So how are things going so far as we enter year five of the New Normal? Having a jolly old time? The New Normal was created when the world melted in the fall of 2008. Lehman Brothers went away. Remember those days? I am sure that the 2.8 million people that lost their jobs that year do. Some may still be looking for the job that they lost. They may be working but they don’t have the job that went away never to return.
Are things getting better? Are you loving things at work? Doing less with more? Looking over your shoulder from time to time? Get a little nervous if your boss calls you into their office? How do you like your recent yearly salary increases? Did you get one?
How’s the job search going? Is it easier or harder? Do you often feel it’s all in vein? Do you think that everyone thinks that you are too old? Don’t have enough experience? Have been on the beach too long? Do you think that the people interviewing you are smarter than you?
How are your New Business efforts going? Is New Business even harder or are leads coming in and your task is to separate fact from fiction? Do you feel you even need more leads today? Does New Business take more time and are the budgets smaller? Do you have to provide more for less?
How’s your networking going or is it the same? Do you view networking as an intention or a mission? Do you connect with people that energize and are totally aligned with you? Are you just networking with people just like you?
Are you living large? I network with a lot of people. I talk to 20 year old people and have drinks with the people who run multinational agencies. They all share their stories. I shake the hand of my UPS driver at Starbucks while he sits with Fed Ex Driver and a couple of other guys talking music. I talk to sales people at the same time that feel they are out of touch for today’s game.
I have lunch with marketing people who wouldn’t have met me in the past but now that their company is changing I appear more valuable because I am a networker with a large network. I am happy to help. Will they?
I text with the President of a prominent local company while I am going for a run. Presidents are optimistic enough to relax a bit these days. But bit is a short word.
I meet with marketing people that are looking for their next gig.
I meet with people who are waiting for checks. Are your clients slower to pay? I can relate to that being a solopreneur in the New Normal. Balancing the regular pattern of bills versus the irregular flow of checks.
I hear from people who have been downsized seven times. They called themselves a survivor and I certainly do agree. There are many worst alternatives.
I hear from people who tell me how tough things remain.
I hear from people who tell me how things are good.
2013 is the 5th year of the New Normal. This is the future and Leonard Cohen wrote a song about it in the Old Normal. The lyric said, “I have seen the future and it is murder”. But then again this is the New Normal after all.
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