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Employers Beware!

October 24th, 2012

Most employers don’t have a clue how vulnerable they really are.

I follow the Herman Group, futurists out of Greensboro, NC, and for the past several years they’ve been predicting a large impending employee turnover. Now, they claim it’s going to happen next quarter.

The conditions are perfect: a recovering United States economy, increasing job growth, and unhappy employees.

Others agree with The Herman Group. A just released 2012 Aflac WorkForces Report indicates that 49 percent of workers are “at least somewhat likely to look for a job this year”. In addition, 50 percent of workers say employee benefits are “very or extremely influential on decision to leave”. Most of the people who intend to leave describe themselves as “top talent”. These men and women are the kind of workers companies can’t afford to lose.

The employment market is flipping, and most talented employees will be in the driver’s seat once again.

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Summer Sabbatical “Aha”

October 9th, 2012

One of the biggest “ahas” from this summer’s sabbatical was the realization that in order to live an even richer life I don’t need to change what I do, only how I do it.

It’s been said that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Paul Ferrini has become one of my teachers. In his wonderful book Silence of the Heart, he writes:

“All spiritual work involves expressing the self joyously and uplifting others.” “You cannot do your spiritual work the same way you did your worldly work. The former requires surrender. The latter requires the illusion of control.”

“Having found your lifework, the greatest obstacle to its fulfillment lies in your attempt to ‘direct’ it.”

“Don’t not think that happiness can come from sacrifice or struggle. The means must be consistent with the ends. The goal unfolds through the process itself.” (This is a lesson I am also learning through the Alexander Technique.)

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“What is spiritual work is not what you do, but how you do it. What you do joyfully is spiritual work.”

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