Smart Lemming Career Management Brief: Career Lessons from Einstein, Will Smith, and Marshall Goldsmith

alberteinsteinCareer Management Brief: Highlights of the Week

Career Advice from Einstein — Is This Your Miracle Year?

The Escape Corporate America blog provides an inspiring success story of Albert Einstein, from the Office Drone worker to genius physicist. It’s easy to forget that Einstein worked on physics on the side as he worked a 40-hour week as a clerk in the Swiss patent office.

After a number of disappointments, Einstein finally made his breakthrough, continued to work as a clerk, and then finally made the career change to academia “to focus full-time on an extraordinary career as a physicist and undisputed genius.” This post is a reminder that even genius’ face setbacks, as they follow their passion, often working on this passion while holding a full-time job. Check out this post for details on career lessons from Einstein’s journey from office drone to physicist.

How to Deal With Job Uncertainty in a Recession

With mounting job uncertainty, financial repercussions if we lose our jobs, and the physical toll stressed caused from these two factors causing on our bodies, offers six tips on how to manage your stress and plan for the future, during this time of great uncertainty. We should think of ourselves as the CEO of our own business, thinking through our value proposition and target market for our skills, knowledge, and experience.

This post is a resource for any job seekers, who are feeling the stress from economic uncertainty, offering tangible action items on how to minimize this stress.

Helping the Job Seeker Without Hurting Yourself

Receiving calls from people in your network? Do these people want job leads or a reference from you? Checkout this article by Eilene Zimmerman about how you should field these phone calls and how much time you should dedicated to helping these job seekers over the phone and what type of requests should be taken over the phone. Zimmerman also offers advice on whether you should have in-person, one-on-one meetings with someone in your network that wants a reference from you. Are there consequences to helping too many people? Zimmerman weighs in, while offering advice on how to decline a request for a reference.

This article is a must-read for anyone, who’s being asked to be a reference from his or her network.

Will Smith’s Secret to Success

What’s Will Smith’s secret to success? His work ethic. Jon Gordon has studied successful people, finding that these people aren’t especially more talented or were beneficiaries of serendipity. Successful people are successful because they work harder. “When others are sleeping, they are working. When others are wasting time, they are improving. When others are scattering their energy they are practicing and zoom focusing.”

Check out Gordon’s post for details on how successful people become successful. He also provides free downloads for a Free “Playbook” and implement 11 winning habits to be your best and poster. Gordon is the author of The No Complaining Rule: Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity at Work, The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy, and Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else.

How to Spot the “Uncoachables”

Marshall Goldsmith offers advice on how managers and leaders should think twice in coaching someone who’s uncoachable. He details how to determine when someone is uncoachable, how to detect a lost cause and how four indicators that indicate if we’re dealing with an uncoachable person. Goldsmith recommends that you learn his four indicators in identifying these people, so you can save time, skipping the heroic measures.

This post from his Harvard Business column, Ask the Coach, is a must-read for managers or leaders, who having problems coaching someone, who may or may not be uncoachable. Goldsmith is the author of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful.