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The Reactor Factor: How to Handle Difficult Work Situations Without Going Nuclear by Marsha Petrie Sue

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Chapter 9. Find It, Keep It, Love It

And What to Do If You're Laid Off

 

The world runs on individuals pursuing their individual interests.

 
 --Milton Friedman, American economist, statistician, and intellectual

The employment landscape is competitive anytime but especially in a turbulent economy, so you must do everything you can to find a great job, perform to the best of your ability to keep it, and ultimately enjoy and love it. Any one of these three can throw you into a stalemate of career development, life balance, and success. In addition, oftentimes as a leader at work or in your family, people rely on your expertise and guidance, so open up your perspective and thinking on how to apply these ideas to yourself or with others.

Bruce Crile, Vice President of Human Resources for the Doctor's Company, has been in business and human resources for almost 45 years. I was pleased when he agreed to provide his input and views on hiring and keeping employees.

Crile began by saying:

I approach the executive promotion issue differently based on the position. Some assignments require a great affinity for personal interaction, others are more directive, and obviously there are degrees in between. However, the basics are standard, though they may be defined differently by individuals making the decision.

In almost all cases, in the 45 years I have been in the business environment (44 years as a manager of some type), the standard trope "the past is a good predictor of the future," has proven to ...

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