New Directions

By Jim Ward

New Directions
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You’re going to like the way you look. I guarantee it.” – George Zimmer

After 40 years at the Men’s Wearhouse, George Zimmer is out. He was fired. As the face of this organization and after countless television commercials, he was outright fired! Even wealthy founders loose their jobs. Go figure? Zimmer recently spoke out about this experience and discussed how traumatized he was. He was quoted as saying “when I was terminated I got no severance. They even cut off my insurance.” Harsh I’d say. In thinking about this situation, I’m reminded that there is no job security any longer. In reality, we all work for ourselves, free agents to work where we want. This is the new career reality. Career stability has now been re-defined; the self-managed career has replaced the traditional view. Our parents lived comfortable corporate lives, often joining an organization after college and retiring from the same organization 30 years later. Today’s reality is much different. We are in charge of our career, not any one organization. The profound changes in the business climate over the last 30 years requires us to think differently about our career and how we manage through the turbulence of a long term career. Is your career on the right track? If not, perhaps it’s time to “redirect” into something new and different. Today’s career is non-linear. It can take many different directions along the way. A healthy approach is to be open to change and new beginnings. As 2013 comes to an end, it’s a good time to reflect and take a career inventory. Make your list of positives and negatives about where you are in your career. It will provide some insight as you look ahead to 2014.

Happy New Year!


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