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Networking at a Funeral


Robby

I gave a presentation recently and brought up the idea of networking at a funeral. What? Networking at a funeral?? That seems like the most awful, insensitive, unprofessional, and terrible idea ever, doesn’t it? Maybe. (Read the rest of this post…)

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Tue, April 15 2014 » Uncategorized » No Comments

The Creative Process is Hard Work. That is Why It’s a Process.


Sean

I wrote a blog last month on Taking an Axe to Distraction. In that post, I talk about how some Indiana companies are restructuring what productivity is. This post ties productivity into the creative process. Many customers see the creative process’s end result.  The fact is the creative process is not a spur of artistic genius. It takes a lot of work and thought. (Read the rest of this post…)

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Tue, April 8 2014 » Self Development » No Comments

What Does “Required Skills” Mean Anyway?


Robby

If you’re looking for work or if you’re trying to hire someone, you’ll often come across the words “requirements.” I’d like to argue that this doesn’t really mean what you think it means. (Read the rest of this post…)

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Tue, April 1 2014 » Career Planning and Goal Setting, Ethics and Fraud » 2 Comments

Taking an Axe to Distraction


Sean

I came across a commercial describing the supposed American dream.  Actor Neal McDonough describes Europe countries “strolling” and “taking August off.” The commercial is around how American dream is to work hard and to “take only 2 weeks off in August.” The idea I took away from the commercial was not America is better than European countries. I found the commercial describing how American dream is changing. The focus is not so much a 9 to 5 job but making the most of out productivity.

The American dream has changed Indiana. I am seeing more and more companies testing ways to increase productivity. A lot of research is at our fingertips. We all have to figure out what works best for each of us. (Read the rest of this post…)

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Tue, March 25 2014 » Self Development, Time Management » No Comments

Stop Saying You “Lost” Your Job


Robby

I meet a lot of jobseekers in Indianapolis. I speak at various events in Central Indiana, some of which consist entirely of people who are between jobs. But I’m getting pretty tired of some of the language that’s being used. The worst offender? Saying you “lost” your job.

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That word “lost” is irksome to me. When you lose something, you misplace it. But your job is not something that you normally carry around in your pocket and you figure it must be under the couch or behind the dresser. A job is not like a football that a running back is carrying down the field. A job is not something you hold on to. Rather, it’s just an agreement to exchange the incredible value of your time and expertise for the incredible utility of someone else’s money and stature.

When Indianapolis jobseekers tell me they “lost their job” I imagine them stumbling around in a cornfield after midnight frantically searching for something in the dark. “Losing” something implies that you are a “loser”—a person who can’t be trusted to hold on to important objects. But a job is not an important object. No, a job a mutual acknowledgement that might exist for a period of time. It’s an understanding. And what happened was that you left that agreement.

By saying you “left” a job instead of “lost” a job, you take ownership in the process. Because however the conversation went, that job was clearly not a good fit. So you’ve moved on. Maybe you had to get encouragement to move on in the form of a couple of scary guys from security—or maybe the company was short on money and decided in favor of layoffs instead of asking you to work for free.

Whatever the case, you didn’t lose the job. You left it.

And while I’m at it, you’re not “in transition.” Everyone is always in transition. The word “transition” implies movement between two states. If your last job was a static place where nothing happened and you had no growth or development, and you’re hoping to find a new job which is also static place with no growth or development, well then I guess you are in transition. But why would anyone want to hire you if you were hoping to get to a place where you didn’t have to do anything?

Instead: you’re doing what you’re always doing—seeking opportunity. That’s the same thing you’d be doing if you had a job. Everyone is always looking for opportunity. So why not say that?

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Tue, March 18 2014 » Career Planning and Goal Setting, Self Development » No Comments

Crossing Over To The Other Side of Retail


Laura

I never understood how a customer could ask for samples of eight different flavors and still order vanilla.

This is one of the many questions still unanswered from my first job. I was 15, and worked at Baskin-Robbins. Their ‘free sample’ policy lives on today. I recently found myself back in retail, as I took a seasonal job at Lands End in Castleton Square Mall and stayed on a few shifts a week. (Read the rest of this post…)

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Tue, March 11 2014 » Corporate Culture » 2 Comments