"Never question the relevance of truth, but always question the truth of relevance."

"Never question the relevance of truth, but always question the truth of relevance." Being relevant is just one of three reasons why you keep getting passed up for roles in your job search. The three primary reasons are: 1. Your Network and connections 2. Your 'Pitch' and presentation 3. Lack of Relevance (or the perception) Statistics tell us that your next role is 98% likely to come out of your network and connections. Makes sense considering a first impression only takes 7 seconds. Having a connection to the role stretches that opportunity out for a first impression. It also provides context and more receptive audience for your 'pitch' and relevance. Check out a recent article "I've app

Your Career. Winter is Coming.

There are seasons in every career and sooner or later, Winter is coming. How you prepare for Winter is critical to your path but it's also important to have an appreciation for the warm Summer sunshine or acknowledge that what you are feeling is the transition of Fall. For many, the first time they experience Spring is coming out of school or that first move after 2-3 years in position. It's a season of discovery and the excitement of new opportunities. A relocation to a new job, a new city, and new opportunity on a bigger stage. The feeling of being wanted, valued, and actually courted. After a couple moves, lots of hard work, sacrifice, and a number of chances taken that have paid off, you

Four Career Game Changers for 2018

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." The struggle is 'reel'. You are working hard but getting nowhere. You're discouraged. Slow down. Breath. Reflect. First, reels and resumes are important door openers for sure but they are only part of what will help you land that big job. You know you are going to have interviews, writing or IQ tests, personality assessments, etc. You aren't a reel/resume. There is much much more. There are four game changers to managing your career. They aren't a quick fix, they require an investment. They are: 1. Managing your Differentiators. 2. Love your Audience or Clients. 3. Build your Toolbox. 4. Becoming Tim

10 Signs the Company's Going To Be Sold. What Next?!

So you're a marketing or promotions manager, a news reporter/anchor, a producer, or the company's top salesperson, you're definitely not a CFO, so how can you tell if your company or news station's in financial distress or maybe there are rumors of an impending sale, merger, acquisition? If you see these signs, what should you do next? First, what's happening when a company is put on the market or already in play? When entities are being marketed for sale, the final price will be determined through due diligence (research and validation of the data the seller provides to the buyer) and likely it's some multiple of cash flow, revenue, and/or profitability. For example, if the agreement betwee

Your Dog Loves Unconditionally.....Rest of Us Need Trust

Today marks the start of the new Chinese New Year – the year of the dog. They are our best friends and love us unconditionally. It's 2018 and there couldn't be a better time for unconditional love. We will all make mistakes in 2018 that will question others ability to trust us. A bad decision, thoughtless tweet, a careless public comment. It's an awful feeling. It's a very lonely place. You will not be loved unconditionally. Your dog might feel like your only friend. If you can accept that trust is at the core of every successful personal and professional relationship, it is possible to recover and restore. Create, maintain, and restore trust by focusing on 'ROCH'. #fbf article on ROCH: ht

"Love isn't something you find. Love is something that finds you."

"Love isn't something you find. Love is something that finds you." When it's the perfect fit, you know it. Unfortunately, love doesn't find you in the workplace, you must go find it. Added to your search is that the workplace isn't static, it's constantly changing. What is a perfect cultural fit today can change after an acquisition or a leadership change. The best fit starts with your understanding what a good fit looks and feels like. Give yourself some love, find your fit: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/culture-fit-keys-your-success-mike-mcnamara/ ~ #Wednesdaywisdom #ValentinesDay quote: Loretta Young Photo location: Bonobo Winery, Old Mission Peninsula About Mike McNamara: Mike has hel

There are only two elements of success; timing and your ability to act.

Recently I had a conversation with an associate of a previous career life and they said "man, your sense of timing is impeccable". Maybe, but I'm not lucky. I'm not prophetic. I'm not a fortune teller. What I am is experienced and I left that organization when my experience told me that my "truth" was different than the organization's and things were headed into corporate Hell. It was Thomas Hobbes that said "Hell is the truth learned too late." Right on brother! It's been said that experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. Yes, my experience has come from my mistakes and also important, the mistakes of others. These experiences and learning opportunities, mistakes of yours and oth

10 Signs That You're Going To Be Sold. What Next?!

So you're a marketing or promotions manager, a news reporter/anchor, a producer, or the company's top salesperson, you're definitely not a CFO, so how can you tell if your company or news station's in financial distress or maybe there are rumors of an impending sale, merger, acquisition? If you see these signs, what should you do next? First, what's happening when a company is put on the market or already in play? When entities are being marketed for sale, the final price will be determined through due diligence (research and validation of the data the seller provides to the buyer) and likely it's some multiple of cash flow, revenue, and/or profitability. For example, if the agreement betwee

TV, Multimedia, Retail, Higher Education? There is a heavy set woman warming up to sing ........

If you find yourself in TV, MultiMedia, Retail, Higher Education, or even Construction, there are 5 things you should be thinking about this weekend to manage your career within industries in transition. You had better anticipate change and to be best prepared, these 5 things should be on your long term career strategy list: 1. Slow Down, take Time to Plan and Prep. 2. Write, Produce, Direct, and Promote the "My Career" Movie. 3. Bigger the Base, the Taller your Career Pyramid. 4. You'll Need Help. 5. Quality and Results Matter. See this article with a bit more color and detail on each: https://lnkd.in/dC7AK2V Be Bold. Be Great. Be Timeless.

I've applied for 100 jobs and .... crickets

Two things are probably happening in your search to move up market, get promoted, or land a job after being in transition for weeks or months. You aren't offered the opportunity to interview. You've applied for dozens of jobs and you hear nothing. Crickets. You are 'one and out'. After the first interview or phone screen you follow up with the 'thank you' note/email but you never hear back. Crickets. In fairness, this is a tough process for both parties involved. The employer will spend $5,000 or more to hire the successful candidate (that's if there isn't a recruiter involved, then it goes up 3-4x). For every 100 applications they receive, they might find 1 or 2 candidates that are viable f

If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!

If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room! The view doesn't come to you, if you are going to get to someplace special in your career, you are going to have to take risks ....... One of the hardest things for us to do is get to comfortable being uncomfortable. Reaching peak performance never comes from sitting in our comfort zone. from Liane Davey, an expert in org performance after interviewing medal winning Olympic athletes .... "I'm more and more convinced that the secret to high performing individuals and teams is to get comfortable being uncomfortable. Only when you move into (and through) discomfort can you reach a new level of performance." The single most impo

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