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Demolish Your Distractions

I got a ticket the other day, the one that comes in the mail after a stationary, unmanned camera takes of photo of the back of your car going through a red light. There is it, for all the world to see, your car with your license plate going through a light causing $115 to go right down the drain!

I was so annoyed when I received the ticket that I instantly paid it and put the check in the envelope and the envelope in the mailbox. I didn’t want to waste one more minute thinking about it because it only frustrated me more and more to even have the ticket in my house.

What is distracting you? What is eating up your energy? Get rid of it & move on. Even if it’s a cluttered closet, clean it up and see how free it makes you feel.

If there is a colleague that is annoying you at work, consider changing your approach. Try being nice and helpful. My sister works at a top financial services firm, and a colleague clearly didn’t like her and they often bumped heads. My sister took the high road and helped her when she really needed it and they are close friends now. It’s truly amazing to see the relationship now, given where it was.

If you are searching for a job, and you don’t like the way your hair looks, or your suit, do something about it. You get what you pay for. Quality will last and quality will be noticed. Why waste one more moment being distracted about anything that will block success.

Spend some time identifying your distractions and they go on an all-out assault to demolish them. You will be much better for it!

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Make Your Job Search Wait Time Count

In my latest career coaching piece for Work Reimagined, I share strategies on how to maximize the inevitable wait time that comes with the job search:

A job search inevitably includes a lot of waiting – waiting to schedule a networking meeting, waiting to hear back after you forward a resume, waiting to arrange interviews. A mistake that many job seekers make is to slow down their efforts during the wait. And at the end of the year, they make an even bigger mistake, treating the holidays as one long waiting period and stopping their search entirely from Thanksgiving through New Year’s! But employers are hiring even now–even when scheduling seems to take longer, or people aren’t as responsive to calls and emails.

Here are some tips for making the most of your wait time:

Keep yourself front of mind. This is your one-and-only job search, but employers are hiring multiple people and seeing multiple candidates. Just because an employer shows interest doesn’t mean they’ll remember you. So do check in, but don’t make every contact about your search – instead, send an article relating to their business, or send ideas for how you would handle the job. As a mid-career professional with decades of experience, you have seen business conditions over time, so you have an advantage in the perspective that you can bring. And don’t only check in with prospective employers. Let your networking contacts from weeks or months ago know how you’ve acted on their advice, or give them a helpful tip based on what you’ve been seeing in your search.

Read more tips in my latest job search advice piece for Work Reimagined.

 

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A Reason to Live

If you had the choice, right now, as to whether you would live or die, what reason would you give for staying alive? What do we live for? Or do we just live? Or perhaps, we just survive. These are not questions about life-purpose. These are questions about the now-ness of living. What makes us want to get up in the morning? What drives us home at night? What are we doing in the now of living that is all about being alive? This is the question for today. And it has everything to do with living authentically. Because here’s the thing: We all have that choice about living or dying every single second of our lives. What are we choosing? You do not want to miss this show.

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Find A Job During The Holidays

In my recent career coaching post for Work Reimagined, I debunk the myth that hiring stops in December.

It’s a myth that companies don’t hire during the holiday season. Hiring may take longer, as people are distracted by year-end deadlines and holiday events. But companies that need to spend down their budgets may do so by hiring. Sometimes, departments that need to refill a position scramble to hire before December 31 to ensure they maintain their headcount into the next year. So don’t slow down your search. Besides, you’ll probably have less competition, as everyone else keeps on believing  no one gets hired in December!

Even if you don’t land a new job by New Year’s, the holiday season is a great time for networking–and that’s the best way to find a job. Here are some ways to incorporate the holidays into your job search:

  • Go to your professional association’s holiday party.

Most professional associations have year-end events, and members who might not be active at other times will show up now. Set your calendar and decide what you’ll attend so you budget the time. If you’re not comfortable at these large mixers (I’m not, but I still go!), think about volunteering to help with registration. This way  you’ll have a built-in reason to speak to everyone.

  • Attend all those personal parties.

I am not suggesting that you talk about your job search explicitly at what should be a no-work zone. But social events are great for reconnecting with people you might not see regularly, and this gives you an opportunity to restart a relationship that might have grown cold. You can then follow up after the event, where the conversation might more naturally turn to your job search. You don’t know who or what people know. That classmate from two decades ago who seemingly had nothing in common with you might now be working in your target sector.

Read more tips in my latest job search advice column for Work Reimagined.

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A Reason to Live

If you had the choice, right now, as to whether you would live or die, what reason would you give for staying alive? What do we live for? Or do we just live? Or perhaps, we just survive. These are not questions about life-purpose. These are questions about the now-ness of living. What makes us want to get up in the morning? What drives us home at night? What are we doing in the now of living that is all about being alive? This is the question for today. And it has everything to do with living authentically. Because here’s the thing: We all have that choice about living or dying every single second of our lives. What are we choosing? You do not want to miss this show.

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A Reason to Live

If you had the choice, right now, as to whether you would live or die, what reason would you give for staying alive? What do we live for? Or do we just live? Or perhaps, we just survive. These are not questions about life-purpose. These are questions about the now-ness of living. What makes us want to get up in the morning? What drives us home at night? What are we doing in the now of living that is all about being alive? This is the question for today. And it has everything to do with living authentically. Because here’s the thing: We all have that choice about living or dying every single second of our lives. What are we choosing? You do not want to miss this show.

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Cool Job Alert: Teach For The Philippines

Calling all international travelers! This is a job posting for the Philippines.  Deadline is December 14:

New York, NY – November 21, 2012 – The search for the top 10 exemplary Filipino-American candidates for the inaugural corps of Teach for the Philippines has been extended to Friday, December 14, 2012. Teach for the Philippines (www.teachforthephilippines.org), the national movement that empowers leaders to expand educational opportunity in ways that are life-changing and transformative for Filipino communities, invites applications from exceptional leaders of Filipino descent to join the monumental pilot corps for the 2013-2014 school year.

Teach for the Philippines formally launched in August of this year as the 25th partner of the Teach for All network. Similar to Teach for America, Teach for the Philippines recruits the most promising young leaders to commit to two years of teaching in under-resourced schools. Teaching fellows are recruited based on proven academic and leadership record as well as problem-solving abilities and are not required to have Education degrees. Teaching fellows will undergo rigorous training on Educational Psychology as well as Classroom Management when the program begins in April 2013 before they are assigned to different public school classrooms in the Philippines in June 2013.  Teach for the Philippines Fellows will be paid a monthly allowance. They will also receive a stipend during the eight-week Summer Institute in addition to all associated costs being fully subsidized.

Qualifications for Teach for the Philippines teaching fellows are as follows:

  • Have evidence of outstanding achievements and an excellent academic, professional, and extra-curricular track record
  • Are committed to the mission, vision, and goals of Teach for the Philippines as well as to making a long-term impact in the country’s education sector
  • Are able to effectively communicate, persuade, motivate, and interact with others to resolve conflicts in challenging environments
  • Possess excellent problem-solving, organizational, and planning skills, as well as critical thinking and creativity
  • Are determined, resilient, humble, and extremely motivated
  • Appreciate diversity and respect others.

Eligible applicants must be:

  • Graduates of an accredited college or university by April 1, 2013
  • Filipino citizens or have the right to Filipino citizenship (at least one parent must be a Filipino citizen)
  • Willing to make a full-time commitment to teaching and living in one of our placement cities starting June 2013
  • Fluent in written and verbal English and conversational in Filipino

The initial teaching corps will consist of 40 fellows who are currently Philippine residents and 10 overseas fellows who will return to the Philippines for the two-year commitment. Interested applicants can visit www.teachforthephilippines.org and click on “Apply Now”. The deadline for US-based applicants is on December 14, 2012, at 11:59PM EST. Applicants who advance to the in-person interview process will be notified by December 21st.

Teach for the Philippines Contact Information:
Angela Lagdameo (angela@teachforthephilippines.org)
Michael Vea (michael@teachforthephilippines.org)
Co-Directors of Strategy: Recruitment and Selection (USA)

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Special Encore Presentation: Marianne Williamson and A Course in Weight Loss

We are so excited this week to have Marianne Williamson on the Authentic Living Show to talk to us about her latest NY Times Bestseller, A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever. Most of us already know several of Marianne’s other books, including
The Age of Miracles, Everyday Grace, A Woman’s Worth, Illuminata, Healing the Soul of America and The Gift of Change, for as Time Magazine puts it, “Yoga, the Cabala and Marianne Williamson have been taken up by those seeking a relationship with God that is not strictly tethered to Christianity.” We also know that thousands of books have been published on weight loss. But none of these books can offer the permanent plan offered in A Course in Weight Loss. Nor do they offer the powerful lessons in transformational surrender that this book clarifies so well. This could be a life-changing discussion today—don’t let yourself miss it!

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From The Military Field To The Corporate Workplace: Ten Management Success Strategies

Earlier this month, I posted career advice for about the military to civilian transition. This time, I cover career advice from a military leader that translates to the civilian space. This post originally appears in my Work In Progress blog for Forbes.com:

On November 14, 2012, Fordham Graduate School of Business hosted a lecture by General Peter Pace, retired Marine Corps General and 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under the G.W. Bush Administration. It was an enthralling 90 minutes, and I loved the reflective and long-term focus of the advice – invest in your career, invest in your team, be proactive and deliberate about your actions and choices. Here are ten management lessons General Pace gleaned from 40+ years of military service that are critical to the corporate workplace as well:

 

  1. Early in your career, you will be told what to do, but own these early assignments as your own ideas
  2. Be decisive. Know if it’s your decision to make or your boss’. If you’re unsure, come with a recommendation
  3. Never leave a meeting feeling where you didn’t understand something or didn’t feel comfortable. You can disagree in a way that gets your point on the table in a non-aggressive way
  4. Set your moral compass early. You will be most challenged morally when you are least prepared emotionally
  5. No matter what you do, someone will not be happy. It is freeing when you realize this
  6. Take care of people on your team – take five minutes every day to talk to each person on your team about something other than work
  7. Every year, reassess your career decisions. Don’t just stay where you are because you forgot to get out
  8. Remember lessons you learned as a junior manager when you’re a senior leader so you remember how you liked to be treated when you were the team member
  9. Just because you’re right doesn’t mean you should say so. Many times, it’s better to listen
  10. You can always use your authority as the trump card, but don’t use this till you have to. People are much more willing to follow if they have input

 

As we near year-end, it’s a great time to follow Pace’s advice about annually reassessing career decisions: choose to be where you are; don’t just forget to get out. Are you happy with your current career situation? What will you do in 2013 to better manage your career, your team and your work environment?

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Special Encore Presentation: Marianne Williamson and A Course in Weight Loss

We are so excited this week to have Marianne Williamson on the Authentic Living Show to talk to us about her latest NY Times Bestseller, A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever. Most of us already know several of Marianne’s other books, including
The Age of Miracles, Everyday Grace, A Woman’s Worth, Illuminata, Healing the Soul of America and The Gift of Change, for as Time Magazine puts it, “Yoga, the Cabala and Marianne Williamson have been taken up by those seeking a relationship with God that is not strictly tethered to Christianity.” We also know that thousands of books have been published on weight loss. But none of these books can offer the permanent plan offered in A Course in Weight Loss. Nor do they offer the powerful lessons in transformational surrender that this book clarifies so well. This could be a life-changing discussion today—don’t let yourself miss it!