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Career Angles
When I used to run men’s retreats around the country, often for the first few hours of Sunday morning, I had little to do. My role was winding down, the staff and the co-leaders were handling the individual assignments and, other than formal feedback sessions with those who were aspiring to lead, I had nothing...
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Many people, myself, as well, have written about the mind-numbing quality of the school system (for future reference, anything that refers to itself as a “system” is something to avoid). Between it’s preparation for the world of work through obedience and memorization, we also learn peer pressure in school. When I went to school, there...
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I worked at a firm for more than a decade where management tolerated someone who constantly lied about things. Small things. Big things. They lied about it all. Sometimes they went so far as to steal information from colleagues for their own purpose. Management put up with it. I went to the owner, pointed out...
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I have friends who are in the restaurant business throughout the United States. Remembering one of their places, once you walked under the canopy and had the doorman open the door for you, you entered a lower level reception where there was a coat check and rest rooms. You walked up the stairs to one...
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“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”                                                                                      ...
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Often, I coach people who are interested in stepping up into being a manager.Often, they say things like, “I have learned a lot in my years in (whatever industry it is) and feel I can be an asset to any place. I am looking for a manager position.” They have never managed and their background...
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“We don’t always know where our first impressions come from or what they mean, so we don’t always appreciate their fragility.”                                                                    ...
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There is an international men’s organization that I have been involved with for many years called The ManKind Project that offers many different opportunities for men to support one another. One of them is a men’s retreat weekend where attendees have an opportunity to look at things in their life that work and don’t work...
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I grew up in an era where a common thing to say was, “Take it easy.” Implied in the phrase is “don’t exert yourself too hard. Don’t try too hard. The thing we never asked in reply was, “Why?” Why should I take it easy? At work, at school before that, I found myself conditioned...
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It is a common lament of our times to complain about our jobs, as though we are trapped by circumstances beyond our control. “My boss is an idiot.” “There is nothing I am doing that is interesting.” “My company treats me badly (really your boss but it feels all inclusive to blame everyone at your...
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