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Trees & Sewage: A Lesson In Career Planning and Resume Readiness

 

career planningWe have many old, beautiful trees throughout my town.

My town is nicknamed “The Borough of “Trees” on the welcome sign entering the town since we have so many massive, shade-bearing trees.

The long, gnarled tree roots abound. These trees grow in such volume and density that they can puncture pipes and grow within a home’s sewage pipes.

Eventually, the infesting roots clog the pipes and cause an sewage emergency.

After a couple of unfortunate incidents, we started scheduling the plumber every six months to snake the drains to proactively rid of the pervasive roots and keep things moving properly.

This avoided any further incidents.

Given a choice, and if you had to pick one, would you prefer to have sewer maintenance or a sewer emergency in your home?

Hmmm….let me see.

A. Schedule regular maintenance to avoid an emergency…

OR

B. Deal with the less frequent, but more damaging, sewage emergency from time-to-time?

I’m thinking you will pick A for your home, right?

I mean, who would voluntarily want to put themselves in a unexpected, traumatizing situation every couple of years jeopardizing the condition of their largest asset by not scheduling regular maintenance?

Well, people may choose to proactively preserve their homes, but so often they are putting their executive careers, their main source of income, in these explosive situations.

No regular maintenance of their professional network.

No regular upkeep of their wins and achievements.

No regular proactive positioning of themselves or their team for advancement.

No regular personal branding efforts offline and online.

No regular savings for a financial safety net to cover a few months expenses.

No admittance that it can happen to them.

And then, BOOM, the proverbial crap hits the fan at the office and we have an executive career in a sewage emergency.

And they are knee-deep in what was totally avoidable.

Let’s be clear… the twisty roots were most definitely going to go through the pipes.

No doubt about it.

Similarly corporate transitions are going to happen. Companies will have M&A activity, layoffs and relocations.

What is avoidable is being unprepared for it – wading through the emotional garbage and greater collateral damage from failing to face the inevitable and being proactive.

Start your regular maintenance and be proactive.

 

Be Well!

Lisa

 

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How to Protect Your Career & Handle an Executive Layoff with Success

 

executive layoffOn January 4th, 2017, CNN Money published “Macy’s is closing 68 stores, cutting 10,000 jobs.” Although I am very positive about the opportunity that avails us all in 2017, this is not a great headline to see four days in to the new year. 

However, small or large, no company is immune to the layoff phenomenon.

And no job is immune from the downsizing phenomenon.

Your career is in play. Always.  

Obviously, the impact of any corporate change is bigger than simply your job.

Yet, at the end of the day, your job is all that matters to you… right? Your career? Yes…

So many scenarios are possible…but here are the main two scenarios:Continue Reading…

8 Proactive Moves to Protect Your Career

 

protect your careerMicrosoft’s recent $26.2 billion offer to purchase LinkedIn is one of the biggest acquisitions ever in the tech industry, according to ABC News. Similarly, last month, the BBC announced, as well as other news sources, that Bayer has made a $62 billion offer to buy Monsanto, making the joint venture the largest agricultural supplier in the world. 

Small or large, no company is immune to the merger and acquisition phenomenon. These changes are (obviously) happening all around us.

And no job is immune from the merger and acquisition phenomenon.

As the two companies become integrated, your career is in play.

Obviously, the impact of any merger or acquisition is bigger than simply your job.

Yet, at the end of the day, your job is all that matters to you… right? Your career? Yes…

So many scenarios are possible:Continue Reading…

RIP Dos Equis Man

 

Dos Equis manEven the Dos Equis Man does not have job security with his amazing track record of success.

Heineken, parent company of Dos Equis beer, has announced that it is retiring the Dos Equis Man, aka “The Most Interesting Man in the World,” advertising campaign.

Here is the crazy thing….Heineken says they nearly tripled their business over the past 9 years since they started running “The Most Interesting Man in the World” ads.

In fact, they stated that in the past year alone they had a 10.2% increase in sales.Continue Reading…

7 Moves to Protect Yourself During a Merger Or Takeover

 

protect yourself during a mergerLast year, Investor Place reports, the deal volume of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) was the highest since the financial crisis. The pace in 2015 is supposed to top that. This reflects the drive to enhance competitiveness. Those strategies could include adding new product lines, increasing market share, gaining access to proprietary technology and/or reducing costs.

It’s not about just your job

As the two companies become integrated, your career is in play. That’s what you have to pay attention to. The impacts of any M&A are bigger than simply your job.

So many scenarios are possible.

• There could be redundancies in manpower in functions ranging from law to marketing. That means your job could be eliminated. That could happen whether your company has been acquired or it’s the one initiating the takeover.
• You could remain employed. However, your job is changed significantly. You have to make the decision to adjust or begin a search for a position outside the company.
• Maybe the emerging organizational culture is no longer a good fit for you. Staying there could damage your personal branding. You must leave.

Here are 7 moves on how to protect your overall career:Continue Reading…