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Articles Archive for June 2009

Become A Better Person

[25 Jun 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 2 Comments | ]

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Can you make use of Weight Watchers and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) peer support features to help run your job hunt, career or life in general? Keith Ferrazzi author of best seller “Never Eat Alone” says, “Yes!”

I first heard about his book “Who’s Got Your Back” when my wife saw a Ferrazzi’s interview on “Good Morning America.” The same day a business contact mentioned the interview as well. Then my boss forwarded me a link to his interview on Larry King. Something’s up so I figured …

Become A Better Person

[25 Jun 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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Ferrazzi’s publicity machine continues. His “Who’s Got Your Back?” book gets another plug from Business Week. Check out the Business Week article on him. Like the “Good Morning America” and Larry King inteview I noted in previous articles, he’s talking about developing “lifeline relationships” to help you in many ways but particularly with a job hunt.
Job hunter: FOLLOW THE LINK AND READ IT. GET A COPY OF THE BOOK. PUT THIS INTO ACTION AND GET BACK TO WORK.
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Become A Better Person

[22 Jun 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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I’ll be doing a review of Keith Ferrazzi’s book “Who’s Got Your Back?” soon. I’ll also be giving a presentation on forming Job Hunt Clubs this Thursday. In that presentation I’ll be using information I drew from this book. In this Larry King interview, Ferrazzi talks about the book and the “lifeline relationships” he recommends we develop. Ferrazzi is really on to something here. These are people you enlist to help you accomplish your goals. They are people who will speak to you with candor …

Become A Better Person

[17 Jun 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]
Covey’s “The 8th Habit” Is Key to Going from Effective to Greatness

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In “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” Stephen Covey describes seven principles, that if established as habits, are key to leading an effective professional and personal life. In his book “The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness Covey takes the idea a step further. Becoming effective is surely something to be desired, but what would it take to achieve greatness?

The first seven habits are focused on how to run your life effectively, how to manage your relationships with others effectively and how to keep learning so you …

Change Careers

[12 Jun 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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In a previous article I described how when preparing for a speaking engagement, I completed exercises from the book “What Color Is Your Parachute?” leading me to some personal discoveries. I was a software engineer, project manager and technical architect realizing I had stronger people skills than I had realized and I enjoyed using. My technical skills had been driving a successful career to date, but could this be a sign pulling me in another direction. I started thinking, “How should I respond? What should I do …

Change Careers

[8 Jun 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 8 Comments | ]

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Several winters back, I had hired a strong group of performers. I worked hard at bringing out the best these folks had to offer both as individuals and as a team. I received a very positive review from my boss. He recognized my accomplishment as going beyond the call of duty when I had been taking for granted that I have a knack for running software projects on time and under budget.

At the time, I was also speaking monthly for a groups tending to the …

Get A Job

[6 Jun 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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On June 6th I gave a presentation called “A Networking Mentality to Get You Employed” at Laid Off Camp Miami held at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Follow this link to find the PowerPoint slide deck I used during my talk.
I would especially appreciate comments and feedback from those of you that attended my presentation. I use that feedback to improve the information I provide to our audience.
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Become A Better Person

[2 Jun 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | One Comment | ]
“Now, Discover Your Strengths” Helps You Do Just That

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A few years back when I was running a 12 person IT department, I inherited what “Now, Discover Your Strengths” can bring to a team. My predecessor had purchased a copy of the book for each team member and had them take the online assessment that comes with the book. (Note: You need a new copy of the book. If you get a used copy, the key provided in the book will NOT enable you to take the online assessment.)

The book describes 34 possible strengths areas …