You thought you were going on a cruise but in reality, you joined the Navy.

You thought you were going on a cruise but in reality, you joined the Navy. The culture of your company, station, or org is largely the desires and goals of the leadership that has turned into a sets of beliefs. It's my contention that sometimes your fit into the culture is more important than your experience and skills. It's also my belief that if you find yourself in the wrong culture there are two probable paths: 1. You can try to change it but you likely won't be successful and it will result in you being treated like the Ebola virus. You will be 'culturally quarantined' and isolated from opportunities and upward mobility. 2. Unlike the Koreans in this photo, you are in complete contro

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." You're in your early 30's, you are struggling to take that next step, moving up market or getting that first managerial role. What's going on? First, let's put 32 yrs old into perspective. Feels like you've been working FOR. EVER. right? The reality is that 32 is literally less than 25% through your career. It's actually a terrific point to stop, reflect, LEARN, and maybe begin to reinvent. I believe there are three components to your reinvention: 1. LEARN more about what makes you tick. It's critical we don't make the same mistakes over and over again throughout our career. 2. Formalize a career plan. At least t

Why I NEVER hire Millennials ......

I NEVER hire Millennials. Because I hire for talent first and many of the successful candidates just happen to be Millennial. When did this resilient and tech savvy generation become a label with such a negative stigma? For example, a recent Forbes article took a deeper dive into why Millennials are being are not being promoted in the workforce. They didn't focus on the flattening of the org structure. The author offered the following five reasons: Unreasonable Expectations Unprofessional Dress Sloppy English, Inappropriate Jokes Not Embracing Company Culture Not Developing "Professional" Skills Now if you've been around a couple years you might think like I did ... "Boy, I know a lot of Bo

Age is just a Number.

We frequently focus on the wrong things as we look for answers when we struggle in our careers, especially when we are in transition. We often turn our attention to the elements that we have little or no control over. It's without question the easiest way to deflect responsibility and accountability. We can become distracted by the noise, not the cause. In this case the noise can be simple demographics - gender, race, orientation, or many times we point to our age. Age is just a Number. It's important to note that before I move forward that I recognize that horrific and illegal employment practices exist. There are media/entertainment industries where "young, hot, and cheap" is a recruiting

"Love always finds it way home....."

"Love always finds it way home....." Knowing that you have unconditional support as you fight the battles and slay the dragons in your career is absolutely priceless. A quick #tbt reflection of a career well lived.... I've moved my family 11 times across 5 states. I've had international assignments and away from home for weeks at a time. I've been promoted a lot. I've been sold, downsized, right sized, laid off, and fired. As I was thinking back on some of the biggest challenges, the many nearly catastrophic mistakes, and greatest accomplishments, I could easily pinpoint the role of my partner in all. It's almost like I had an unfair competitive advantage (and still do). It's important

Once you see it, you can't unsee it.

"Living most of the time in a world created mostly in one's head, does not make for an easy passage in the real world." You may not believe the image attached to this post, but once you see it, you can't unsee it ...... The data source pictured is real world/real time payroll data from one of the most trusted compensation reporting firms in the country. This profile is of an entry level reporter in broadcast news but it could easily be others in businesses facing disruption or in decline. Four relevant points: 1. Time in position and experience literally doesn't pay (much). 2. Positions in other disciplines and companies pay 50-75% more. 3. There is a gender gap and pay equity issue. 4. Thi

"The Fit Executive Starts on the Inside. My Journey from Fat to Fit"

Fifteen years ago, I woke up and found myself headed in the wrong direction. Change was necessary and this article reflects that change, aptly titled: "The Fit Executive Starts on the Inside. My Journey from Fat to Fit" I put a lot of effort into living by attributes that I believe are foundational for every successful executive and senior manager. Business author Patrick Lencioni speaks and writes about the ‘Extraordinary Executive’ and the three things he looks for when recruiting future leaders. He believes that smart, hard working and humble people have the right building blocks to be successful leaders. I agree and its clear to me after a thirty year career that the Energy to Compete an

The Best Free 10 Minute Career Hack .......

This is the best 10 minute LinkedIn hack that increases visibility to your audience, improves your profile appearance, and it’s completely free. It's time to focus on your headline ..... Your headline is made up of 120 characters that will auto populate with your current job and employer. It's both aesthetic and functional. Other than your name, this is one of the most searchable fields on LinkedIn. Is there a better headline for your professional career than your current job? You bet there is! By using straight bars and spaces you can use keywords to increase your visibly in searches but it also can represent where you are headed, not where you are or have been. Think about using keyword

Living in the Comfort Zone is the wrong Time Zone bruh!

If you are living in the Comfort Zone you're living in the wrong Time Zone bruh! "Doubt Kills More Dreams Than Failure Ever Will." Your dreams will never materialize without action and casting aside fear/doubt. Everyone dreams but it's the action that differentiates the accomplished from other people and the noise in our lives. Push 'pause' on the doubt button in your career and get started. Action is just one way to overcome doubt. Couple others: 1. Get comfortable with failure by adopting a lifestyle that rewards continuous improvement. There is so much to be learned from failure! 2. Work backwards from your goals closing the gaps as you go and understand the dependencies. Stay focused

Ugh, it's Monday morning again .....

Ugh, it's Monday morning again ..... If you are being honest with yourself, it's time to start thinking career transition, a different industry. Consider starting with your hustle. If you are in an industry in decline like; retail, higher education, or television broadcasting, you should consider taking control of your career the same way Steve Jobs did in the 70's. I've found a side hustle can be helpful in two very important areas: 1. Gives you something positive to focus on if you find your day job to be a dead end road without compromising your current compensation. You can develop important transferable skills. 2. It might be the road map to the independence of self employment and fin

"It's more fun to be a pirate than it is to join the Navy."

"It's more fun to be a pirate than it is to join the Navy." Yeah, pirates do not live with regret. The smallest word, 3 letters, can be the basis of your biggest regrets in life: 'NOT' What have you NOT done or NOT attempted, because of your personal paradigms or worse, fear and doubt? You want to go back to school? (my mother did at 53 years old and thrived in a 2nd career in her 60's). Want to go to Sturgis during 'Bike Week' (checked that box 3 times, see photo!). There can be amazing rewards when you leave the pack to explore what 'could be'. Your personal frame and doubt can hold you back, questioning the benefits vs the risk/reward of stretching. If you haven't read this yet, check o

Surviving an Industry in Decline ...... Part 1: The Recognition

Regardless of industry, it's important to understand and embrace that you individually have little or no impact on the current decline nor can you reverse trends. That doesn't mean you are helpless. In fact, you are in total control of your career and where you are headed. Actually, it's a huge bonus because you can see it coming, especially if you are in the TV Broadcast News, Retail, Higher Education or even Construction. First it's necessary to understand whether the decline in your industry is cyclical in nature or a permanent trend. For example, cyclical industries include auto, housing (construction and real estate), airlines and travel. Usually there is an external force that causes c

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