Falling in love with Monday morning!

It's another Monday morning. You couldn't sleep last night because you are thinking about the week ahead. You are basically miserable. You feel unappreciated, your manager doesn't have the tools, training, or resources to help you even if they would be so inclined. If you are being honest with yourself, it's probably time to start thinking career transition. A new position, company, even different industry. Maybe not a complete change but at a minimum, it's time for you to focus on something more rewarding and fulfilling before your spirit is completely crushed. There is literally nothing from stopping you from finding fulfillment except YOU. In fact, the reward you may be looking for isn't

When you love what you do, there is no weekend .... but love doesn't find you.

When you love what you do, there is no weekend. Everything you do just blends together but work love is not something that is going to find you. You know where to start and you've been procrastinating too long. This weekend you need to get going with that Reel, Resume, LinkedIn profile, and your Elevator Pitch. They are a prerequisite to change and they open the door to that next opportunity and job love. You are likely paralytic because you don't know where to start. You have serious questions about format, font, footage. Listen, it's not complicated and they don't need to be perfect but they do need to be current and leverage your strengths. You can have fun with it (see photo) but you'll

"my TV career be like ...."

If you are in your 20's, it's likely you won't retire from TV broadcast news business. Bold statement. So the industry might not be headed for extinction but external forces are changing it forever. The demos of the consuming audience and the devices used to deliver their news is creating huge channel shift. No one is waiting for 5, 6, and 11 to get their news. The push model is dead, extinct. The ease and speed to market for content creators using social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook and now IGTV, has fragmented the audience. For example, at the first inkling of breaking news do you head for your TV remote or your phone, tablet, and computer? None of this is news to you, right? The

Success is a journey, not a destination

"Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome." One of my favorite Arthur Ashe quotes. It very much represents how I feel about career management and development. The greatest accomplishment in my career is not the destination, where I am today, it's the amazing collection of friends, learning and experiences. With both my son's at a stepping stone in their early career's, this weekend is a perfect opportunity to share a Father's Day article "A Father's Career Advice To His Son's". Hope that you find it on your reading list this weekend ........ ..... from June 14, 2019 As I was tossing and turning in bed during one of those sleepless nights I f

Reinventing Your Career

How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar. Transformation. The reinvention of a career. It's got to be intentional. You have got to want the 'new' you more than the comfort of the current you. Reinvention occurs when you recognize, then change the behaviors that are the source of the accumulating career baggage you are carrying today. The best opportunities include: 1. A new role at a new company. 2. New location, market, station in same organization. 3. Promotion and/or different shift in same organization. 4. A freelancer, consultant or contractor on a new assignment. These transformation opportunities have three

Today is Day One: Your Reinvention

It's getting to the end of the 3nd Quarter, that bewitching time of the year when companies find themselves on budget and on track or they find themselves off their forecasted trajectory. It's at this point that the entire year can be made or lost because it's very hard to recover from a slow start. The strong executive will make tweaks to get back on track and recover, even if it takes 3 months to catch up. Why is this important to you? No matter the industry, product, service, or geography, you need to be thinking how this could impact your career. In the end, spending is reduced and less jobs/opportunity are created coming out of a slow first quarter. Below is an article with a couple of

Living Outside-In: Impact of Social Media in your Career

I can't help but think of the impact social media and living Outside-In has had on the careers of media talent. What used to be a one-way push of carefully orchestrated content is now a real time 2-way exchange and mostly without filter. Without question, social media has built careers but I believe there are four dangers we face when we begin to live Outside-In: 1. We begin to live essentially in fear of the approval of others and with fear comes doubt. We become paralytic. Remember, doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. 2. When we react without filter, content lives for.ever. When the first person screen caps, maybe it's even highly edited, it will live forever in a digital worl

Ambition and your Recipe for High Performance!

Welcome back! This Monday morning is flat out savage. Nobody knows this better than those making doughnuts or bringing us the morning news. Setting an alarm at 12:45 am might be the most unnatural thing ever. Ambition is an amazing thing. It needs little sleep. It takes advantage of opportunity 24/7. It doesn't care that you're in Colorado Springs CO, Richmond, VA, or Grand Rapids, MI. It burns as bright in Waco TX as it does in New York City. There are three important things to never lose sight of for those that are blinded with ambition: 1. Always be humble. Give thanks. This day, no matter how difficult it can get, is a gift. 2. Be gracious. This morning you may find yourself on the way u

The Recipe for High Performance In Your Career. "My Journey from Fat to Fit"

The 'Face App' in real life. From a slow, bloated, overworked, smoking, drinking, fast food eating sales manager to a sharp, lean, agile, healthy and fit executive. The 3 things I uncovered along the way .... 1. You MUST learn to love yourself first. There must be a tipping point that triggers change. 2. It's critical to find a new normal and create a lifestyle. Lifestyle got you into the valley of Hell, lifestyle will lead you out and keep you out. 3. It requires incredible mental toughness. Thoughts lead to action, action leads to habit, habit leads to destiny. Choose your destiny and work backwards. The #fbf story "My Journey From Fat to Fit" has been published a number of times but

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places. Sometimes the first break comes very early, sometimes not until late career. Either way it can be absolutely devastating. It's the unknown that terrifies us. In the absence of clear visibility of what comes next, we have a tendency to become paralytic. I think under stress we look at the unknown with fear not what it should be - a terrific opportunity to move up or out. Maybe we should be looking at these hiccups or speed bumps in our career as the push we needed but were afraid to take. Why? They actually give us a competitive advantage. As long as you are able to reflect and pivot, we have garnered experience t

Multimedia Star: Minimize The Impact of Age in Your Career

Age is just a number but in many highly visible and high profile positions every passing day can feel like the career hour glass, days slowly slipping away. As we look for answers, we tend to focus on the systematic industry practices. These practices that propelled us at 25 (we called it 'opportunity' then) are working against us at 55 (now it's discrimination). It's not new right? In '89, 40 yr old mother of 3 Jane Pauley was replaced with 30 yr old Deborah Norville. Gender/age discrimination existed when we started our career and it's only slightly morphed over the past 30 yrs. It's still wrong and audience demand continues to perpetuate the practice. There are 3 ways to minimize the impa

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