Monday, October 11, 2010

Who Has Your Back?

“The closest to being in control we will ever be is in that moment that we realize we're not. – Brian Kessler

“He told me he would always watch out for me and have my back ….”

That’s what one my clients told me last week. He had worked for a business – a ell know business – in the area and worked directly for the owner. Over the years, he was told never worry – I’ve got your back.

Then things changed. Business was soft. He was laid off. Never thought he would be – after all, he was told, I have your back.

The sad truth is this – there is one person who has your beck or in other words, your best interests …

You. No one else. You

Loyalty between employees and companies have evaporated, for a number of factors on both sides. There is no contract of job for life. No long term security or commitment by employees to the degree we saw in previous decades. The employee/employer relationship isn’t a relationship – but rather, commodities, subject to the whims of the market and the economy.

The reason to be YOU, INC. ….

The new paradigm is the reality that you are your own “company” – You, Inc., responsible for managing your business (your career and job) and protecting your best interests. While it may appear to be a bit scary, and for many it is, it isn’t really all that different that what one has experienced over the last several years – many just didn’t realize it.

YOU Inc. is the strongest case for not just working – but managing your career …

You could be whacked as the example above – but if you have been managing your career, you would be prepared, more resilient and in control. Managing your career is three processes:

• Discover – What is your passion, what your goals are and aligning to career options.
• Plan – Nothing happens without a plan – a plan that can be measured and drives your personal accountability.
• Act – Goes beyond talking about it, but taking action on your plan aligned to your goals. Action create activity; activity creates results.

Need help with your plan – get help – and take control now.

Remember – only you have your back – no one else. Build your shield with a plan to be YOU Inc. Do it starting today. You will feel in more control, and the anxiety will begin to go away.

And thank you for reading this. - Dan

Dan Moran
President & Founder
Career Management & Transition Specialists
125 Wolf Road, Suite #128
Albany, NY 12205
Office: 518-261-4212
Cell: 518-641-8968
eFax: 586-279-4212

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