Would this company hire you?

Here’s an irony.  Millions of people are looking for “work” while 67% of companies say they want to hire but are having hard time filling positions.  57% of companies gave raises in 2012, and most of them did that to try to keep talent on board. So if people want work, and companies want to hire – why the disconnect?  Companies are not just looking for people who want a paycheck; they are looking for people who are clear on who they are and what unique value they offer.   While companies want to hire, they are also becoming more … Read More

Just don’t lose your cow!

There’s an old Texas saying that goes:  “It doesn’t matter how much milk you spill as long as you don’t lose your cow.”  In other words, what we see as “failure” may not really have diminished our ability to contribute, produce or earn an income. If you lost your job, is your cow gone?  If your business bombs, is your cow gone or have you just lost a valuable but replaceable carton of milk?  If you have an accident and can no longer hammer nails, is your cow really gone? Ten years after starting Apple, Steve Jobs was fired by … Read More

Beat the Job-Loss Blues

We can’t control circumstances, but we can control our responses! No matter how it happens, a job loss is painful.  Maybe you were caught up in a corporate downsizing – it’s nothing personal.  Maybe it was personal; your boss was an insensitive jerk who didn’t recognize your talent.  Either way, it’s easy to start questioning your self-worth at such a time.  You may wonder if you’ll end up homeless, never to contribute in a meaningful way to civilization again.  In 30 days, your savings will be depleted.  Are your old office workers laughing behind your back?  Are your neighbors looking … Read More

Give thanks – now?

I know that with continuing world wars, company downsizing, reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions, uncertainty with recent elections, etc. it may appear to be a bleak holiday season.  In a workshop last week, a lady shared that she had been on the receiving end of a “cost containment exercise.”  Another related that she had been given the “grace of interruption” in her work life.  Whoa! – great sounding terms for unexpected change. This is a great time to be anticipating the beginning of a new year.  In 1937, Napoleon Hill wrote this in the original edition of “Think and Grow Rich:”  “The ‘depression’ was … Read More

Savor the Unexpected….

As I was scanning my notes for this morning’s blog I got a text from my son Jared.  He and his wife and new baby have been in Canada for a wedding and are headed back to Nashville this morning.  After boarding their plane and taxing to the runway they were told there was an engine problem and they would have to return to the terminal. After living in Africa for the last seven years, Jared has become accustomed to flight delays – and to planes that  leave an hour or so before scheduled.  His comment this morning was “I … Read More

Give Thanks — for What?

I know that with downsizing, reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions, dried up venture capital, etc. it may appear to be a bleak holiday season.  We continue to hear from people who have been on the receiving end of “Axed, canned, decruited, deselected, destaffed, negotiated departure, personnel surplus reduction, redundancy elimination,  selectively separated, and workforce imbalance correction.” But we are also hearing from many people who realize they have been given freedom to pursue their dreams – to find or create meaningful, fulfilling and profitable work.  One lady said she had been given the “grace of interruption” in her work life.  Others are … Read More

Nobody Gets “Fired” Anymore

In a workshop this last week, we were hearing from the many participants who were recently “released” from their jobs.  The terms for being “let go” became themselves the center of attention as we moved around the room.  It seems no one just plain gets “fired” anymore in this politically correct work environment. In 1980 a person got “fired.”  By 1985 it was “laid off.”  In 1990 it became “downsized.”  Now a person can be “rightsized,” “ restructured,” “ reorganized,” “reengineered” or “put in the mobility pool.”  I hear that many people are being freed up to “pursue other opportunities.”  … Read More

Get Paid to Leave Your Job?

In this morning’s news Ford has announced they will offer buyouts and early retirement packages to 54,000 workers.  Obviously they are attempting to cut more jobs and replace those highly paid workers with those making about half the pay. So the question is:  Are there any losers in this deal or can everybody win?  One of the stories I tell in No More Mondays is about a gentleman who said he hated his job for 17 years, and then was offered a $140,000 buyout.  And he was having a major struggle in making his decision.  My response was essentially – … Read More