This post shows to me a great deal of wisdom of doing business in these troubled, or any other, times. It is incredibly difficult to move from a highly competitive model to a collaborative or, god forbid, a collective (semi-socialist?) model. I've heard people talk about it, but how many people have "the actual courage to do it."
Being a recruiter (headhunter?) for the last twenty five years I have seen recruiting go from it's wild west days to a much more mature, perhaps over digitized (and alienated), model For the last four years I have almost worked exclusively with splits where the issues alluded to above are truly pushed to their limits (e. g., trust issues are particularly put to the test). Particularly when headhunter's/recruiters often, or at least used to self identify themselves as "lone wolves."
As much as I like what is said above, and maybe this is implied in the the statement "be flexible", I feel one at all costs try to avoid an absolutist, rigid, all or nothing attitude. Each point, in itself, can be excruciatingly difficult to realize given our cultural, including corporate, conditioning of rugged individualism, an attitude which globalization is making increasingly counter-productive. I don't mean to sound preachy or pedantic, and I feel at an essential level, we are all in this together which the underlies the "the spirit" of the above statement.
Personally I am in the initial process of integrating career/life (and perhaps corporate) coaching into my recruiting practice. This is very challenging and the above principles, if I can call them that, are extremely helpful in moving towards my goal
This is my first posting/reply in this forum and I hope what I am saying is not inappropriate.
Mike, your final remark was inappropriate. Fretting about a straight-forward comment like yours seems - how should I put it nicely: overly nice and therefore less sincere than I assume you mean to be.
The same phenomenon is seen throughout your comment.
collective (semi-socialist?). recruiter (headhunter?)
You've been in the business 25 years; are you still not certain whether it's okay to use the colloquial term, headhunter? I suspect that in your work as a life coach you do not advise your clients to be so meek and hesitant. Why do it here?