Published on: Wednesday, February 05, 2014
As part of ExecuNet membership, I conduct a bi-weekly teleconference called Six-Figure Hotline where members call in to ask the questions keeping them up at night and to gain market and trend insight from the career experts who join me in talking about issues that are important to executives today.
In one such teleconference, Bobbie LaPorte, an executive career coach, joined me. A member asked, "I have received cold call requests to link with recruiters on LinkedIn, but I typically only link with people I know and could recommend to others. What do you suggest?"
Published on: Tuesday, February 04, 2014
"Why is the world economy not doing better? Have things gone wrong because the politicians have failed?" asked Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010, at the most recent World Business Forum in New York. America and Europe no longer have most of the world’s economic power. The emerging markets and the developing world now hold that position, causing great economic turmoil as we adjust to the transition.
The United States, followed by Europe, used to have the majority of the world's consumer spending power; now with that spending power being dispersed worldwide, companies are reorienting their strategies to Asia, Latin America, and, in time, to Africa. "This is part of the huge social transformation that is going to dominate the rest of our lives. It is the growth of a global middle class," said Brown.
Published on: Monday, February 03, 2014
A recent early morning hike in Malibu, California, led me to a beach, where I sat on a rock and watched surfers. I marveled at these courageous men and women who woke before dawn, endured freezing water, paddled through barreling waves, and even risked shark attacks, all for the sake of, maybe, catching an epic ride.
After about 15 minutes, it was easy to tell the surfers apart by their style of surfing, their handling of the board, their skill, and their playfulness.
What really struck me though, was what they had in common. No matter how good, how experienced, how graceful they were on the wave, every surfer ended their ride in precisely the same way: By falling.
Published on: Friday, January 31, 2014
The Super Bowl, a day Americans gather in front of TV screens all across the country and watch modern day gladiators compete for one of the greatest titles in sports. As executives, we do the same. Sure, the stage is different, but every day we are competing for our next title, project, acquisition, sale, etc. The elements that allow us to achieve our goals are eerily similar to those that the two Super Bowl participants display.
Published on: Thursday, January 30, 2014
As part of ExecuNet membership, I conduct a weekly teleconference called Six-Figure Hotline where members call in to ask the questions keeping them up at night, and to gain market and trend insight from the career experts who join me in talking about issues that are important to executives today.
In one such teleconference, John O'Connor, an executive career strategist joined me. A member asked: "How can a job seeker with many years of experience, but no degree, get a résumé through the screening process and have the opportunity for a face-to-face interview when the job posting says a degree is required?"