My Apology, Promise and Gratitude for You

Posted: October 24th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on My Apology, Promise and Gratitude for You

In the spirit of open communication and maintaining the most positive relationship with each you, I am going to share something very personal with you on today’s blog. Five years ago, after a long struggle, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. I live each day as a healthy person, because I am, with the awareness that someday this little bugger may rear it’s ugly little head and ‘bother’ me. This past month or so, it has done more than rear it’s head – it’s downright poked it’s head up and demanded my attention.

I spent the past 7 days in the hospital hooked up to two IVs dripping fluids and medication while kind natured technicians took new blood samples nearly every 4 hours. Before I could do too much guessing I knew why they were taking so many blood samples.  While in the hospital, they diagnosed a second autoimmune disease based in one of my organs and, the day after my release (yesterday), I was given results that there’s a strong possibility I have a third autoimmune disease as well. Apparently when I do something, I like to Go Big or Go Home! Who even knew that one person could have a trifecta of autoimmune diseases?

Through all of this, I was blessed to be in the hands of talented physicians and caring, good humored nurses at Northwestern – thank you.

If you didn’t notice I was away, it’s because I have the most amazing assistant and client relations coordinator, Irvine, on the planet. She that has been coordinating the daily needs of the company and clients, going above and beyond (thank you). However, it’s my role to lead this business to success regardless of a single autoimmune disease or a trifecta of them.

My Apology to you
I am sorry for letting you down as a service provider, a coach, a business owner and a colleague. My role as C.E.O. demands that I be prepared for times when I am absent so that your needs are properly addressed. My role as a coach is to set an example, I have failed to do that for you, and I am sorry. I ask for you to accept my apology.

My Commitment to You
I am committed to getting back to greatness and delivering the high quality service that is synonymous with adrianallames career services. I am committed to knowing, and respecting, my boundaries. I am committed to creating products and services that we can deliver on for you, our clients, 100% of the time – regardless of my health. I am committed to being healthy, trifecta or not.

My Gratitude for You
Thank you for being my clients, colleagues, friends, fans and supporters. it takes a great deal to build a business over the years and sustain it day to day, week to week, month to month. Your ongoing support and business is greatly appreciated.

Turning Your Passion Into a Career

Posted: September 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off on Turning Your Passion Into a Career

When I was little I remember watching my mom bake cakes for hours on end. I would fall asleep to the sound of the mixer whipping up her newest concoction and wake up to the scent of freshly baked cakes and goodies. She has 80+ State Championship baking awards; baking is my mother’s passion. Unfortunately, she only pursued it as a hobby selling cakes to country clubs and friends while working her way up the corporate ladder at United Airlines. Imagine if she’d spurred the great cupcake craze or become The Cake Boss before Buddy was ever born! Her journey isn’t over yet…Susie’s Goodies may become a hit, outside our family, yet.

Passion is a fire that burns within you; it can’t be taught. It’s the areas of life that motivate you from within, that bring you joy and happiness without thinking. This week, while watching one of my favorite news-magazines, 60 Minutes, featuring Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the founders of South Park, I was reminded just how powerful passion is when combined with commitment. Park and Stone began as college buddies in Colorado getting along mostly, according to them, because their humor styles only blended with one another. These friends and business partners have been entertaining fans with their famous South Park animated comedy characters for over 15 years tackling nearly every off-color, faux paus subject most writers would avoid like the plague. The two write, direct and voice over each episode within 6 days delivering one episode a week and somehow found the time to produce an Emmy-Winning play, The Book of Mormon. This award-winning Broadway hit is sold out for over 9 months and makes the South Park show look mild when tackling tough topics. Religion, Sex, AIDS, the topics they make light of go on and on and the critics laugh as hard as the audience.

Secret To Success

The secret to success, for Stone and Parker as well as any professional, is to find what you have a passion for and make a commitment to it. When Stone and Parker hit the road to L.A. with their big dreams and passion, they found success accompanied by an initial $100K investment for a movie. When the $100K ran out and the movie basically fell flat, they stuck together, stood by their passion and headed back to Colorado where their found a new $1,200 project for a holiday card. It wasn’t much but it was a start, and it paid. That card became a viral sensation before viral networks and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter even existed. The success of one card turned into a contract for a few episodes that ultimately became South Park.

How You Can Make This Happen

Step #1: Identify Your Passion
Step #2: Seek Knowledge (Find A Mentor, Coach, Guide)
Step #3: Get Involved (e.g. community, volunteer at small co./start-up, apprentice, etc)

Translating your passion into a successful career takes time, commitment and the conscious choice to do so. The “South Park Guys” are comedians with funky senses of humor at heart, they translated this into successful careers by identifying outlets that were lucrative. In the process, they opened themselves up to creating a strong partnership built on trust and respect with one another. Join me on Saturday, 10/8 at 9:00a.m. for a 1 hour TeleSummit: “Motivated by Passion: Igniting the Fire Within” to explore how to find your true passion, what it takes to tap into the fire within, how your inner passion translates into a career, real-life stories of 10 people, just like you, that made it happen!

Interview Strategies That Work

Posted: September 14th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Interview Strategies That Work

Your resume did it’s job and landed you the interview. Now it’s your time to turn on the charm and ace the interview, only problem is figuring out what works during those precious 60 minutes you have with the decision maker.

Bring Your Personality
According to Kris Plantrich of Fox News DC’s Job Shop, you should bring your personality. Kris says “Remember that the interviewer is looking for much more than just your qualifications. If that were all they wanted they would make their decisions based solely on the resume. An interview is a meeting between two parties and so you are encouraged to be active in the discussion. Hiring managers are looking for someone that is eager to learn and succeed, someone that feels like a good fit for their office, team or department and someone that really wants to work for them.”  The article continues noting that interviewers also want to see if you are someone that can learn and promote their products, services, and company in a confident and positive manner. It is up to you to show your personality and who you are as a person. It won’t help either party if the real and authentic you is not present at the interview.

Be Prepared
This advice seems like a broken record and yet I could retire if I had a dollar for the amount of times I meet candidates that have done next to no research on the company. With the world of Google at your fingertips, searching a company’s website isn’t enough anymore. As Caroline M. L. Potter points out on Yahoo! Hot Jobs, before any interview, you’ve got a considerable amount of homework ahead of you. Make sure you carefully research the company at which you’re interviewing and try to learn as much as you can about the position and your interviewer as possible.

One executive revealed to Caroline that a potential employee was so unprepared that he “got his companies confused and repeatedly mentioned the strengths of a competing firm, thinking that’s who he was interviewing with.” Another called his interviewer by the wrong name throughout the entirety of the meeting.  Always give yourself a few extra moments to prep for your interview, either on the train or subway, or while you’re waiting in the lobby. Review people’s names, the company’s focus and your potential responsibilities, and go in with a clear head.

Dress For Success
One tip I gave during Monday’s Windy City Live appearance at ABC that started a ripple of whispered conversation through the live audience was to match your wardrobe to the company’s colors. This slight shift in attire has consistently hit home runs with hiring managers for over a decade by answering the “fit” question. For men, add a tie that coordinates with the company’s color (e.g. interviewing at ABC, put on an ABC blue tie) and for women, integrate a scarf or blouse that matches the company’s colors. Top it off by polishing your shoes (and nails), having a freshly trimmed haircut and a well-tailored suit. Yes, a suit regardless of how casual the environment – remember, you’re interviewing for the position – you don’t have the luxury of dressing as if you work there just yet (hopefully soon)!  Need a budget-friendly suit option? Check out Nordstrom Rack, Filene’s Basement or Macy’s when they have sales for complete suits! I bought a scarf on sale this week at Nordstrom on Michigan Ave. for $24 (reg. price $115) – sales are a job seeker’s best friend.

What Do You Want For Your Birthday?

Posted: August 5th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on What Do You Want For Your Birthday?

Of all the questions we’re ask each day of the year, this is the one that stumps me. Tomorrow, Saturday 8/6 is my birthday which has me reflect on what birthdays meant in my younger years and how I answer “What do you want for your birthday?” now.  How is it that in a world full of such abundance someone should give me a gift on my birthday? It seems counter intuitive to me.

The Younger Years: Stuck In The Middle

Ever since I was a little girl I remember my birthday something like this: stuck in the middle between my sister and my mom. My sister’s birthday is August 3rd and my mother’s birthday is August 12th, which leaves mine (6th) literally stuck in the middle. A small part of me hoped everyone would merely forget and let me enjoy my day alone, in pure happiness and birthday solitude. (don’t go analyzing what that means you psychology majors. it just is what it is.)  Being young, there was another part of me that wanted to wake up to pink and purple crepe paper streamers decorating the living room in honor of my birthday but that was a tiny part of me. I reveled being stuck in the middle, knowing my birthday would be swept up in the chaos of celebrating my drama-infused sister’s birthday before me and my mother’s right after.


Hugs, Please

Last week I got “THE CALL”.  On the other end of the line was my amazing, loving sister-in-law (who remembers everything from Halloween cards to Grandparent’s day – there should be an app named after her). A few minutes into our usual banter she launched the question, “What do you want for your birthday?”. This time I was ready with my answer, it’s been the same for a few years now, “Hugs and kisses from my boys.” (my boys are actually her boys, they’re my nephews). She wasn’t having it, she wanted something material in nature.

My Kind of Gifts

The way I see birthday gifts is that I should be giving others gifts for allowing me to be a part of their life for the past year. Why do I get a gift for simply being born? My gift is life (and it’s one hell of a great gift every year)! So, here are my birthday gifts:

  • To my clients my gift is gratitude.  Thank you for a year filled with your support, referrals and business. You allow me to do the work I am passionate about every day.
  • To my family my gift is love. There is only one family in life and I love you all dearly. This year has taught me how important family is, both big and small.
  • To my friends my gift is laughter. The best medicine in the world cannot heal what laughter can in a fraction of the time. Good times are better when we laugh.
  • To my prospective clients my gift is commitment. If you chose to work with me, you get my commitment that it will be a wonderful experience and service.
  • To my colleagues my gift is inspiration. I will continue to work hard to inspire greatness within our community of professionals each day of the next year.
  • To my significant other my gift is appreciation. Your friendship and love has added great joy to my life and for that I will continue to show you my appreciation.

In a beautiful world filled with abundance, I have been blessed with a this great life – that is my gift, this year and every year to come. (and a little bit of cake for my sweet tooth).