I was pulled into an unexpected meeting and as an aside in the meeting I was told I have a WIIFM personality. I had no idea what that meant. Then I realized, everyone has one of these personalities, but for some reason, it's not looked at positively, even though it's, in my opinion, a reality of human existence. Listen and decide for yourself.
I'm good at many things, so are you. Yet, no one is exceptional at all things. This results in life situations where we are kinda good at something, but the situation calls for someone who is exceptional at it. We can figure it out if it's in our personal life, but it gets challenging when it happens at work. This show is all about when we can't be kinda good, when they really want exceptional.
Screw ups happen. Because of the nature of our professional world, and really because of human nature, there is often a scapegoat, an individual to blame when fertilizer hits the air circulation system. If you are the recipient of that blame, the consequences can be huge for both your professional and personal lives. It follows that it is best to always use a modicum of caution in your professional life. There are many best practices in this regard, and this show includes some of them. Listen and learn how you can keep your derriere from being overly exposed as you go about your work and life.
Also, Turns out I did get the bonus show out the door as episode 145, so this is episode 146.
When it's time to move on to new and uncharted career territory, many folks will say goodbye to their old colleagues through email or a phone call. The lesser used option is to do it through a special edition of your regular podcast. I chose this option. Listen, and hear a fun little farewell with some great career info, and maybe a bit of a surprise at the end.
In life it's easier, but not always wise, to be our 'real selves'. In the professional world, it's different. Emotions and issues that are part of life tend not to work well in the work world. When and where can we be real? When do we have to be fake? Listen for some Real conversation about being Fake!
The greatest limiter on all our grand aspirations is time. There is time to do some of the big things we want in life like a career and family, but little left for other major efforts. This limitation is the rule of 2.5. Why does the rule exist? Is there a way around it? Listen and find out!
Everyone makes assumptions, it's necessary to function in life. Some assumptions, say if you assume the milk you grab at the supermarket is ok without looking at the date has a limited impact on your life. But some, like making assumptions about your career, can have HUGE long term impact. This show is all about those big impact assumptions.
I knew rose. I interacted with her through the years. Then one day, in a moment, without knowing she did it, she demonstrated to me the realities of the retirement challenges in the modern era.
As we mature over time, we stop seeing things in black and white. Shades of grey start to become the pallet of choice as we explore the issues of the day. There is some real value in our developing perspectives which can help us thrive in work and life.
Had a friend drop by and we decided to talk about what she does, and what she does is get people jobs with the Department of Public Safety. It's an interesting interview that really speaks to how surprisingly broad some government departments are!
There are a million different pundits talking about goal setting. But how many talk about managing your goals? When to keep them, when to change them and when to ditch them? That's what this week's show is all about!
What happens when we let young and inexperienced kids choose a career and add it to a system that facilitates friction free student loans? We get a society with crazy levels of student loan debt for careers that don't match what people are actually doing. Here is one crazy idea that would put an end to all those problems!
It's human to want to communicate, but sometimes we communicate too much. Sometimes we communicate too little. Knowing how much to share can be a learned skill or an art. It's something we all have to figure out in work and in life.
With the COVID-19 virus spreading, many people have down time on their hands. Unfortunately that time can be sucked up by time wasters. This is something we should guard against at work and at home, virus or not.
Life is problems, most of the solutions are tried and true. Need money? Learn a skill and go to work. Need healthcare? Go to a doctor. But sometimes people get hooked into believing in miracle solutions promoted with cultish zeal. Then, they want to hook you too.
Telecom companies and other employers have something in common. Neither wants to make the long term investment even though the longer ROI will have exponential benefits over the short term. Listen and learn how a lesson from one can teach us about the challenges of the other.
There has been a veritable explosion in streaming services. There is so much activity, that between when I wrote this post of the week, about a year ago, and when it posted, the landscape has massively changed. The core conversation about cutting the cord, and cutting the streaming services too hasn't changed. Is streaming really worth it? Listen and decide!
In life, the productive people tend to be goal driven in some way shape or form. Oftentimes we may not be able to meet our goals, or we just may fail at them. Listen to this show and learn how you can still achieve your goals using the secret of the three R's.
When one thinks about alternative lifestyle ideas, most people don't think about flexibility and limiting liability. The world of the professional does think about these topics, and there are ways to make it happen to the extreme! Here are six of them.
It's time again for our annual "Best of" where we highlight our 5 best posts of the week! We even have a bonus post of the week in this XL sized show filled with collision points commentary goodness!
This week's Post of the Week is all about a sarcastic response I got when I asked a friend how they were doing. It made me think about what that person was really thinking and feeling and what we think and feel when our work is not aligned to who we are or what we want.
This week also includes my review of the new Pixel 4XL cell phone. Don't let other reviews scare you. This is one amazing phone, listen to find out what makes it so great and the one little thing that isn't great.
Every year many professionals get the invite to their organization's annual holiday gathering. These events are considered a pain by some and a highly anticipated party to others. The reality is that is both of those things and more. This weeks episode let's us explore holiday parties from all angles. Listen and be prepared for your own Holiday Party!
Sometimes we find that we are the low end of the salary distribution for our job. The normal reaction is to be insulted and try and change the situation to be on par with our colleagues, but maybe, just maybe it's a good idea to be paid a bit lower than the next guy or gal. Also, this episode includes a review of the best TV available today!
Oftentimes in our career, we are asked to lead, or be a big part of, something we know is going to be an unmitigated disaster or a complete failure. Sooner or later it's unavoidable. There can be real negative consequences for the professional in these situations. So how can you best handle them? Listen to this show for both public and private sector examples of disasters and a few great tips on how to navigate these intense situations!
NOTE: This show was intentionally published a few days later than normal to give a bit more time for Episode 125, our big live special, to be at the top of the feed. Thanks for your understanding!