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Ever read a quote and just love it?  And then feel compelled to share it with friends and family?  Yeah, me too.  I’m also one of those folks who saves newspaper articles and piles them up in the office til I blitz out notes to family and friends saying, “Thought you’d enjoy this article  — even if it is from 2005!” (Note to folks who cringe at the thought of newsprint:  yes, I still love holding a newspaper in my hands while on the bike or elliptical at the gym most mornings — call me a Luddite, but I think there’s value in still having a newspaper in addition to the days’ news online — but I digress, as I often do).

I have never read the following quote from Teddy Roosevelt before.  I love it.  It resonates to so many folks these days, I think.  We’re in the worst economy in 75 years.  People are scared.  People are wondering, “What’s next?”.  I shared it with my brother who’s a successful entrepreneur and he said it has been on his top 10 fave quote list for quite some time.  I can see why.

So, if you’ve been laid off….struggling in a relationship….are a wannabe entrepreneur…creating a life/work reinvention for yourself….or you’re simply wanting to challenge yourself by trying something new, this quote will speak to you:

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

So, are you daring greatly?  If so, in what ways?  If not, why not?

Best!
Brian

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I’ve been chatting with a lot of HR directors over the past few months.  They’re gearing up for the economic recovery.  Yes, you read that right.  They’re gearing up for the economic recovery!  For real.

JUST last night on the airport shuttle to my hotel, I was chatting with three HR managers who work for a large corporation and the manager who heads up the recruiting side of things said that she has had an open position every single day through this recession AND she’s gearing up to hire more people.  But it’s not just new hires that I’m finding exciting.

Additionally, companies are looking to expand their in-house mentorship programs.  And what I’m most excited about is the incredible interest in not only setting up a standard mentorship program where a more senior manager mentors a junior manager, etc.  but what I’m most excited about is the interest from HR managers in “shaking things up” with their employees and provide them short-term, small-group mentorship experiences OUT of the office.  What I call Mentorship 3.0.

The Brian Kurth + Company team is ready to assist.  We have mentors in nearly 100 vocations who offer the HR managers’ in-house clients the opportunity to gain key team-building, leadership, project management and communications.  The small corporate teams (4-10) getting the mentorship will then be able to use the 80/20 rule back at the office.  In other words, 80% of the mentorship experience that the Chocolatier (or Animation Producer, Dog Daycare Owner, Wine Maker, and the list goes on) mentor provides regarding business leadership, projection management, communications, etc. can be applied to an IT department at a healthcare provider or to the marketing team at an ad agency, and so on, and so on.

So, I’m here at the SHRM (Society of HR Management) conference in New Orleans.  And I’m really excited to chat a lot about Mentorship 3.0.  Let the paradigm shift begin!

Are you here too?  Let’s meet up!  Email me at brian@briankurth.com

Cheers,
Brian

www.briankurth.com

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Test-Drive Your Dream Job:  A Step By Step Guide To Finding And Creating The Work You Love (Hachette, 2008)

OK.  I’m going to vent, folks.

I’ve had a plethora of “the sky is falling” emails from baby boomers the past week or so who are wigging out that their world has changed.  Now, I can be guilty of being a tough-love career consultant but I’m here to tell ya’:  Welcome to the New Reality.

I totally understand what you have today, financially, isn’t what you had five years ago.  I understand that you may not have as much saved for retirement.  I understand that you’re suffering from some loss of identity after being laid off.  The big corner office is gone.  I get it.  I really do.  And I have compassion for it.  But I ask you, Boomers, were you really happy anyway?

Here’s the deal, Boomers (and the whining GenYs and GenXs too — the Boomers do NOT have the lock on whining):  Life goes on.  Whining about it isn’t going to bring it back.  Set an action plan and move forward. And it IS going to be OK.  Yes, this is a paradigm shift in today’s society, our income levels, etc. but there ARE positive stories out there about people successfully making career changes.  So the laid off IT manager may not be able to make $100K in 2010 but he/she can use his/her skill set in a different industry and still make a great living on national (let alone global!) standards.  Bottom line:  Boomers, readjust your expectations of what it takes financially to be…..happy.  That’s right.  Focus on being HAPPY.  And the money will come.

I don’t mean to beat up on all Boomers as clearly I have many Boomer career consulting clients who are not at all whiners.  They appreciate what they have and what they’re going to attain in their reinvention.  In fact, I just spoke to a woman this morning who had been laid off only a month ago.  She was making great money as in-house counsel but got laid off due to a company merger.  She was wigging out since she’s the bread-winner in her family of four.  But….she wrote down what she wanted in a new job in her reinvention:  A minimum of $x (which was less than what she was making), a light commute and some international work.  Guess what?

In only a month, she landed a new job that is paying her MORE when you weigh in bonus potential, she has a commute that is 5 minutes less than her previous commute….and she is now heading up a Fortune 200 company’s INTERNATIONAL LEGAL COMPLIANCE for God’s sake.  She is even still getting severance from her former employer while still employed in her new job.  See.  She did it.  And she’s just one of many.  The key:  She took action.  She didn’t wallow. She moved forward.  With a postitive attitude.

This is where I really want to insist that everyone apply the 8-Steps To A Career Transition that’s the basis to everything that my career consultants and I do.

Whew.  That’s off my chest.  How many people did I just piss off as being too tough on Boomers?  Hopefully not too many.

That being said, for all you Boomers who aren’t whiners OR want to stop whining because you know it’s not going to get you anywhere, then I suggest you attend my expert Boomer panel and me this Monday, June 29; 8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific for a FREE (other than your long distance charges) teleclass geared toward the 50+ folks – “8 Steps To A Successful Career Transition For the 50+”.  Sign-up!

Let’s have some FUN talking about career reinvention, exploration and happiness.

Brian

www.briankurth.com

Test-Drive Your Dream Job:  A Step-By-Step Guide To Finding And Creating The Work You Love (Hachette, 2008)

Face Your Fears of Financial Insecurity & Make A Career Transition

I’m looking forward to tonight’s teleclass on facing one’s financial fears — and still make a career transition.  Financial Advisor Linette Dobbins will be one of our panelists.  Here are just a few of the many tips she will be discussing on tonight’s teleclass:

1.  Create a financial plan. Those with a financial plan seem to experience less fear when life-changing events occur. A financial planner can help you prepare for the unexpected and discover opportunities, resources and guide decision-making.

2.  Do a financial stress test to see what you can handle – What if I am laid off? What if I change careers for my dream job? Can I retire? How long will my money last, etc.?

3.  Identify your greatest fears and have a disaster plan.

4.  Crisis brings opportunities – look for them and seize them.

5.  Fear is an acronym for False Experience Appearing Real. Identify if the fear you are experiencing is real or false. Media sells more advertising with fear.   Fear hooks you into watching the story.  We refer to this as Media Mania and the Herd Syndrome. If your fear is coming from the media, turn it off. Refocus, do something that makes you feel good.  If your fear is from a real event, ask yourself, what is the worst thing that can happen? Then take action. If you don’t know what to do, ask for help.

6.  If you have serious financial problems, see a debt counselor.

7.  Set realistic goals and work on them one step at a time. Just keep making small steps toward your goals and reward yourself for your achievements.

8.  Look at the your accomplishments and the things that are going well and acknowledge them.

It’s not too late to join…and feel free to share with your friends and colleagues.  Sign-up here to get the call-in number.  The teleclass is free other than the cost of you dialing the direct line conference number:

http://vocationvacations.com/MessagePages/2009.06.23-teleclass

Cheers!
Brian

www.briankurth.com

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Hey folks,

I was at the airport in Portland waiting to take a flight to Chicago this morning (now on a nice, 3-hour layover before heading on to Appleton, WI for my youngest niece’s high school graduation party) and I overheard a fellow complaining about how this economy is wreaking havoc on his life — due to a layoff from a certain large sports shoe and apparel company based in Portland.  The company has a reputation for providing dream jobs.  Cool setting.  The “campus” is almost like a resort complete with soccer fields and a swimming pool, etc.  Not a bad gig.  And people working there consider themselves not only lucky — but they’ve also worked very hard to get there.  But, for this fellow, that was gone.  Poof!

I’ve heard many stories like his lately.  But this was different.  This fellow was angry.  Really angry.  And, in my opinion, he feels a sense of entitlement for the type of job he once held at this prestigious, hip company.

So I began to think what advice I’d give him if he asked, or if I so rudely interrupted him (I didn’t but I was tempted).

Just like when Cher slapped Nicholas Cage in Moonstruck and told him to, “Snap out of it!”, my suggestion to this fellow would be to snap out of it!  But how?  I would suggest:

1.  Check your pride at the door.  Your external accomplishments are not who you are, so don’t evaluate or judge yourself

2.  Accept and embrace humility, and find the people in your life who care about the real you

3.  Own what and where you are now

4.  Define what a “Great Job” is by looking at your passions and interests as well as the things you loved and hated about your old job (cool company but there HAD to be some downsides somewhere) so you can start setting sights on what’s next.

Been laid off?  Worrying about a lay-off?  Or simply not satisfied in your current job?  Then snap out of it and do something about it!

Cheers,
Brian

www.briankurth.com

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I have to shout out to all the Oregon State Beavers who attended the wonderful alumni happy hour last night.  I had a wonderful time speaking about my 8 Steps to a Successful Career Transition!  Brittaney, I look forward to being in touch about your career transition from being a science teacher to becoming an entrepreneur.  Sonia, looking forward to hearing about how you plan to create your professional brand (Step #6).  Go for it, folks!

I’m also really excited to speak at the Big Ten Conference alumni (Badgers, Gophers, Spartans, etc) happy hour in NYC next Tuesday PM at the Met Bar on Lexington.  I will be covering the 8 Steps to a Successful Career Transition there as well.  If you’re a Big Ten alum (and even if you’re not, it’s OK to join!), please sign-up here!

Cheers!
Brian

www.briankurth.com

Hi Friends,

I will be moderating a FANTASTIC panel of experts who work in animal-related fields TONIGHT at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific.

The panel includes Dr. Jon Geller (who, in his 40’s went back to school to become a vet!  Dr. Jon now practices in Colorado), Judy Robin (Horse Boarder and Stable Owner in Kentucky), Debi Ropes (Dog Daycare Owner in Colorado) and Paula Vellozzi (Alpaca Rancher/Breeder in Oregon).

If you’re like many of my career consulting clients, you’ve perhaps always dreamed about working in a career that involves animals, but have never known HOW to get into the business.   This is the perfect (FREE!) teleclass for you….please feel free to also tell your friends!

Sign-Up and Receive the Call-In Number Here!

Cheers,
Brian

www.briankurth.com

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