February 4, 2020

In the last post, I made the case that there is a clear career and business case for ever-expanding networking—most positions are filled, most sales contacts are found, through networks of relationship. I also argued that there is an ancient, biblical framework for networking: Intention: there is a clear purpose. Focus: based on the purpose, a networking target or focus is decided. Action: a deliberate course of action is bourn of numbers 1 and 2. Connection and Celebration: the sought-after connections are made and… Read more

February 4, 2020

Networking Despised “I hate networking, I even hate the idea of networking.”  “It’s so sleazy, so artificial, so, so, transactional.”  I hear these comments all the time from clients when I suggest that an expanding web of connections is their key to finding a new job and thriving in one’s career. My clients and friends think of awkward cocktail parties, that give them flashbacks to middle school dances.   They get flashbacks to the uber-aggressive guy on campus who joined… Read more

February 4, 2020

  How much effort is too much? When does our lack of effort set us up for second-best or worse? And where is God in all these questions about effort? Who has the better take on life, the “let go and let God” types or “God helps those who help themselves” types? In our last post, we took a deep dive into the problem: sometimes our intensified efforts to perform, achieve and improve do not produce results other than leaving… Read more

February 4, 2020

“You try-hard.” This was the label given one of my daughters in high school after she received yet another near-perfect score in one of her ATP classes. Some of her peers thought she should relax and coast and not make every effort to learn as much as possible. Little did they know the truth. She was not trying hard: not grinding through her studies in a taxing, driven manner. But she wasn’t coasting either. Mysterious forces were working together as… Read more

October 14, 2019

I moved to New York City 5 years ago from the far suburbs of Philadelphia.  In my due diligence to prep for this massive move, I was reading about the differences between cities.  One piece suggested that each major city has a unique culture that can be summarized in a single word. For Boston, it is learning. L.A. is fame.  Washington, D.C., power.  And New York, my new home, the summary term is ambition. Like all the skyscrapers in midtown… Read more

October 14, 2019

Many of our clients at VOCA Center (the organization where I serve), hate their jobs.  They come to us so we can help them create a map to better work: work that connects more consistently with who they are and what matters to them. So we work with them to first understand what is missing.  And with a subgroup of these sincere, smart, hardworking people, is a very interesting common theme: they are dissatisfied with their current work simply because… Read more

September 8, 2019

Know What’s Next For Your Career: Again and Again Have you ever had that sinking feeling that the finish line is not the end of the race? Maybe you were an athlete, and you’d have a coach who would pile on extra conditioning just when you thought you were done with practice. Perhaps you’ve been through some life-challenge, like a medical one, and just when you think the worst is over, something else pops up. Maybe it’s dating, and although… Read more

September 8, 2019

How do you know what to do next in your career? Career moves always involve renegotiating the link between your talent-skill package and the job market. The great temptation is to take the path of least resistance: staying if it’s comfortable; jumping at the first “shiny object” opportunity if your current gig feels like a dead-end. The opposite of the “path of least resistance” approach is developing deep knowledge about yourself and the market for your capabilities. In the last… Read more

September 8, 2019

What’s next in your career? What’s the next move you need to make to be fully engaged in God’s calling for the work dimension of your life? In our first post [insert link], we explored the most common mistake people make when pondering their next move: they take the path of least resistance instead of the path of clarity. Clarity is won through a deep understanding of ourselves, the market for our talent, and the process of connecting job openings… Read more

September 8, 2019

The challenge of what’s coming next: You are at a decision point in your career. You have to choose what’s next. Maybe you’re wrapping up college, trade-school, or graduate school. Perhaps it’s become painfully apparent that continuing on in your current job will result in years of misery. Maybe you’ve gotten wind that your unit, your company, even your industry is headed for massive layoffs and/or restructuring. Where do you start thinking about plan b? This post begins a four-part… Read more

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