How many people get up in the morning with more energy than they know what to do with; AND can hardly wait to get the day started at the workplace? Okay, you can put your hands down now. For the rest of you, why is it so hard to get excited at the new work day? Is it because of the number of years of service (that the supervisors refuse to acknowledge)? Is it issues in the family life that distract you from the work cycle? Are you burnt out due to the stress and the pressures of the position OR… Continue
Added by Daniel J Smith on July 7, 2011 at 12:52pm —
“Consider reputation: Who do other people think you are?”- Marshall Goldsmith 2011.
Interesting comment I read from the Coach on Friday morning as I was going through my mail; and it made me stop to think- Who do others think I am- and am I creating the correct impression about myself publically and professionally? And if I’m wondering, how many others are taking stock on how or what they are perceived to be?
When you get up each morning- Are you excited to see a new day,… Continue
Added by Daniel J Smith on July 1, 2011 at 12:11pm —
Six words which form what I think is one of the great un-answered questions of all time. Others have tried, come close or failed to attain the brassiest of brass rings—and that is to discover how one becomes the best!!
Is it a course or an educational module? Is it something found with style, a trendy newspaper, or the tabloids? Is it an expression? or possibly a frame of mind? Could be…any or all of the above plus other thoughts not yet expressed. Or it could be none of the above… Continue
Added by Daniel J Smith on June 28, 2011 at 7:34pm —
There has been some discussion going around recently through LinkedIn, and some other sites about the etiquette of “advice”: namely, when should you give it and when should you charge for it; when you should offer it freely and when you should just say ‘no’ and politely remove yourself from the situation.
I’ve had some time to think this through, and I think a sound strategy is to know the difference between an opinion wanted, and an opinion/request for guidance or assistance. You… Continue
Added by Daniel J Smith on June 23, 2011 at 1:24pm —
Change occurs all the time, usually in subtle ways but occasionally in a manner that feels like a ton of bricks were dropped on your head. This then leads to a lot of questions and sometimes a little hesitation as a new direction is chosen and the path is mapped out. Unsure of the destination you head out (knowing that the journey is half as much fun as reaching the destination.)
This is usually the point where you start to ask questions, verify the new goals and set up the strategy… Continue
Added by Daniel J Smith on June 1, 2011 at 2:36pm —
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends”- Dominique Pirolo, 2011
It is an interesting thought that we would give that much power over our affairs to people who may not always have our best interest at thought.
Dealing with those who go against the grain is nothing new, so to think these individuals will agree to your ideals is quite a stretch. Its those whom we refer to as friends that deserve to be… Continue
Added by Daniel J Smith on May 27, 2011 at 3:12pm —
“People will hate you, rate you, break you, and shake you; How strong you stand is what makes you”- Judy Reynolds, Facebook 2011.
Interesting comment I received via Facebook the other night. And how timely and true it could really be. Everyone wants to be number #1, sometimes so much so, that they forget the things they felt were important at one time, or feel that success is the be all and end all. To me, this all comes down to merit, how much faith we place in ourselves; and how… Continue
Added by Daniel J Smith on May 20, 2011 at 10:12am —
One word, Five letters, Able to do a lot of good or create a lot of damage. Something usually given too early and withdrawn too late.It’s hard to give at first, and real scary to receive. My question today: When do you know the time is right to “use” Trust ? This is open-ended as it could pertain to people, to jobs, to life-situations; basically to anything or anyone you feel will help you accomplish your end-goal in life.
Sure I understand that we must have enough respect for… Continue
Added by Daniel J Smith on April 28, 2011 at 10:30am —
This is something everybody uses; yet on a number of occasions they feel silence trumps silly, or banal, or demonstrating that they don’t have all the knowledge they need to proceed. Its human nature to want to have all the facts before proceeding on a project, just as it should be human nature to want to confirm information if there is any possible chance your results will be contrary to what is expected.
Not everybody has all the skills in the world needed to accomplish every goal.… Continue
Added by Daniel J Smith on February 16, 2011 at 12:21pm —
This week I received some interesting comments regarding “Professionalism” One of my groups pointed out that my profile picture didn’t express the intention which I was trying to achieve. I took a look at it from a neutral perspective, and I agreed.
This brings me to todays topic: Professionalism and the Workplace. With every project I have strived to present myself as a commodity or a brand, who just happens to be on loan to my employers as a sub-contracted asset. This meant that… Continue
Added by Daniel J Smith on February 9, 2011 at 9:25am —
One of the first things I did after setting up my desk and my computer was to start an important task in my new venture- Commence with the social networking. That meant to me exposing myself in a grander nature on the internet than I had been comfortable with. To me: Twitter, Facebook, even Linked In was inviting unwanted attention. Imagine if you can, someone who had gone until now as a virtual ghost on the internet and was proud of it. Even better, does anyone know…
Added by Daniel J Smith on December 16, 2010 at 12:35pm —
Today I have decided to talk about a key part of business and operations: The Mission Statement. For a full definition of what a mission statement is, please refer to Wikipedia or a fantastic book by Stephen R. Covey entitled “7 Steps of Highly Effective People”(http://ee.sharif.edu/~commi/Comm1_files/SevenHabits.pdf). I believe many people in the industry own this book (Its required reading at… Continue
Added by Daniel J Smith on December 3, 2010 at 3:30pm —
One of the important things I’ve seen in the last while, is networking with others is a contact sport. At the end of the day, though we all have the same agenda,… Continue
Added by Daniel J Smith on November 26, 2010 at 11:37am —
Over the last number of days, I have been listening to a lot of opinions in the areas of Sales and the Marketing of oneself (aka branding). Everyone has a valid argument on how you can succeed and where you could fail…..The lists are endless. All the points could be considered relevant depending on your situtation at any given time.
This brings me to today’s rant: Who is REALLY responsible for your success or failure.
The answer is real simple: YOU…
Added by Daniel J Smith on November 25, 2010 at 12:18pm —
Is this where we settle? Good? Do we not look at better or try to do our best? Good is okay but certainly not where we should end up! Try and follow (please note this is written after The Recruiting Animal Show on November 10,2010)
HOW is “Good” enough? When we look at success, look at our job list, look at our partner or employer and say “meehh, good enough.” Is this a point where we should settle? NO!! Strive to do better and strive to be better– Good is not Good Enough!!
WHERE is… Continue
Added by Daniel J Smith on November 10, 2010 at 2:00pm —
I have been thinking lately and I was wondering if people still have dreams of all the things that they wanted to do or be when they grow up? It seems like people just happens to do the things that they encountered or by chance. I still have dreams of writing a novel, being able to buy lots of people gifts (I love shopping!) having a british short hair kitten, having a motorcycle, having a big hobby room, and the list is too long for this blog.
After reviewing the list of my… Continue
Added by Sally Raade on May 17, 2010 at 6:02pm —
There is a slight breeze today and a sky full of blue and sunshine. The temperature is somewhere between long sleeve shirt and hooded jacket. I choose the hooded sweatshirt that I had conveniently ‘hung up’ on the floor in the back bedroom. It was lying there in a little box of sunshine. When I put it on I reveled in the warm toasty feeling. I decided to make a turkey bacon, egg and cheese sandwich.…
Added by Brian Meeks on November 30, 2009 at 1:50pm —
In our September 14 posting, Managing Your Emotional Investments In A Job Search
, we talked about the gambler’s fallacy
as it relates to job hunting and offered some tips on how to navigate the waves of emotion that arise as you look toward securing your next job. In… Continue
Added by Pedro S. Silva II on November 11, 2009 at 12:09pm —
How many interviews would you say it takes to secure a job? 1, 2, 5000? The truth is that when it comes to securing a job, the interview doesn't end until your last day at the company. Everyday that you engage with an employer is an interview day. And given this logic, your first "interview" is also your first workday. This is a secret that… Continue
Added by Pedro S. Silva II on November 3, 2009 at 10:59am —