Strong Ties Make All the Difference

Recently, I was reminded of the philosophy of Charles Schultz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip.

He basically challenged people to recall the best in their field, things like:

  • Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
  • Name the last 10 World Series winners.
  • Name 10 Nobel or Pulitzer Prize winners.
  • Name the last five Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
  • Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.

connected-peopleThese big headlines fade away when the next one rolls out. Their moment is fleeting and doesn’t last long with us. But he counsels some things do. Try this list for comparison:

  • Name three teachers who aided your journey through school.
  • Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
  • Name five people who taught you something worthwhile.
  • Name five people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
  • Name five people you enjoy spending time with.

Wow! That second group sure was easier.

And that’s the point. The people with the fame, money, awards, etc., they don’t have the biggest impact on us. The impact, the lasting impact, is made by the people who connected with us.

We should all strive to seek out those types of people wherever we can find them.

ExecuNet strives to be that type of organization, one you’ll remember cared about you, helped you, and connected you with other like-minded souls. Our career strategists do that with the Premium Members they work with, and we do that by bringing in career experts to talk to you, people you will want to learn from and genuinely care.

One such career path expert will be joining us live on March 14. As President and CEO of executive search firm Employment Resource Group, Sharon Hulce has guided thousands of executives and professionals in rediscovering work-life passion and purpose. She has made it her life’s vocation to help people find work that brings them fulfillment and purpose.

In this fireside chat with ExecuNet’s Tony Vlahos, Sharon will pull back the curtain and share her insider views on a range of topics, including overcoming ageism in job search, what recruiters can really do for you, and how to bring passion and energy back into your career.

If you want to find the right place for you, where you’ll fit and be doing what you love, don’t miss this special ExecuNet event – and the opportunity to ask Sharon your questions!

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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