Dear Graduate

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 05-28-2019

Dear Graduate:

I’m worried, graduate. I looked for the story on your graduation in the news.  Where are you going to apply your education? What did your graduation speaker say that might inspire us all? Were you recognized for what I know you’ve done for your school and your community? Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the story.

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The Worst of Times or the Best of Times?

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 07-15-2013

There are an unprecedented number of good people on the street with portfolios in hand, aggressively looking for work. It seems every company, big and small, can wallpaper conference rooms with the unsolicited resumes they receive each day. Online job sites, executive coaches and career fairs are popping up more frequently than congressional hearings and bailout plans. And some once-busy executive recruiters are opening the office mail….or working on their golf handicaps. Is this the end of the retained search industry? Yes, it is–but only of retained search as we know it now.

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Beware the Ideas of March

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 02-15-2013

The warning can never come too soon.

In William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, a soothsayer warns Caesar to, “Beware the Ides of March.”  What were they?  Were they powerful winds, evil people or forces, or did they have some other mystical meaning?  No, the Ides of March are much simpler.  On the ancient Roman calendar, the Ides of March was simply the day of the month, March 15.  And in 44 BC, Julius Caesar ignored the advice to be especially careful and was assassinated. 

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Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Every Day

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 01-15-2013

Advice is a funny thing. We give and take it almost every day. Sometimes, we don’t even realize it’s being exchanged. Turn here. Don’t do that. Try it this way. Advice can be offered so casually that it doesn’t even register as advice. It seems the older we get the more we give it, and when we’re young, we’re much more aware of the advice offered by others who have been there and done that. But now and then, someone will offer advice that can change your life, inspire you to be a better person or help you look at things from an entirely new perspective. I will never forget the night that happened to me.

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What’s Your Sign?

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 12-15-2012

The more I drive in Atlanta, the more I’m convinced that yellow traffic lights are just a suggestion. Is the guy in front of me really in a bigger hurry than I am? And what does it say about him when he floors the accelerator as the light turns yellow? It tells me that he’s aggressive, impatient and driven. Is he a guy that reaches his goals faster than most other people? I don’t think so. I think he’s reckless, unlawful and a few fries short of a Happy Meal. No matter what kind of guy he is, he sends a sign with his actions.

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When It All Comes Down to You – And Your Attitude

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 11-15-2012

Have you heard? The recession is over! I’m not trying to be a wise guy, nor am I making a political statement. I’m simply repeating a headline that appeared on many major newspapers and Internet new sources last week. It’s over!

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