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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Feb 22, 2017

Today I want to share a soup-to-nuts summary of the executive recruiting process as well as highlight some common misunderstandings.

Feb 15, 2017

Bullies, being taken seriously & the importance of trust #FastTopics

Feb 1, 2017

An interview with Dr. Britt Berrett, FACHE, Director of Undergraduate Program in Healthcare Management at University of Texas - Dallas, an accomplished healthcare executive, and best selling author of "Patients Come Second."


Jan 11, 2017

This is the story of Dan. An actual executive who found himself suddenly terminated and the transition he went through to get back on his feet.

Nov 23, 2016

Technology is one of the hottest business sectors. The top graduates, once lured to gilded hallways of wall street and hedge funds, are now, metaphorically speaking, going west to seek their fortune. 

Technology, investment baking, the law – they all seem to take precedent over some other notable and important career paths like teaching, social service and healthcare. 

Healthcare has never been a top destination for graduates from top tier schools like Harvard, Penn or Stanford, which I think is a bit odd. 

Which begs the question, which business is harder to manage – a technology company or a hospital? 

Nov 16, 2016

The Curse of Knowledge makes it hard for you to communicate knowledge or information to less informed people.  

Just think of a business consultant with vast knowledge and expertise who is unable to understand how little you know about an issue so he or she uses so many abstractions, so much industry jargon, that you cannot possibly understand the essence of what they are saying.

Candidates for executive positions frequently struggle with this Curse of Knowledge. They stumble in an interview because they fail to communicate impact points in a succinct manner.  They do not comprehend how little the potential employer appreciates their career accomplishments or potential value to the organization.

Nov 10, 2016

Within the dynamic of a good, productive relationship is the key element of feedback.  Radical Candor is a great way to deliver feedback to those with whom you work, and to those who work for you.

Mastering this process is key to becoming a better, more effective manager. 

Nov 8, 2016

"I am sorry, you were not selected to advance in the search."

That is a call that everyone who has ever been recruited, or looked for a job, hates to receive.  In this episode, executive recruiter John Self provides 5 recommendations to avoid getting that call.

Nov 3, 2016

Since most of us will work for several organizations over the span of a lifetime, which means we will go through several job searches and suffer through many interviews, developing and updating the resume will be a fact of life.

So, today let’s spend 8 minutes to review a few questions regarding the structural basics of the resume.

Nov 1, 2016

Today we are going to take a look at the importance of self awareness in the management and executive interview process.  

We begin with some important questions every candidate should be prepared to answer with focus and compelling impact.  Listen and share your thoughts.

Oct 27, 2016

The job market for managers and executives is changing -- dramatically so. Today's podcast is a followup to other blogs and podcasts that John has posted this week. 

Today he provides some suggestions for getting prepared for the job interview -- ideas that will help you differentiate yourself from the dozens of other equally qualified candidates.  

Oct 25, 2016

As the economy evolves, executives are finding that the pressure to deliver positive outcomes in their day-to-day job duties is being replicated in the time and effort they must now put into managing their career.  

In today's podcast, John shares three important points for executives seeking to strike the right balance between performance in their jobs and performance in managing their careers.

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