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Swim With the Current. Swim Against The Current | NoBSCoachingAdvice.com


Something Reid Hoffman said on his podcast, “Masters of Scale” reminded me of something that I think you’ll find worthwhile.

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I love when i hear something that triggers a memory and it comes together in a place like this. I was listening to a podcast interview where Reid Hoffman was speaking with a guest (I'll get to what he said) but it reminded me of something from years ago when I purchased a new piece of technology equipment. It was a recently announced product and I had one of the first devices out of the factory . . . and it didn't work. It just didn't work right. I eventually got in touch with the number two person in the organization who in his own inimitable way reminded me of something which is "Pioneers take arrows in the back."
I was stunned when he said it to me. It's obviously true. You know, my expectation is when the product gets shipped, it's going to work, right? Don't you have the same thing? Like, if you get a car, if you get a refrigerator, it's going to work right? But this one didn't. They sent me another one. That one didn't work. They got it right on the third try and they didn't want the other two boxes back.
So, remembering pioneers take arrows in the back. Now, when I was listening to Hoffman, he said something that was wonderful.
"Even when you're pursuing a contrarian plan, you don't always need to carve your own route through impassable mountain ranges. Instead, you can follow the course of a river. After all, it has already carved the path of least resistance. The real skill lies in spotting where the strongest current lies, and then positioning yourself so it propels you towards your goal."
How many of you are trying to be pioneers, trailblazing, instead of allowing the current to take you to where you want to catch it?
When push comes to shove, when you're fighting and striving, arguing with the way the universe is delivering you, you're like that pioneer. You're going to take an arrow in the back, versus even when you're going into a contrarian direction, finding where the current is going to taking, taking it and let it propel you there.
You don't have to do it so hard; it can be easier. Enjoy being in the current. Let it take you to where it needs to take you. And, you know, when you get there, you're going to collect a lot of money anyway, right? You're going to be a happier person. So just go with the flow. Okay?

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,” and “No BS Job Search Advice.”

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The Beige Haze | NoBSCoachingAdvice.com


Look around your office. What do you see? Who do you see?

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When I look online and I look at my friends and their friends, most are pretty much in agreement on everything. I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I coach people and organizations to be more effective. When I look at that behavior, it leaves me wondering. Part of the stimulation or the stimulus for this particular video comes from a podcast I was listening to with Reid Hoffman, where he was interviewing someone and the conversation was about diversity. He used a phrase that I thought was wonderful . . . the beige haze of conformity.
Now, clearly he was speaking about gender conformity. It could have just as well I thought applied to race, religion and any number of other variables.
But, when you think about your life and the people that you associate with, not just personally but professionally, it's very damaging to have groupthink, to have this "beige haze," to use Reid's term, that keeps you from hearing other things, other opinions, other ideas.
Why? I'll just tell you a story, in case you're not aware of it but there was once a US president named Lyndon Johnson and he surrounded himself with people who generally agreed with him. I don't want to call them sycophants because they really weren't, but they held the same opinion as him. There was no difference in their thinking. Thus, when one said something their were generally head nods, and the President wound up agreeing. The impact of this was the Vietnam War and how these individuals around the president basically told him what they believed he wanted to hear . . . I'll be kind . . . Needed to hear, but there was no disagreement. The result wound up being many years of war and eventually the loss of the presidency.
Folks, your circumstances may be less dramatic. But look around your office. Does everyone look alike? That's just not simply race, gender, sexual orientation, a whole host of other variables and does the thinking that everyone's communicating generally the same?
Another podcast I listened to was a Google podcast with Kelsey Grammer and he was talking about his current show, but everyone delighted and bringing up the fact that he produced a show called "Girlfriends" and "Girlfriends" had a half black writing room, half white writing room and the same wound up being true of the gender of the individuals there. He wanted to ensure that there were different viewpoints and different ideas contributing to the show.
You don't know what you don't know. You have blind spots that, unless you bring in different ideas, you're going to miss. Start looking differently. Start thinking differently in your hiring and encouraging people to speak up in order to ensure that you're getting different thoughts.

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,” and “No BS Job Search Advice.”

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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Two Questions to Ask if You Want to Hire Someone With Ambition? (VIDEO)


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Here are 2 questions that you can ask in order to identify potential hires who are ambitious.

Summary

Money, power, recognition, status, variety, career.

Today I have a question for employers that is designed to identify people who are ambitious. Here are 2 questions you can ask in the course of the interview.

The 1st question comes from Reid Hoffman. It is apparently a question he uses and encouraged to be used at LinkedIn when they were interviewing staff. The question is, "What job do you want to have after this 1?" Interesting question, isn't it?

The assumption the question is that you're not going to stay here forever and the truth is, no one does, right? So let's not kid ourselves. What is this job going to be the steppingstone for? Is the elephant in the room for employers. They know you're not going to stay. They know you're not going to jointly work for the company for 40 years, right? Let's find out how ambitious someone is.

If you are beginner and start talking about becoming the Grand Poobah a C level professional, you can work with the assumption that there going to be there for a long time , but I don't think that I believe it and think your unrealistic. Again, I think it's a great question for identifying ambition.

Here's another one and I think you have to recognize the subtlety in it. I want you to rate these factors: happiness, Money, power, recognition, status, variety, career.
Happiness is a throwaway answer because everyone should want happiness.  The answer isn't necessarily in the answers themselves but in the follow-up.

When I would use this question, I would only be curious about happiness if it wasn't their 1st choice.  To me, not putting happiness. 1st was the quirky answer.  From there, money, power, recognition, status, variety and career… You want to ask questions . . . Why is this important to you?  It is in the follow-up that you learn.  There is no right answer to this.

So, for example,  if you are in the business for you want people more money motivated, you might want money is the 2nd choice But you have to ask the follow-up question.  What is a lot of money to you means different things to different people.  I  remember following up with one person with that question and learned that he would buy a used car and fix it up.  His definition of a lot of money and other people's definition of a lot of money were very different. Had I not asked that question I never would have known and would have wound up with what someone with low drive on the financial side. 

So, again, it's not important what the specific answer is until you start collecting data about who works in your organization and who works out well. That is going to take time. With time, you can find that help people with certain qualities work out for you. Again, It is a very simple question where all you have to do is hand them a sheet of paper, s pen and asked them to rate the 7 factors for you.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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