and even bigger impact.

The Coaching Habit is a short and easy read and something you can start putting to work immediately, even before you completed the book. In fact, applying each of the questions as you learn them is a great way to understand them more deeply and integrate them into your life.

From Amazon.com…

In Michael Bungay Stanier’s The Coaching Habit, coaching becomes a regular, informal part of your day so managers and their teams can work less hard and have more impact.
Drawing on years of experience training more than 10,000 busy managers from around the globe in practical, everyday coaching skills, Bungay Stanier reveals how to unlock your peoples’ potential. He unpacks sevenessential coaching questions to demonstrate how–by saying less and asking more–you can develop coaching methods that produce great results.

  • Get straight to the point in any conversation with The Kickstart Question
  • Stay on track during any interaction with The Awe Question
  • Save hours of time for yourself with The Lazy Question, and hours of time for others with The Strategic Question
  • Get to the heart of any interpersonal or external challenge with The Focus Question and The Foundation Question
  • Finally ensure others find your coaching as beneficial as you do with The Learning Question

A fresh innovative take on the traditional how-to manual, the book combines insider information with research based in neuroscience and behavioural economics, together with interactive training tools to turnpractical advice into practiced habits. Witty and conversational, The Coaching Habit takes your work–and your workplace–from good to great.

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Treat every career like an entertainment career from the Career Opportunities Podcast

May 14th, 2018 Comments off

Treat every career like an entertainment career from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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What would happen if you treated your carer in the same way as an actor, a musician or an artist? What if you considered yourself a freelancer no matter where you worked or for whom? What if you saw every job as a stepping stone to a CAREER and not just another step in an endless string of “just to get by on ” jobs?

Now, of course, I don’t mean that you should start acting like some of our most at risk stars involved in drugs, alcohol  or a highly publicized 27 day marriages. Your goal is a long and productive career, not a a bright shining moment that ends in a crash. In fact, these bad examples can often be more useful than good examples. They warn us of the dangers and pitfalls to avoid.  The good examples then serve to give us a guideline as to how to handle our career paths.

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A college degree isn’t a license to a great career from the Career Opportunities Podcast

May 7th, 2018 Comments off

A college degree isn’t a license to a great career from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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Today’s column is addressed to my younger readers and listeners. It might also be useful to those of us who are older and have children entering the university system in the next couple of years. It carries an important message that everyone needs to hear. A college degree will not and cannot guarantee you a good job or a good career. I don’t believe that has ever been true. In the end, your career depends on you, your skills, your desires and your hard work. University is simply one way of gathering knowledge and skills to help that endeavour.

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Networking isn’t about business cards from the Career Opportunities Podcast

April 30th, 2018 Comments off

Networking isn’t about business cards from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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After a busy month of networking mixers, Social Media Week panel discussions and hosting my 5th CareerCamp unconference I was reminded of an important lesson. We all talk about networking as an important part of building our career, but I think we can sometimes lose sight of what networking truly is and how we can best connect with those around us. There are some very important concepts to remember when you are out there actively networking if you want to gain the biggest benefit from your activities.

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Look deeper to find hidden jobs from the Career Opportunities Podcast

April 23rd, 2018 Comments off

Look deeper to find hidden jobs from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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It is conventional wisdom that bigger is always better, but when it comes to your job search, returning to the same old well might not serve your best interests. If you are looking where everyone else is looking, you shouldn’t be surprised when you find yourself facing hundreds, if not thousands, of other candidates for the same job. I think it is safe to say that in today’s environment you need to look beyond the largest job search sites if you want to build the career you deserve.

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