My Bed Is My Office….

Some days there is nothing like waking up, stretching out, watching your dogs cuddled nicely on the bed, your lap top open and ready to conquer the world when you stop and wonder, why on earth would anyone want to drive into the office today?  One of the benefits of owning your own business is that you can define your work life and your work place.  With the age of Twitter and Facebook, social networking allows you to be everywhere and anywhere and “work” can take on a whole new meaning.

With the price of office space on the rise and companies moving towards telecommuting options, and as employees continue to struggle with work life balance there is a need to find alternative and creative ways to re-define the traditional “work space”.  Have laptop will travel?  Virtual offices can be anywhere and can be anything.  When I factor the only thing I have to do on days that I don’t want to travel into the office is get up at 6:00 am, crack open the computer, adjust the cover on my bed, and start pounding away at the keyboard.

Take this morning, with my dogs still asleep on the bed, I have written three blogs, posted jobs for my clients, updated my website, responded to countless emails and even caught the headline news from online sources without so much as straightening the sheets or fluffing up the pillows on my bed.  My bed, has personally always been my sanctuary.  As a kid I loved to play with hand made paper dolls all from the safety and security of my throne, my bed. I sometimes made interesting “blanket castles” from ways I would creatively rearrange the bed covers, creating nooks and crannies that became the living room or bedroom for my paper dolls.

Reaching adulthood and rising in the ranks of corporate America, I graduated to the corner office with the terrace, flat screen TV and fancy leather sofa.  Today, I have perhaps the best office in all of Southern California on the 18th floor overlooking the Pacific ocean where I can gaze at sail boats floating past my window and stare out into the endless blue ocean.

But there are still times, like now, when I love to sit comfortably cross-legged on my bed, as I listen to the soft snoring of my puppies curled up in small white fur balls, and I think of my paper dolls and blanket castles and figure not too much has really changed. I still crave the comfort and security from the world around me in the safety of my bed. And the best news is that I can accomplish so much work from the peaceful sanctuary my own little corner in my own little world. Welcome to the 21st century workplace!

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Can Someone Move That Boulder Please?

Obstacles, we all face them.  Whether it’s the proverbial boulder in the road or the car that won’t start on your way to a meeting or, the 10th interview that will never lead to a job offer. We all have to face temporary road blocks in order to make it to the other side.  As frustrating as these setbacks seem, it is part and parcel of what we all experience as we grow and move towards our ultimate goals.  

In truth, it’s our reaction to these obstacles that either keep us stuck in the road, or in our car or by the phone waiting for that job offer.  Obstacles often paralyze us when what they are really intended to do is propel us into action.  Of course the way we in which choose to take action can also help or stall us in our efforts to advance.   Dwelling on how the boulder got there, why the car won’t start and why no one is offering you a job, are the very pebbles in the road that prevent us from taking a step ahead.  Your attitude about who and what you are worth and how really badly you want what is on the other side of that boulder, is what will make or break you in your efforts to succeed.

Obstacles, setbacks can and will effect your morale, your confidence and the very strength you need to realize your ambitions.  Training yourself to push through the invisible barriers which bind you to old ways of behaving and belief systems that no longer work, will help you to realize that your next, best career is right around the corner and it’s your way around that boulder that will help you get there. Pushing, pulling, resisting or waiting for someone to help you, will not make that rock move any quicker.  Navigating around it will.  Your agility is what will keep you on the path.   Keeping up and persevering will help you face your challenges in a bold new way.  Your keen desire in the face of any obstacle and your determination to stay focused on your goals and your mission is what will help you move around that boulder.  When you feel yourself sink to that most solemn place, when all you want to do is run and hide, that is when you need resolve and determination to remain focused on your goal.

When you’ve been on the 20th interview, posted your resume to 100 job boards and have exhausted your 500 + LinkedIn network, you truly wonder where that determination and perseverance will come from.  It comes from only one source and that source is you.  Your will to survive and to manifest your desires is all you need at times when you are most down.  Challenges are part of the process.  A not-always-nice part of the process, but one we are destined to overcome if we realize the obstacles or just that, a temporary bump in the road.

So when you think the best course of action is to sit it out, wait, hold your breath and worry, you are wrong.  Pick yourself up, move to the lowest point around the boulder and crawl your way to the other side.  Nothing is going to get you where you want to go faster than moving yourself.

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High Growth, High Tech, All We Want is High Touch…

The world is beckoning, “Come Tweet With Me!”  MySpace, FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter have become household names in a span of a few years. The rate in which change happens used to be measured in decades, five year plans and terms of office. Now, we measure change in nano-seconds, or at least as fast as your last tweet. What is happening to the world of communication?  I don’t know if we should all be excited or mildly confused?   We know we have grown into a community that wants it quicker, faster, shorter, smarter, that we can boldly declare ourselves the “Now Generation!”

At no other time in our history, have we been a more global nation than we are today. Communication technology is a wonderful thing.  It will ultimately be responsible for creating some of the new wealth and booming economy and be responsible for an increase in jobs in the coming years like no other time before.  Rapid growth leads to rapid change.  Rapid change leads to more change, and that’s when we start to notice something has disappeared?   When high growth meets high tech we lose the one thing that really impacts us all, high touch.  In a world where picking up the phone is as novel a concept as flying to the moon on your lunch hour, we are in jeopardy of losing our ability to speak and to communicate on a unique and personal level.  

It’s great when we learn how Ashton Kutcher has just received 1 million  followers on Twitter, but what does that really mean to anyone? It’s not to say that the information technology era we are living in is completely void of “personality.”  But, we are missing the high touch that comes with personal contact.  Whether it’s working along side your co-worker or having dinner with your family, we all need, and on some level require, the presence of another living being. Virtual, does not need to imply “virtually no interaction.”  

The job market for example is changing with technology in a whole new way. Classified job advertisements in newspapers, circulars and trade magazines was for decades the standard way anyone ever used to really learn about jobs. Search firms, temporary agencies and your “personal network” provided other resources until the emergence of technology came to pass.  Today with the emergence of job boards, which have surprisingly only been around in the last 10 years, will soon be considered archaic, and will be replaced by new business practices such as “Twitter, SimplyHired, LinkedIn and other equally non-personal ways to seek out your next career.

Don’t get me wrong, running an online recruitment business for the past 8 years, I’m all for faster, better, smarter myself.  What I fear in all this is how far we are ultimately removing ourselves from personal interaction. The ability to converse with someone when we actually do get in front of an interviewer or more importantly, when we actually land the job is as important an aspect of communication that our last post on Facebook.

Is all this high growth, high tech without high touch the way the Now Generation prefers to communicate?  If so, it is a sad commentary on the evolution of media and communication in this generation no matter how remarkable our efforts to excel technologically have proven.  But, I am more hopeful than that.  In this world of faster, better, smarter we have ourselves to blame when we relay too heavily on technology to be the primary means by which we communicate.  The brilliance in this movement is the way in which we can reach the masses with our message so directly and so precisely hitting our exact target. What we need however, is to not lose sight of the one thing that matters, our ability to relate on a personal level to the people we physically come in contact with in all areas of our life.

The good news is that I know someone will create an APP that will turn the virtual into the personal, as we continue to enjoy our cyber-latte, reading our morning Kindle.

And here’s to embracing the “Now Generation!”

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