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Can We All Agree – 6/27/15 Edition

June 27, 2015

Can we all agree that President Obama may have just had the single best week any modern president ever had?

Can we all agree that The Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act was perfect for everyone?

Can we all agree that it solidified a Democratic legacy and gave the GOP something to oppose with no political consequences?

Gay Pride at The White House

Gay Pride at The White House

Can we all agree that The Court’s approval of gay marriage had the same impact?

Can we all agree that Justice Antonin Scalia has officially gone off the rails in his dissents?

Can we all agree that the speed with which the GOP was able to reverse the vote on fast-track trade authority, really makes you wonder about congressional motives for the enormous waste of time on so many other matters?

Can we all agree that Rep. Nancy Pelosi was badly out-manuevered?

Can we all agree that a symbol, like the Confederate flag, can indeed incite violence?

Can we all agree that removing the Confederate flag or any references to it, may be the single biggest impact of the 9 deaths in South Carolina?

Can we all agree that the President’s speech on Friday in Charleston was among his most moving since he took office?

Can we all agree that he will not replace Taylor Swift atop The Billboard 100?

Can we all agree that musical artists of every stripe owe Ms Swift a huge debt for her stand against Apple’s initial royalty payment system?

Can we all agree it would be nice if she changed her policy for photographers who provide her with publicity?

Can we all agree that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s apology for the Boston Marathon  bombing was too little, and too late, even for those of us opposed to the death penalty?

Can we all agree that while the GOP Presidential race got another entrant, no-one even noticed the additional clown in the car?

Can we all agree that we are all losing interest in terrorist attacks around the world?

Carli Lloyd #10 of the United States celebrates as she heads the ball past goalkeeper Wang Fei #12 of China in the second half for her team's first goal in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Quarter Final match at Lansdowne Stadium on June 26, 2015 in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)

Carli Lloyd #10 of the United States celebrates as she heads the ball past goalkeeper Wang Fei #12 of China in the second half for her team’s first goal in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 Quarter Final match yesterday. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)

Can we all agree that when we lose interest, it’s probably just a matter of time before an attack hits closer to home?

Can we all agree that when the Greek Prime Minister calls for a referendum on a debt bailout, he’s not showing much leadership?

Can we all agree that the US Women’s Soccer Team’s victory over China to reach the World Cup semi-finals was pretty lopsided, even though the final score was only 1-0 ?

 

 

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Can We All Agree – 6/20/15 Edition

June 20, 2015

Can we all agree that no President should have to address the issue of mass shootings 14 times in 7 years?

Can we all agree that allowing guns in churches, as the NRA suggests, is not the answer?

Can we all agree that as long as people insist on  honoring the Civil War with Confederate flags racism will live in the United States?

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

Can we all agree it’s not a free speech issue?

Can we all agree that the Pope has every right to speak out on climate change, and should continue to push the issue?

Can we all agree that politicians who argue with the Pope are just upset because it’s, well, inconvenient?

Can we all agree the deaths of 6 young people in Berkeley, should never have happened?

Can we all agree that once again ‘the media’ has shot itself in the foot with it’s coverage of the Berkeley tragedy?

Can we all agree that Brian Williams belongs in TV’s minor league (MSNBC) for the rest of his career? Rachel Maddow is welcome to him.

Can we all agree that there is no reason not to regulate the fuel economy of trucks?

Can we all agree that, while it will be nice to see a woman on a $10 bill, the $20 bill dispensed by most automatic teller machines would have been more fitting tribute?

Can we all agree that the  prison escape in upstate New York, gets more and more bizarre each week?

Can we all agree that the California Labor Commission was right to rule that Uber drivers are employees?

Building Inspectors in Berkeley

Building Inspectors in Berkeley

Can we all agree that, while Disney deserves credit for rehiring 35 tech workers, the H1-B visa scandal is a dirty little secret that no-one in Silicon Valley wants to admit?

Can we all agree that the playing conditions at the Women’s World Cup are another sign of the corruption at FIFA?

Can we all agree that the Golden State Warriors’s NBA championship just might restore some dignity to the sport?

Can we all agree, that, with apologies to Steph Curry, we should all just pause a bit before calling them the ‘greatest team’ ever?

Can we all agree that the NHL champion  Chicago Blackhawks might fit the title of dynasty?

Can we all agree that while the St. Louis Cardinals apparently broke a law in hacking another team’s computer, no one seems to be as outraged as they were at the Patriots for ‘deflategate.?’ – which does not involve the FBI.

Can we all agree it’s nice to have ‘Jeb!’ officially in the race but it’s more entertaining to have Donald Trump?

Can we all agree that, without some last minute breakthrough, The EU will be minus one country within the year?

Can we all agree that stationing tanks and heavy artillery in Eastern Europe is a dangerous reminder of an earlier era we would all rather forget?

Can we all agree that it’s OK to be white and identify as Black, but It’s not OK to claim you are African-American when you are not?

lagotto Romagnolo

lagotto Romagnolo

and finally,

Can we all agree that the BIG story of the week is the AKC’s decision to admit three new breeds into their private club coronation ceremony in New York?

 

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Can We All Agree – 6/13/15 Edition

June 13, 2015

Can we all agree that even Joseph Heller could not have come up with a better name for the State Police officer heading the search for two escaped convicts in upstate New York: Major Guess?

Can we all agree that despite White House spin to the contrary, this week’s Democratic vote against the President’s trade plan, was a major defeat.

American Pharoah

American Pharoah

Can we all agree that even the casual fan was thrilled to see a Triple Crown winner?

Can we all agree that we haven’t heard the last of the Fast-Track trade authority?

Can we all agree that no matter whose side you are on, the campaign season is very entertaining? Where else would ‘Bro with no Ho’ become a catch phrase?

Can we all agree that the San Francisco City Councl decision to put warning labels on sugary soft drinks is a giant step in the right direction?

Can we all agree that the most popular word on the lips of every Californian is ‘El Nino.?

Can we all agree that those of us who lived through the Viet Nam War are a bit nervous to hear that 450 more ‘advisors’ are heading to Iraq?

Can we all agree that Hillary’s event in New York City this weekend is more about regaining momentum, than actual policy?

Can we all agree that while baseball will study fan safety, nothing of substance will come from the tragic injury to a Fenway Park fan when a broken bat flew into the stands.

Tonya Carpenter: injured at Fenway Park in Boston

Tonya Carpenter: injured at Fenway Park in Boston

Can we all agree that the death of the Iowa straw poll is good news for every Republican?

Can we all agree that despite major leadership changes at Twitter and News Corp. the general public will barely notice.

Can we all agree that the electoral defeat of Turkey’s leading party, could have far reaching consequences for world politics? Not that most Americans are even paying attention, since we seem to barely care that Greece may break up the EU.

Can we all agree that continuing revelations about the hack of government personnel files is making the US look totally unprepared for cyber warfare?

Can we all agree that the EU investigation into the Amazon pricing policy of e-books, should have been done long ago in the United States?

Can we all agree that once Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Scott Walker finally announce their candidacy for President in the coming weeks,we can get down to the ‘real’ campaign, and just maybe, we will start to see people leaving the race?

Can we all agree that ‘stress’  is really no excuse for pinning a teenager to the ground and waving a gun while trying to break up a pool party?

Can we all agree that every Baby Boomer recognized the name of Vincent Bugliosi, who passed away this week?

 

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Can We All Agree – 6/6/2015 edition

June 6, 2015

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Can we all agree that the Duggar family’s attempt to rescue the reputation of Josh Duggar is one of the more disgusting PR efforts ever seen?

Can we all agree that increases or decreases in postal rates have become almost invisible, except to commercial firms, thanks to Forever stamps?

Can we all agree that Serena Williams is a remarkable tennis player?

Serena Williams  Credit Ian Langsdon/European Pressphoto Agency

Serena Williams
Credit Ian Langsdon/European Pressphoto Agency

Can we all agree that adding 280,000 new jobs is pretty good for an economy that many would have us believe is still in the doldrums?

Can we all agree that the secret release of 8 out of the 10 men accused of complicity in the attack of Malala Yousafzai is a serious indictment of the Pakistani judicial system?

Can we all agree that when the Federal Government cannot protect the identity of 3 million employees we have a serious problem?

Can we all agree that despite EPA assurances, it’s tough not to see a link between contaminated groundwater and fracking?

Can we all agree that it will be a relief when all the candidates, both Democratic and Republican, have officially declared their intention and we can be rid of all these phony non-news events?

Can we all agree that we’re a bit confused about the need for ‘female Viagra?

Can we all agree that Sheryl Sandberg’s essay on grief was a moving piece of writing?

Can we all agree that Hillary’s proposal to reverse years of GOP attempts to restrict voting is breath of fresh  air?

Can we all agree that the only solution for FIFA corruption might be to junk the whole system and start over?

Can we all agree that despite the new restrictions on government gathering of information, not much will change?

Can we all agree that Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell deserve special condemnation for the Senate’s performance over the last week?

Can we all agree that Californian’s need to kick it up a notch to reach the 25% water reduction target the Governor has ordered –13.5% is just a start?

Can we all Caitlyn Jenner’s photo on the cover of Vanity Fair was pretty remarkable?

 

 

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Existential Career Crisis

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A friend called recently worried about her career. She was apparently having an existential crisis after the end of a major project.

She’s a physician by training, specializing in back and neck injuries, using integrative treatment methods.

But, like many Baby Boomers she had been able to cut back on her work schedule and increase her volunteer activities.bigstock-playing-a-game-of-chess-52764313-758x485

As she said, “I like seeing patients two days a week, but I want something more, I just don’t know what it is.”

As I mentioned in my post “Career Conundrums” this is a frequent problem for older workers who already have a career. You can call them midlife crises or late-life crises, but they are generally an uncomfortable feelings related to “Is that all there is?” Peggy Lee’s 1969 hit.

After a short discussion, it became obvious that, hers wasn’t really a problem with “what do I want to do,” but was more about marketing – an all too common problem.

Turns out, my friend had some very specific ideas about her talents. She had even made a list – before I could suggest it. But she didn’t know how to market herself, or more accurately, just didn’t want to. That’s because sales and marketing requires a whole new skill set.

As someone who has done sales support and sales, I know that good sales people seldom get the credit they deserve.

Knowing what you want and telling the world about it require two very different talents. Most of the time we fail to recognize the difference. The real problem becomes bridging the gap.

Many very creative individuals have come to understand the problem. That’s why artists – actors, writers, painters – have agents. It frees them to do what they like, and leaves the sales, promotion and marketing to someone else.

Recruiters effectively do the same for other professions. Unfortunately, not every field has a specialized recruiter and many recruiters do a poor job of matchmaking.

If recruiters don’t meet your needs, you might look into outsourcing – the latest Baby Boomer growth industry. I don’t mean moving to India, but rather small companies who specialize in part time work. There are firms who place financial officers for  temporary positions or others who do the same for HR. There are even firms who place temporary CEO’s. This is particularly common in turn-around efforts, or for unexpected departures when firms need time to choose a new leader.

These outsourcing specialists are looking for a talent pool they can offer on an as-needed basis. Sometimes they lead to permanent jobs, but more often they are short assignments on a contract basis, which might be just what you want.

Believing that the world will beat a path to your door, because you have great skills is simply naive. You may have  a large circle of friends who know what a great job you did on that last project, but unless you let them know that you are open to more, you are invisible. You cannot be afraid to ask for help.

It requires a lot of self confidence to advertise yourself as an expert in a new area, because it risks criticism.

It also means change, which can be very disquieting.

The trick is to reframe your efforts: to expand your network: and practice your marketing pitch.

Ask a friend to lunch, but don’t approach it as a sales pitch, view it as an opportunity to ask for advice. Once you’ve done it a few times with friends, expanding to less familiar acquaintances will get easier.

Marketing yourself is just as important as the new career. You need to carve out time for it. At the start, your new job is all marketing, but eventually, it should just be part of your new career. But it needs to be a fixed part of your weekly schedule.

Don’t get trapped into a narrow range of assignments you will accept. Everyone sees you through a different lens and may see skills that you did not recognize.

And don’ expect instant results: keep your day job until you have some concrete new offers.

If you’re comfortable with blogs, tweets, or Facebook posts you can build your brand on the internet, but marketing on the internet can take even longer and means exposing yourself to many people who may not be able to help.

Your new career, at least at the start, will come from the people who know you the best.

Change is difficult, but it may be easier if you understand that:

1. Recognizing what you want to do, is not easy – you may need help.

2. You need to list the skills you want to market, but be open to alternatives.

3. You must recognize that marketing is part of your new job.

4. Self-promotion should start with people who know you best.

5. Reframing your interactions as a request for advice will make it easier.

6. Considering  recruiters or outsourcing specialists is an option.

7. You realize change will take time

 

 

 

 

 

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