Monday, August 24, 2009

Students in Their Own Words...

Check out this fascinating video of today's college students and think about the disconnect between the  typical kind of classroom experience they're getting and who they are.   Are we preparing them to enter the workforce of today and tomorrow, ready to match up with their peers across the globe?

Friday, August 7, 2009

The guy in Row 8F

OK, so I am flying back to Detroit, and my seatmate in Row 8 is a likeable guy, he' s from LA and flying to MI for something. I start in with the usual questions:
Me: Going to MI for work or pleasure?
Him: Well, if I told you, I'd have to....
Me: Kill me?
Him (laughing, behind dark sunglasses): Well, not exactly
Me: Whew!
Him (leaning to face me, still behind those glasses): You know, pleasure is a little bit of work, too, eh?

Wisdom sometimes comes, like a butterfly, and softly lands on your shoulder.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A quick trip to LA results in...

I flew to Los Angeles to conduct a one-day career transition workshop for the LA Air Force Base today. It was an interesting flight as I sat next to an investment advisor who owns 5 locations of investment firms in Michigan and California. I'm sure he was a millionaire many times over. We engaged in a wonderful 4-hour discussion about my new career, and talked about business development, business plans and goals. Among other ideas, he asked me to tell him how many clients I would need to make a million dollars. Of course, I had no idea. He leaned over, held up his index finger, and said earnestly, "just one." He's absolutely correct, of course.
The bottom line is this: figure out what you most enjoy doing and find just one client who needs you. The rest is just details.....