Will I work again?
Am I too old to be hired?
Will any employer take the time to see—let alone value—what I have to bring to the table?

These questions are all too familiar to millions of older job seekers.

ageism_executive_career_managementSadly, ageism is alive and well. It's not just folks in their 50s who face it; it's happening to folks in their 40s, too. Age discrimination tends to occur more in industries where the work performed is physical in nature, such as construction or manufacturing, but it isn't as widespread in other industries as it once was.

Early in my first career (in television), I worked with someone who excelled at telling me (and probably many others) that my work was “not right.” Yet, when I asked what was wrong, the person couldn’t tell me.

manager_communication“What’s wrong with it,” I asked.

“It’s not what I expected.”

“But it’s exactly what was outlined in the brief and the storyboard.”

“But it’s not right.”

“In what way?”

“It came out different.”

“Different how?”

“Not the same as I wanted.”

“What did you want?”

“Not this.”

“Well, then, what would you change to make it what you want?”

This year represented a year of change in consumer buying practices. Savvy shoppers chose online purchasing and fulfillment due to the perks provided by eCommerce, including quick shipping and easy-to-find sales promotions. Now that consumers have demonstrated a preference for a digital, omni-channel, behavior-based and predictive experiences. The implications for organizations are material and, in many cases, will involve a top to bottom IT and organizational transformation to remain relevant.

Great leaders don’t know everything…but they can find those who do.

People ask me for advice – regularly – about a ridiculous number of things. I wonder if they realize they’re asking me because I readily admit that I couldn’t possibly know about so many subjects. That doesn’t stop me from answering, however. I just don’t answer with solutions. Coming up with the solution is their job.

Conflict is something we all experience on a regular basis. Whether it is with the person that turned in front of you on the way to work, or it is the late meeting right before a holiday weekend that the CEO scheduled. If we deal with conflict so often, why aren’t we better at conflict management?

Whenever my clients are considering an immediate or future global relocation, we first delve into the cultural ramifications that such a move would entail for their career and personal lives. Having lived five years in Belgium and being well inculcated into a French-speaking culture, I still vividly recall the shock of re-assimilating back into the United States. I had forgotten how different were the pace, cultural energy and behaviors a half-continent away in California. I was a stranger to my homeland.

Frequently, we overlook the impact of a cultural transition upon careers. The results can be a lack of assimilation that derails the career opportunity. Here are some common transition challenges that are often overlooked:

Returning home

At the end of the year, we often reflect on our goals for the New Year and beyond. As you think about your career goals, you may consider focusing on incorporating something you're passionate about.

Know Your Passion
It probably will not surprise you to know that the majority of people are not passionate about their work. In the United States, 77% have no job passion (Deloitte LLP, 2010); in Japan the number is 60% (The CONNECTYOU Report, 2009).

You’d need to have spent six months living on the moon to have avoided hearing talk of China’s economic slowdown. China’s new normal has been providing headlines for much of 2015. While China’s growth rate is still good by global standards, it’s nonetheless a big drop in the context of an economy as big and powerful as China. Let’s take a look at the possible impacts of China’s slowdown on executive jobs. No doubt China’s new normal will have an impact on executive employment, but the effects will be uneven and will impact expatriate executives, returning Chinese, and local executives differently.

Our current state of IT and associated data security is largely due to a drive toward innovation on various fronts without ensuring that associated security threats are fully addressed. On almost a weekly basis, organizations, both public and private, are reporting security breaches. Thus the topic of security has become a top of mind issue.  

It's Politically Correct to Value Senior Talent in Word...Not Deed

For a while now, companies have lamented the loss of what’s called institutional knowledge – the know-how that walks out the door when a long-time employee retires. That person’s skills, understanding of products and customers, experience with getting things done, insights into regulatory compliance issues, or the integration of remote suppliers and employees are all considered valuable (and difficult to replace).