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Category: Become A Better Person

Become A Better Person

[4 Nov 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 3 Comments | ]

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Saturday night, this guy jumps out of the car at a stop light, points at the badge displayed prominently on his jacket, walks up to my car window and says, “You gotta problem!!!” Note: His words came with a sort of threatening tone.
Not even in Miami did I expect this.
Rewind just 3 minutes and my 13-year-old daughter and I are casually leaving the mall parking lot. Right in front us I see an old Toyota driving off with a red tie, scarf or something dragging along the ground. …

Become A Better Person

[29 Oct 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 3 Comments | ]
Kids Would Think to Run in the Rain – Maybe the Rest of Us Should Too

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I get a ton of very interesting emails from my cousin Frank. I read a lot of them because they tend to be good, but this one deserved posting it up on Career Jockey. I don’t know the author so I cannot give them credit. If they want to claim it, I’ll give them the credit they deserve.

A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Target. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence. It …

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[19 Oct 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | One Comment | ]
Job Hunt Secrets You Never Knew You Needed from “The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl”

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I read a KeppieCareers.com blog post plugging Karen Burns’ “The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use” and it peaked my interest . So I went out and got me a copy. I’m glad I did and I’m recommending it to my Career Jockey blog readers and getting copies for my three daughters.

The author Karen Burn delivers some light-hearted, entertaining advice on a bunch of work related topics. Some are light other are serious. The book consists of 59 four …

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[14 Oct 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]
Thrill Seekers, Job Hunters and Souls Seekers Have So Much in Common

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The way I see it, human beings are hard wired to connect with something much greater outside themselves. We’re like the little guy in the E.T. movie that just has to phone home. We have this drive in common, but we go about it in so many different ways.

The thrill seeker searches by jumping off a bridge, skydiving or racing at high speeds. Long distance athletes works towards a chemically induced “runner’s high.” (I’m a long distance runner. This can be cool.) Soul seekers and yoga practitioners quiet themselves ignoring …

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[29 Sep 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 3 Comments | ]
Keppie Careers Reviews “The Amazing Adventures of a Working Girl”

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I was surfing around Technorati this evening and ran into a job hunt blog called Keppie Careers. It’s written by Keppie Career founder Miriam Salpeter who has been advising clients regarding their career plans and writing resumes for over 12 years. I’m her newest Twitter follower and will be adding her blog to my “Blogs I Like” list as soon as I finish writing this post. She has great resources of all kinds for job seekers.

I really recommend reading her article on Karen Burn’s book “The Amazing …

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[29 Sep 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 9 Comments | ]
“Devil Wears Prada” Lesson: You’ve Got to Develop Career Self-Awareness

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No one purposely makes a bogus move hoping it will lead to a major screw up. It doesn’t happen that way. I have, however, seen myself make a string of seemingly benign choices that over time led me to a very painful destination. In the movie “The Devil Wears Prada,” Anne Hathaway’s character Andy Sach gives us a big screen lesson on how little decisions over a period time can take us to a place we would have rather not gone.
DWP begins with Andy turning down Stanford …

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[28 Sep 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 2 Comments | ]

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If I sit back and consider where I’ve made career mistakes, I’m drawn more to the chances I passed up for being too risky than any one of my major screw ups. It’s not haven’t had any good screw ups. (We can sit down for a beer sometime and have some fun reviewing those.) It’s that the times when I took the easier route or opted against taking a risk probably cost me more and led to bigger regrets than the other ones. I have spoken to …

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[25 Sep 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 4 Comments | ]
“Funeral” Video Gives Upbeat, Thought-Provoking Marriage Message

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“Funeral” is a new TV commercial available off youTube launched by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS). It looks at marriage in a different light. An middle aged woman shares some humorous stories during her eulogy at her husband’s funeral. She is celebrating how beautiful imperfections are what make a relationship perfect.

It’s not the huge events that make a relationship special as much as the mundain that we often miss or forget to appreciate. I found that during tough job search, I was …

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[14 Sep 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 3 Comments | ]

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When I was out of work, clutter camped out in my head. I worried about how I would pay my bills. I fretted over what I could have done to avoid the lay off. I rehearsed the worse case scenarios (that would likely never happen) repeatedly over and over again. This unhealthy, obsessive mental regurgitation drove me crazy. Worse yet, it added confusion when what I needed was clarity so I could be at my best for my job search.

Eckhart Tolle’s book “The Power of …

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[1 Sep 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 2 Comments | ]

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I met today with the facilitators of the Back on Track Network (BOT) group I run. It’s the support group for out of work people that helped me out tremendously and inspired me to launch this blog. Rainer Zinn, one of my fellow BOT volunteers, and I were talking. Career Jockey came up and he told me that he blogged too. “What do you know?” I thought. “A fellow blogger that I actually know in the flesh.”
On a weekly basis, Rainer posts an article sharing …

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[27 Aug 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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I started using Facebook recently. Interestingly enough, it was my 13 year old daughter that was my top advisor. She had been using Facebook for a while and knew the ins and out of it very well.

Sylivia Ann Hewlett published a reverse mentoring article earlier this summer in a Harvard Business Review blog recommending us older folks get ourselves a mentor. She touts what Time Warner did by formalizing a reverse mentoring program where Gen Y kids (the 70 million-strong demographic born between 1979 and 1994) are …

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[13 Aug 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]
Selling the Invisible: How People Buy Something They Don’t Understand

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Harry Backwith’s Selling the Invisible: A Field Guide to Modern Marketing was required reading at the system integration firm where I worked. All directors were given a copy and expected to finish them. I wasn’t sure what point our CEO was making when he assigned it to us, but I sure did when I was done with it. Selling the Invisible helped me better understand the customer’s perception when buying complex services like the technology work we delivered. It also explains how buyers evaluate the quality of …

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[3 Aug 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 5 Comments | ]

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I’m not a Terminator movie fan, but I caught the end of Terminator 3 on cable the other day. I’ve heard #3 is not a favorite of the fans, but it did highlight to me how a person’s response to a challenge can determine their future as a leader. The right response can launch you into leadership stardom. A mediocre response can leave you well … just plain mediocre. (Warning: If you haven’t seen the movie, I give away the ending.)
In this Terminator installment, yet another robot …

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

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I hadn’t included resources for communicating effectively in CareerJockey.org, but after reading two Richard Skaare articles on Skaareworks.com, I’ve added a new tag.
Richard Skaare wrote two articles recently on writing and talking. One is called “3 Reasons to Talk Like You Should Write“. In it he points out how regardless of your politics, you have agree that President Obama masters communicating across multiple media. Not only does he present himself well, but if you read his books, hear him on TV or listen to his prepared speaches, …

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[21 Jul 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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Years ago I worked as a contractor at a large bank. I’d hear people say,
• “We got to the get the right people on the bus.”
• “That guy’s sitting in the wrong seat on the bus.”
• “Can we kick that guy off the bus?”
• “Let’s get this bus going in the right direction.”
“What on earth were they talking about?” I thought. I finally asked and someone pointed me at the Jim Collins’ “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t” book. Collins’ delivers on something I haven’t seen …

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[17 Jul 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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I received an email from Holly Schnack today.  She’s looking for work…again??  She’s the job hunter Fox Chicago TV featured in last summer’s story called “Monument to Perseverance.”  But don’t expect this change management consultant to be out of work long.  During her last job hunt, she put on a sign and took to the Windy City streets resume in hand.  She handed it out to everyone she could and even got herself interviewed on the local news. 
I know what it’s like being out of work. The expression “been there done that” …

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[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 …

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[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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[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 …

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[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 …