quit your bad boss

Author: John Ryan

Could your family and friends be getting sick of hearing you complain about your boss? Do you find yourself making regular post-work proclamations like: “You’ll never believe what he did,” or “you’ll never guess what she said”?

** As published on Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME)

Parents are eager to see their kids settle into “good jobs,” those that invite fulfillment, job security, and financial independence. Many families find themselves struggling, though, with the prohibitive costs of higher education. Even if one secures a good job upon graduation, starting adult life throttled by debt is a problematic formula.

**Published on Commercial Construction & Renovation

As executive search consultants for TRANSEARCH International, clients trust us to identify their next senior leaders. We identify, attract, and hire executives who align with our client’s long-term strategies. We find executives with the leadership competencies to impact the unique culture of our clients’ organizations. It’s a challenge we enjoy.

The luxury of our job is that we are routinely networking with executives at the top of their respective fields, giving us the chance to learn about the high-level strategic trends transforming various industries; for example, we recently completed a search for a client expanding their presence in the emerging Smart Cities market.

** As published on AESC Bluesteps

What does it require to advance from a management position to an executive role? When you’re a manager, you do the hands-on work of ensuring that your team’s day-to-day operations run smoothly. You’re a team super-user, versed in the systems and operations that enable your unit’s daily efforts. You oversee that work and keep those who execute it motivated, engaged and fully operational. It’s a complex undertaking and handling it well can be the ideal preparation for new challenges.

As an executive recruiter, I think about career trajectories a lot. When it comes to pursuing an advanced degree, most professionals wonder-will the output of time and energy be worth it? It’s a big commitment, especially for established professionals who usually have plenty to balance already. Inviting more work can seem daunting.    
I’ve experienced this firsthand. I’m proud to say that at age 53, I recently earned my graduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. My return on this investment has been excellent, both in terms of the refreshed sense of content related to my profession as well as the increase in self-confidence. Working hard and absorbing new material as an adult learner is challenging but also deeply satisfying. I continue to feed off the emotional and intellectual payoffs.

** As published on AESC Bluesteps

Serving on a non-profit board is a full body exercise in governance. Board members contribute far more than just their votes. They fill a vital leadership role that engages both their subject matter expertise and their leadership skills.

A board member’s role is to advance their organization’s mission and vision. They do so by understanding and championing the needs and values of all stakeholders who interplay with the organization. To serve their institution well, board members must be good listeners, versatile professionals, and big-picture thinkers.

It’s a thrill and a challenge to steer an organization as a member of a leadership team. Each board member has to deftly strategize as it relates to his or her particular area of expertise but also play the larger game of governance, acting as the generalist the organization needs.

If you’re considering serving on a non-profit board, here’s what you need to know as you pursue that ambition.

Just as CEOs lead companies, we each assumed the chief executive role for our own careers the minute we stepped out into the working world. In that capacity, we have to protect and nurture our interests and prospects, just like the big guys do.

This is no small task. We enact this work in a landscape of constant, fast-paced change. To remain engaged and relevant players, companies have to be hip to the evolutionary pulse that drives growth in their industries.

**As published on AESC BlueSteps

Looking out across a construction site with dozens of workers scurrying from place to place, a construction leader once said, we can’t see dramatic cost reductions and quality improvements without innovations. Thankfully, across the industry organizations from general contractors to subcontractors and suppliers are rapidly taking advantage of the influx of new technologies that are poised to bring the construction industry into the 21st century, which is a good thing since according to the McKinsey’s 2015 Global Institute Industry Digitization Index, construction as an industry is at the bottom of the stack of industries for digitization.