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Topic: Book Reviews

Become A Better Person

[19 Apr 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 5 Comments | ]

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Change hits a small business like sudden, summer, storm cloud. It frustrates employees, leads to customer complaints and often causes us to miss a pleasant warm meal at home with the family. Small business owners deal with change all the time. They put up with it, tolerate it and do what it takes to stay afloat amidst fast and constant change.
But what if we saw change as an energy source. What if we could learn to adapt to change, thrive on it and transform change into opportunities? Our view of …

Become A Better Person

[16 Apr 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 13 Comments | ]
Take “The Love Dare” When Work or Unemployment Strains Your Marriage

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When I was unemployed and obsessed with finding work, I was so focused on finding work my marriage and relationships suffered. When I returned to work, in a job I really enjoyed, my natural bent to overachieve took over. Once again my marriage took a back seat. I can get so focused on my “projects” as I like to call them the pursuit drives a wedge between my wife and me. I want to share a “project” I assigned to myself recently that helped me address …

Become A Better Person

[10 Apr 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 3 Comments | ]

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You might wonder to yourself, “Why is this guy blogging about yoga on a career information site.” Well I attribute much of my inner strength and creativity at work to my efforts to stay fit.

Years ago a friend from work who knew I trained for marathons (Yes, I’m one of those nuts who runs alot), asked if I had considered yoga. I was very polite in my response, but inside I was thinking, “What’s all that navel gazing got to do with running? If I need to …

Get A Job

[6 Mar 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | One Comment | ]
"Breakthrough: The Hate My Job, Need a Life, Got Laid Off, Can’t Get No Satisfaction Solution" Is As Good As It's Title

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I met the author and career coach Jeannette Kraar at a local chamber meeting. A few weeks later we met for coffee. A month or so later I was speaking at her Executnet chapter in Ft. Lauderdale. She has a contagious spunk and enthusiasm that comes across in her writing.
Her book is similar to the section of What Color Is Your Parachute? 2010: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers that helps you find the right job for you. I found it better than Parachute
on this topic because …

Get A Job

[5 Mar 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | One Comment | ]

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Losing your job is traumatic. You may have lost your ability to provide for your family. It brings on financial stress. It comes with feelings of betrayal, shame and guilt all at the same time. If you relied on your work to bring purpose and significance to your life, that was taken away from you. You are now left with finding a way to fill the emptiness. You may be asking yourself. “Who am I? Why am I here? Why am I alive?” All these can lead to anxiety, depression, …

Become A Better Person

[24 Feb 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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Spring Hill College President Fr. Gregory Lucey S.J. recommended the book to me when I visited my daughter who attends the school. The book describes four tenets of Jesuit leadership. Those are:

• self-awareness,
• embracing change,
• striving to serve others, and
• heroic ambition.

The author Chris Lowney is a former Jesuit who after having left the Jesuits became an investment banker at J.P.Morgan. He describes the formula used since the time of St. Ignatius to train and sustain the men of that order. And it was critical to the order and their mission of …

Become A Better Person

[24 Feb 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 8 Comments | ]
Job Seekers: Never Eat Alone Guides My Networking Approach

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Keith Ferrazzi’s Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time was recommended to me several years back by a fellow salesman that attended my lead sharing group. Ferrazzi is a great writer vividly describing how his father enabled him to break with his blue collar background by networking profusely on his behalf. Ferrazzi ended up attending a prep school well beyond his parents means, gaining the benefits that come by knowing the well off parents of his peers (he became a caddy), attending Yale …

Become A Better Person

[23 Feb 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 3 Comments | ]

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In the summer of 2006, I took a director-level IT position.  I was returning to management after six years in software development and other technical roles.  For a while, I there I depended on my technical skills.  I kept myself current through a lot of reading and research which had led me to several well respected certifications.
Since that approach had worked before, I figured why not do the same for my new role.  So I committed myself to a research project aimed at becoming the best leader.  I could become …

Become A Better Person

[23 Feb 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 4 Comments | ]

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In the summer of 2006, I took a director-level IT position. It was a return to management after six years of serving in software development and other technical roles. Up until then, I had depended heavily upon my technical skills and kept myself current through a lot of reading and research which had led me to several well respected certifications.
Since that approach had worked for me before, I committed myself to a reading and research project aimed at enhancing my leadership skills. My goal was to become as knowledgeable …

Become A Better Person

[20 Feb 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 5 Comments | ]

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I read this book the first time in 2001 and it changed me. Based upon the writings of Catholic monk Thomas Merton, it helped me see that we live in God’s presence all the time so prayer is not so much a reaching out to God (because He is already here), but a melting away of a mist (frequently made up of our highly driven minds) preventing us from becoming moment-by-moment aware of God’s awesome presence.
In the book, the author states, “Prayer without words is not so much expressing our …