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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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.
Jul 25, 2017

There are some important benefits for new executives who participate in an organization’s onboarding program – especially for Chief Executive Officers. Plus, what on earth is an internet troll and why you shouldn't let them scare you away from using social media. 


Jul 19, 2017

Today’s podcast is in two parts. We begin with a career management idea to help you adapt your brand strategy in a time of explosive acceleration.

In part two, we will talk about leadership and what happens when you become too cute by half.

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