Chairman’s Blog

Not Ready For Take-Off

Not Ready For Take-Off

Do you have conflicts at work? It would be highly unusual if you did not. People involved in even the simplest tasks bring different experience, skills, and expectations so conflict in one form or another typically lurks just around the corner.

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Distraction As A Way Of Life

Distraction As A Way Of Life

We have discussed at some length the fact that people have very different behavioral styles, particularly the executives who come to us for help with their careers. We use the DISC instrument as a way of detecting behavioral tendencies.

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Alone In The World

Alone In The World

Several times in my career I have been without work. Sometimes by choice. Sometimes not. Particularly in the latter case, it can be a very scary feeling… almost as if you are alone in the world.

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The Human Touch

The Human Touch

These days, as I understand it, most stock brokerages and similar financial service firms primarily offer exchange traded funds that essentially track a specific market basket of stocks, often something as recognizable as the NYSE or its ilk.

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The Great Market Mystery

The Great Market Mystery

Imagine the glorious future when all you have to do is go online and type in the sort of job you want, the location, and maybe the target compensation… and out pop two or three job offers.

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Is The Grass Really Greener

Is The Grass Really Greener

Most of us at one point or another in our careers feel under-appreciated, like the boss does not really see all the wonderful things we do, like the team takes us for granted, unloved, under-paid, etc. Human beings have ups and downs, of course, and it’s always hard to qualify these feelings. So, what can you do to be more confident when making such a key decision?

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Happy Landing (in less than 90 days)

Happy Landing (in less than 90 days)

In this Chairman’s Blog we like to share both general information such as statistics to help career changers understand what they are facing but also anecdotal evidence of individual’s challenges and successes.

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The Most Precious Aspect of Human Experience

The Most Precious Aspect of Human Experience

In my time as a business coach, I often worked with teams. Beyond the non-verbal trading exercise that required executives to communicate without speaking, my second favorite activity was to ask the team “What is the most precious aspect of human experience?”

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Any Road Will Take You There

Any Road Will Take You There

Any Road Will Take You There… if you don’t know where you are going! Many years ago when I was in the amusement park industry, the then president of our association drawled this headline in his thick Georgia accent. And it has stayed with me because it is perfectly true.

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Open Minds Win Big

Open Minds Win Big

Closed Minds Lose Out / Open Minds Win Big. As I’ve mentioned before, at the Barrett Group (TBG) we speak to tens of thousands of executives and managers each year. Many of them also fill out a survey and share their thoughts on where they are in their careers, their frustrations with their current situation, where they would like to be professionally in the future, and the primary support they would like from us.

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Many Happy Returns

Many Happy Returns

Sometimes our clients are surprised at first to hear about paid search. They ask us, why should I pay for career management services?

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Footprints in the Snow

Footprints in the Snow

We always try to address topics of broader interest to career changers in this blog. By and large, this means exploring “personas” that we run into repeatedly—whose issues we understand and whose career challenges we can help ameliorate.

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Suddenly Unemployed and in Shock

Suddenly Unemployed and in Shock

In these blogs we like to explore situations that can happen to our readers in which the Barrett Group (TBG) can really help alleviate job search stress.

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Exciting Developments

Exciting Developments

We are using this blog to share the experiences of our clients as they embark on their career change journeys. Let’s face it: changing jobs can be daunting or downright scary. That’s why we share. To let you know you are not alone and there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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Are You Tinkering With Your Career or Engineering Success?

Are You Tinkering With Your Career or Engineering Success?

This blog is intended to help our readers understand the variety of professionals who come to the Barrett Group with their careers in disarray and how we help them find relief, confidence, and, above all, success in achieving their professional aspirations.

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Doctoring Your Career

Doctoring Your Career

Today I want to return to telling you about real people who have overcome their challenges and landed great jobs through their own efforts (with excellent advice and support from the Barrett Group).

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Meeting our Clients’ Great Expectations

Meeting our Clients’ Great Expectations

As I’ve mentioned before, literally thousands of executives come to us each year with expectations of how we can help them in their career development. Some of them have very specific needs and expectations (such as demonstrating transferability of skills across industries) while others simply realize that they might be great surgeons, lawyers, engineers, or other expert professionals, but in the business of finding that next better, more satisfying, and more lucrative job… they need help.

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What Moves Executives to Change Jobs? (And how is it changing?)

What Moves Executives to Change Jobs? (And how is it changing?)

We’ve talked extensively in prior issues of this Blog about individuals and the factors that motivated them to seek us out for support in their career change endeavors.

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Self-Knowledge is Power

Self-Knowledge is Power

Let’s continue our discussion about the people who seek out the Barrett Group’s help in clarifying their career objectives and navigating the career change process. Knowledge is power!

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Onward and Upward

Onward and Upward

Thousands of professionals come to us each year looking for better career opportunities. So many, in fact, that we can actually identify collections of symptoms of people who particularly benefit from our services. I think it’s helpful for executives to see themselves in these “personas” and thereby perhaps better understand the process that will quickly lead to a successful conclusion.

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Discover the New You

Discover the New You

It is our pleasure to speak with hundreds of prospective career changers every month through which we gain a direct understanding of what is going on in the market place. These calls run the emotional gamut from desperate to philosophical, depending on the candidate’s situation. Through this blog I want to share some of these stories to help you understand that you as a would-be career changer are not alone. Many people share your concerns and challenges, and may be able to offer solutions.

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Fight, Flight, or Delight?

Fight, Flight, or Delight?

Fight or flee… That’s how many people feel about their jobs. But there is at least one other common emotion in this context, and that is somewhere between boredom and a need for adventure. Let’s call it “delight.”

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Post-Government Success

Post-Government Success

The Barrett Group helps hundreds of professionals each year to clarify their career objectives and then go out and find the job of their dreams. Whether they are executives, lawyers, people transitioning out of the military, or other professionals seeking support our Clarity Program© uniquely facilitates this process, because we look at the whole person, not just the targeted title, compensation, and geography.

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Read the Writing on the Wall

Read the Writing on the Wall

In this series of articles, we attempt to portray the circumstances that motivate career changers today.

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Don’t Just Grin and Bear It

Don’t Just Grin and Bear It

Julia was a successful HR VP for more than a decade before she decided it was now or never as far as reproduction was concerned.

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An Algorithm Took My Job

An Algorithm Took My Job

That’s exactly what Joe told me the other day on the phone: “An algorithm took my job!”

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Executives are People, Too

Executives are People, Too

In our line of work we talk to a lot of people every week. Many of them wonder why, if this economy is so fantastic, do they feel the need to change jobs?

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Barrett Speaks

Our View from the Front Lines of the Job Market

Leveraging The “It” Factor

Leveraging The “It” Factor

You’ve revamped your LinkedIn profile, added new skills and credentials to your value proposition, and practiced interviewing. You’ve re-written your resume for every job opportunity, crafted your cover letters with the care of someone wooing a new love interest, and sent follow-up messages to every hiring manager you’ve met. You’ve even lost weight and refreshed your wardrobe.

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Emotional Intelligence May Be More Valuable Than Skills In The Job Search

Emotional Intelligence May Be More Valuable Than Skills In The Job Search

Knowing how to read clients and colleagues, and understanding what underlying thoughts and emotions are influencing their actions and decisions, have long been useful skills in business.

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When Hiring Managers Go Silent… Getting Ghosted!

When Hiring Managers Go Silent… Getting Ghosted!

You wrap up an engaging interview at a company and come away feeling that this position would be a great fit for you. You have the impression that the hiring manager feels the same way about you. He walks you to the door, you shake hands, say goodbye…and you never hear from him again. Ever.

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