The First 90 Days (on a new job)

The number one question on everyone’s mind, including those running in the current GOP election, is “When will the economy get back on track?”  Of course, for the average citizen, the implication behind this question is “When will the unemployment rate reduce?” (i.e. when can I expect to find a job?). 

Keeping this on a positive note, let’s assume that you have been one of the lucky few to actually get noticed and have embarked upon the interview process.  As I’ve stated before in other posts, this, to no one’s surprise, is an employer’s market (with a few exceptions, of course).  That said, employer’s are cognizant of the fact that there is an abundance of talent available and will heavily scrutinize anyone trying to secure a position within their organization.

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The Trio of Trust

At the foundation of any real relationship, whether personal or professional, is trust.   In fact, a relationship itself cannot sustain or survive without it.  Imagine asking a friend for a favor and not trusting in the fact that they would actually deliver – what’s the point of asking in the first place?  Or, in a business transaction, when you verbally agree upon terms – if you don’t trust the other party to honor their commitment, why would you want to do business with them?  It’s a pretty straightforward concept to get your head around.

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Natural (Universal) Laws

As the years of my life have gone by, I have to come accept, and more importantly, believe that there are natural laws that exist in the universe.  While I cannot explain with absolute accuracy the origin of these laws, what I can explain is that in its simplest form, our belief in something bigger than ourselves is the foundation for which these laws continue to exist beyond the average life of man.

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We The People…

Once the words of our founding forefathers, today, “We the People” has taken on a completely different meaning in my life.  In lieu of the recent “Occupy” activities that have been occurring, it really begins to showcase how powerful people, when united around a collective effort, can actually be.

While some of these activities were much before my time, including the Berkeley “sit ins” and equal rights marches for African Americans, it laid the foundation for what we are witnessing today – not just in America, but also all over the world.  Ironically, it never surprises me how history has a way of repeating itself!

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We Bid Farewell to an Icon

To you, Mr, Jobs – we salute you.  You have been an inspiration to us all.

“Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. Stay hungry, stay foolish.”

The Law of “The Process”

I was introduced to the “Law of the Process” by John Maxwell – respected management and leadership guru through his book (which I highly recommend for anyone interested in this subject matter), the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.  Of the many valuable lessons contained within the book, one of the most important in my opinion is, in fact, the Law of the Process.

With reference to the book, it places the law strictly in the context of leadership.  However, to extrapolate the meaning behind the law – you’ll understand that it’s widely applicable to many facets of life.

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The Law of the “Hole”

it is inevitable that throughout the course of our lives, we will find ourselves in situations that potentially started out small, but through poor decision making, ends up becoming a much bigger issue.  In essence – we basically dig ourselves into a hole. 

So, the next time you find yourself in a hole – STOP DIGGING!