June 17, 2013
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As the old saying goes, "Better late than never." Well, I'm very late with this newsletter. I do have excuses though. June 2nd I finally ran the marathon for which I've been training these past several months. Then Friday June 7th my bride and I jumped on a plane for a weekend in New York City. I came back to a full week of meetings, so needless to say, something had to give.
All that notwithstanding, I believe I've put together a newsletter with which it will be worth spending a few minutes.
The lead article is one about which I've been thinking for a long time. However, David Houle beat me to the punch - or press, as it were. Still I very much agree with his observations. So rather than re-invent the article, I am sharing it with you with a link to his blog. David, among many other things, is a Vistage speaker and a futurist. I hope you enjoy what he has to say and will find time to read his blog.
Another topic that is hot today is what's going on with the job market. And, to tie in with Houle's article on the trend toward renting, we have employees and employers moving toward a trend of "project work." Meaning that employers are finally admitting that employees aren't hired for life and employees are admitting that they don't have aspirations to stay with one company forever either! So the second article is exploring employability and what we have to do to ensure that we satisfy all parties involved.
As always, I have a book review for you and that's in the third article. I can also share with you that my trip to NYC has cemented my belief that for me, as an introvert, being around so many people for the three days we were there is totally draining. Susan Cain explains quite eloquently why that is so for me. I hope you will find the time to read her book, it's definitely worth the effort, and it will help you at work and at home.
Finally, in the Nullius in verba column I share with you some of the details of my first marathon. Not too many details so that you're bored, but just enough, I hope, to describe my experience. This was definitely pushing on a growing edge for me. The discipline required for training and the need to focus while in the race provided much thought on how those lessons apply to business.
I do hope and trust you enjoy this newsletter.
CCE-Board Certified Coach
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STOP - Don't BUY that!
Is home ownership all it's cracked up to be?. . .
We are becoming a "rental nation." What? Is that bad? You mean we're willing to forgo the pride of ownership? Personally, I think so. Here's what David Houle is thinking along these lines - and I very much agree with him on this topic. Four years ago David started to suggest that in the United States, the reorganizational recession of 2007-2010 might have broken the aspirational, patriotic vision of home ownership. This was a fairly obvious supposition due to the collapse of the real estate market leading the way into the downward economic cataclysm. Not only was the old saying “real estate always goes up in value” blown up, but the inability to sell the home one owned kept millions from being able to move to where they could gain employment. So ownership in an illiquid market also meant unemployment. In many cases this lead to bankruptcy, a painful experience due, in part to home ownership.
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Re-train or no gain
There are precious few among the unemployed who are upbeat about their job potentials. There are also few of those who are still gainfully employed that feel their positions are secure. And while there are many who are paying attention to making themselves employable, most seem not to be putting in the effort. On the company side, things aren’t much better.
Companies are making (some might say they are being forced to make) short sighted decisions. They are working employees to the point of burn-out, investing little to nothing in long-term employee relationships and are providing few incentives for employee engagement. There are exceptions of course and we know who they are purported to be. Some companies make sure that their employees work in an environment which encourages full engagement. Some employees go out of their way to make themselves employable.
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The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking. By Susan Cain
Over the years I have figured out that from time-to-time I “get too busy.” It’s obvious when I reach that point because I get cranky, start inadvertently missing meetings that are in my calendar and generally have very low energy. I then go through a process of what I’ve been calling “reset to zero.” By this I mean that I drop out of all nonessential groups and activities, decline most requests for socializing and make sure that any meetings I do attended are critical; ditching the others. I didn’t think much about this self-imposed process until recently. My reading in neuroscience led to deeper understanding of how our brains work. My reading in neuropsychology and coaching gave me some insights into personality traits. Among those understandings came the revelation that at heart, despite my many public activities, I am an introvert. And then Susan Cain’s excellent book Quiet, was recommended to me. It is perhaps the clearest and most practical of the works I’ve read that are focused on the continuum of introversion and extroversion.
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Nullius in verba
Debut and Swan Song all in one . . .
Rich, a good friend, colleague and accountability partner who lives in FL, shares with me a love of running. We speak almost every weekend to find out how we are progressing in our personal and business goals and to hold each other accountable for the commitments we make. Often we will chat about our trials and tribulations when it comes to the challenge of maintaining our schedules so that we can run or the challenge of dealing with injuries and the like. One weekend late last year, he casually said, "we should run a marathon." My comment was quick and to the point, "The one thing that is NOT on my bucket list is running a marathon. Thank you very much." In his own quiet way, he just planted the seed. Then, several weekends later in one of our conversations, Rich let me know that he had found the perfect race for us - the Rock 'n Roll marathon in San Diego on June 2, 2013. He also let me know that he would be willing to fly out from FL and run with me. "Just think about it," he said, "we can decide later there's plenty of time." Trapped.
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