If you’re gainfully employed and focused on managing your career, don’t take your eye off the ball right now...And if you’re among the one in eight managers and execs who are currently unemployed, don’t shrug off the month of December because of a perceived lack of activity.
If you are one of the thousands of managers who is out of work right now – or an executive worried about your career taking hits in this awful economy – the impending holidays may seem especially foreboding...And for those execs who are actively employed, this is crunch time for numbers crunching and adds to an already anxious atmosphere.
Most great athletes sing the praises of Cross-Training. When a defensive lineman learns yoga poses, when a basketball star takes kick boxing instruction and when baseball sluggers get into the pool – they are all striving to get an edge on their competition, prevent injuries and take their conditioning to another level. This is also true for executives – and never more so than in these turbulent and dangerous times.
You’ve heard the clichés, but they exist for a reason. First off, you know you can’t do it all by yourself. You need a team. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link – and the same goes for a team. It might not work to have all MVPs, but it’s certainly worth trying to surround yourself with the best and brightest.
A year ago, Lehman Brothers, AIG and Merrill Lynch were going up in flames, while bankers and business school students gawked in horror...Now, in the fall of 2009, all seems quiet and calm and there are growing signs that greed is poised to make a comeback.