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Age | Career Angles

A friend forwarded a joke to me from a Facebook page that was surrounded by grumpy older men and women sticking out a middle finger to everyone. Seeing the photos reminded me of how age remains an acceptable way of categorizing people in US culture and using it in ways that discriminate.

“They’ll never keep up with the pace here.”

“They’ll never take direction from me.”

“They are low energy.”

“They just look . . . (old, fat, dumpy, grumpy).”

“You look great! You don’t look a day over . . . (some number 10 or 20 years younger. No one says that unless the person they are talking to is old).

“I don’t think of you as being old. It’s those other people.”

Which of these have you said or thought to categorize people and not discern the difference between your bias and the reality.

Stop ignoring and being blind to people who can help you be professionally successful.

After all, they are your future . . . if you’re lucky.

 

A friend forwarded a joke to me from a Facebook page that was surrounded by grumpy older men and women sticking out a middle finger to everyone. Seeing th to categorize e photos reminded me of how age remains an acceptable way of categorizing people in US culture and using it in ways that discriminate.

“They’ll never keep up with the pace here.”

“They’ll never take direction from me.”

“They are low energy.”

“They just look . . . (old, fat, dumpy, grumpy).”

“You look great! You don’t look a day over . . . (some number 10 or 20 years younger. No one says that unless the person they are talking to is old).

“I don’t think of you as being old. It’s those other people.”

Which of these have you said or thought to categorize people and not discern the difference between your bias and the reality.

Stop ignoring and being blind to people who can help you be professionally successful.

After all, they are your future . . . if you’re lucky.

 

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2019

 

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for NoBSCoachingAdvice.com. He is the host of “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast,” “No BS Job Search Advice,” and “Job Search Radio.”

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Winners | Career Angles

Winners find the way to win.

Losers have good explanations for why they lost.

One of the reasons that winners find the way to win is that they know, they really know, that losers will find the way to lose.

 

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2019

 

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

coach for NoBSCoachingAdvice.com. He is the host of “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast,” “No BS Job Search Advice,” and “Job Search Radio.”

Are you interested in my coaching you? Connect with me on LinkedIn and, once we are connected, message me. If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) https://thebiggamehunter.us/magnifi or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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Signals | Career Angles

We see the signals and ignore them.

There are closed door meetings with people we’ve never seen before making decisions that affect us.

We read articles from experts about directions in our field that we are unprepared for.

People moving up while we are staying in place.

 

Laments don’t help us feel better or resolve the problems. Asking questions opens doors that elevates our questions to a higher level and offers us an opportunity to understand the signal better . . . and take action

 

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2019

 

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for NoBSCoachingAdvice.com. He is the host of “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast,” “No BS Job Search Advice,” and “Job Search

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Radio.”

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Regressing | Career Angles

My son is applying for a scholarship for the school he will be attending in a few months and needs to ask a former manager to write a letter to support him.

“I’m uncomfortable calling him. I’ve texted him and he hasn’t responded.”

As adults, we may laugh at my Gen-Z son and his being uncomfortable making a call to someone . . . but all of us have that person or situation where we regress to being a young child and are afraid to make a call, send an email or do something we need to do.

Look for the opportunity to transcend those self-created limitations and move through them. Our power often comes from our willingness to do the hard things. Our failures from our fears.

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2019

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for  NoBSCoachingAdvice.com. He is the host of “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast,” “No BS Job Search Advice,” and “Job Search Radio.”

Are you interested in my coaching you? Connect with me on LinkedIn and, once we are connected, message me. If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) https://thebiggamehunter.us/magnifi or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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Your Smartest Goal for This Year | Career Angles

If there is one thing you can do to further your career, it is learning to pick your head up, look around and see what is all around you.

Who are the people around you and who have been around you? How can I stay connected?

Who can I connect with and learn from and stay in contact with them.

Staying connected.

Staying in touch.

These are things to work on in 2019.

Can you send an email once a day, maybe on your commute, to someone you haven’t spoken with in years, not asking for anything, just re-connecting? Can you program that into your phone to do Monday through Friday?

This is where networking starts. It is not with contacting strangers. It is with re-connecting with people from your past.

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2019

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for NoBSCoachingAdvice.com. He is the host of “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast,” “No BS Job Search Advice,” and “Job Search Radio.”

Are you interested in my coaching you? Connect with me on LinkedIn and, once we are connected, message me. If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) https://thebiggamehunter.us/magnifi or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) https://thebiggamehunter.us/magnifi or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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Quitting | Career Angles

Whether in your personal life or professional life, quitting is often seen badly. You and others often see it as YOUR failure. You couldn’t figure out the tight way to get your ideas across. You didn’t see that they were right.

Worst of all, you gave up.

Giving up is seen and felt like YOU surrendered.

I have quit several times including quitting businesses I have owned and relationships I have been in.

Sometimes when I quit, I decided I didn’t care enough. Sometimes, it was admitting to myself that my love was not enough. Sometime, it was the right thing to do.

Before you quit, ask yourself, why?

And then, “Why is this a problem for me?”

And then, “Why is this a problem for me?”

And then, “Why is this a problem for me?”

Get past the story to the truth of it for you so you can see if you are making excuses or doing it for the right reason.

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2018

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for NoBSCoachingAdvice.com. He is the host of “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast,” “No BS Job Search Advice,” and

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

“Job Search Radio.”

Are you interested in my coaching you? Connect with me on LinkedIn and, once we are connected, message me. If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) https://thebiggamehunter.us/magnifi or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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Frustration | Career Angles

There is a fine line between being a victim at work, dead from the neck up, and someone who is a complainer, a whiner . . . and worse.

I was reminded of this dance this morning when I was dealing with an issue with my webhost. I couldn’t access my site and post new content. My IP had been blocked. Earlier, I was in the site and couldn’t do my normal work. Nothing would save and then I couldn’t access the site as well.

I never shouted at the support person or said anything in a way that could have been interpreted as being mad at that.

I became frustrated.

Frustration is self-directed anger. It is often displaced from other situations an, because we learn it is not safe or socially acceptable to express, we express it anyway but targeted at ourselves.

Notice the things that frustrate you and whether you are turning anger toward others back at yourself. What is usually happening? How often is it occurring? How could it have been handled differently so that you wouldn’t have to turn the anger back at yourself.

You’ll feel better. You’ll also learn how to express it more honestly.

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2018

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for NoBSCoachingAdvice.com. He is the host of “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast,” “No BS Job Search Advice,” and “Job Search Radio.”

Are you interested in my coaching you? Connect with me on LinkedIn and, once we are connected, message me. If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) https://thebiggamehunter.us/magnifi or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

Subscribe to the “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast.” 

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) https://thebiggamehunter.us/magnifi or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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Values | Career Angles

You walk into your office building and see a mission statement. It seems like a bunch of “corporate-eze” that means nothing.

Worse yet, it is incongruent with your experience.

Slogans are easy. Doing the work is hard.

Sticking to your values and your firm’s values is often a challenge where you are told to or encouraged to compromise. Most sell them very cheaply.

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2018

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for NoBSCoachingAdvice.com. He is the host of “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast,” “No BS Job Search Advice,” and “Job Search Radio.”

Are you interested in my coaching you? Connect with me on LinkedIn and, once we are connected, message me. If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) https://thebiggamehunter.us/magnifi or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) https://thebiggamehunter.us/magnifi or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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Manager vs. Leader | No BS Management Advice

People use the term manager and leader interchangeably yet they are very different roles. In this video, I use sports teams to illustrate the key difference.

SUMMARY

I’m approached pretty regularly about people who are a manager level wanting to improve their leadership and they don’t really understand the role of the leader versus the role of the manager. Let me give you a perspective. I’m going to take it from sports and see if it’s something you can relate to When you think of a football team or basketball team or baseball team or soccer team, to use the American interpretation for football.

There are people who work on execution. They want people to run the plays better. They look at technique and the specific technique that a player might use to perform at a higher level.  They coach people on technique. They coach people on execution. Those people are the equivalent of managers in an organization. A manager is someone who looks out at the staff and drives the bus.

Here’s the difference. 

The leader is the one who inspires. They may have an overall perspective on what needs to be done and how it should be done. They create the vision for the organization and the vision for the team.

However, if you’ve seen any sort of sports movies or you’ve seen the locker room speech before the game, that’s designed to get people excited to get their players inspired to excel–that’s the role of the leader. 

The leader’s job is not to drive the bus aggressively (although if his managers don’t do an effective job well, that reflects on him or her). The leader’s job is to get the managers focused in a particular direction, to get them to work hard on execution of the tasks that are under their jurisdiction and inspire everyone to excel.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for NoBSCoachingAdvice.com. He is the host of “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast,” “No BS Job Search Advice,” and “Job Search Radio.”

Are you interested in my coaching you? Connect with me on LinkedIn and, once we are connected, message me. If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) https://thebiggamehunter.us/magnifi or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

Subscribe to the “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast.” 

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How To Hire (And Retain) Great People

Originally published on Forbes.com

As I speak with business owners and hiring managers, one of the most common laments is, “I’m having trouble finding and keeping great people.”


We are currently in a time when unemployment is at a decade low, various visa programs to admit foreign talent remain tight and some demographics of the U.S. population are particularly challenging. When it comes to age, the pool of talent for many businesses resides in the smallest population cohort.

But beyond that, we’re trying to hire for “fit” — and it’s not working.

When I entered recruiting, it didn’t take long to figure out that both job hunters and employers would misrepresent themselves to one another.

Job hunters have been trained to behave a certain way with people who are in positions of authority from the time they are in school to the time they walk into your office or business.

On the other hand, very few employers ever confess to a job hunter that they are stepping into a minefield. After all, no one ever says, “I’ve just been moved into this role. My predecessor was fired, and her predecessor was fired. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what my fate will be if I can’t turn this thing around!” Instead, every job is said to be “a wonderful opportunity” with “a terrific team of people” and “great advancement opportunities.”

Is it any wonder that people become annoyed or angry to discover you withheld critical information from them?

Hiring people who care and giving them complete information about what they are stepping into goes a long way when correcting your staffing issues.

The question is: how do you find these people and reject the others?

Here’s what you can do to improve your odds of recruiting and retaining great people.

1. Prioritize those who care about doing a good job. 

As I sat in a restaurant one day, I noticed two employees who were friendly to customers and noticed and handled details in a way that seemed natural and smooth. These are usually the people who are taken for granted while managers and business owners try to “fix” poor performers.

You can’t improve mediocrity. Instead, focus on high or higher performers, and reward them with frequent praise and requests for input. Let everyone see that people get attention for doing a good job and will not get attention for dragging the team down.

2. Ask the right interview questions.

Research shows that almost half of new hires (46%) fail in the first 18 months. The survey reports that 26% of new hires fail because they can’t accept or implement feedback (correction of poor or inadequate performance), 23% because they can’t manage their emotions (often this is the same as being unable to accept feedback or criticism), 15% because they have the wrong temperament for the job (bad attitude) and 11% because of skills deficiencies.

The message I take from this is that skills evaluation is generally adequate, but we can do more to hire emotionally intelligent candidates.

To find the people who care, ask, “What would two people whose lives you positively changed say if I were to call them?” Be wary of candidates who complain about having helped that person.

You can also ask, “What was your part in bringing this solution about?” Listen for those who have the emotional intelligence to recognize they played a part in certain events. People who can’t recognize their contribution to issues will repeat that pattern with you.

Another question you can ask is, “How does this position compare to others you are interviewing for?” Listen carefully for those who can point to the challenge, the opportunity, and the other positive characteristics of any of the jobs they are considering and not try to butter you up with praise.

Remember, you have been trying to create a positive impression. Focus on their answer and whether it shows maturity or not.

3. Fire faster. 

Everyone has bad hours or days; don’t tolerate people who have bad months. Remember to view them as though they are new. They should be trying to create a great impression with you. If they aren’t trying hard at the beginning, they won’t be better than this six months from now.

4. Create an environment of excellence.

Environments win. Excellent people don’t want to work with managers who don’t care about the workplace they’re creating. Replace mediocre talent who make the environment nothing more than average. Keep the inspired, or risk losing them to someone who creates the environment they want.

5. Look in the mirror. 

Ask yourself what your part has been in creating a high-turnover environment. As I suggested earlier, it is easier to blame others than take responsibility for your decisions. Own up to your part, and make changes.

Even with a smaller labor pool, many business owners and hiring managers can hire and keep great people by screening for people who care, rewarding them with attention and opportunity, and creating environments where they can succeed.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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