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You Can Become “Career-crash Resistant” – Racing Through a Successful Career

Posted on 07/01/2013 by Jack Speer

Why do some people go from one job to a better job, and other people are in a constant career death spiral?  These are the people you know who are  moving each time to a smaller company with less compensation, down the ladder, sometimes slowly, sometimes in one huge plunges. How can you keep the career death spiral from being your personal story? You See Career Death Spirals All Around You Because of the Nature, Pace, and Cadence of Employment.  I interviewed an intelligent-young professional[…]

IQ Has Fallen During the Last 100 Years–is it Too Dangerous be be Smart?

Posted on 06/24/2013 by Jack Speer

Is it smarter to be dumb or is it smart to be smart when you’re interacting with other people?  A lot of people don’t admire intelligence, and they really don’t relate well to people who are generally knowledgeable. IQ has fallen by more than 15 points during the last 100 years when it was popular to talk about new advances in science and technology, to actually discuss literature, politics, and the latest ideas. Topics that get deeper than where you bought your gas today and[…]

The Best Five Ways to Really Make a Bad Executive Hire

Posted on 04/08/2013 by Jack Speer

Dorothy Drummer is President of Dorothy Drummer and Associates and is a subject matter expert on hiring high performance employees.  Many CEOs have made a bad hire at some point – but if you are wondering about how to insure that you make that bad-hire investment, here are a few tips: In my 25 years of executive recruiting I have – more than once – been asked to clean up after the departure of a bad hire.  Talking through the situation with my client, I[…]

Do You Suffer from Mission Impossible Syndrome?

Posted on 03/18/2013 by Jack Speer

As a rising star executive or someone who is already running a turbo-charged organization, you’re at the top of your game.  You’re tough, resilient, often brilliant, and you can solve any problem.  When there’s something difficult to do, they come to you.

You can achieve the “mission impossible.”  But can you sustain it with your energy and present skills?

Are You a Convincing Person? How to Get Funding, Land a New Job, or Explain Why You’re Late For Dinner

Posted on 03/11/2013 by Jack Speer

I have lots of opportunities to visit with people who want to make a big move  professionally–but they can’t convince the right people they’re capable.  The ups and downs of the tickertape of my life moves on my ability to convince someone that they should hire me–and I’ll bet that’s true for you.  So do I need additional skills to be a more convincing person? The “big talker” and the “competent doer” are often seen at odds with each other.  Yet people today who will take a[…]

Do You Suffer from Mission Impossible Syndrome?

Posted on 02/17/2013 by Carol Kallendorf

Do you get an incredible high by being the only person who can pull a critical project over the finish line?  When there’s an impossible–or nearly impossible–job to be done, do you find yourself volunteering … against your better judgment?  Are you everybody’s go-to person?  Do you frequently find you are doing your own job–and a couple other jobs, as well? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you may suffer from “Mission Impossible Syndrome.”  A lot of executives are Mission Impossibles[…]

Will You Make it in This Job? Cliff Notes for Survival in Tough Times

Posted on 02/14/2013 by Jack Speer

Do you ever want to know just how you’re going to survive in your job?  I want to give you some cliff notes to help you live through moments where the dominant mode in your organization seems to be chaos. At times the naked truth in your job is you’re swinging through the jungle of your organization, hoping you can hold on and not lose your grip–and that the vine doesn’t break. When the management team is aligned and healthy and the organization is on[…]

Being Two Places at Once–Multitasking the Right Way

Posted on 01/31/2013 by Jack Speer

When Mid-20th Century Dagwood Bumstead, the symbol of the head of family, made his mad dash to the bus stop each day to go to work at Mr. Dither’s construction company, quantum physics hadn’t been discovered yet. The weird idea that a physical entity could literally be in two places at one time bothered Albert Einstein and would have utterly baffled Dagwood. Truth be told, Dagwood could barely handle being in one place at one time.  Today one thing’s ability to be in two places[…]

When You Call the Shots, Who Do You Listen to?

Posted on 01/17/2013 by Jack Speer

Who Can you Trust on Your Way to the Top–Do the Right People Have Your Ear?  As a senior manager in an organization, the most important question you ask yourself every day is, “Who should I listen to? Who can I trust?” We succeed or fail depending on finding the right answer every day. In the field of politics George W. Bush and Barack Obama have something very important in common—they picked two unlikely advisors who helped them win two terms in office, something ever[…]

The Transformational Power of Executive Coaching

Posted on 11/29/2012 by Carol Kallendorf

By Carol Kallendorf, Ph.D.
When your first gig as a CEO is with a manufacturing company that has a balance sheet looks like a crime scene, in an endangered U.S. market that is …

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