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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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Feb 21, 2018

Today, our big idea is the need for inspirational communication in a day and age in which the political and social challenges can very easily take you to the dark side.   As a leader you must be prepared to talk about some very uncomfortable truths but the reality is people want and need to be inspired. Inspiration is the salve that helps us deal with all that makes us uncomfortable. It moves us to a belief that we can overcome.

Feb 21, 2018

Today, our big idea is the need for inspirational communication in a day and age in which the political and social challenges can very easily take you to the dark side.   As a leader you must be prepared to talk about some very uncomfortable truths but the reality is people want and need to be inspired. Inspiration is the salve that helps us deal with all that makes us uncomfortable. It moves us to a belief that we can overcome.

Feb 14, 2018

Today’s Big Idea focuses on the frustrations and pain experienced by executives looking for work, battling an increasingly automated job applicant processing system.  I will offer some suggestions on what you can do to beat the system. 

Feb 7, 2018

“It is not the strongest species that survives, not the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change.”    Charles Darwin

Today’s big idea focuses on change and how recent news accounts regarding the big three business coalition may be a tipping point to the long awaited transformational reform of healthcare.  We will look at those issues and four healthcare career paths that I believe will provide talented and skilled executives with career and financial growth opportunities.

 

Jan 31, 2018

In today's podcast we look at two big career management topics:  
First, we will look at the deterioration in the soft skills that candidates bring to the table.  One in three recruiters say there is a measurable decline in the quality of the soft skills.

Second, we will look at how research and advanced preparation for 15 common questions can help you improve your performance.  

 

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.

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