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Career Strategy When Nothing Works

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What you’ve tried has failed. What you were convinced would work totally bombed. Have you ever felt jammed up and stuck? Your career strategy is important but so is execution.

When Nothing Works

Looking back what was the failure? What didn’t work? Did you have a bad plan or was it more of a faulty execution, accountability, or a lack of persistence?

Many people are attracted by the shiny object. The tall building with lots of glass, the successful employee with special parking, or the top dog who drives the expensive car.

It could also be the assumption of extended vacations, international travel, or a work from home schedule. Certainly, the big salary, stock options, or expense accounts also create attraction. All shiny objects.

Did your projected path and the associated outcomes consider the political currents, the cultural aspects of the business, and both a short and long-term trajectory?

What about your stubbornness, arrogance, or confidence? Did you create a my way or the highway impression? Did you visualize how you would go with the flow or was it more of an against the crowd view?

Career Strategy

I meet a lot of people with good intentions. Just as many people who want to change the world. And a great number of people who have a great plan with little action or a with a case of severe procrastination.

Often, we get jammed up because we let ourselves down. Our expectations are not realistic, goals are too vague, and there is limited or no accountability.

When you are considering your career strategy you should be sure you have specific goals, a solid plan of action, and a method to stay accountable.

Otherwise, you’re just chasing shiny objects. You’re impressed by the illusion that strong thoughts or good intentions will pave the way.

Ask yourself the tough questions. Answer honestly.

Allow for adjustments but be persistent and patient with your strategy.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Good Intentions

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We seem to believe that good intentions mean something. I thought about trying to improve, but I didn’t take any action. I thought about calling the customer to offer the special but then I got busy with email. I thought about changing my diet, but then I thought it really doesn’t matter that much anyway.


Good intentions, while a noble gesture, are really just that, a gesture. They seldom produce any results on their own. It gives people something to talk about, it allows them to feel like they have given effort, but in reality, they have given very little.

Three things are important for people with good intentions:

  1. It means they have considered a plan, but now it is time to get started
  2. They have to start someplace, most start small, or at the bottom and work up
  3. Once started, it is a plan in-action and no longer just an intention.

Right now, if you are thinking—is this me? Then you already have the answer. If you ask the question, you’re likely in the company of good intentions. Break the mold; break the habit, break-free of limitations. Today is the day you take action, don’t just think about it, and make your next move—intentional!


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