Robin Kessler - Competency Speaker and HR Consultant


In Uncategorized on December 27, 2010 at 10:30 pm

My friend, Tom Bachhuber, who directs the career development center at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, told me that his favorite quote is “Everything changes; everything is connected; pay attention.”  The author is the American poet Jane Hirshfield.

During this week between the Christmas and New Years holidays, things are usually happening at a slower, calmer pace for most of us. We actually have some time to think about this last year and to plan for the next one. Taking some poetic license from Ms. Hirshfield, we are also changing. We are connected. And it is up to each of us to pay attention and decide if we are happy with those changes and connections.

We can choose to influence and impact certain changes and the people in our work life and our personal life. We can make the effort to improve control of our emotions and our ability to communicate more effectively when we are faced with a key, crucial conversation. Learn from listening to others; read good books like Crucial Conversations.

So what else can each of us do? Pay attention to our network of business and personal friends this year and make it stronger. Add to our contacts on LinkedIn and Facebook. You never know who may have an impact on your career, your life, and your business. I sent a LinkedIn invitation to someone I didn’t know a few months ago because he happened to have the same name as a colleague I had worked with at BP a long time ago. He immediately accepted and asked me if I helped people develop competency-based resumes – which is an important part of my business.

Make the commitment to take some extra time this next year to stay in touch with key people and add to your network.  Remember that each of us can’t possibly identify every change out there, and we all need some help. Pay attention to the direction of the wind and be ready to tack if you need to.

Your connections may well give you the advice that makes you successful in 2011 if you can simply slow down, be mindful, and pay attention to them.


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