For the past two weeks I have not read the newspaper, hoping that if I did not read the news, bad news would not occur. Go figure, I was wrong.
This morning, over bagels and hot cocoa, I happened to spot the front page: “Unemployment rate spikes to 5 million.” Not too worry, I only read the title and quickly turned away…unfortunately this does not make things any better so I continued to glance at other highlights. “Space shuttle to end operations by the end of next year,” this was too much to handle.
Thinking, as I left the building: “are we, as a nation prepared?” I’m not talking about the economy…as a career coach and professional writer; I drill down to the career professionals who support the economy. Is there was something we can do to push the funk out of the equation and get back to normal…then another thought entered, perhaps we are entering a new stage of normalcy?
Is high unemployment the new normal? That is a question worthy of discussion. Here’s another one: If it is (or if it is for an extended time) what does that mean to the executives and professionals in the midst of their career? Forget about despair, that doesn’t wash in America. We are a nation of over-comers and this is no different. So what specifically are we being called to do? Start the discussion!
As for me, think I’ll stop drinking hot cocoa for a while and skim directly to the sports section.
Danny Huffman, MA, CPRW, CPCC, CEIP
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