Job Loss is Tough

Recently speaking to my group at JMS, we were visiting the idea of trying to stay focused and positive while dealing with career transition. In the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald (he should know given his life struggles) –“Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.” Sometime […]

It’s HOT Here

OK maybe global warming is on the rebound. At least in the greater Houston area, we are experiencing hotter than usual days with no rain whatsoever. As we say here in Texas, “even the jackrabbits are carrying canteens”. I’ve been trying to act like none of this is happening though. I’ve been doing yard work […]

May Musings

Dear blog trackers, sorry for no new content recently. I’ve been incredibly busy with developing some new guides and seminar topic ideas. But that aside, how you been? How is your relationship development going? Have you made any new, meaningful contacts since we last spoke? NO? Shame on you. I’d say I’ve made at least […]

Quality Relationships

The age old wisdom we heard when we were kids and the same stuff we tell our kids ‘if you want a friend, be a friend’ is all the more compelling today. Why? The conditions of the current job market and the business climate that has impacted those jobs both cry out for a change. I […]

Sharpening the Saw

I like Steven Covey’s 7th habit, sharpening the saw. At first I had trouble getting the word picture, but that was long ago. Since then I have become a voracious reader. I find this expands the mind and keeps the age-creep from setting in. Anyway, some of my most recent main courses have been Jeffrey […]

30-Second Info-Bomb

Job seekers usually get introduced to the famous “30-second commercial”. The logic is that you need a solid, to-the-point intro pitch in the event you meet someone of importance with whom you would like to connect. Further we are told that people only have 10 to 20 seconds to make a good first impression. So […]

Sales Minded job Search – Revisited

Last week while speaking at a conference, one attendee took me to task when I talked about having a sales minded approach to your job search and your interview. Where the discussion went then is not important right now, but I confess it made me think a bit. OK…time’s up. No, I am not changing […]

TGF

Long week, but great week. I had the good fortune of meeting with members of the PMI Houston organization during their annual conference at the GRB in Houston. This was a super group of folks. I met people from all walks of the certified project management world. After three very intense days of workshops, panels, […]

Personal Networking

Last thought for today (after day-long conference venue)…. let’s try turning all new contacts into personal networking moments. Strive to add value Build high trust in the relationship Reciprocate Guard your credibility with established contacts ALWAYS look for new opportunities in each dialogue, contact, and meeting Give, give, give

Blast the Box

Ok, nowadays ‘thinking outside the box’ is cliche. We’ve heard it so much we have either forgotten the idea or written it off. The problem is that psychologists tell us we all have these personal paradigms that drive our reation and interaction with culture and society. The older we get, the more “Set in our […]