Watch out, baby boomers. The Millennials are coming for your jobs.
Over the course of the life of this blog, other authors will approach this different ways. I convinced my supervisor at a wireless telecom company (this was in 2005) to let me become a workshifter for three out of five days a week. It wasn't easy, but I found several keys that got me the freedom to work out of a coffeeshop, and the flexibility to do more with the two hours a day that shift brought me.
You’ve gotten pretty far in a job discussion. You like them. They like you. And it's getting down to the nitty gritty.
A recent report listed the happiest nations in the world. Guess what? The US didn't even make it into the top ten. So much for the American dream.
Most people don't realize the power of personal connection on the job.
If you’re a micromanager and want to change, you need to understand why you’re micromanaging and develop skills to allow your team to produce while you focus on leading.
"Coaching isn't an addition to a leader's job, it's an integral part of it." - George S. Odiorne
Now to your career. Sometimes when faced with an unmoveable obstacle, you need to change what you are doing. The more hard-headed you are - the bigger the obstacle will become. You need to try something new to either go around the obstacle or not deal with it at all.
I hear it all the time from my clients when hiring — "I can't find someone that is "just right" for the position." Or "They don't meet all the qualifications for the job." Well - they're wrong. You need to STRETCH your new people's potential.
It's a lot like losing your job. The first time it happens, people are pretty shell-shocked. They do a lot of soul searching (why me?), denial, hatred of their company, boss, etc. — you know the drill. Ultimately, when the adrenaline dissipates, they get down to business and look for a new job. The second time someone loses a job (and this happens more often that you realize in this economy), they tend to almost laugh about it, pick themselves up quickly, and go after that next job.