Did you miss your wake-up call this week because you are afraid to answer the call?

"Middle age is when you're sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn't for you." Did you miss your wake-up call this week because you are afraid to answer the call? We get 'middle aged' in our career and we become so risk adverse. We've accepted and adopted a career that we know is not a great fit - role/responsibilities, company culture, work environment, ethically, even morally. We hear that nagging little voice that says it's time to move on but we have become "middle aged". Try this next week, maybe even start planning it this weekend while you are mowing the lawn or cleaning the house (it's like Africa hot outside anyway). Try one simple thing tha

10 Signs That You're Going To Be Sold. and What You Should Be Doing Next!

Gray and Raycom, Sinclair and Tribune, Disney and Fox, AT&T and Time Warner, Meredith and Time Inc ...... 10 Signs That You're Going To Be Sold and What You Should Be Doing Next! As a President of a mid-market company, I've been responsible for prepping organizations to be sold. I've found that there are 10 signs that are visible to you and they signal your organization is on the market. Spending cuts, vendor and supplier changes, trade show and marketing events cancelled are just a few. Regardless of what management tells you, things will never be the same post acquisition. BUT, sometimes that's a good thing depending on the situation. 1. Product and services will still be sold and fulfi

Is It Fear or Doubt That Keeps Your Career From Breaking Out?

I was recently on a six mile hike through some forest and field in Northern Michigan when the path became invisible under a canopy of ferns growing nearly 3 feet high. I was thinking how appropriate as career coach. Why? If you think about the length of this hike, the six miles as a forty year career, you can equate this stretch of path with a decision or opportunity you haven't faced before. If you are an introvert it could be the opportunity to make a public presentation, join an association, or take a very visible role. It could be a job opportunity on a new project that is hot and topical today but there are lots of questions about the long term outcome. There are many times we can't cle

Earpiece. Dead. Camera. Rolling. Mic. Hot.

"Change, like sunshine, can be a friend or a foe, a blessing or a curse, a dawn or a dusk." Just when you had it all figured out they threw Facebook Live at you ....... Earpiece. Dead. Camera. Rolling. Mic. Hot. This has happened to all of us. For me it was a live hit in an auto parts store in East London, South Africa during a Grand Opening. The first wave that comes over you is panic. The second is just instinct. The real pro's have mad skills that set them apart when presented with rapid or instantaneous change: 1. They have the ability to slow everything down by speeding the process up. Meaning they get through that wave of panic very quickly so they can process and begin to think bef

Boy, being lucky is hard work.

Boy, being lucky is hard work. Putting yourself in the right place at the right time, followed by the recognition of an opportunity, and finally the ability to act on it, well it ain't easy work. In terms of our careers, we generally aren't the beneficiaries of being lucky. The reality is that we are capitalizing on being great students and career managers. We are sometimes even said to have 'impeccable timing'. Every day you walk into work and you KNOW the industry, the culture, or the management team are circling the drain. The question is, what are you doing about it? Do you act when you feel the tremors or are you waiting for the apocalyptic events ahead? So having impeccable timing c

"The secret to happiness is freedom... and the secret to freedom is courage."

"The secret to happiness is freedom... and the secret to freedom is courage." The most difficult and courageous decision we can make in our career is to walk away and head into the unknown. But before you exercise that courage and walk away from the known, no matter how restrictive you find it, you need to put yourself in a position to have choices. You MUST: 1. Be in a financial position to withstand what could become the winter of your career. The financial well being of those around you is your responsibility. You need to learn to live with less. Your happiness isn't found in things, it's found in love, life, and freedom. 2. You've managed your career in a way that your skills are trans

"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me."

#fbf quote from Jim Valvano is so appropriate on the Father's Day weekend. So many times over my career I gave my Dad reason to question my wanderlust approach to explore new and bold territory in a professional career. I managed my career in a way completely different than he did. Different than nearly all post-Depression, pre-WWII "Silent Generation" men. He managed his career with certainty and focus. I lived mine with reckless abandon by comparison. So many times I knew he was shaking his head in disbelief on the other end of the phone. I was the cause of his sleepless nights although he never spoke about them. He believed in me. This story is a flashback, actually two flashbacks. This F

"Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment."

We all have 'experiences' in both our personal and professional lives and what we do with, how we catalog them and learn from them, is largely what differentiates us. It's not the mistakes that defines us, it's the resulting course correction. On this very early Wednesday morning, I reflect back to a blog post mash up with Deepak Chopra outlining four of our biggest career mistakes ...... Four Biggest Career Mistakes and How To Avoid Them: For those I have coached or mentored, this will be a broken record or an important reminder worth a review. Couple years ago I found a terrific blog from Deepak Chopra in which he outlines what he believes to be the three biggest career mistakes one can ma

Just Say No!

We've talked about this right? You click this button and crickets, nothing. Statistically the odds of you landing a role through a blind application is less than 2%. If this is your career transition strategy, you're in trouble. 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. 1. You aren't offered the opportunity to interview. You've applied for dozens of jobs and you hear nothing. Crickets. 2. 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. I recently had a hiring manager redirect me to have clients

The question, which do you put first, career or marriage?

The question, which do you put first, career or marriage? My answer: "When it comes to your career, walking with a partner in the dark and difficult times is better than walking alone in the light of your success." The real answer from my perspective is that they aren't mutually exclusive. My career took off because of the unconditional support of my partner and my marriage was enriched by the opportunities afforded to us by my career. Think about how they are ever-changing...... Career: I've had 18 different jobs across seven different companies and industries (she thinks I can't keep a job and loves it) Marriage: I tell her we've been married for one year, thirty four consecutive times. Re

We all want to be famous people ......

"We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free." Is your drive for bigger and bigger and more and more holding you hostage from exploring what could be? We can never let our ambition make us so blind that we miss important forks in the road. We should be constantly surveying the landscape to make sure our skills are transferable to other industries and roles. We must think about career development as both deep and wide. It's a balance. At some point, we all 'time out' and you'll want a safety net in the form of either a lucrative side hustle or the freedom to explore a rewarding alternate role, a second career chapter. Here's an article abo

How to answer "the Salary" question!

THE most feared question you are going to get in a job interview or initial phone screen is the "what are your salary expectations?" question. The answer is critical because of how it impacts your the next steps in the process. It can: Rule you out as a candidate because of high expectations that are out of the position range. Even if it doesn't rule you out there will be a black cloud hanging over you throughout the interview process. Anchor any future compensation discussion at a number much lower than the range the employer was willing to offer you for the position. First, it's helpful to understand going into this process is that there are a number of variables that will impact your fina

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