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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 Ideas

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Just because we do it, doesn’t always mean it is a good idea. Think about the last food or drink you put into your body, the last purchase you made with your hard earned money, the last book you read, the last television program you watched, or the last time you drove your car. Was that activity a good idea?


Just because you have the desire, the will, or the money to do it doesn’t always mean that it is a good idea. In business it is often said that good ideas sell themselves and that money follows good ideas. Could it be that having the resource generates a following regardless of whether it is a good idea?

Just because it was once a good idea doesn’t mean that it is still a good idea. Ask the person at the video rental store, your milkman, or the operator when you dial zero.

Just because you are doing it doesn’t mean it is a good idea and just because you have the resources doesn’t mean you’ll create (or maintain) a following. Evaluate your actions, ask tough questions, think forward, and make sure it is a good idea.

Why? just because—it’s a good idea.


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