The Road Ahead Starts Now

hiker-by-stream-MARK ANDERSON (2)When I am not working with the amazing team here at ExecuNet, there are few activities I love as much as exploring new trails and having new adventures.

This weekend I’ll take my first backcountry backpacking adventure of the season. It’s something I like to do with my boys, and sometimes, a few friends. While we revisit favorite paths we have already traveled in previous years, we always find new ones to see what’s there and for new challenges and experiences.

One of my favorite spots is at a Connecticut state park. We hike to a huge stone that overlooks a beautiful lake with an island. The felled trees in the area were clearly gnawed by beavers. The water reflects the blue sky and trees surrounding the lake. It’s an idyllic place. We call the spot “Howie” because that name is carved into the stone where we sit to take in the sights and sounds. I like to visit Howie when I need to think through a challenge or to simply clear my mind.

As readers of my newsletter know, I think of September as the start of a new year. So many years as a student starting a new grade and then as a parent with children starting their new school years is certainly the foundation of this line of thinking. However, there is more to it. The season starts to change in September. Final preparations for the fiscal year’s last segment occur in September, leaving one last unit of time to achieve the business goals you have set… often after taking some vacation time in August to recharge and reconnect with family.

The same feeling can apply to personal goals. These final four months of the year is when many people make a push to make sure they can call the year a successful one.

Of course, we all know that many job seekers, mistakenly, take a hiatus from their search during the summer months, so for them this is viewed as the beginning of the job search season.

No matter if it is the pursuit of goals (personal, business, career, education) or simply enjoyment of the trails, weather, and company, September can be viewed as having a special niche in our minds, hearts, and calendars.  As we embark on another September, it is much like setting out on the trail for a new adventure. What will the next month and quarter bring? What business challenges can you expect to encounter? New career crossroads? Which way will you go, and how far?

My advice to you:

  • First, explore the possibilities. “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”—T.S. Eliot
  • Second, be prepared. What skills and equipment will you need? What essentials should you pack?

Here at ExecuNet, we have helpful tools, resources and staff members available to help guide you along the way. We can be your trail map, canteen, walking stick, backpack…whatever you need on your career journey.

Trusted career advisors, connections with peers and experts, our hand-picked senior-level job listings, Master Classes with leading thought leaders in careers, business and leadership,  and other exclusive resources all to set you up for success.

In the same way you might get excited about and prepare for a hiking excursion, you can explore, plan, and prepare for the road ahead. That roads begins in September. We can help you discover, pack and plan using the best resources imaginable for your specific journey.



Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is ExecuNet's president and chief economist. An Arjay Miller Scholar, Mark received his MBA from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Yale University. He joined ExecuNet in 1993, with extensive marketing and new product and business development experience, having served as president and founder of A&M Associates, an investment management firm. Mark's corporate leadership experience includes several senior marketing and financial positions with RCA Global Communications (a GE subsidiary) and American Can Company.

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