Monthly Archives: January 2010

Leadership: sometimes the opposite of dithering

If you have to force a decision, should it be made? (Props to Judy B. Margolis, MA, for posing this question on Linkedin). Look at your staff. Some are hard-chargers who will go off any cliff with or without a … Continue reading

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Your best consultants are on your staff

Unless your organization is a start-up, you have processes that can be streamlined, improved or eliminated. It is time to enlist your best consultants: your staff. Employees know how to do their jobs Every employee has opinions about how his … Continue reading

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Alternative Careers: Transferable skills make the move

Other people have trained for “your” job Having identified the job that you want, do not be discouraged to find that other people have trained for it. You can explain and enhance your value to an employer by showing what … Continue reading

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Alternative Career Search Step 4: Patience

Expect a barbecue-like long and slow process, not a ramen noodles quick-fix career shift because of three unalterable truths: 1. There is no Alternative Careers Monster Board because an alternative career for a lawyer is a traditional career for someone … Continue reading

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Purposeful and serendipitous networking: Step 3 in an alternative career search

Combining research and smart networking to learn about potential career paths can create powerful momentum. Purposeful (in person): After you know a little bit about an industry and have your four questions (Step 2) in hand, go to a professional … Continue reading

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Research: Step 2 in an alternative career search

Because life does not come with GPS, research is a critical component of an alternative career search because itĀ helps create your roadmap. There are three key research tasks: (1) define your terms; (2) learn about other jobs; and (3) explore … Continue reading

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Self-Assessment: Step 1 in an alternative career search

  You, and only you, can decide what you want to do with your life. The minute you decide that you are ready for a change, you will ask Where are the jobs? STOP. Self-assessment is the most important part … Continue reading

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Feeling trapped? Take 5 steps toward an alternative career

Feeling trapped? Take 5 steps toward an alternative career. If just one of the following is elements of dissatisfaction has ever buzzed in your brain, you may be ready begin. ElementsĀ of dissatisfaction I knew when I came to law school … Continue reading

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