I know I have posted on this topic before but given our current economic situation and the tragic stories I have heard over the past couple of days I think it bears repeating. When times are tough its more important than ever to take care of your mental and physical well being. It seems like many people worry about everything except their mental and physical health when they are stressed out about losing a job, not having enough money, or possibly losing a home. On the face of it that makes sense because those are such crucial issues. But if you aren't physically and mentally strong enough to handle devastating events then the whole situation will spiral out of control and you will be even less equipped to make sound decisions.
A New York Times story (the most emailed article for much of today and yesterday) reports on the positive impact school recess has on academic performance . Here's how it begins: "The best way to improve children's performance in the classroom may be to take them out of it." The paradoxical lesson of this story is relevant not just for school children but for us grownups, too: taking time out to restore and rejuvenate ourselves results not in reduced performance caused by less time dedicated to work, but to increased performance caused by the stronger, more focused effort you bring to work after fruitful rest
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I hate the media right now and I'm very conflicted because I AM THE MEDIA! In the 1980's when we were in another recession I tried to call the NBC Nightly News after the perfectly coiffed news anchor featured a story about an executive riding on a New York subway train for eight hours each day, reading the classified ads. Every day that poor man aimlessly rode on that subway while here I was, in Ohio, putting folks to work. Pepsi was producing soft drinks; Wonder was baking bread and I was putting folks to work! Business was still functioning even in a tougher world unless you watched that broadcast. That news anchor didn't take my call
I have recently written resumes for several individuals who have spent long careers (20 – 40 years) with a single employer. None of these people had a functional resume before we started working together and most of them had not kept detailed notes about past jobs and accomplishments
Let me make it perfectly clear (remember that line?) that in interviewing, damage control is not meant to be disingenuous. One of the most valuable offerings we job search coaches provide is teaching preventive damage control or response strategies to avoid bad impressions in wide variety of issues.
When I was about 4 years old we moved from Houston, Texas to a little town called Cushing, Oklahoma which is where I spent the next 13 years of my life. When we arrived in Cushing my parents, of course, needed to find childcare and that is how Mae Troxell came into our lives. Mae was born in 1902 on a cotton farm in Nacogdoches, Texas so when we moved to Oklahoma in 1972 she was 70 years old. Mae was a tough old broad who was, on a good day, cranky, and on a bad day downright cantankerous. She demanded from all of her clients that she be given authority to spank her charges because she felt that if she assumed responsibility for their safety she also needed to be able to control the kids
Why not? That's exactly what our ancestors did during the Great Depression! At first glance we wonder what we who are laid off have to party about