Archive | March, 2009

What Are You Doing, Daddy?

27 Mar

My little Lucinda, or Lucy as we call her, is the sweetest little 2 year old terrorist I know.  She is just the best and I absolutely love her.  What she continues to show me is that she is watching and listening and asking questions or at least – a question.  Along with the word doggy being uttered thousands of times per week – she loves asking – What are you doing? So, for Lucy’s sake – WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Let me tell you what you are doing – you are either living in fear right now or you are living in abundance.  Based on the discussions I have had over the last few weeks – most of you are the former.  I am tired of it.  Absolutely sick of the effing negativity.

The problem with this negativity is that it is the type of negativity that is causing most people just to sit on their ass and do nothing.  Some of these conversations are increasingly difficult as many of you have to remove the ventilator from your mouth to put words together.  Where is the THINKING?  Where are the IDEAS?  Were they lost in your portfolio as well?  I am down 20% and damn if all my business sense isn’t gone right with it. 

So I am at Starbuck’s the other day and the handwritten sign says, “We are listening.  It is our goal to serve the absolute best beverage everytime with lightning speed.”  Let’s learn from this.  How does this apply to you?  Allow me to be your Career Barista for a moment. 

Rather than going all negative and doing nothing – let’s get on the road to abundance.  We need thoughtful activity right now.  We need to be doing one of two things right now – REINVENTING (let’s lump that in there with upgrading) OR getting BACK TO BASICS.  Maybe both.  I like both.  The problem is not uncertainty and tough times, or the economy, or Obama or Geithner  – the real problem is that we are having to work harder instead of coasting, having to make calls rather than take calls, having to think instead of maintain, having to make tough decisions rather than see all that black ink on the P and L.  We can resent it or accept it.  Act or bitch.

I realize it looks like I am getting all preachy – in reality this is more of a personal journal entry than a blog post.  I am pretty much writing this one to myself.  The road to abundance is paved with good people, operating with good systems, working hard and having fun.  I am blessed.  What are YOU doing?

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I’ll Have What They Are Having

17 Mar

I have been recruiting for 11 years now.  I have seen a lot.  A lot of mediocre offers.  A lot of good offers.  Some great offers.  Incredible benefit packages.  Flexible schedules.  Companies where you get your birthday off.  On-site health clubs.  On site dining.

Tobacco companies where you can smoke at your desk.  Stock options, equity positions.  Ridiculously flexible work from home type scenarios, nice education benefits, relocation packages that went over and above. 

Companies that provide coaching from the start for key executives to help ensure their success.  Great work environments, memberships to clubs,season tickets, company cars, access to suites at sports venues, all that perk crap you see.

However, the one thing I have never seen is a contractually obligated bonus.  These three words have never been used consecutively until now.  It doesn’t exist – oh but at AIG it does.  Shame on the individuals that took taxpayer money and paid these bonuses.  Shame on AIG.  The people that received the bonus are not the bad guys – although they will get their judgement when seeking their next gig. 

I think we all need to agree with Leno – “AIG stands for Adventures in Greed.”  Well said, Jay.  Hey, AIG employees get your resumes ready and be sure to return your contractually obligated bonus so you can say you did, when you are seeking your next gig.  That will set you apart and salvage your future career because you will not retire from AIG.  Too big to fail – hilarious.  Too stupid to succeed – i think that’s right.  I think I read somewhere it is pride that comes before destruction. 

You have never received a contractually obligated bonus but you are paying them.  How about paying attention?

I Want To Go Back

8 Mar

Eddie Money gave us the lyrics – “I want to go back and do it all over but I can’t go back…”  and Johnny Paycheck, a country artist with more of a cult following – gave us the working man’s anthem – “Take this job and shove it.”

Speaking of shoving it, how about the punctuation in the paragraph above?  That sucks.  What are you going to do?

The past.  Some long for it.  Some can’t remember it.  Some spend way too much time dwelling on it.  Some are stuck in ’82 like Uncle Rico.  My oldest sister is one of them.  TV Land has saved her life.  She loves Mayberry yet Green Acres is the place to be and when it comes to radio there is always WKRP.  All great shows but hard to discuss in the workplace when others are discussing LOST and you are just that.  What is Grey’s Anatomy and what about The Office – aren’t we here everyday why do I have to watch it at night?  Huh?

My past.  Talk about something you don’t want to know about.  How about this?  In the last 5 years, I pretty much cheated death – seriously, lived with my sister in a small apartment, got a divorce, started my own business, had a 120 day stretch where I had a pulmonary embolism, what they thought was heart disease, flatlined after a procedure, had a tumor removed that was benign but thought was Hodgkin’s, and pretty much started much of my adult life over.  Those are just a few of the lowlights from a season that was sometimes pretty dark.  I share that because when bitterness still occasionally rears it’s head in my life – I celebrate that I survived it came out SOOOO much better, meditate on a few of those facts, smile and think of some of the former conditional friends in my life and fantasize recounting that story and screaming F U repeatedly in their face really loud yet very articulate.  (By the way, I go over the top in my writing but all that crap I just noted is true – also true I have some issues given that last sentence)

Wow that is alot more poor punctuation to stomach above but you must admit – while poor on form, strong on substance.  Now that you are glad you weren’t me – here is what you want to do.

The victories in your career really need to be documented.  You forget that stuff.  This is a very cool site, developed by a friend of mine, who has dropped some serious cash to get this to the marketplace.  Use it to look back on what you have done, document your successes, store critical career docs, a whole bunch of cool features – FREE.  Check out CareerScribe.com.

The bitterness in your career needs to MAYBE be documented.  Check out JobVent.com.  I think many of you probably need to write the entry and then delete it but one thing is for sure – you need to purge it.  It is only hurting you.  Incidentally, you can also document positive things from your workplace.  (FYI – talked to the guy that runs the site – he has been threatened but never sued – I am not responsible for your spewing of the facts.)

I am really not big on touting websites but I think these two are absolutely solid especially when they converge at the intersection of Eddie Money and Johnny Paycheck – maybe you want to go back and do it all over and maybe you just need to let someone know how you feel.  I don’t want to go back but I don’t want to shove it either – with the exception of some of those alleged friend’s faces.  I better stop.

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