What Would You Do if Your Employer Closed Their Doors Forever?

A local Fujifilm plant in Dayton TN is shuttering its doors and shifting production to other plants. You can reference an article about it HERE. As I read the article I could see the writing on the wall regarding this event. I’m not talking about a sudden thing either. I’m talking about a decades long build up to this event. Is it any surprise to anyone that the film industry has given up the ghost to go digital? As further evidence that this was coming, Fujifilm employees only needed to look a few miles north to the Eastman Kodak plant in Kingsport TN where the downward slide has been going on for a long time.

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So, now 84 employees will be out of a job next year, although the newspaper was kind enough to use the term ‘idle’.

My question to you is, what would you do if the business you worked for rendered you idle? To help you answer that, I’d like to ask you a few more questions and then offer some hope.

  • Are you working in a field that is quickly becoming useless on a large scale?
  • Do you have a plan to either transition out of it or become a linchpin in that field as it shrinks?
  • Can the particular skill you do become useful in another business?
  • Is it time for you to finally stop doing a J-O-B for a living and do something that makes you happy?
  • Are you blaming someone else for this predicament or taking action to move out of it?

I hope those questions raise larger ones in your life. It’s okay if you can’t answer all of them or even if your answers are “No” or “I don’t know”. It’s my job to folks just like you through career transition and periods of ‘idle’ time. I’d love to help, so here’s how I can do it…

  1. You can hire me individually for career transition coaching. Normally, I only work with people in high stress/high risk occupations like police, firefighters, and the military, but the devastation of large plant closings really bother me.
  2. You can tell your boss that you want them to hire me to help all the employees during this time. They’ll be paying for career transition services in some way, but seldom as good and useful as what I offer.
  3. You can try it on your own using resources. If you do, I highly recommend the 48 Days to the Work You Love Career Kit by my friend Dan Miller.

The Fujifilm folks have until next year to find new work. What about you? Do you need to make changes now as well.

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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Links-

Fujufilm plant closing article

48 days to the Work You Love Kit

More information about the 48 Days plan

 

Coaching vs Teaching

I read Eric Greitens book The Heart and the Fist a while back. It’s about his experiences as a Navy Seal and also the birth of his humanitarian life mission out of the chaos of war. It’s a great book, and I’ll be giving you more snippets about as time goes on. Be sure to grab the book so you can get the whole picture.

One of the most interesting formative characters in his story is Earl, his boxing coach. I liked Earl’s outlook on coaching.

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This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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The Many Headed Beast That is Me

December is my planning month. I like to slow down my actual busy work for the remainder of each year to analyze and plan for the coming one. My big step for 2014 will be the congregation of my various business ventures. I’ll be formalizing relationships with some of my side businesses and teams to bring them under the umbrella, so to speak.

If you’re interested in contract opportunities with us, drop me a line at drdave@drdavidpowers.com. If you’d like to know more about me, check out my website or watch this sweet bio video that The Ad Twins made for me…

Welcome to the many headed beast that will be Dr. David Powers and Subsidiaries in 2014…

Personal Efforts-

Speaking and Teaching– I speak at a number of conferences and gatherings each year. I’m hoping to expand that to include more conferences where I give multiple lectures at the same event. I actually have a style consultant that is helping me now with my image for these events.

Sponsors- I obtain sponsorships from various businesses that align with my message and businesses. I wear and use their gear as a Brand Ambassador. My big new sponsor for this year was Mountain Man Soap.

Multiple Streams of Income- Multiple streams that I also draw income from include grants, fellowships, awards, blogs, Youtube, online classes, licensing, direct sales, Amazon sales, artwork on Society 6, affiliate sites, and cash parking domain names, among other things.

Team Efforts-

C3- C3 includes coaching, counseling, and consulting. Because of time constraints I’ll be moving away from one-on-one sessions to work more with small group counseling, business consulting, and expanding the offerings from my think tank, which is heavily staffed by geeks and nerds. Imagine the crew from Big Bang Theory working on a business contract.

PsyOps- PsyOps is a team I use for influence and control measures for clients. Right now, my team is currently working on a black file for a court case. Think of the crew from Scandal, with the main difference being that Kerry Washington is prettier than me.

The Pilgrimage– I pastor a small faith community that meets in my office on Sundays and hosts a mastermind group on Wednesday nights, in addition to other things.

Warehouse 14- The warehouse started out as an online enterprise to start selling off my vast personal collection of comic books and collectibles, but it’s evolved into something else. In 2014 the space we use for Warehouse 14 will become a bit of a social club, hosting game and movie nights.

Graveside Services– The online portion of Warehouse 14 will be moving to the Graveside store portal. That’s where you’ll be able to order items online from the comic book collection.

Publishing– I publish an average of a dozen new works every year. Most of them are my own writings, but I signed two new authors this year and will be producing their works as well. Most of the books are available through Kindle only, although they also be available in hard copy in 2014.

Big things to expect in 2014…

Intern Challenge- Stay tuned for this one. I’ll be running a contest early in 2014 for a new intern. The job will include some really fun work, opening up new projects, and a free place to live only a mile away from the beach.

Doing Good- In February I’ll be launching a new crowdsourcing project on either Kickstarter or Indiegogo. It will involve an international trip, lots of artwork, a human rights mission, and coffee.

 

Why I Quit Counseling

Much of my academic experience is based on counseling. Because of that, it’s one of the many hats I’ve worn over the years. I get into so much, it was also commonly the go to answer when people would ask me what I do. It commands respect. It speaks of vast academic experience coupled with a modicum of intelligence. It sparks interesting conversations.

But I hate counseling.

Most proper counseling takes place in an office, sitting in comfortable chairs, telling people how you feel, and being listened to. It’s pretty close to the stereotypical “sit on my couch and tell me about your problems” idea you get from tv. Most counseling doesn’t end in results. It actually culminates in more counseling. The modern practice of counseling is a conversational exercise that serves more to promote the job security of the counselor than the well-being of the patient. It’s so open ended that most counselor relationships end for one of two reasons- either the patient runs out of money or they get tired of the counseling sessions not producing any growth.

That’s not me, so I’ve quit counseling.

I was never a normal counselor anyway. I met most of my clients at bookstores and coffeeshops where the din of social activity gave us privacy but made it feel more like a social thing than a psychoanalysis. I have couches in my office, but my clients never sat on them. Usually we sat at tables and made plans and drew diagrams of future goals. I’m action-oriented, so most of my clients are sporadic in the long term. Don’t come see me every week on the same day at the same time. Instead, call me when you’ve done the assignment I gave you, made some progress, and are ready for a new challenge.

Some of my clients might say I still do counseling, but I disagree. At least don’t call it that. I’m not sure I like life coaching either. That term’s gotten kind of kooky over the years. I tell people these days that I run a think tank. Plans, goals, action. That’s what I do. Your feelings do matter, but how your mother treated you as a kid isn’t as important to me as what you’re doing right now.

Even so, I’m really sorry she made you dress in a sailor suit for your school photos.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Are You a Sluggoth?

I actually meant to say ‘sluggard’ in the title, but sluggoth just rolls so phonetically off the lips. Go ahead, say it three times for me. It’s okay though that I misspoke. A sluggoth, a fictional creature, which is often represented as a big maggoty worm kind of thing, is a pretty good metephorical picture for a sluggard.

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Now, let’s find out if you be one.

I counsel and coach a lot of people in finding their fit in life. You know, that one place and career that God created them for, instead of the passionless 9-5 that they more often than not find themselves trapped in like Neo in the Matrix. I help them find and identify that perfect spot. Then I help them weave their current lives, including finances, family, education, and more, into that role. Then I push them off the edge of the boat to go live it. Most of the time I find that they already possess all of the resources and energy needed to do it. Many times they already know where that magic place is. They usually just need someone like me to push them.

Sadly, a lot of them hold onto the edge instead of jumping out into something better.

During my Bible study this morning I came across Proverbs 20:13, which talks about sleep-

Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

Right now, I’m studying through the Criswell Study Bible, with notes by W.A. Criswell, a prominent church Pastor and Bible scholar. In the notes for that verse, he further defines the consequences of a lover of sleep and provides the characteristics of a sluggard. Unfortunately, these fit a lot of the people I work with on a daily basis.

  1. They fail to begin things. Proverbs 6:9-10
  2. They neglect to complete tasks. Proverbs 12:27, 19:24, 26:15
  3. They refuse to face their problems. Proverbs 22:13, 26:13-16
  4. They are restless and unsatisfied. Proverbs 13:4
  5. They are helpless and worthless to all. Proverbs 15:19, 18:9

Does any of this fit you at all? Think about it from the perspective of the people around you. Do you seem like this to them? If you do, then it probably fits. Don’t worry, though. None of it is irreversible. It can all be changed. That’s what I do. I slay sluggoths and help them transform into something better.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!