Often in our careers, despite our well thought-out strategies coupled with smart/hard work, we notice that ‘undulations’ in accomplishments are unavoidable.   Such occurrences are typically double-edge swords – exposing our weaknesses in the short term while teaching us a lesson or two for the longer haul.   Amidst the variety of remedies that may help overcome such vicissitudes, networks (professional / social) are a powerful option to leverage.  Meaning, how well and how soon an Executive overcomes obstacles may be impacted by the robustness of his/her network too.

With an immediate family member passing through a very emotionally demanding chronic condition (persistent vegetative state: PVS. i.e., no evidence of self-awareness or interaction) that actually resulted from an acute event (stroke), I began to explore further on those two topics.
I gather that while acute illness, like influenza, a cut wound, etc., may be painful over a brief period, from which one may recover sooner with proper remedial steps, chronic diseases, however, are persistent—even lasting a lifetime—such as kidney trouble or diabetes.

Though both are abhorred, could one of them (acute or chronic) be easier to manage than the other?

The entrepreneurial skills gained in start-up ventures are second to none when it comes to seeking a high executive-level position. Whether or not you have ever begun your own business, these following skills are vital at all levels of an organization and can determine the speed in which you climb to the highest positions.
  1. Those starting a business know that financial knowledge is the most important key to driving successful business whether in start-ups or well-established companies. Even if your job does not involve direct financial control, possessing this knowledge will immediately increase your standing within the organization and allow you opportunities that your colleagues may not spot. If possible, take a local or online class to gain this vital ability.
Your age can sometimes hinder a successful job search. Age is something you can’t control and learning how to maximize the most out of your experience and leadership can lead you on the path to success.

A job search is a process that can take time, ensuring you have made the right connections and are getting seen by the right people in addition to creating a professional resume, biography, cover letter and LinkedIn profile. Once all of this is done, you don’t want something like your age to obstruct your experience. There are several useful tools that you can use to highlight your suitability for the job rather than your age.
Being unemployed at the C-level can be the kiss of death. Of course, I have been accused of exaggeration and hyperbole, but not in this case nor by executives in that situation. They tend to confirm that finding a new similar position can be seemingly an insurmountable challenge.

I am not referring to the nose-bleed section of CEOs that collect a king's ransom in severance after they are let go such as the CEOs of HP, Burger King and New York's Bank Mellon. They can afford to retire or buy their own company. The early (50-something or younger) CEO or C-level executive is usually not in that position. The serial CEO, CIO, CMO needs the next opportunity as much as he or she wants it.  

As 2012 approaches, chances are you are reflecting on the past year and prioritizing your goals for the new one. Maybe you are considering your exercise regimen, planning a relaxing vacation somewhere you've never been, or reevaluating your financial investments after a tricky year. Bank accounts and portfolios inevitably enter everyone's consciousness more distinctly at the beginning of a new year. Who doesn't want to begin the year healthy--both physically and economically.

If you’re not a Marketing Executive, chances are you might not see any correlation between the creative discipline and your career. But taking some time to reflect on the concepts you learned in Marketing 101 in Business School might not be a bad idea. So much of executive career management comes down to marketing, only the product you’re trying to sell is yourself. Whether you’re in an active job hunt or trying to advance your career within your current company, you need to have a distinct brand and a unique value proposition, and you should be able to communicate those clearly and concisely to your boss, during an interview, or even in your 2-minute pitch at a networking event.

Leading healthcare executive search consultants J. Larry Tyler (Chairman and CEO of Tyler & Company) and Dennis J. Kain (President of Tyler & Company) offered valuable insight on managing careers in the healthcare industry during an AESC/BlueSteps seminar. Tyler and Cain discussed industry trends, cross-functional experience, retained search, and career management. The panel was moderated by Peter M. Felix (President of the AESC).

What are the current trends in the healthcare industry affecting executive leadership and hiring and where do you see opportunities emerging?

Middle Eastern Women: The stereotype image that emerges with these words is that of an illiterate, suppressed, veiled subservient person controlled by her patriarchs with no freedom to speak, to have opinions, or to work. Yet we all have read about Middle Eastern Icons such as Zenobia the Syrian Queen, Elissa or Alissar the Lebanese Queen, Shirin the Queen of Persia, and Khadijah prophet Mohammad’s (pbuh) wife, among many other powerful women in Middle Eastern history both ancient and modern.

Creating a healthy Work/life balance has become an increasingly difficult challenge for executives, and a key issue for HR policy. Now, more than ever, the line between work and personal life has become blurred beyond recognition, to the point that receiving emails from mobile phones and personal computers late at night, at weekends and during vacation time is not only common, but often encouraged.

Even without encouragement from the top, there is a unspoken pressure to remain connected well beyond office hours. The Times of india also shared an interest in this topic, resulting in the below interview with Peter Felix, AESC and BlueSteps President: