Friday, January 22, 2021

 The future ain’t what it used to be.”

- Yogi Berra

Those of you who follow baseball know that Yogi was known for his famous or infamous sayings. For example, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Both of his bits of wisdom can be applied to today’s economic situation. Twelve months ago who would have thought that in the future (today) that our economy would be in a situation that has been compared to the great depression and who would have thought that unemployment would be at near record highs.

Today we are in a new era and indeed we are at fork in the road and companies and individuals have had to make painful decisions. Companies and individuals are at a fork in the road. The major difference between Yogi’s fork and our fork is that our fork allows us to make choices and it is our attitude that determines which fork to take. We can accept the roadblocks that are thrown in our way or we can adjust our attitudes and look for ways to move or go around those roadblocks. The choice is yours to make so when you come to a fork in the road - take the time to choose whether you will be hindered by the roadblock or find a way around to bigger and better things.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

 

Make 2021 Your S.M.A.R.T. Year

 

As we enter into 2021 all of us are looking forward to a return of life as it was before the pandemic or normalcy.  I think back to the security measures established at airports after 9-11 that have now become normal. While none of can predict what will become the new normal, we can take control of that which affects us and our families. 

What is a resolution? One definition of resolution that made sense is to make a firm decision to do or not to do something and that brought to mind the S.M.A.R.T method of goal setting. The resolution (goal) should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. For example, losing 30 pounds in two weeks is specific but may not be attainable.

The S.M.A.R.T. method can also be applied not only to personal goals; it can also be applied to professional goals.  The question that now arises is what will you do and what goals will you set to make 2021 your S.M.A.R.T. year personally and professionally?

 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020



Your resume is your personal advertisement

Resumes are personal advertisements. People need to know how to present themselves. Now that resumes are often entered into an applicant tracking system, it is more important than ever to include keywords that help the system match you to the appropriate position. This is even more essential for loss prevention professionals who have evolved into more technical or analytical roles. If you are an experienced professional, you need room to showcase your accomplishments. Everything you write on your resume has to be true.
Over the past few years, gaps in employment are commonplace and easily explained. Be prepared to explain the gap itself by pointing to an activity that filled it, such as volunteer work, caring for an ill family member, or launching a business. The best strategy when dealing with any potentially negative information is to focus on your accomplishments and the value you can bring to the table.

When it comes to your resume, you have immediate control over three factors: How it looks, what is says and who you send it to.

Please reach out if I can be of assistance

Lance

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The Alphabet of Success

Here is an oldie but goodie - a document titled the alphabet of success.

In reviewing it, I found it very thought provoking! That being said, here are a few sample words for the letters in success. What are your thoughts on words which represent success? Please feel free to use any letter of the alphabet. Here goes:
S—standards
U—understanding
C----commitment
C----control
E----ethics
S----safety
S----sustainability

A special thank you to the people who are working to keep us safe!  

Monday, April 20, 2020

What Are You Doing


What are you doing to keep busy and stay positive during your down time?  Have you minimized your time watching the news?  Are you taking time to read for enjoyment or reading professional development material and/or participating in webinars?  Are you adhering to your local rules on social distancing? 

A special thank you to all those who have no down time because they are working and providing a service to all of us.

I would like to hear your thoughts. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Do not waste your time complaining

I do not know the author of the following short story but I think it fits the situation we are all facing with the covid19 virus. Posted on the internet by Dan Western.
People visited a wise man complaining about the same problems over and over again. One day, he decided to tell them a joke and they all roared with laughter. After a few minutes, he told them the same joke and only a few of them smiled. Then he told the same joke for a third time, but no one laughed or smiled anymore. The wise man smiled and said: ‘You can’t laugh at the same joke over and over. So why are you always crying about the same problem?'”
Let's take time to think about all the good that is coming out of thses trying days and a special thank you to all those working in healthcare, first responders, teachers and parents who are now home school teachers.

Lance

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Control the Controllable

If you are like me and are on overload with information about the Covid-19 virus, media reports, quarantines, travel advisories and/or just “stuff” in general then it is time to take a step back. I had an opportunity to listen to a webinar about hope. Simply put hope is about controlling the things you can control. For example, you can control what you say, what you listen to, where you go, what you do, and how you react. However, the most important thing you can control is your attitude. Henry Ford said “If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.” If you control your attitude you will have hope that you can overcome the overload.

Lance