Self Perspective

A twice weekly podcast focusing on career management and recruitment with executive recruiter John G. Self, Managing Partner of a Dallas-based search firm.
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Jan 24, 2018

In this week's podcast – If willpower, reason and executive functioning skills seem like a recipe for success, why have so many already given up on their New Year’s Resolutions? We will also discuss how you can reframe a point of view to end an argument in the spirit of finding common ground.  

Jan 17, 2018

Today’s First Big Idea comes from the Harvard Business Journal  — Five leadership voices every executive must cultivate. Communication is an important leadership skill that deserves more of our attention.

Our second big idea focuses on the age-old debate:  Which executive is more likely to perform better and thus move ahead — the person who puts in the longer hours, or the executive who sticks to a set work schedule with no nights or no weekends?  The answer may surprise you.


Jan 10, 2018

Today on Self Perspective, we will focus on the importance of your Personal Positioning Statement (PPS) and how this concept can strengthen your career management and job seeking skills. Then, in Part II, we will look into the power of storytelling and how this art delights, enchants, touches, teaches, inspires motivates and challenges us. And, more importantly, how storytelling can help us remember important events and important lessons of life.

Jan 3, 2018

As we begin a new year, it is a time for reflection, not on our jobs or the economic and political machinations that may affect them, but on our values, our ethics — on our very integrity.

In my industry, healthcare, I am always stunned and saddened that a person who made the grueling sacrifice of medical school and residency training, or the promising executive who achieved fellowship status in the American College of Healthcare Executives, could make decisions, or accept decisions from others on high, to engage in fraudulent actions.  If you wan t to know what I think is equitable punishment, then listen.  I think you will agree.

Dec 27, 2017

One of the toughest challenges faced in leading a turnaround is striking the right balance between being demanding and tough to ensure that business goals are achieved, and leading in a way that engages the workforce to ensure that individual members of the team excel in performance. 

There are far too many leaders who actually believe that to be successful, you have to be “take-no-prisoners” tough, demanding,  and willing to publicly ridicule an underperforming executive in order to create an example for others.   When challenged about their style these executives typically offer an excuse masquerading as a pillar of integrity — that they owe people something called unvarnished honesty.  What a nice sounding phrase for a publicly demeaning experience in front of colleagues. 

Dec 20, 2017

Today’s podcast focuses on two emerging trends that, when combined, will dramatically transform the healthcare industry — from our business model and how we take care of patients, to the impact these changes will have on our careers. 

Dec 6, 2017

Here are five things executives in the job market can do to maintain their momentum through the holidays. This may be a dormant time but there is much a job seeker can do to maintain her or his momentum. Do not waste the gift.

Nov 29, 2017

Today, our big idea is an intriguing emerging concept in interviewing, a technique that could help you break through the noise and competition from dozens of other candidates to win that job you have always wanted.

Nov 21, 2017

I want to share a little trick I learned recently that has dramatically changed my outlook on my work, on my family and on my future goals. If you try it, I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the positive impact in your own life. To participate you do not have to buy anything, all it requires is a notebook, pen and a few minutes each day.

Nov 15, 2017

An executive who learns the basics of brand management can greatly enhance their reputation. Here are the steps I believe executives should take to make this happen enhance in a competitive marketplace.

Nov 8, 2017

Today, navigating the unsettled waters of career management in the digital age and the important role that social media platforms like LinkedIn, FaceBook and Instagram play in connecting you with potential employers.

This is one skill that executives in the job market can't live without.

Nov 1, 2017

Today our podcast will look at the two sides of physician recruitment:  the cost of recruiting and the oft-ignored cost of doctor turnover.

The US is facing an unprecedented shortage of physicians.  By 2025 some analysts say the shortage will approach 100,000 doctors. That threat, and current market demand, combine to throw the physician recruiting into a dysfunctional, commoditized business model.  

Some surveys say that 54 percent of doctors who are recruited to new practices leave within five years.

Why can hospitals and practices do to offset this costly dysfunction?

John outlines five ideas to help you improve your approach to physician recruiting.

Oct 25, 2017

If you believe the numbers, career change is no longer the exception, it is an integral part of today’s career experience.

Oct 17, 2017

Today, our big idea: being prepared for the curveball interview question and why that could make the difference between winning or losing a coveted job.

Oct 10, 2017

This week we cover industry trends that could effect your career and five career management essentials for managing this change.

Oct 4, 2017

Betrayal is one of life’s great nasty words, especially when it comes to your career trajectory and personal security.

Sep 27, 2017

Here are five things candidates must do today to boost their competitive position in a crowded market.

Sep 12, 2017

Some employees are so invested in the status quo they will go to great lengths to derail change. Here are seven steps to immunize yourself from rumors.

Sep 5, 2017

Bigger is not always better when it comes to networking with recruiters.

Aug 30, 2017

Today’s BIG Idea for career management is to avoid sameness. In a crowded, noisy job market, it does not pay to be like everyone else. If you are not getting calls back when you submit an application or your resume, it is time to think about a new approach.

Aug 15, 2017

In today’s podcast we will build on a recent theme of my blog posts: career management and career transition. In part one, we will explore outplacement services — what it is, how does it work, who pays for it, why it is so important for executives who have been laid off or terminated, and how to request this important benefit. In Part 2, I will share a story about a Chief Operating Officer who, in the summer of 2015, learned that his health system no longer required his services.


Aug 9, 2017

Employee turnover is one of the biggest unreported expenses in business. Here are 10 mistakes executives are making that drive employee turnover numbers up.

Aug 2, 2017

Today our theme is “Don’t Get in a Hurry" and we're covers three dimensions:

  • The early careerists, anxious to get to the top of their chosen profession 
  • Those executives and managers who are well on their way in their careers but who should periodically hit the their pause button and take stock of their strengths and skills. They should ask themselves whether they are truly happy and fulfilled in their quest.
  • And finally, a look at the challenges and opportunities in navigating the road to the top and how we should never become so impatient to get there that we exchange our core values for that golden ring.
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