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It’s designed to help you explore a wide range of perspectives on your talents, ideas to hone in on your higher purpose, and to assume more control over your journey.
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2022 Gratitude Journal
I don’t know anyone (they may exist, but I don’t know them) who endured the last 3 years, without some significant pain alongside it. That said, we can’t always live in the pain, and as I advocate to my clients, gratitude goes a long way to healing and pulling the threads together again. Those of you who know me, know that I juggle many things in my business life, at varying levels of success. 2022 has been a year that stretched me, and I intend for 2023 to be the year that I bring myself back together, consolidate, and grow the way I want to impact our planet. For the last few weeks, I’ve been running a gratitude campaign on LinkedIn and on Facebook, and this is the opportunity for you my listeners to join the party. Here’s a summary of my 12 days of gratitude for 2022.
My Career Journal Part 8: The Relationship is Everything
It’s official. I’ve had the best recruitment experience of my life in a place I wasn’t expecting. I regret I cannot share the name of this company, as I want to promote them for their DEI commitment, the quality of their engagement, and the genuine way they connected with me and the work that I do, and the way I was able to contribute to their path forward with recommendations that they immediately took into consideration. Today on LinkedIn I’m connected and I dare say I’m friends with my prospective line manager for that role, and with his boss. There is deep mutual respect there no matter the outcome. He’s even connected me with others who he thinks I’d get on well with, and he was right! After this experience, I know something for certain, the best recruiters aren’t recruiting, they are networking.
Olivia has served as a HR leader for Stryker since June 2012 and during this time she has successfully supported several large sales organisations, facilitated cross functional synergies, implemented DE&I strategies, developed onboarding programs, facilitated integrations and assisted with the development of many commercial leaders. Before joining Stryker Olivia retired from the US Coast Guard in 2012. Most notably in 2009 Olivia made Coast Guard history as she became one of two first African American Engineer officers to serve on a “major” cutter. Olivia is also the cohost of the Embracing Only podcast and is working on a book titled Only; a corporate survival guide. Embracingonly.com
My Career Journal 7 Meeting with Silicon Valley
How do you pick a company? If you’re in your 30s or 40s this should be a lot clearer in theory right? You have the experience, and experience brings answers to questions like what values draw you in, and what attracts you to the particular role. Yet how do you know the company you are prospecting can really deliver on what you want? Answer? Your network. Your ex-colleagues from past jobs who have moved on and out into the wider world are a rich source of intel, particularly when you leverage the information shared on LinkedIn, assuming it’s up to date of course. Your ex-classmates are also a great source of networking insight. Other long time connections that were neither classmates nor work mates are also a tremendous source of insight; and that’s where my meeting with Silicon Valley arose. In Episode 16 of this podcast, I spoke at length about networking and how to do it, so if you want insights on that process be my guest and have a listen to episode 16, this episode is about me putting this into live practice. Tune in to this episode where I share how valuable networks can be in the job market and discover processes.
Future of Work and Talent
In this episode, we are going to be discussing future falent with an old friend of mine, Harry. It was such a pleasure to reconnect! Harry Vargas is a dynamic HR leader and change agent. He’s passionate about driving transformation for capacity building and growth, through commercially relevant and pragmatic organizational and talent strategies. He has 20 Years of multi-market & cultural experience, successfully leading and developing diverse teams at local, regional and global levels. Harry joined Microsoft in 2020, to lead HR and the culture & people transformational agenda, for the growing regional hub based in Costa Rica, serving LATAM and the US. Harry is Costa Rican and grew up in Colombia.
My Career Journal Pt 6
How early in the process should you start negotiating? I’m beginning to learn that the answer is as late in the process as possible. There are many things to negotiate in today’s job market, and the time to start doing that depends almost wholly on the relationship you build with your future line manager. Don’t negotiate with HR. The HR process is designed to find red flags and eliminate them, whereas the relationship with your line manager will always be more nuanced. Let’s discuss HR Screening calls, and I’ll share my worst performance in an interview process with you.