“What the wife selects on her console will be paid for by the husband”
A special thanks to all Women in Technology - like IBM’s new CEO Virginia Rometty, a prime example of a professional who has earned it!
Technology has come a long way since 1969. Attitudes towards women have advanced as well. Yet the way people find and hire for jobs is still the same as it was at the end of the Second World War – using a resume, essentially a personal brochure.
I was sitting around with some friends and colleagues at a local sports bar over the weekend watching the first games of the NFL playoff season. It’s never surprising to hear everyone’s perspective on who is going to win and by how much from all the experts at the table! : )
But when I brought up getting back to work the next day, most of the group came out of their fantasy; their faces/body language recoiled, forced into the reality of what they actually do for a living.
Even the wealthiest one in the group let out a big sigh.
The 80-20 Rule: good news for those that give a damn
Over the 20 years that I’ve worked in the employment business, I’ve come to discover a fundamental reality about people and their careers. Most people, around 80%, just don’t give damn – they lack the ambition, creativity and understanding of themselves and their goals to ever make a substantial impact on a company or organization. They work simply to collect a paycheck and really don’t care what, where or how it all plays out (that said, there are many important things in life and their contributions in other areas – family, friends, etc - can of course be impactful).
RNR and Steve Jobs agree: To be successful, you must do what you love
It’s certainly not a novel or complicated idea but it’s worth repeating. In fact, most people seem to overlook this truism when looking for a new career. Many mistakenly believe that material reward will make up for a job they don’t like. Or they take a reactive approach to their career – “I’ll know it [the right job] when I see it” or just accepting the first job that comes along – which more often than not simply gets them more of the same.
What’s Behind the Rapid Growth of the Consulting Industry?
According to the latest outlook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the consulting industry is expected to grow by 82.8% between 2008-2018, making it the fastest growing sector in America (by comparison, senior health services – an obvious growth industry – is expected to grow 73.8% in the same period). So, what’s the underlying explanation for this phenomenal growth?
Simply – companies have problems and needs that are not being solved by the people they have on staff.
What Obama Should Have Said About Jobs and Unemployment
Suggested Remarks for President Barack Obama
My fellow Americans,
When I decided to run for President over 4 years ago, I did so because I could see that the path our country was headed down was unsustainable. Mired in two wars, and amidst a slowly unraveling financial system, I saw the promise of a better America. Tens of millions of you joined me in that vision.
Much has happened since the election in 2008. Although we have escaped the Great Recession, our country’s economy remains deeply troubled. My hope was that the crisis would cause our politicians, Democrats and Republicans, to pull together and tackle our problems in a practical way. This has not happened. And judging by the recent events in Washington and on the campaign trail, it seems unlikely to happen anytime soon.
Business owners and hiring managers: sometimes WANTING to win is more important than YEARS OF EXPERIENCE …
I would suggest that you weigh the ‘WANT’ a little more than ‘years of experience’ because if not you might get more of the same, finish 2nd or worse!
Vitamin vs Aspirin
We have all been asked the question, “Are you a leader or a follower?” But what if you were asked, “Are you a vitamin or an aspirin?” They both benefit you but in different ways, so how do you know which one you want to be?
When you wake up in the morning with a headache, you get an aspirin to help with the pain – not a vitamin. Although vitamins provide good nutrients and may benefit your health in the long run, they are not the solution to the pain point that will have an immediate effect like an aspirin will.