CSN Weekly Meeting – Managing the Career Transition Process

Do you have a Career Transition Plan?

Join us at Career Support Network to learn more.

Career Support Network meets from Noon to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays @ Maple Springs United Methodist Church, 2569 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem NC. (maps)

The topic on 7/1/2015 will be – Managing the Career Transition Process

Action Plan


Career Transition, like any other activity, needs to be done based on a plan. We’ll talk about how to plan your goals and your process so that you create the greatest results during your career transition.We will discuss tasks, measurement, priorities and the stuff you should not have in your Career Transition Plan. Join us at CSN to learn as well as to share your ideas.

For information call (336) 283-6121 or email NCWiseman@TeddyBurriss.com

Here is a link to some useful Career Transition Books.

Do you know of other books that have helped you in your career transition?

CSN Weekly Meeting – Using LinkedIn During Career Transition

Have you figured out how to use LinkedIn during your career transition?

Join us at Career Support Network to learn how.

Career Support Network meets from Noon to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays @ Maple Springs United Methodist Church, 2569 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem NC. (map)

The topic on 6/17/2015 will be – Using LinkedIn during Career Transition.

LinkedIn as a Career Tranistion Tool

LinkedIn is an important tool during career transition and beyond. When you learn how to Present yourself, how to connect and how to engage on LinkedIn, you will have a significant advantage over your peers who are also in career transition. It takes time and lots of work, however, learning how to use LinkedIn during career transition will be very advantageous. Join us at CSN as we share ideas and best practices of using LinkedIn during career transition.

For information call (336) 283-6121 or email NCWiseman@TeddyBurriss.com

Here is a link to some useful Career Transition Books.

Do you know of other books that have helped you in your career transition?

Open discussions

Open discussions are how you “bounce” ideas around in order to create something better. They are also where you open up and find a common ground and develop mutually beneficial plans.  Open discussions are where you share an idea and trust the person(s) you are talking with to help you make your ideas better.  Open discussions are a key to improved harmony and more loving relationships.

Open discussions involve listening, really listening without interrupting the other person while they share their ideas. Do you know how to start an open discussion and how to keep one going? Some people think you just have to ask a question.  Some believe it also includes the use of the almighty “Pause”.  I think there are a few other key points required to really engage others in honest open discussions.

Here are a few key components according to NCWiseman

  1. The Environment– Periodically I will get asked a question where the answer really needs to be understood and accepted.  Not the closed end type question like, “Where do you want to eat tonight?” or the “Will you complete that task on time?”  But more like, “How can we get this problem solved?” question.  A real Open Discussion type question.  Open Discussions occur best in an environment where you can hear each other and where you are less likely to be interrupted or distracted. Now, this does not mean you can’t have a good conversation at the baseball game or family reunion. Lots of great conversations happen on the subway, elevators, airport lounges and even on bar stools.  Good friendly  & useful conversations occur everywhere and in any environment. However; if you get called into an Open Discussion in the wrong Environment, ask if you can discuss it later.  As well, if you want to start an Open Discussion, especially one that can create a mutually beneficial outcome, don’t start these discussions in an environment where there will be distractions or interruptions.  Wait until you get to a better environment before you start an Open Discussion.
  2. Your Attitude– A previous fellow worker of mine seemed to have lots going on in her life.  She had problems with her family and lots of problems with her car and landlord. Usually in the mornings she would have a bad attitude about life.  I knew that starting any kind of discussion, with her while she was in a bad mood, was not going to be productive.  I quickly learned that if she wanted to talk about anything important before lunch, it would be wise for me to ask her to discuss later.Our attitude creates an invisible barrier between us and any knew idea or solution, especially if we discover that we are the ones who need to change in order for something beneficial to occur.  Our attitude about ourselves, our day, the weather, our fellow employees and business contacts plays a major role in the ability to have an honest and beneficial Open Discussion.  Check you attitude prior to starting and if you don’t have a good attitude, don’t start an Open Discussion.
  3. Our Imagination – You can’t see a new idea or solution if your perspective is on old ideas or only the stuff you have experienced in the past.  I think that we must use our imagination during an Open Discussion to see new possibilities, ideas, or solutions.  And during an Open Discussion, when someone throws out a different idea or solution,  let your imagination wander further so that you can see  the effect the change could have on the entire program, project, event, opportunity or relationship.  If you only imagine the different small piece, you miss the really big picture and potentially the positive affect the small idea may have.
  4. Transparency –  I recall a conversation I had a few years ago with a business owner who called me for some help.  He said he wanted my opinion on how to promote his business in the community.  We talked for a few minutes about networking, marketing, Social Media and connecting to prospects.  During the conversation I could feel that he really wanted to ask me something.  Sure enough, within about 20 minutes he spun the conversation into trying to sell me on his products.Often there is a hidden agenda or desire to a discussion between two people.  In a truly Open Discussion there can’t be any hidden agenda or secret agenda.  Those participating in an Open Discussion can see thru the hidden agenda and the moment that happens, the benefits of an Open discussion diminish and the potential value is gone.
  5. Trust –  A few years ago I sat and had a good conversation with someone who then took our discussion and out of context shared it with someone else for an inappropriate reason.  My trust level with this person diminished significantly and because of this I have always been unable to have an Open Discussion with him any longer.  In order to create benefits from an Open Discussion you have to be able to trust the person(s) in the discussion.  This trust allows us to open up even more and share lots of ideas that we would normally not share with someone who is not trustworthy.  A “wall” of distrust reduces the potential to create new ideas or solutions that can be mutually beneficial. 
Open Discussions in the right Environment with a positive Attitude where we use our Imagination in a Transparent, caring and Trusting manner is how we find new ideas and solutions that create value for ourselves and others.  
What else do you think makes an open discussion better for all involved? 

What is important

Fame or integrity: which is more important?
Money or happiness: which is more valuable?
Success or failure: which is more destructive?
If you look to others for fulfillment,
you will never truly be fulfilled.
If your happiness depends on money,
you will never be happy with yourself.
Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize that nothing is lacking,
the whole world belongs to you!

– Lao Tzu, 604 BC – 531 BC

Reposted with permission from Nigel Alston & Motivational Moments