Did you enjoy the Super Bowl this past Sunday? The Giants and the Patriots were well prepared and well coached. For instance, when was the last time you saw a team allow the other team to score to get their hands on the ball with some time while the other team considered not scoring in order to run the clock out. The game is fluid and coaching decisions must reflect the ebbs and flows. That’s why Coughlin and Belechek make the big bucks, the decision stops with them. Couldn’t help thinking about the number of executive coaches there are in the market today to help executives with their personal and staff development. It is not a new profession, just one that has expanded out of need. And why is the number growing? There are a number of reasons including the fact that companies of all sizes do business in a complex global environment and a number of executives have not been well trained to manage growth in this environment – they need coaching.
Guest Blogger Hank Stringer is a member of the Glassdoor.com, Clearview Collection and CEO of Stringer Executive Search and Chief Strategist to Novotus - a professional recruiting agency. In 2006 he co-authored Talent Force: A New Manifesto for the Human Side of Business" (Prentice-Hall. 2006) with fellow Clearview contributor Rusty Rueff. Hank’s experience includes founding Hire.com, an early Internet recruitment solution acquired by Authoria in 2005. He has also served as a senior recruiter for Dell Inc. and Tandem Computers.
Talk your way into the job you choose….qualified or not! Could you hear yourself saying….? “Sir, my goal is to succeed. I plan to do that by working hard to provide value and service to our clients and my co-workers. I will fall and stumble at times, however I am determined to use these opportunities to learn and improve myself. I would be honored to work with your firm and hope I am blessed with the opportunity.”
I get calls from friends with children graduating from college who ‘need some help’ finding internships or permanent employment. Two of the recent students I have helped are interesting to me because of the assistance they receive from their university’s career placement, as well as the contacts from companies that have been coming their way. It is interesting to me because reviewing the backgrounds of the two students would lead one to believe these two would have ‘no problem’ finding the right employer, really one would think employers should be doing all they can to pursue them, but they aren’t.
It’s 2012, a New Year and time to consider personal goals and changes in your life to make now, so life is better this year than it was last. Let’s leave the personal up to your own devices and plans, but for those of you interested in changing your job or advancing your career, here are 5 ‘simple’ career resolutions to consider.
According to the Computer Science Teachers Association, the number of U.S. high schools offering introductory computer science dropped to 69% in 2011 from 78% in 2005. While a manpower survey reports that 52 percent of U.S. companies had trouble filling essential positions; the study supports statistics from the U.S. Labor Department showing that more than three million tech jobs remain unfilled for months.
It used to be that the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas seemed a long time. Now it feels that after the last leftover turkey sandwich it’s time to get the Christmas decorations up and coordinate the social calendar with family and friends. This ‘feeling’ may be due to the ‘Black Friday’ campouts to be first in line and all the news coverage as a result. No matter the reason for the season this is a time we encounter friends, family we haven’t seen in a while as well as new faces, Tis the Network Season.
Had lunch with a frustrated exec this week I’ve known for years. He has hired new college grads for years, has seen the process through the past three decades and is concerned that today’s grads don’t know how to work.
You’re thinking, well, if I work hard, keep my head down and just produce I will advance in my career and have plenty of internal and external opportunities….maybe. There are a few other things you can do that will help, and no, not talking about the value of back stabbing office politics to get ahead, in fact just the opposite.
Want or need to increase your position or move to a new company? Stop looking! Here are three ways to find your next challenge by NOT LOOKING!