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Monday, October 31, 2016

But Does it Play in Peoria?


On top of being good looking I read minds. I know what you're thinking.

There's no such thing as a bad idea, John!!

Uhm, yeah, there are - Lots of em'

I should know.

According to a recent personality profile excercise I participated in I am a quick decision maker. In the parlance of the day my gut feeling about a situation over rules my heart and my head.

It gets worse.

According to the statistics gathered through the testing agency I represent a whooping 3% of the total population. Me, Napoleon and Donald Trump. Apparently it is how I am hard wired. So, like a puppy with a blanket in its mouth I don't usually give up until the gosh darn thing is in tatters.

Sigh. There is hope. If you react to situations the way I do here are a few tips to help you avoid the land mines of bad decision making. I've found that they help me create some balance in my life and some sanity for those around me.

"Will It Play In Peoria?"
Comedian Groucho Marx was credited with coining this phrase during his vaudeville days. The belief is that if a show was successful in Peoria, Illinois it would like be successful any where. If not, it was rewritten, recast or abandoned all together. Laugh if you will but in the 1970's Pampers, McDonald's and Coca Cola all test marketed certain products in Peoria.

If you have an idea or a product that just keeps nagging at your creative soul and makes you want to sell your home and your oldest child's birth right, before you do, find a group of really critical people and let them pick it apart. See how it plays to a group of users. If it comes out relativity unscathed you might have a good idea. If not see Groucho Marx above - rewrite, recast or abandon.



Find a few people who care enough to hurt your feelings
There are a few people in my life whose opinions I respect so much that I won't be offended when they clear their throats and ask Are you nuts, John!?

These folks are known as trusted advisers and they will cut through all the miscellaneous baloney and let you know when they think you are flirting with disaster. They care enough about you and your well being to be open and often blunt in their opinions.

I can tell you from personal experience they have saved me from stepping in it, so to speak, more than once. It reminds me of meme I saw recently

I asked some people I respect to act as an advisory group for me and my business. I will pitch ideas and they'll take great delight in shooting holes in them. 

Seriousley, though. 

I know it is easy for me to develop tunnel vision in a hurry so I need that "Hang on a minute John." group to help me keep balance

But Just Because It Won't Work Today..............
I have a drawer full of scribbles and doodles of ideas that that never got off the launching pad. Not yet at least!!

Way back in the mid-1980's I was working for a large company in its operations department. Some genius from our training and development department decided that it would be really cool to have our employee's evaluate us as managers. No one took the bait and the creator gave up.

Isn't this process part of the 360 Degree Feedback Process that many company's use to evaluate talent in today's workplace? The idea needed time to gain acceptance and once it did........... The rest is history

Commit those ideas to writing because you never know when an opportunity may come along and suddenly that really crazy idea makes you look like a genius.

Be Here Now! ~ Dr. Ivan Misner
Living in the present sucks sometimes, but it's necessary.

I.m not asking you to give up on your dreams or goals. I am asking you to close your eyes, take a deep breath and evaluate your own personal and business "NOWS."

There are many people who earn their money telling us to think and dream big. They share a story or a process that created success for them.

"For Them."




That's all for now. I have some cats I need to try and herd

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

"And Sometime You Approach the Same Starting Point Every Day........


Ridin' high I got tears in my eyes. You know you got to go through hell, before you get to heaven. Steve Miller Band, Jet Airliner, 1977

I don't know about you but I have always been a bit skeptical about those smiling faces staring back at me who are twisting their bodies into pretzels, all the while telling me it's good for me. 

I can't see myself doing that.

I've tried a dozen times and I've flamed out quicker than a meteor plummeting towards the earth at a rapid speed. 

You know what failure does don't you?

Failure makes you question your own self worth and value. Every blemish, smear and stain from all the way back .......

What I never realized is those journeys, those people smiling back at me from my tablet or DVR, are in the midst of their journeys, not mine. They are so excited and happy that they want to share their energy, their joy and their enthusiasm.

The journey of self discovery, in our relationships, in our careers and in our lives are as unique as our DNA. 

And sometimes we approach the same starting point every day, over and over.

Sorta like the movie Ground Hog Day.

It can be maddening. The hard work we commit to, the effort, the long hours only to look in the mirror and discover we are still us.

And sometimes we approach the same starting point every day, over and over. 

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams ,1922


I'll leave it for you to ponder on your own. 

Fight the good fight

Namaste

John Jurkiewicz is the owner and operator of  New Career Creations a unique approach to happiness and success in our lives through gaining satisfaction and fulfillment in our careers. He has over forty years of experience in operation management, human resource management, training and development and has owned his own business for close to 17 years. John is certified as a life coach, a career coach, and an intuitive career coach.  He and his wife Joan have been married for over 42 years





Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Days of Service



Without the internet you wouldn't be reading this blog.

Without the internet the term blog might refer to a clog in your kitchen sink.

At every moment of every day we have the power and the capacity to share our thoughts and ideas with the universe, and everyone in it!

Sit back and reflect on that for a moment - It's a scary thought. 

Get on with it, John.

The problem is, we're conditioned to believe that success is linked to activity. No, let me strike that thought.

We are conditioned to believe that success is linked to constant activity. Like good little drones we follow the prescription of the guru's or as Bushra Azhar so succinctly puts it The Poo-roos. 

Like quick silver running through our hands we cant understand why we are not as happy, healthy, and successful as the smiling faces that stare back at us from their own private island somewhere in the south Pacific.

Days of service.

Huh?

From time to time I record a YouTube video, about 5 to 7 minutes in length. That's the fun part. With content creation, preparation, both artistic and technical I invest close to 2 hours for every minute show.

It's not the smiling face staring back at you that makes it worthwhile and engaging. It's the work ahead of time that decides whether it will be a success or not.

Day of service.

No one may read what you write, broadcast or create but your dedication to your craft continues until one day , people take notice and you and your business are on their way.

Days of service aren't sexy.

You write, you post, you learn and you hope for the best. No one but you understands that better

John Jurkiewicz is the owner and operator of  New Career Creations a unique approach to happiness and success in our lives through gaining satisfaction and fulfillment in our careers. He has over forty years of experience in operation management, human resource management, training and development and has owned his own business for close to 17 years. John is certified as a life coach, a career coach, and an intuitive career coach.  He and his wife Joan have been married for over 42 years

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Do You Use Your Own Product?


The late Zig Ziglar began his career selling pots and pans.

He liked to tell the story how his secret to success was purchasing a set for himself and then cooking a meal in the prospective buyer’s home. Once they tasted the meal, they were sold.  Throughout his life, he always looked back on that decision as the turning point in his career. 

When I facilitate a workshop on coaching it's one of the first things I cover:

Do you use a coach yourself?
About thirty percent of the audience raises their hands. The rest stare at the floor.

So, if you are not using a coach to help you reach your goals, how can you expect other people to value your service? 
It's a fair question. I use a business coach about every six months. It helps keep me on track with my business goals and most importantly it gives me real insight as to what my clients experience  when they are working with me.

I  don't know everything.
A few years ago I worked with a social media coach for six months. Why? I didn't really understand how to use social media effectively for my business. After meeting once a week for six months I felt confident enough in my own ability. When I began being invited to be a guest on podcasts and webinars I engaged a coach to help smooth out my rough edges.

If you are a champion of outsourcing you better well be outsourcing yourself.

In my past two postings I've shared with you the two most important things in selecting a good coach.

  • What are their qualifications? 
  • Do they use a coach themselves? 

Quality coaching services are an investment. Make sure your investment is going to reap a profitable return in your life, your career and your business. 

#newcareercreations 

John Jurkiewicz is the owner and operator of  New Career Creations a unique approach to happiness and success in our lives through gaining satisfaction and fulfillment in our careers. He has over forty years of experience in operation management, human resource management, training and development and has owned his own business for close to 17 years. John is certified as a life coach, a career coach, and an intuitive career coach.  He and his wife Joan have been married for over 42 years



Monday, October 3, 2016

Are You Experienced? (With Apologies to Jimi Hendrix)



From time to time I'll host a seminar on how to start your own business at my local public library. It's a good way to get newsletter and blog subscriptions, a great way to practice and enhance your platform skills and truth be told, I enjoy the sound of my own voice. (I'm my biggest fan!)

There is one, rock solid truth I share in every session:

Never take advice on how to start a business from someone who has never started a business. 

It's like learning to fly an airplane from someone who has read a lotta books about airplanes but has never actually flown one

Can you say disaster?

I make that comparison to coaching because since the world economy went into a tailspin almost 10 years ago, it seems as if coaches of all shapes, sizes and disciplines have come  popping up like weeds in the garden. 

People tell me I'd be a good coach, John. 

How come? 

I'm compassionate and a good friend. Oh yeah, people tell me I am a good listener. 

With all due respect, both my dogs posses those characteristics and while I value and love them dearly I wouldn't hire them as my coach. 

What qualifies you?  That is the first question you should ask a perspective coach. 

I am a certified life coach in two disciplines, general and intuitive. I am certified as a career coach and I am currently studying for my relationship coaching certification. 

Are life and career experience important?  You betcha!!! When coaching first came to be popular most coaches were academics and only affordable by executive managers. It's important that you discover what your coach has done during their career that qualifies them to guide you.   

I spent over ten years in operations management and over twenty years in human resources - hiring, firing, training and developing. I stated my own consulting firm in 1999. In 2001 I began coaching managers and supervisors and by 2006 was coaching people in all aspects of their careers. 

Can I talk with some of the people you've coached? Do you have references? 

Absolutely.

Quality coaching is not cheap. Make sure the person you engage is qualified to guide you.

Coaching is an investment in your future whether it be your life or your career. Do your homework and take your time in reaching a decision. 

John Jurkiewicz is the owner and operator of  New Career Creations a unique approach to happiness and success in our lives through gaining satisfaction and fulfillment in our careers. He has over forty years of experience in operation management, human resource management, training and development and has owned his own business for close to 17 years. John is certified as a life coach, a career coach, and an intuitive career coach.  He and his wife Joan have been married for over 42 years