Friday, August 28, 2009

Mark Anderson, ExecuNet's President and Chief Economist

"Last March we predicted that the job market for executives would start to improve in the third or fourth quarter. We’re seeing that progress and it’s actually better than what we predicted last March."

— Mark Anderson, President and Chief Economist for ExecuNet
ExecuNet Editor-in-Chief Robyn Greenspan recently interviewed Mr. Anderson on the current state of the economy and what we can expect in the coming weeks. Watch the video

and hear Mr. Anderson’s perspectives on:
 When we will begin to see a return to growth
 Why the rebound will be stronger than expected
 Recruiter confidence and what it will mean for the executive employment market
 The industries where you can expect to see the strongest growth

This is the kind of expert insight ExecuNet provides our senior-level executive members every day — along with proprietary research and intelligence on the executive employment market, and a private peer network that can help you achieve any career or business goal. Learn more about what ExecuNet can do for you.

P.S. Feel free to forward this good news to a friend or colleague.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Some of My Favorite Tips from Great Business People

As many of you know, my original book, the New World of Work was first released at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The United Nations, and it's oversight group, the ILO were and are extremely interested in working conditions and opportunities for the world's people. Discussing employment issues with the world's employment ministers and the US labor department was very exciting. Each country has it's own concerns and issues yet they all share a desire to create more and better paying jobs.
I have added a few of my favorite tips from that first version of The New World of Work:

"There's no such thing as job security. One should see a job as an opportunity to grow one's skills and marketability. There is no such thing as loyalty or longevity in today's job market. Individuals need to take charge of their own destiny and stand by their own road maps."
Jorge Jackson
Executive Director, Public Affairs GTE
"Resultspeak is the language of our New World of Work.
Fluency is required"
Tony Burnham, Esq.
Former corporate Labor Counsel and VP Human Resources, The Carnation Company
"Since situations don't come nicely labeled, we have to treat some obstacles as if they were opportunities"
Adele Scheele, P.h.D Coach and Author Career Strategies of the Working Woman and former director of the California State University at Northridge Career Center.
One of my favorites from a pretty famous guy!! Paul Orfalea, founder and chair of the board
"Once you get the job, enthusiastic, show your supervisors that you're willing to work hard for shared goals and, most importantly, take the initiative. This is the best way to get ahead in any business."
Each of these quotes were given to me in 1995 and 1996....they are still so very true today! Patty De

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Learn from the Experts, Then Become ONE!

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Monday, August 24, 2009

A New Day is Dawning For Women in Accounting
"We have to banish complacency and embrace change so we can awaken the power of women in our firms."
Spoken like a true pioneer, these were words spoken by Rita Keller, president and founder of Keller Advisors in Beavercreek, Ohio. Keller was facilitating a session called, "A New Day for Women in Public Accounting," as part of The Forum for Women in Accounting held in Las Vegas.
"Success breeds complacency," Keller said. "Partners have been comfortable, clients were calling us, we didn't have to market. We became order takers."


Al Walsh

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

On Campus roving Reporters Wanted!

I am thrilled that we have just brought on board our first on campus
reporter! And we are looking for more to help gather trends and share
resources at their campus.

Please get in touch with me here, leave a comment or email me at

On Camput reports to take the pulse of campus life. They will report
about who has what new job and I would like them to share fellow student's
concerns, news and awesome success stories.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Livestation Brings Live TV to the iPhone!

Livestation Brings Live TV To The iPhone

Content delivery network Akamai has announced that its partner and live
TV provider
has launched its streaming video solution that allows any broadcaster to
deliver free TV to the iPhone.

Livestation is demonstrating two applications which stream live TV news
over both 3G and Wi-Fi connections. The company wants to help broadcasters
build branded mobile applications and then sell them via the iTunes App Store
as the broadcaster’s own.

Livestation’s current broadcast partners include the BBC, Bloomberg Television, C-SPAN, France 24, and Democratic Voice of Burma.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Job Seekers Guide to Working with Recruiters

Recruiters are the key to finding top jobs not advertised anywhere – Isn't it time you got to know them? I am pleased to see that the Kennedy Group, a faithful resource for those of us in the human resource and recruitment business, is updating their valuable guide.

Job Seeker's Guide to Working with Recruiters

Fully revised, Kennedy's Job Seeker's Guide to Working with Recruiters promises to deliver immediate results.

• Selecting the recruiter-type that is best for you
• Forming a recruiter contact strategy
• Best practices for working with recruiters
• Easing a career transition
• Developing a plan of attack
• Finding your dream job
• Job search options
• Recruiter relationships – client/recruiter and candidate/recruiter
• Standards, ethics, governance
• Tactics for developing a powerful cover letter and resume, and strong
interview skills and so much more!

For the past 35 years Kennedy Information has been the leading provider of career services for job seekers at the professional and executive level. In addition to Job Seeker’s Guide to Working with Recruiters, Kennedy publishes The Directory of Executive & Professional Recruiters and hosts a variety of career management websites, including:,, and

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Event Notice Opportunities to Volunteer or Help

There is a lovely article in today's Los Angeles Times about the value of Volunteers.

I'm going to write more about that but in the meantime I want to tell you about two

things YOU can do right now to help others.... as there are two significant events coming

up that could use your volunteer help!

One is the Grace Process. Healing Trip to Rwanda in September 2009
Dr. Lori Leyden and our own Christopher Lowman are planning a trip soon to Rwanda to help Orphans.

If you would like to learn more about how you can help, mostly by spreading the word

and fundraising for this important documentary trip, please contact Christopher Lowman

Christopher has produced a youtube video which talks a little more about his commitment and why he wants to go on his first mission with Dr. Lori Leyden. Christopher wrote an appeal letter not long ago. Here it is:

"As you may know, I have been invited by a non-profit organization here in Santa Barbara to travel to Rwanda, Africa early in September to provide specialized therapeutic services for orphaned genocide survivors, mostly in the capacity of offering Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions, facilitating Constellation Work groups, and perhaps even teaching yoga. Fifteen years after the 1994 genocide, in a country where millions suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Rwanda still has no formal programs or professional systems to address trauma healing. Each member of the team of 5 (including an award-winning filmmaker documenting the impact of our work) depends on grassroots donations to cover travel expenses and program costs to make this important trip a reality. Since beginning my personal fundraising campaign just 12 days ago, I am happy and humbled to report that I have received $5,315 of my $10,000 goal. While this amount has effectively given me the green light to go (just got my immunizations the other day!), there are still some important items on my budget that need to be covered and time is of the essence as I leave on September 9th and would like to have all funds raised by August 21st to allow ample time for final trip preparation.

As a caring soul, easily able to gauge the importance of our cause, I'm asking you to make a donation (investment) of any size—every dollar counts—to make miracles happen. With that mind, donations above $50 are strongly encouraged due to the remainder that needs to be financed in relationship to the deadline. Donors coming in at a $50 level or above will have their name appear in the sponsor credits of the film and receive an advance copy of the DVD.

Tax deductible donations should be made out to TGPI and mailed (please include your contact information and note 'friend of CL') to:

TGPIBox 31134Santa Barbara, California 93130... or made online at:

Why am I so interested in traveling to Rwanda ... enough so to extend my hand for dollars in a very challenging economic climate? Check out this YouTube video I made to answer this question.While we will specifically be addressing the trauma needs of the orphans, there is a much deeper message about the power of forgiveness going on here that is so very pertinent for anybody interested in disrupting the mindset of anger and war to solve human conflict.This trip will be made possible by good people like you, committed to a world of fairness and kindness, and I thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions, or would like to talk about the trip further, just let me know and I'd be happy to talk with you live. If you are unable to contribute, I would appreciate any introductions to people you know who may be inspired to do so or postings on your blog or newsletter. Feel free to forward this email or any of the below material as well.

Latest press release (PDF format).

Blog post.

Overview of programs (PDF format).

Imana Iguwe Umagishu (God Bless You).


I am well aware of both Dr. Lori Leyden and Christopher Lowman's commitment in these

area and strongly endorse their work. Patty De

Also in Africa, and something you can get involved in right here in Southern California is a special program by Dr. Victoria Bentley.

Empower Congo Women
* * *
Life is hard in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
War has raged there for over 12 years and almost 6 million people have died, most of them innocent women and children from preventable causes.

Rape is the weapon of war, and Congo is the worst place on the planet to be a woman.

Come celebrate the resilient spirit of these brave women who have not lost hope for peace, and learn more about what you can do to stop this humanitarian disaster.

Presented by
Victoria Bentley

Dr. Bentley is a trauma psychologist who went to eastern DR Congo to treat women survivors of sexual violence. She quickly learned that people who are starving aren’t interested in therapy, so she founded the Ushindi Center, which provides job training, microloans, rights education and emotional support for women survivors in South Kivu Province, DRC.

The Center is supported by Empower Congo Women, a 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to helping the Congolese heal, rebuild their lives and prosper.

* * *
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 7-9 pm

Admission Free

Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 21 W. Anapamu, Santa Barbara

For more info: (707) 478-8796 or go to

-- Victoria Bentley, PsyD, MFTPresident - Empower Congo Women

PO Box 60940Santa Barbara, CA 93160(805) 722-2661

(707) 478-8796

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Take Advantage of Valuable Free Webinars

Transforming Product-Dominant Firms into Profitable Service Providers

August 26, 2009 10 am PST 1pm EST

A free webinar with Center for Services Leadership, CSL, Executive Director and Professor,
Steve Brown August 26, 10:00 a.m. PST - 12:00 p.m. CST - 1:00 p.m. EST

On June 22, Steve Brown and colleagues published an article in the Wall Street Journal
to discuss how many manufacturers and other product-dominant companies are aggressively offering for-pay services as a way to stand out from the competition and open up new streams of revenue. In alignment with this article, the CSL is presenting a free, interactive 60 minute webinar highlighting the insights on this topic on August 26, at 10:00 a.m. PST, 12:00 p.m. CST and 1:00 p.m. EST.

In this webinar, Steve will highlight why this movement is occurring, what pitfalls need to be overcome and the "how to's " of driving profitable service revenue for product-dominant firms. Throughout the presentation, we will feature polling questions, chat functions and interaction so you can learn how others involved in the product-to-services journey are progressing, and ask questions as the webinar is in progress. The content of the webinar
draws from learnings from CSL member companies, over 20 case studies, plus a major
survey of over 350 firms.

This webinar is highly recommended if you are from a manufacturing or other product-dominant organization that is looking to make the move to offering services as a key differentiator.

If you would like to participate, you may sign up by registering at this link.

Also, feel free to forward this email to anyone you think may benefit from attending.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Alicia Holder at, or at (480) 965-6274.

For more information on all of the CSL's upcoming events and activities, visit us at

Center for Services LeadershipW.P. Carey School of BusinessP.O. Box 874106Tempe, AZ :

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Mimi Donaldson's Fab New Book Coming Soon.... Help Her Come Up With the Best Selling Name!

First in a series of excerpts from Mimi’s upcoming book, You’re A Fan; You Just Don’t Know It Yet, or another title. . .Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once said, “Most games are won in the last two minutes.” We have seen many dramatic comebacks during those last two minutes of football, because the players and coaches look at or hold the score in the context of winning the game, and they never give up. So we must in this economy. Don’t lose your focus just because the pressure is on. We need to hold our present “score” or situation, in the context of “we will prevail.”

In football, two minutes has emerged as the natural length of time to make a game-winning score because each half of a football game has an automatic time-out (also two minutes!) During that time-out, the team strategizes how to win the game using “scripted” plays they have practiced. This series of plays is the two-minute drill.

Even though the players have been slugging it out, play after play, for nearly three hours, this compulsory time-out gives them a fresh perspective on the situation.

Never mind the past. How you got there isn’t important. How hard you’ve worked isn’t important. How tired you are isn’t important.

Start fresh. Approach the end of your time allotment as if it is a whole new game.


You have six sales phone calls you need to make before lunch. It’s almost lunchtime and you’ve done four calls, and they sort of sucked.
Call your next play. Punt? Quit? Head for the locker room? Why bother? LUNCHTIME!
Do you gather your thoughts, tighten your chinstrap, look for available openings and start driving forward?

As you begin exploring your inner competitive spirit, remember, in the two-minute drill, there is no time for glory-basking. In life, just like in football, you pick yourself up off the turf, hustle back to the line of scrimmage, ready for anything. No—everything! It’s what the game calls for. It’s what life calls for.

And do yourself a favor, approach the closing moments of any challenge as methodically as possible: One Play At A Time. Don’t think about the next play until it’s time. Don’t think about the last play... AT ALL!

If you can train yourself to play your whole game as if there are only two minutes left, Vince Lombardi would be proud.

Mimi Donaldson


"talk is cheap. . .real communication--priceless"

Click to buy Mimi's new book "Bless Your Stress: It Means You're Still Alive!"

Mary Elizabeth Bradford on Finding Your Dream Job on Linked In

5 Tips For Using LinkedIn to Find Your Dream Job
By Mary Elizabeth Bradford

Have you secretly been wondering what all the hoopla is over social networking sites liked LinkedIn...but been too afraid to ask? Or perhaps you are in the midst of a job search and know using sites liked LinkedIn should be part of your job search strategy....but you are not exactly sure how to go about it? If so, you are going to love these 5 easy tips for using LinkedIn to create powerful networking connections, brand your image and quickly get you noticed!

Tip #1: Create a powerful profile

It's free to join and once you have, you'll want to create a profile which best highlights the skills and strengths you most want to showcase. Here are a few tips to setting up your account:
Use a current version of your resume to post your profile.
Your profile should contain those things you wish to be known for - and nothing more!
Don't go back too far with your job history unless you have a really good reason for it.
Have someone (friend, loved one, resume writer) edit and proof your profile.
Use discretion with listing personal information...just like a resume.

Tip #2: Find your friends
You can search for old classmates, past companies, friends or just try keyword searches in your area of interest. Invite friends and associates to connect with you and accept invitations from others to quickly grow your network (you will want to read LinkedIn's information about accepting others' invitations to help you decide whose invitations to accept). Bear in mind the larger your network, the wider your audience and that is generally what you want.

Tip #3: Get involved in Q&A

Easily search topics and offer answers to establish yourself as an expert. You can also ask questions to engage others and establish rapport. This small investment of your time will pay off abundantly in both the short and long term.

Tip #4: Join groups

There are tens of thousands of groups and group forums on LinkedIn. Forums give you an instant audience in a particular industry, networking group, alumni group, company or geographic area! Currently you can join up to 50 groups. You can post a question, post a news or blog article or announce you are open to new career opportunities. If you are a job seeker, don't forget to post your candidacy on the 10,000+ member recruiter groups. You will be casting a wide net, but stand to garner several positive responses. Just be clear about what your specialty is to make it easy for the recruiters to identify potential interest on their part.

Tip #5: Use LinkedIn's group email feature

Sometimes LinkedIn will charge a user to connect with others, but not in group forums. Check out the member listings for your groups and email selected group members (in the group forums) absolutely free! Being a member of LinkedIn quickly establishes your credibility, gives you an audience in an amazing choice of industries and allows you to fully leverage yourself in the market. These five tips will get you quickly moving forward, however this is just the tip of the iceberg! My friend, Jason Alba, wrote an amazing little book called, "I'm on LinkedIn, Now What?" That is packed with useful tips to quickly getting your LinkedIn membership working for you!

Patty's note:
We love Mary Elizabeth's advice! Want to see more from Mary Elizabeth Bradford?
See Mary Elizabeth's Blog