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Tools of the Trade: Online Outplacement Training

For the last several months I have been authoring this series on technology for professionals to use for their personal careers. We’ve covered applications and technologies to help find jobs, to help organize yourself, and to help you find information. The second part of this series is going to be on education. We’ll talk about how to learn more to stay on top of your game and to both establish and maintain your status as a subject matter expert. In a rare turn of events, this week we’re talking about a technology that we offer.

Our Executive Outplacement Training is available at your own desk. Continue reading Tools of the Trade: Online Outplacement Training

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Self-Assessment

In today’s job market you must be able to convince both the recruiter and the hiring organization that you have the skills set to be successful in the position.  Therefore, it is imperative to understand the organization’s profile of the ideal candidate and how your skills and background match those traits. Most healthcare organizations today are seeking executives with skills and accomplishments in the areas of expense control, revenue growth, productivity enhancement, safety/quality improvement, physician integration and customer satisfaction.  In order to successfully match your talents to the client’s needs, you must first know your own strengths and accomplishments.  You need to complete a self-examination before you begin your job search. Continue reading Self-Assessment

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Tools of the Trade: Online Outplacement Training

For the last several months I have been authoring this series on technology for professionals to use for their personal careers. We’ve covered applications and technologies to help find jobs, to help organize yourself, and to help you find information. The second part of this series is going to be on education. We’ll talk about how to learn more to stay on top of your game and to both establish and maintain your status as a subject matter expert. In a rare turn of events, this week we’re talking about a technology that we offer. 

Our Executive Outplacement Training is available at your own desk!

Continue reading Tools of the Trade: Online Outplacement Training

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A Few Pointers before You Begin Your Search Process

Hopefully you feel more comfortable with the process of career transition and are beginning to accept your separation.  Psychological research conducted by William Bridges, and reported in his excellent book TRANSITIONS, clearly confirms that until we have an ending, it is very difficult to make the transition which takes us ultimately to a new beginning.  Continue reading A Few Pointers before You Begin Your Search Process

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Tools of the Trade: What’s the Deal with Glassdoor?

As a technologist in an HR related company, one of the questions I get the most is, “What’s the deal with Glassdoor?” It’s not an easy question to answer. 

For us, the value of Glassdoor is really a mixed bag. As a job search engine, it’s rather unimpressive. You’ll likely find that it has all the same jobs posted as all the other major job search engines but with a slightly awkward user experience.  Continue reading Tools of the Trade: What’s the Deal with Glassdoor?

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Is U.S. Healthcare Really Behind Other Nations?

Imagine you’ve been kidnapped and taken for a harrowing ride that ends when you’re dumped in a remote area miles from anywhere.  You’re frightened and panic as you realize you don’t know which way to go.  You’re confused and your self-confidence begins to wane.

Losing a job can be just as frightening and lonely since your career stability, financial security and professional self-image are suddenly stripped away.  A job provides most people with their core network of relationships.  It is the ongoing social context in which most of us live our lives.  When you lose your job, relationships disappear with many of your closest contacts avoiding you when the bad news is broken to them.  Life feels flatter, thinner.  You feel alone.   Continue reading Is U.S. Healthcare Really Behind Other Nations?

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Tools of the Trade: Learning by Listening to Podcasts

If you’ve been reading this series you’ve probably noticed by now that I read A LOT. and I talk about reading a lot. It’s for a good reason. I believe that we are never done learning and we are never done growing. When we decide to quit learning we are essentially giving up on ourselves and the who depend on us.

A week ago my wife gave birth to our third son. We now have three boys under four years old and despite carrying at least three books with me at all times in case I have a moment, I haven’t read a single paragraph at all in the past week. I take that back, I’ve read the same paragraph about a dozen times. My days of reading are over for a while.  Continue reading Tools of the Trade: Learning by Listening to Podcasts

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Summer Means Career Planning!

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Summer is a time to catch up on your reading, get away from work…and also a time of reflection.  It is the second-busiest time of the year for career counselors.  Why?  All of those school-aged kids/graduates who are planning next steps in their lives.

Many young adults have no idea where to research career options and so this is a good opportunity to discuss some good resources that are available to you. Continue reading Summer Means Career Planning!

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Appropriate Behavior after Separation

Don’t pick up that phone yet!

When you first learn of your separation, your first instinct may be to hit your network, send out resume and race into your job search with a full head of steam.  After all, you didn’t get to this point of your career by just waiting for things to happen.  However, you don’t want to burn out a good contact before you have taken the time to adjust to the new situation and conscientiously develop your career plan.  Start by taking some time to insulate yourself from the outside world. Be kind to yourself and those close to you.  Don’t seek immediate solutions to problems.  Don’t worry about contacting executive recruiters just yet. Save your network until you are in a better emotional state. While it is tempting to dust off your resume and email it right away, take some time to do this right.  Don’t call friends and colleagues back at work.  Above everything else, don’t say negative things about your former employer – either in person, on the phone or online.  Now is the time to manage your stress and to begin thinking of your future.  Some things you should begin doing include:

 

Start with the Right Mindset

You need to remain positive and motivated throughout your entire job search.  Nothing worth achieving was ever accomplished without hard work and some degree of challenge – this is no different.  You have to believe in yourself, believe that you can add value and contribute to your next employer, and believe that you will succeed.

 

Keys to a Successful Mindset:

  • Accept that this process – your career, your job search success – is your responsibility, no one else’s.
  • If you hold any grudge against your last employer, let it go – those negative feelings are poisoning you.
  • Associate only with positive people…negative people, those that complain and blame others for their problems, will only suck the energy out of you, whereas positive people will keep you motivated.
  • Accept the fact that you may face some challenges or disappointments along the way, and prepare for them…if they don’t happen, terrific; but if they do, you’ll be prepared and they won’t derail you.
  • Use whatever positive support is available to you – spouse, friends, clergy, whomever.

Social interactions. Talking with others at work provided a needed emotional outlet.  It was safe to share a complaint or disappointment, express anger or celebrate a business milestone with colleagues.  With this outlet gone, you must identify new ones.  Find a support group that allows you to verbalize your emotional reactions to events.  Consider talking with a mentor, friend, family member or therapist.

An identity.   Many people gain their personal identities from their jobs.  For them, losing a title is disorienting and depressing.  But your identity hasn’t changed because of your job loss.  You still have the same talent, wisdom and experience.  You just don’t own the title on your old business card.

Refocus yourself and reframe your identity by evaluating who you are.  You may have been called a healthcare executive, but that’s not who you are.  You’re you, and that hasn’t changed.  You have the same laugh, values and beliefs, family and relationships.  You aren’t your work, but you do work as who you are.  Your work now is job hunting and it requires discipline and focus.

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Coping During Your Transition

Imagine you’ve been kidnapped and taken for a harrowing ride that ends when you’re dumped in a remote area miles from anywhere. You’re frightened and panic as you realize you don’t know which way to go. You’re confused and your self-confidence begins to wane.

Losing a job can be just as frightening and lonely since your career stability, financial security and professional self-image are suddenly stripped away. A job provides most people with their core network of relationships. It is the ongoing social context in which most of us live our lives. When you lose your job, relationships disappear with many of your closest contacts avoiding you when the bad news is broken to them. Life feels flatter, thinner. You feel alone. Continue reading Coping During Your Transition

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Tools of the Trade: LinkedIn Apps… all of them. Which ones you need?

We often talk to our clients about which mobile apps they might need to make their professional lives easier. In fact, I wrote a post about it back in December. But in the tech world, things change really fast. When I wrote that post, there were really only four LinkedIn apps and I recommended three of them (even though I’m a hypocrite who only used one of them). Now there are ten!

All of this can be really confusing or at least overwhelming so take a few minutes and read the rest of this to understand what they all are and how you ought to be using them (or ignoring them). Then head over to the LinkedIn Apps web page to get the ones you need. Continue reading Tools of the Trade: LinkedIn Apps… all of them. Which ones you need?

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Upcoming Webinar

Our third webinar of the year, Talent Assessment – How Does It Work and How Should You Use It will be broadcast on Tuesday, July 26th at 12:00 Eastern Time. This Webinar will be hosted by our own Dan Whitenack Ph.D. Dan went to Emory University (Atlanta) for his undergraduate work and became President of their debate team for his junior and senior years. After receiving his B.S. from Emory University he attended the University of Nebraska for his M. A. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Psychology, where he was awarded the Presidential Fellowship as the University’s Outstanding Graduate Student. Continue reading Upcoming Webinar

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LinkedIn Rolls Out Update That Changes the Way We Look for Jobs.

Yesterday, LinkedIn rolled out an update that really does change the way we look for jobs by leveraging our existing networks and specific information that we have on our profiles.

If you’ve been through our Outplacement program then we’ve likely audited your LinkedIn profile and shown you have to look for jobs on LinkedIn. Well, LinkedIn just expanded on a protocol released in December that lists connections at a company you might be interested in applying to.  Continue reading LinkedIn Rolls Out Update That Changes the Way We Look for Jobs.

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Tools of the Trade: Taking Notes

Google Keep Vs. Evernote

The more I’ve grown in my career the more hats i’ve had to wear, the more balls I’ve had to jungle, and the more people I’ve had to work with. All of this means one thing, more stuff being thrown at me. I don’t mind having tasks and ideas tossed at me, the hard part is catching it all.

I’ve realized through our training programs that outplacement clients have A LOT of stuff thrown at them as well. A slew of tasks and ideas come rushing their way and while none of the tasks are particularly difficult, the quantity is enough to overwhelm even the most organized people. Continue reading Tools of the Trade: Taking Notes

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Muhammad Ali and Albert Einstein Agreed On Something

Muhammad Ali was in the news with his passing over the weekend.  He led a flamboyant life until Parkinson’s Disease robbed him of his ability to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.  In addition to being a great champion, he was also one of the most quotable athletes of all time. 

Although he graduated in the bottom of his high school class, the ‘Champ’ had something in common with the great Albert Einstein – both recognized that everyone is great at something. Continue reading Muhammad Ali and Albert Einstein Agreed On Something

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Establishing Your Home Office

To be effective in your job search, you need the proper space.  Think of it as establishing your new corporate headquarters, only this executive office is located in your home.  At least the commute is short!  Ideally, your home office should be located away from the main stream of the other household activities.  Privacy is essential for both concentration and professional telephone conversations; after all, a noisy dog or children in the background can destroy an effective call or interview.  Additionally, by separating your office from the rest of the house, you can “close the office” at the end of the day to allow you to enjoy the time with your family, pets, or significant others. Continue reading Establishing Your Home Office

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Tools of the Trade: Be an Expert. Learn More. Be Knowledgeable.

“The more extensive a man’s knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do.” Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British Prime Minister)

One of the hardest part of staying on top of what’s new, is all the work that needs to go into it. You need to be reading. A lot. “What has been done”, as Benjamin Disraeli stated, is not just what we read in history books. “What has been done”, yesterday? “What has been done”, last week? Blogs and online news outlets are your friend. The internet has hurried the time it takes for information to get from when it happens to your hands to ridiculous speeds. It’s also made the quantity of resources become overwhelming. The hardest parts are consuming it all, and not letting it overwhelm you. Continue reading Tools of the Trade: Be an Expert. Learn More. Be Knowledgeable.

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dIstORTeD Information – Facebook News and Job Applicants

Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg were in the news last week, responding to allegations that their news editors suppressed conservative news items/facts in favor of liberal news trends.  While the politicians and media outlets debate the merits of the case, it really isn’t a surprise to learn that media outlets screen information in order to produce the ‘desired’ effect.  It happens every day.

In the same vein, job applicants, on a daily basis, distort or misleadingly amplify information about themselves – all in the desire to ‘look good’ for a potential employer.  They do this on their resume, LinkedIn profile and in the job interviews. Continue reading dIstORTeD Information – Facebook News and Job Applicants

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Working Effectively with Search Firms

There is a high probability that your next position will be obtained as a result of your working with a retained search firm. In the placement industry, there are two kinds of “head hunters” or recruitment agencies: contingency & retained. The difference lies in how they’re paid. The contingency firms earn a percentage of the candidates first year salary, which the employers pay if and only if they hire the candidate. By comparison, retained firms are paid a flat fee that covers their time and efforts regardless of whether their presented candidates are hired or not.  Generally speaking, the healthcare industry and hospitals in particular favor the retained firms. Continue reading Working Effectively with Search Firms

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Outplacement: Creating a Job Search Strategy

It is no secret that job hunting can be one of the most stressful events in life. There is no way around this, however, good preparation and focus will help ease the pressure associated with job hunting.

Here are a few words of wisdom that may help…

You are not alone…At any one time, there are millions of people who are unemployed and looking for work or those who are employed and are looking for other opportunities.

Continue reading Outplacement: Creating a Job Search Strategy

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Tools of the Trade: Taking control of your online identity.

This article is going to be the first in a series that addresses a handful of techniques and technologies that can help you take control of your professional life.

At some point in your job search, HR or a recruiter is going to see your name, open up their internet browser and start digging to learn more about you. What they find can hurt you, but it may also help you.

Continue reading Tools of the Trade: Taking control of your online identity.

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Attack of the Millennials!

Millennials get a lot of negative publicity from news and business media outlets for being (pick one…or more): lazy, uncommitted, self-centered, entitled, being socially awkward, disloyal, transient, etc. etc.
I’m a baby boomer, old enough to remember when the ‘old guard’ was saying the same thing about us.  The good news for millennials (who take the long view) is that they too, will be able to write disparaging remarks about whatever-term-is-used to describe those unfortunate souls who are born in, say, 2020-2040.  In fact, maybe we should start that baby generation naming contest now?
According the US Census Bureau, millennials (born 1982-2000) now outnumber baby boomers: 83 vs. 75 million.1 Continue reading Attack of the Millennials!

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5 Leadership Lessons Learned From a Navy Seal and What They Mean For you

Leaders—true leaders—aren’t average people. The average person doesn’t choose to swim upstream while others swiftly float downstream, or zig when others zag. But having the courage, character and confidence to enter into the abysmal unknown and create value—personally organizationally –for others is exactly what defines them as leaders. Continue reading 5 Leadership Lessons Learned From a Navy Seal and What They Mean For you

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The Smart Money

The headline in last week’s government labor report showed unemployment was holding steady at 5%. Not much excitement there, but a deeper dive showed a couple of interesting tidbits:

  • Healthcare and Business Services led the way with the most growth in employment.
  • The labor force participation rate dropped significantly (300,000 Americans left the labor force — either leaving jobs or abandoning their job searches). The drop in labor force participation is keeping the unemployment rate artificially low.

What are the HR implications? Continue reading The Smart Money

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Open Positions Report-Where Healthcare/Medical EXECUTIVES come to find Jobs

We have been distributing the Open Positions Report (OPR) for over 20 years. For many healthcare and medical executives this document has been a valuable tool in job search, building relationships, networking and keeping fingers on the pulse of the healthcare/medical markets. The OPR is built on hundreds of hours of online research and referrals within our network, leads from healthcare & medical, hospitals, health systems, executive search and consulting firms. OpenPositionsReport.com is a niche job site dedicated to connecting Executives with Employers!

If you wish to receive the Open Positions Report directly to your email box every week, you can sign up at OpenPositionsReport.com.

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Career Counseling – At Any Stage of Your Career

In my over 25 years as a psychologist, many friends/clients have asked me to help provide career guidance and direction to their sons/daughters—which I’ve been happy to do. I really like this field. Having interviewed/assessed candidates for positions in almost every job field, I have a great understanding of how people generally fit into various careers. Most of my career counseling clients are high school and college aged students, but I also often have people interested in career transition and even career considerations for after retirement. Continue reading Career Counseling – At Any Stage of Your Career

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Being a Fast-Paced, Great Leader:

Is there a correlation between speed and perceived leadership effectiveness? In a word, yes! Studies have shown that colleagues perceive their leaders as being extremely effective when they also view the leader as being fast-paced. Studies also found that top leaders who were judged particularly fast but not exceptionally effective were still judged to be highly effective. What makes a leader both fast and good? Based on 360-degree feedback, five factors set fast/effective leaders apart from leaders who are slow or who move quickly but stumble: Continue reading Being a Fast-Paced, Great Leader:

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Leadership with Les Donahue

Recently, I had a very moving and insightful conversation with Les Donahue, former CEO of Piedmont Atlanta Hospital in Atlanta, GA. We discussed what it took for leaders to be successful. Les provided insights from his experiences as a CEO that might surprise you. While leadership is difficult to grasp and defined in many ways, Donahue looked through a wider lens at leadership. It begins with one’s self. Continue reading Leadership with Les Donahue

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High-level Hospital and Healthcare Jobs Every Week.

We’ve been distributing our Open Positions Report (OPR) for 20+ years. For many healthcare executives this document has been a valuable tool for our industry, both in building relationships, networking, job search and keeping our finger on the pulse of the healthcare market.  The OPR provides an average of 50 new jobs per week with an aggregate monthly OPR of 200+ jobs.  The OPR is built on referrals within our network, leads from healthcare executives, hospitals, health systems, search, consulting firms and online research. 

Continue reading High-level Hospital and Healthcare Jobs Every Week.

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The Wetrich Group SCO The National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives

The Wetrich Group SCO LLC (TWG) is happy to announce that we will be teaming up with the National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives (NFLHE) in a co-branding agreement.

Quote and Context from Michel Britton, President, The Wetrich Group SCO LLC
“This is a giant leap forward for both organizations. This agreement quite simply shows not only the desire to adapt to the changing healthcare landscape, but also the need to serve a highly talented Latino healthcare population.” Continue reading The Wetrich Group SCO The National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives

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Introducing Dan Whitenack!

A few weeks ago we announced that The Wetrich Group will merge with Consulting Psychology Group (CPG), a highly respected Organizational Psychology firm located in Atlanta, Georgia.

This week, we’d like to introduce you to Dan Whitenack, Ph.D.

Dan went to Emory University (Atlanta) for his undergraduate work and became President of their debate team for his junior and senior years. After receiving his B.S. from Emory University he attended the University of Nebraska for his M. A. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Psychology, where he was awarded the Presidential Fellowship as the University’s Outstanding Graduate Student.

Continue reading Introducing Dan Whitenack!

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Body Language

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. Continue reading Body Language

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3 Tips For Choosing Your Next Employer:

If you want to have control over where you work next, here are three tips to help you:

1) Select companies that sell products or services you respect and admire. Choosing a company where you can explain how you’ve come to appreciate what they do for their customers is how you build a connection between the employer and you. Companies like to hire people who really understand why they’re in business and who feel as passionate as they do about the value they deliver to customers. Continue reading 3 Tips For Choosing Your Next Employer:

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The Wetrich Group CEO, Jim Wetrich, invited to Carter Center BOC

The Wetrich Group CEO, Jim Wetrich, invited to Carter Center BOC

Atlanta, Georgia: The Wetrich Group is proud to announce that in a letter from President Jimmy Carter, our CEO, Jim Wetrich has been invited to be a member of the Board of Counsilors for the Carter Center. It will be both a great honor and amazing responsibility to represent the Carter Center in such a capacity.

The Carter Center Board of Councilors is a leadership advisory group that serves to advance understanding of and support for The Carter Center and its activities among private-sector opinion leaders in Atlanta and Georgia. Members attend quarterly meetings and act as informed advocates of The Carter Center in the circles in which they have influence. Continue reading The Wetrich Group CEO, Jim Wetrich, invited to Carter Center BOC

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TOP TIPS – KNOW YOUR REFERENCE!

In today’s job market, your professional references are more important than ever before. Organizations can’t afford to make hiring mistakes and thus are checking more references now than in previous years. As there will be many anxieties involved in your search for a new position, it is unwise and unnecessary to add more anxiety with regard to your references. For most people most of the time, references are no problem. Unfortunately, most candidates treat their references with benign neglect. But what are the criteria for picking references? Continue reading TOP TIPS – KNOW YOUR REFERENCE!

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Trailing Spouse Employment Assistance

The Wetrich Group SCO provides our spouse employment assistance program to trailing spouses relocating to any location throughout the U.S. TWG offers special counseling and support for those who are being “uprooted,” in addition to access to our robust career transition services e-learning center. Our relocation consultation services can be used to help the couple determine the marketability of the skills of the partner/spouse in the new location, availability of comparable positions and other factors such as cost of living. Providing these services enhances the perception of the relocation opportunity, enlists the active support for the transfer, and provides personal support and confidence to the partner in adapting to the new community. Continue reading Trailing Spouse Employment Assistance

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LinkedIn updates for 2016

Oh no! They did it again!

On a regular basis, LinkedIn rolls out major changes to its site. Some are great, some are a pain. For 2016, these changes include major overhauls on how Groups behave, how you manage your Invitations, and the Inbox for direct messages. Do you know how to leverage all the new features? Join career coach Donna Shannon for this presentation to explore some of the new options, as well as the tricks and the traps inherent in all the changes.
Continue reading LinkedIn updates for 2016

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Leymah Gwobee

Several years ago, when I was reading Sheryl Sanberg’s book, “Lean In”, I saw a reference to one of Sheryl’s favorite books, “Might Be Our Powers” by Leymah Gwobee.  I picked up that book right after I finished “Lean In”. It is a powerful story of Leymah’s work as a peace activist responsible for leading a women’s peace movement, Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Her efforts to end the war, along with her collaborator Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, helped usher in a period of peace and enabled a free election in 2005 that Sirleaf won.  Continue reading Leymah Gwobee

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Mobile Apps for the Executive in Transition

Embracing technology is important for the evolving executive. Mobile apps are intended to make our lives easier, and they can, but often we get bogged down in them.  There are troves of apps offering everything from scanning business cards to job search applications. Speaking of Job Search Apps, there are a ton out there but we find that those are not very good at finding jobs at the executive level so their apps are more distractions and time-wasters than they are helpful.

Here, we are going to offer our suggestions for Apps that can help:

Continue reading Mobile Apps for the Executive in Transition

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What do you look for in a Retained Search Partner

  1. Does your search consultant personally conduct the search assignment(s)?  This is the highest probability of success for search work.  What is the success rate for the firm over the last 5 years?  The amount of information that you receive on potential candidates is significant.  Who personally is conducting the search for potential candidates for you the client?   How quickly are search assignments being completed? What are the performance metrics? 
  2. Does the search firm Continue reading What do you look for in a Retained Search Partner
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John Wooten

John Wooden (October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010) was an American basketball player and coach. Nicknamed the “Wizard of Westwood,” as head coach at UCLA he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period, including an unprecedented seven in a row. Within this period, his teams won a men’s basketball-record 88 consecutive games. Wooden’s streak of seven consecutive NCAA Championships is even more remarkable and impressive because to this day no other coach or school has won the tournament more than two consecutive years.  Wooden was named national coach of the year six times. Continue reading John Wooten

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What is Outplacement and Why Does it Matter?

Simply put, outplacement is a service to guide a terminated employee of a company to a satisfactory new position or career through the provision of short- or long-term counseling and support services, on a group or individual basis, most often paid for by the terminating employer. (Source: Staffing Industry Analysts)

For employers, in many instances,“outplacement” is the right thing to do. A recent report found that many employees think that companies should provide outplacement services to their employees.* While 47% of employees agreed that companies should provide outplacement services, 73% reported that they received none when they were laid off. Continue reading What is Outplacement and Why Does it Matter?

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The Lessons of Experience

Early in my career with Abbott Laboratories (1990/1991), I met with the head of human resources for the Hospital Products Division (HPD), which is now known as Hospira, to discuss how to advance at Abbott.  Tim Ring was the head of H.R. at the time and among other things he gave me the book, “The Lessons of Experience: How Successful Executives Develop on the Job.”  That book changed my life and taught me the true lessons of experience….seek out diverse, challenging and turn around (risky) situations, opportunities and experiences. Continue reading The Lessons of Experience

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Peter F. Drucker

As noted in Wikipedia:

Peter F. Drucker (November 19, 1909 – November 11, 2005) was an Austrian-born American management consultant, educator, and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business corporation. He was also a leader in the development of management education, he invented the concept known as management by objectives and self-control, and he has been described as “the founder of modern management”. Continue reading Peter F. Drucker

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Tecumseh

This week’s reflection really needs no words; a quote from Tecumseh who was a Native American and leader of the Shawnee.

“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one about his or her religion;
respect others in their view,
and demand that they respect yours. Continue reading Tecumseh

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Pete Carroll

I have had the great pleasure of meeting Pete Carroll on a few occasions and watching him both from the stands as well as the field during football games at the University of Southern California (USC).  My wife, Nancy, and I were on the team plane heading to South Bend one year when we hit rough weather right before the landing in South Bend.  Here is a note of coverage from USA Today:

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The plane carrying USC’s football team to South Bend plummeted during a severe thunderstorm, forcing the pilot to abort his first landing attempt. Continue reading Pete Carroll

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Warren Bennis

From my perspective, one of the truly great modern writers about leadership is Warren Bennis.  Warren Bennis (March 8, 1925 – July 31, 2014) was an American scholar, organizational consultant and author, widely regarded as a pioneer of the contemporary field of leadership studies. Bennis was University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and Founding Chairman of The Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California. Continue reading Warren Bennis

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Authentic Leadership

Last week, we looked into Heroic Leadership and one of my favorite books and authors.  Another author of leadership articles and books whom I respect greatly is Bill George.  Bill has written a number of fine books; he wrote Authentic Leadership a little more than a decade ago.  Bill is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic.  He joined Medtronic in 1989 as president and chief operating officer, was chief executive officer from 1991-2001, and board chair from 1996-2002.  During Bill’s twelve-year leadership at Medtronic, the company’s market capitalization soared from $1.1 billion to $60 billion, averaging 35% per year. Continue reading Authentic Leadership

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Heroic Leadership

Undoubtedly much has been written about heroes, leaders, and I am sure, heroic leaders.  When I think about heroic leadership, I am particularly drawn to a book by Chris Lowney, entitled “Heroic Leadership”.  The following is from Chris’ website where his book is discussed:

“Chris Lowney’s landmark first book, Heroic Leadership… has been translated into eleven languages. Used widely in corporations and charitable organizations, it has also become a staple of business school and college curricula. The book challenges our assumptions and stereotypes about leadership   and invites each reader to embrace his or her own leadership opportunity and responsibility. Continue reading Heroic Leadership

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Outplacement News – 8/14/2015

Congratulations to Joanie Jeannette on her new position at Vanderbilt Medical Center as Associate Nursing Director, Internal Medicine/Inpatient and Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Units….continued success to you.

“Leadership: Today’s True Test”

It was great catching up with old acquaintances’ and making new friendships at the 2015 Quality & Equity Roadmap conference in San Francisco.  As I reflect back, it has become abundantly clear that more proactive leadership is needed  to make a difference in building a balanced and culturally diverse workplace.  As we all know, the problem isn’t going away as a huge leadership void is looming large on the horizon.  Some 75 million U.S. workers will retire soon.  The talent to replace them will be chosen from the next generation of only 45 million workers.  Continue reading Outplacement News – 8/14/2015

OPR – Instructions and Troubleshooting

How to download our OPR (Open Positions Report).

We are making our OPR available to anyone who would like to have it. The only thing we ask for in return is a little bit of information about you. Each time you want to download it, you will be asked to tell us some standard info about yourself. Your name, email address, phone number, title and company. You will be asked this each time (it keeps our records up to date) you wish to download an OPR. Continue reading OPR – Instructions and Troubleshooting