The Puppy

What happens when everyone passes a pet store? Of course the initial response is ahhhhh, I want one! With all of the cute puppies wagging their tails and showing their sad eyes that say, “take me home,” I am sure that most of you want to take one home and have them join your family. Continue reading The Puppy

The Mountain

If you are currently living in Japan, you know that there has been a lot of snow this past week. It has been great for the ski areas across Japan. I was fortunate enough to hit this slopes this past weekend and it was amazing powder. Skiing in knee deep powder snow in most places is rare and I very much enjoyed the opportunity. As with most outings, the day of fun reinforced many life and professional facts I have learned over my career. If you have ever seen someone on TV ski in knee deep powder snow, it is graceful and elegant (normally it is shown in slow motion so that all can truly appreciate the beauty and grace). The fact of the matter is that it is extremely hard, both physically and technically! You have to be very aggressive, in top shape, focused and powerful in your moves or you are sure to fall. Continue reading The Mountain

2019

Happy New Year to All and best wishes to you and your loved ones in the New Year! Looking ahead again this year, I am extremely excited to work each day to ensure that our candidates, clients and colleagues are successful! There’s a full year of opportunities waiting to be taken. If you work hard, and more importantly, work smart, your future will be bright. Listed below are a few points to help you in 2019 build a strong and lasting career. If you choose to implement them, I am convinced you will grow and succeed! Continue reading 2019

2018

Another year has passed. I am sure you all have had challenges, set-backs and successes. This is the perfect time of year to reflect on 2018. I encourage you to make the time to list all of the challenges, obstacles and successes you had and be as detailed as possible. Continue reading 2018

The End

Halfway through writing my biweekly blog, I came across this fantastic piece from “Mickey” on his official Rakuten blog. It is such a great lesson, I want to share this with you to hopefully inspire thought and action. If you are not in the career or company you truly want, make a change. If you are, be sure to map out what you want to accomplish, were you want to be and then what you need to reach your target. Most importantly, you must be willing and determined to do whatever is necessary each day to get what you want. And of course, remember to ask for it when the time is right! Continue reading The End

I Want… Dos and Don’ts

Have you ever wanted something but for whatever reason, did not ask for it? Did you miss an opportunity and later have regret? Or is it you did ask and you did not receive what you requested? In this post, I want to cover the basics as to when to ask and when to wait. Below are a few professional situations that asking for, or not, will pay off. Continue reading I Want… Dos and Don’ts

Finding the Right Career Opportunity

As everyone knows, we are currently in a “Sellers’ Market” where there are more open positions then there are candidates. For specific skills, the problem is much worse (for employers). This of course is great for candidates, especially for those in very high demand, IT professionals for example. When I search the web for IT jobs in Tokyo, several thousand results come up. When I try and narrow this down by job function, technology, experience and skills, still thousands remain. As a candidate, how are you able to research and determine which company, industry or job type is the best fit for you? It would be a full time job to manage this and even then, a candidate may not be able to get all of the information needed to make the best choice; moreover, many times, candidates are unaware of all of the great companies actively searching for them! Continue reading Finding the Right Career Opportunity

Did you see my email?

It irritates me when someone calls me and asks “did you see my email?” In most cases, the email was sent just a few minutes prior to the phone call. In today’s business world, I fear too many professionals are simply reacting to email and when the inbox has been whittled down to a manageable number by the end of the day, there is a sense of accomplishment. Professionally this is very dangerous. If you have read any of my past posts, you know I am a fan of email when used properly. However, when used improperly, can lead one to a dramatic decrease in productivity and results. Continue reading Did you see my email?

Summer Fades

As the summer comes to an end and the tans fade, this is a good time of year to revisit your 2018 professional goals you set for yourself. I hope you remembered to put in milestones throughout the year to measure your success as discussed in my goal setting blog at the beginning of the year. If you didn’t, now is the time to see how you are doing.
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Professional Personality Types

Over the past two and a half decades working in the specialty staffing business and observing many thousands of employees, I have created a few “professional personality types” based on my observations that help me manage human resources. Jack Welch at GE had his vitality curve, and my classification is by no means anywhere near as scientific or competitive. They are purely my observations. If you manage people, you know there is no cookie-cutter approach to motivation, coaching, training and reprimand. In this post, I hope to provide managers with a very simple overview of these types so that they can recruit and manage professionals more effectively. For me, my personal goal is to try and make everyone around me the best they can possibly be – this is always my motivation, bringing out the best in people. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail, but the goal remains the same. I hope some of these insights help you manage and bring out the best in the people you manage or work with.

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