Archive for the ‘Ann Smith’ Category

Love It or Despise It: Read This About the Power of Golf!

July 18th, 2011 No Comments

We are continually reminded that relationships drive business. Building relationships brings us customers, building relationships leads us to new job opportunities. A crazy thing I’ve always told my job search clients is that if they play golf, they should play a lot of golf during job search. They are thrilled that it is really a job search activity. I even had a client who barely finished his resume before he was offered a job through a friend of a friend

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Listen, Think, Exchange Thoughts and Be Heard!

Many of us have been through a job search in the last few years. There are so many issues to deal with in career transition, not the least of which is what to do next? Go after the same sort of job? Does that job still exist? Even if I manage to land a similar job by some good fortune, will it exist for long or for long enough? How long is long enough? Do I still like the work?

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“Race to Nowhere”, the Movie by Vicki Abeles

February 14th, 2011 No Comments

This was a very sobering and thought provoking movie, as it was meant to be. This documentary systematically demonstrates that education these days is no longer about learning. It is more of a system where teachers are required to teach to the test, and performance is a check-off list. Creative thought is not encouraged in our schools. When I think of the skills valued in our workplaces; I think of  critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, and curiosity. I also think

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The Art of Talking Small

December 4th, 2010 No Comments

As we are out and about meeting people and building our networks, there is often a need for a bit of small talk to start off our conversations. If you are stuck for something to say to break the ice, here is an acronym that I remember to work off of. Think of the word CHAT and use that to help you ask a question to begin the dialog. C – Career What do you do for a living? What

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Looking for an Opportunity? Let the Party Commence!

December 3rd, 2010 1 Comment

Who doesn’t like a party? Each and every one of us can plan a holiday party, it takes minimal effort to put together a nice, memorable event. A little music, a few friends, and some conversation. Keep it simple. Offer a variety of snacks or ask everyone to bring a favorite munchie. Keeping relationships going is about getting together regularly. Networking is really about relationships, longer term relationships, that’s all it is. So it is essential to keep our relationships

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Our Job Security is Our Network

October 13th, 2010 No Comments

I attended a sad farewell for an association that at one time was truly a great organization. It was vibrant and growing. This group was quite impactful for me throughout my career though particularly in the early stages. Over the years the association had lost membership and struggled to keep going. I myself had not been an active member for years. It was not a huge surprise that the decision was made to discontinue meeting, though still disheartening, especially for

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What I Learned From Coach Wooden

July 14th, 2010 1 Comment

John Wooden recently passed away. He was the long time UCLA Basketball Coach with record wins and unmatched honors. Beyond his accolades and honors, he has said that the letters from his individual players are his treasures. That absolutely fits what I have come to know about Coach Wooden. I always mention John Wooden when I talk about leadership. I don’t even know much about basketball other than enjoying a game or two here and there. My interest in Coach

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Toyota – Communication with Employees During Crisis

June 2nd, 2010 1 Comment

During a crisis, communication becomes an even more important factor than during normal times. To encourage their teams to be successful during periods of high stress, effective managers strive to provide as much accurate information to their work groups as possible. They hold regular communication meetings even if there is no new information to convey. It is very important that information be delivered timely; as much as you know and have the liberty to share. It is okay to say

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Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin

I say Greg Mortensen should get the Nobel Peace Prize if he is being considered and if he is not being considered, he should certainly be considered!  Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin New York Time Best Seller – Book review  As many of us do, I tell myself that education is the one thing that changes everything, education will make the most significant difference.  I believe this to be true, so easy to say.

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