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In the past, we countered a mid-life crisis by buying a new sports car, changing a hairstyle or making-over our wardrobes. (When I turned 36 I just had to have a Ferrari – so I bought one!) Successful in our careers and young at heart, we were determined to enjoy the best of both worlds: the wisdom of experience and the adventurous, sometimes reckless spirit of youth. Could modern times cause us to take more drastic measures when reinventing our identities- mid life or mid career?
Google boss, Eric Schmidt, thinks so. He recently warned that one day people may need to change their names to escape their previous online activity. That means when you’re ready to take the next step in your career-to accelerate towards peak earning power and position-the online behavior of your younger years could come back to bite you in the butt! Read More→
We have all heard stories regarding employees being fired from organizations due to questionable comments or behaviors they were foolish enough to place on Facebook, Twitter or other social media site. My favorite is the story of a junior executive who called his boss to request a day off because he wasn’t feeling well. A few minutes after the executive hung up the phone with the employee he received an automatic update from his Facebook account via his Blackberry. The ‘sick’ junior executive posted: “What a great day to play hooky from work and my overbearing boss and play a round of golf with friends. Clubs, beer and hotdogs deserve my time more than that big company does!” The employee went on to indicate what time he was playing as well as the name of the golf course. The senior executive jumped in his car, drove to the golf course and immediately terminated the junior executive on the spot. The now jobless employee argued that his Facebook page was personal and for friends only, indicating that he would sue the company for wrongful termination. The senior executive then reminded the ex-employee that he (junior executive) sent him (the boss) a friend request to join his Facebook friends list just 2 weeks prior! Read More→