Today I was musing about career and business challenges. It got me to thinking about how while there may be news and trends and stories out there, what is REALLY going on? You know, every day in the trenches for you and for me..whether you work for a company or are your own boss.
Every time I turn around I hear about someone having at least one or more of the following challenges:
- hating their job
- trouble attracting clients
- trouble getting a job
- work-life balance
- determining what to do with their next career
- frightened they are going to lose their job
I am sure there are more...this is just the list I've heard since Wednesday!
Whether it is the week of Wall Street layoffs, home forclosures rising, the intensity of Occupy Wall Street, or the fact that the US Economy is still very ill, there is a lot going on. In fact too much to digest, particularly when each of us only have an impact on our own circle of influence (not the whole country per se).
Yet even with all this swirling, unemployment claims fall to a 7-month low. Sometimes I have to ask myself if this means less people are out of work or simply that more people have reached the end of their benefits (or frankly that we've reached the saturation point with listening to statistics).
Lower claims, now for three weeks in a row, are considered an encouraging sign that layoffs could be slowing and more robust job growth could be in the pipeline.
Yet don't get too excited because if you blink an eye, Gallup will tell you that unemployment is up in mid-November.
Unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, is 8.5% in mid-November -- up from 8.3% in mid-October, but down significantly from 9.2% in mid-November 2010. Gallup's mid-month unemployment measure suggests the government is likely to report no change in its seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November 2011.
This essentially says, things are holding steady. I am not sure if that is good or bad.
Yet all these news angles are just a snapshot with a wide-angle lens. It doesn't account for the day-to-day experiences of most people. That is what I choose to focus on for most of the articles I share here in Career and Business. To that end - the conversation I would love to start right here in the comments is...
What is your biggest challenge right now?
What are your stories?
What would you like to hear more about (in the coming weeks) in the articles I feature?
As we approach a week of immense gratitude with the Thanksgiving Holiday, let's all take a moment to give thanks, share our stories, and chat about what support you most need to forge ahead to greater success and satisfaction as 2011 comes to a close.
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Paula Gregorowicz, The Intuitive Intelligence™ Coach
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