Extra Effort Fun

Last night I was interviewed about What I Wish I Had Known Volume 1 on the Extra Effort Forum. It was a great experience. Andrew T. Carr, the producer and host of the show, created a wonderfully positive environment for exchange.  We discussed a whole bunch of things – from why I wrote the book to how someone can re-enter the workplace after being out for many years. I had a fantastic time. You can listen to the recording at http://tinyurl.com/78aaqpg.

Andrew, thanks for the opportunity.

Have a great day,
Anita

Share the encouragementwww.whatIwishIhadknown.org. Please read it and share it (pay it forward) with all of the young and young-at-heart people you know. Since the download is free – through May – you can share the link (http://whatiwishihadknown.org) as widely as you would like.

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Play Nice

I recently interviewed someone for a career opportunity. He was not really prepared and fumbled with his words and the power point presentation slides he brought into the interview. My job interviewing style is fair, yet probing. If a question isn’t answered, I will ask it again. This individual’s nervousness started to derail the entire interview.

So I paused. I then asked him about a project that he was thrilled to complete. At that point, his tone, approach, and confidence soared. It was as if he was a new person. So, ask for what you want and need from another person – and sometimes, pause and just be nice.

Have a great weekend,
Anita

Share the encouragementwww.whatIwishIhadknown.org. Please read it and share it (pay it forward) with all of the young and young-at-heart people you know. Since the download is free – through May – you can share the link (http://whatiwishihadknown.org) as widely as you would like.

Second Chances

When I think about my job at Chicago Booth, I smile. There are scads of reasons – from the fact I love what I do and that the students, alumni, and staff are amazing to how much I learn and have opportunities to share these insights with others. There is another, really important thing for me – this was a second chance. After I was crushed by an elevator car in the 90’s my confidence was almost zero. Bob, a former manager, gave me the opportunity and space to use my talents, personality, and experience to add value to others – an enormous gift that I will feel gratitude for – forever.

Sometimes we need a second chance – please give them to others and yourself.

Thanks Bob.

Have a great day,
Anita
Share the encouragementwww.whatIwishIhadknown.org. Please read it and share it (pay it forward) with all of the young and young-at-heart people you know. Since the download is free – through May – you can share the link (http://whatiwishihadknown.org) as widely as you would like.

Courage, Talent, and Heart

Last night, I was with a group of friends and the conversation turned to having guts and determination. My friend, Dan, told us about being hit by the financial crisis and losing his job. While that is not unusual, Dan’s approach to find a new one was remarkable. He started with all of the regular job search tactics – networking, revising his resume, applying for jobs, and so on. Yet after months, nothing – zippo!

Then he did some extraordinary things – he made a commitment to his mentor that he would absolutely win by finding a new position that was clearly advancement for him, looked inside himself to clean up any negativity, and went out to actively help others. Then he did something almost no one does – he chose the top firms in his field and called them. Much to his surprise (and mine, too) he had two interviews within a few days – and one yielded him the job of his dreams.

Dan is a brilliant example of what can happen when you combine courage, talent, and heart.

Way to go, Dan.

Have a great day,
Anita
Share the encouragementwww.whatIwishIhadknown.org. Please read it and share it (pay it forward) with all of the young and young-at-heart people you know. Since the download is free – through May – you can share the link (http://whatiwishihadknown.org) as widely as you would like.

Be the Solution

I was visiting with an acquaintance yesterday who was upset about a volunteer group of which she is a member. While she was the first to admit that she wanted to complain, she refused to do so. She realized that she could bad-mouth the people in her group, but that would do absolutely nothing the make the situation better. Instead, she assumed responsibility for being the solution. Period – end of story. What a great lesson for me –and maybe you, too.

Have a great Monday,
Anita

Share the encouragementwww.whatIwishIhadknown.org. Please read it and share it (pay it forward) with all of the young and young-at-heart people you know. Since the download is free – through May – you can share the link (http://whatiwishihadknown.org) as widely as you would like.

Be Open to Surprises

This morning when I was meditating, I was thinking deeply about what I want to do next and how. I really love to interview people and share what we learn with many others. It’s a natural and immensely enjoyable set of activities. My next step is super short podcasts. That’s clear to me. What was less apparent was what to call it. I can get stuck on naming things. Well, I came up with something and headed out to work. In the car, I mentioned what I was thinking about and asked the people in the car – “what could I call it?” Pat came up with an answer that is brilliant. A wonderful surprise. Thanks Pat!

More to follow.

Have great weekend,
Anita

Share the encouragementwww.whatIwishIhadknown.org. Please read it and share it (pay it forward) with all of the young and young-at-heart people you know. Since the download is free – through May – you can share the link (http://whatiwishihadknown.org) as widely as you would like.

Don’t Stop

I have this “fantasy” that my goals will unfold step-by-step according to my timetable. While this does happen, it’s just a tiny bit of the time. Mostly, I create victories in my life through an iterative process: take action, think – “what’s going on,” regroup, and act again. Even though I might prefer a high speed train to goal achievement, this somewhat slower approach helps me learn how much I want the goal, what I am made of, and how to get to something even better than I expected.

Happy Thursday,
Anita
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Don’t Believe Everything You Hear

Some people will tell you what they think and be supportive and constructive – others will be brutally honest, but mean. So you can’t always believe everything that you hear. Decide what is true and make changes accordingly. Also, when you give feedback, do so as a strict mentor with a compassionate heart.

Happy Wednesday,
Anita

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Thanks!

As corny as it may sound, thank you’s do make the world a better place. It’s simple (just two words,) you can say it in many forms (from a tweet to an old-school handwritten note,) and the monetary outlay is little to none. Yet the payoff and benefit to the person saying thanks and the person receiving the act of gratitude are enormous.

Thanks for reading this,
Anita
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