What It Felt Like 8 Years Ago in the Chicago Suburbs. ‘The Economic Death of a Community is Hushed.’​

What It Felt Like 8 Years Ago In The Chicago Suburbs. ‘The Economic Death Of A Community Is Hushed.’​

My old friend Bob wrote the following in 2009. And before you read it, remember that Dodd-Frank was brought in after the 2008-09 financial crisis with the aim of avoiding another financial meltdown. Never a Mecca of excitement to begin with, my town—let’s just call it Sleepyville—was mostly composed of neat, modest middle-class homes and a series of national franchises…

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Your Three Main Network Groups. Use With Care.

Your Three Main Network Groups. Use With Care.

I recently spoke to someone going through a re-org within a large MNC, unsure whether he'll stay longer or be asked to move on. In the meantime, he was sending out notes to everyone he knew. The "Putting-Out-The-Word" shuffle, getting hold of the most valuable contacts to see if they could help. He wasn't having much luck. On the other…

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How some companies interview badly; 5 suggestions to raise the bar

I once had a corporate client with bad interviewing habits. It wasn’t just one person; the slowness to hire seemed to be part of their culture, a rather sclerotic interviewing process. The visible damage was often good candidates, initially interested in joining but lost interest after a few months, and later spoke disparagingly about them, reputational bruising which was unnecessary,…

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…Then Your Face Will Surely Show It

One of the challenges we all face at certain times is having ‘satisfying work.’ If the job we do daily is not in sync with our goals, values or aspirations, it’s a mismatch. That may be corrected–by changing one’s attitude, changing the job itself or moving into a different surrounding. In other words, exert some internal or external change to…

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Coaching Conversations

Over a coffee not long ago: -I’m looking around, curious to see what else is out there -That’s fine, nothing the matter with that. Anything in particular that is spurring you on right now to look? -Do you know my boss? -Yes, but not well. -He and I are very different–I consider myself more diplomatic, quieter, I guess, and less…

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The CEO of your career

I went to a New York Times talk the other day, moderated by Tom Friedman. The subject was the Global Future, which could have kept people on the dais for years, but fortunately it was only one day.. Among the comments whizzing by was how to take ownership of your career, and in Friedman’s words to ‘think both like an…

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Ain’t no one gonna save ya, honey

I recently met with someone who wanted career help. When we sat down to talk, she came unglued. Her company was going through a large re-org (who isn’t..) the team's budget had been cut, uncertainty over who or what would arise from the ashes of the re-org, and she was being pulled 100 different directions. Sound familiar? When she regained…

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