As the tragedy of the great recession continues to roil across the nation bringing with it all the pain of people losing jobs, downsizing jobs, and taking on multiple part-time jobs to keep afloat. It appears that the word and even the concept of a job is being radically redefined in our economy yet most job hunters are myopically focused on this job and that job and haven’t really taken the time to “take the blinders off” from the industrial era mindset that left us a long, long time ago.
Please join me as the Career Revival Tour makes a stop at Kellogg School of Management Alumni Network event on November 20, 2013. The presentation, Career Revival or Survival is based on the radio show I created, produced and hosted on WGN 720 throughout 2012.
If there are others that might be interested or benefit from this one-of-a-kind presentation, please pass it along. Click on the link to read more and register by midnight Sunday, November 17th
Most of the time, we build our jobs and our organizations and our lives around today, assuming that tomorrow will be a lot like now. Resilience, the ability to shift and respond to change, comes way down the list of the things we often consider.
And yet… A crazy world is certain to get crazier. The industrial economy is fading, and steady jobs with it. The financial markets will inevitably get more volatile. The Earth is warming, ever faster, and the rate and commercial impact of natural disasters around the world is on an exponential growth curve.
Hence the need for resilience, for the ability to survive and thrive in the face of change.
"How did I get here?", "What happened?", "Who moved my cheese?" “What’s next?"
You might have asked yourself one of these questions or something close to it over the last two years. We all have! Something strange is going on around us and it feels very different. We’ve been in career transitions before and we’ve landed before and maybe we’ve even been through it a couple of times over the last 20 years but, something has radically changed and we’re not feeling very comfortable at all.
During my executive coaching sessions over the past years with clients that are trying to get a “better handle” on their career direction or lack thereof, I frequently share with them a bus metaphor to help them visualize what might be going on in their “career world” as a way of assessing some of the real challenges they’re facing in moving forward.
“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”—Steve Jobs
Have you ever asked yourself, “How the hell did I fall into this career rut”? If you haven’t, you will. If you have, relax, you’re not alone. You’ve got plenty of company!
You see, the very fact that you recognize you’re in a career rut means you’re actually getting ready for a change……….maybe, a real change!
Start out your mental journey with another question, “How do I begin to climb out of this career rut?” Your desire to do something about it changes your attitude and attitude has everything to do with your happiness and success (however you define it). So, even if you’re feeling worn out, determine to do something about it, use that energy to take the first step in turning things around.
You know it won’t be easy and like kicking any habit, there is always pitfalls and backsliding. But, you need to keep searching for a way out. You can’t give up! You can’t settle! You’re too good for that and you know it!
Simply put, we ALL have to decide whether we picture ourselves as a VICTIM of our past choices or as a CAPTAIN of our future! You’ve got to choose, you’ve got to commit, you’ve got to take this first step!
First, use more extreme criteria. Think of what happens to our closets when we use the broad criteria: “Is there a chance that I will wear this someday in the future?” The closet becomes cluttered with clothes we rarely wear. If we ask, “Do I absolutely love this?” then we will be able to eliminate the clutter and have space for something better. We can do the same with our career choices.
By applying tougher criteria we can tap into our brain’s sophisticated search engine. If we search for “a good opportunity,” then we will find scores of pages for us to think about and work through. Instead, we can conduct an advanced search and ask three questions: “What am I deeply passionate about?” and “What taps my talent?” and “What meets a significant need in the world?” Naturally there won’t be as many pages to view, but that is the point of the exercise. We aren’t looking for a plethora of good things to do. We are looking for our absolute highest point of contribution.
When’s the last time you took your career out on a date, let alone, meeting up for a cup of coffee? Funny isn’t it, your career and you couldn’t be closer. I mean you spend so much time with her. In fact, from what I can see, most of your waking hours have been spent with her. You even travel a fair distance by car, train, subway or just walking to be with her……………commuting an hour or even more.
As the creator and host of the Career Revival Tour radio show on WGN, I’m amazed that every time I scroll through some career articles or blogs, they all seem to be “majoring in minors”. What I mean specifically is the vast amount of words that are spent on the crafting of the resume…………………..types, styles, format, wordsmithing (if I just change a word or two, my phone will ring off the hook!), an objective or not, months/years or just years, capitalization or not, color of paper, and on and on and on and on and on it goes where it will stop I certainly don’t know and really don’t care!
Listen in to the latest Career Revival Tour podcast on the interworld of the interview. You’re going to hear some perspectives, views and practical recommendations that just might REVIVE your tired approach!
One reason to do something is because you get paid to do it.
But it’s sad to think that this might be the only reason to do something.
Now that you’ve got a skillset and trust and leverage and a following and the tools to make something happen, are you going to invest your heart and soul into something that’s important or waste it selling something you’re not proud of?
Listen in to the music and lyrics from Bruce Springsteen and learn some ways you can take back your career, reinvent your career, revive your career, do something to your career before it crashes and burns on the 4th turn!
Our view of the world is powered by personal algorithms: observing how all of the component pieces (and people) that make up our personal social system interact, and looking for patterns to predict what will happen next. When systems behave linearly and react immediately, we tend to be fairly accurate with our forecasts. This is why toddlers love discovering light switches: cause and effect are immediate. The child flips the switch, and on goes the light. But our predictive power plummets when there is a time delay or non-linearity, as in the case of a CEO who delivers better-than-expected earnings only to wonder at a drop in the stock price.
Enter my co-author, MIT-trained strategist and engineer Juan Carlos Méndez-García, who consults with both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. According to Méndez-García, one of the best models for making sense of a non-linear world is the S-curve, the model we have used to understand the diffusion of disruptive innovations, and which he and I speculate can be used to understand personal disruption — the necessary pivots in our own career paths.
I’ve heard it said that the most brilliant business ideas are often the simplest. From my experience, it’s true. In fact, when I am fortunate enough to receive sage advice from a famously gifted person, I’ll often ask myself, “Why didn’t I think of that?” So here I humbly share with you a winning formula that I see leaders use again and again and again…to change the world.
(Click on title above to read the article by Mike Maddock with Forbes)
“I have looked myself in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.’”— Steve Jobs
Listen in to The Career Revival Tour as Jeff and Beth discuss the age old question that is so relevant today more than ever. Many of us feel stuck in the jobs we dislike and constantly bounce between staying or leaving. Here are some things to consider as you go through this “pinball” experience.
I was watching the Olympics the other day and a commercial came on from one of the financial services sponsors. It showed a woman standing at her workplace saying something along the lines of, “I can’t wait for my retirement so I can do what I love”. Really?
She (or the writer of her script) is actually telling me I have to wait until I’m 65, 70, 75 (your pick) until I get to do the things I love. Wow, welcome to twisted thinking or is this our advertising friends just piling on our fear of the future, as it there isn’t enough! So, if I understand this right, I should be working, working and working at some job (career) that I hate or dislike or disinterested in for 30-40 years so I can save up enough money so I can retire to do what I really love. Sign me up……….not!