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  • don bosch 3:26 pm on 03/22/2015 Permalink
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    When you know it’s time to go:

    When I left my first job, my boss told me I was making the biggest mistake of my life. I told him that he might be right, but I had to follow my instinct. I didn’t need to argue the point. I was optimistic about my future, and, by leaving, I knew I was taking an active role in improving my life.

    People often associate quitting with giving up, but it’s really about understanding when it’s time to go — especially today, when it’s increasingly rare to see someone do the same job for 20 or 30 years. So, how do you know when it’s time to move on? Over the course of my career, there were a number of situations that I’ve found to be pretty universal with others.

    If you’re genuinely bored with your work, you should really think about doing something else. Staying on is not fair to the company you’re working for, or to its clients or customers. And it’s certainly not fair to you. This happened to me at my first job. When it started to feel rote and mundane, I knew it wasn’t my future.

    If you find your own values are misaligned with the organization, you should definitely leave. I had one job where this happened to me — and as soon as I realized it, I knew I had to quit as quickly as I could. If my values and my ideas of service are compromised, I can’t sleep, so I have to go.

    Sometimes, the company and its culture might be great, but you have the bad luck of working for someone who doesn’t have your best interests at heart. Someone, for instance, who is jealous of you, or has low self-esteem and takes that out on you. In my case, I was able to reach out to others in the company, and eventually found a new role working for a different part of the same firm.

    Of course, one of the most common — and best — reasons to leave a job is because of an opportunity or challenge somewhere else. For example, some years after I started at Merrill Lynch, I left a job in a local field office — one that I was both good at and comfortable doing — to work in New York on the leadership team. It was a stretch role for sure, but I had been steadily investing in and building my leadership skills. When I got that opportunity I knew it would have a big impact on both my personal and professional life, but I was ready and I had to make the jump.

    No matter what the reason, if you do make a move, remember to do it in the most professional way. No need for pay-backs or to get the last word in — that most likely will come back to haunt your career aspirations. Remember that first job I left, when I was told I was making a huge mistake? That former employer is actually a client of ours now, and I have a great friendship with him today. But most importantly, it’s always better from your own psychological standpoint to stay optimistic and maintain your dignity — even in the toughest circumstances. That will serve you well, no matter what your work situation.

    John Thiel is the head of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.

  • don bosch 9:37 am on 01/07/2015 Permalink
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    Change: What the recession did to American fathers. The post was adapted from Ronald Mincy, Monique Jethwani, and Serena Klempin’s new book Failing Our Fathers.

  • don bosch 4:20 pm on 12/12/2014 Permalink
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    INSTAPUNDIT on The Golden Quarter:

    Some of our greatest cultural and technological achievements took place between 1945 and 1971. Why has progress stalled? The Greens and the Luddites got power, just as Nixon initiated the Regulatory Explosion that brought us OSHA, EPA, and various new regulatory regimes, even as money was being diverted to transfer payments to people who didn’t produce anything except votes — from funding the X-15 to funding Section 8. Not a formula for progress.

    From the comments: “Well, since most technological and social advances listed in that piece were brought about by white males, and we’ve spent the last 30+ years denigrating and minimizing the impact of white males in society, golly, who could be surprised at the results?”

  • don bosch 7:54 am on 10/06/2014 Permalink
    Tags: employment, , , vocation,   

    News you can use: Google’s head of HR on adding horsepower to your resume.

  • don bosch 5:09 pm on 09/05/2014 Permalink
    Tags: employment, , job hunting,   

    Men and the Midlife Job Search, by Julie Cantor

    The prospect of dating in your mid-40s after a divorce or breakup is about welcomed as a shower without any heat on January 3rd.

    You feel like you are out in the world, exposed. Those extra tires around the waist, the kids, the mortgage, graying of the temples, you wonder how you will find time to meet The Love-of-My Future. What will she think of me?

    I have spent a lot of time with some great men who have been ‘married’ to their work for years and years and now they are in a place where they have to put themselves out on the market again. I see it in their eyes. The jovial ‘I am King of the World’ skip in their step initially seems gone, the fear creeps in, they feel embarrassed or some shame around whatever got them to this moment in time.

    These great guys brush off their resumes and talk about themselves like they are someHoliday Inn Express instead of the Ritz Carltons they were a year or two ago (and still are) under their post-professional-breakup status. They are just bummed out to be on the job market again and begin to lick their wounds and boost their morale once they come to the realization they have to ‘date’ again. They have no choice but to move forward.

    Guys, you have many choices and here are five thoughts on seizing this unique moment in time: (More …)

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