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Praise For Adapt or Perish from Business, Education, and Military Leaders

 

"Afraid of change?  Read this book.  It will pave the way for solutions in both your personal and business life.” 

Mel Bartholomew

Engineer, inventor, and

author of  Square Foot

Gardening – the largest

selling gardening book ever!

 

“Every transitioning veteran would benefit greatly from reading the chapters on military lessons for business and transitioning from the military and personally assessing how your salient points apply to them individually. You've provided them wise counsel.”

Lt Gen F. L. Hagenbeck

former Superintendent,

 United States Military

Academy, West Point

 

“Adapt or Perish is a must read for anyone seeking a fulfilling career and not just a job! I highly recommend it.”

Jeannette Frett

Chief Talent Officer

Howard University

 

Adapt or Perish offers the kind of advice that is valuable to everyone from the newly diploma-ed job applicant to the senior professional with a lifetime of work experience.  It is a roadmap for those who understand they must change the way that they embrace change itself.  Well then, what are you waiting for?  Ready... Set... Read!”

Stuart Manis

Director of Sales

and Marketing,

Kramer Consultants

 

“Adapt or Perish is a treasure chest of practical information on how to navigate personal careers through various challenges. It has an easy to grasp layout and it’s well written. Any business person will find it indispensable. I highly recommend it.”

Emil Stempel

Professional Engineer

 

Adapt or Perish is an impressive breadth of topics covered by knowledgeable industry experts sharing their insights, aha moments and research. This is a must read for those facing transition and more important for those managing people that have been through transition. I appreciated the chapter on “Generation Trends” and was able to relate it to personal, social and work situations giving me a new perspective of how to better influence, motivate and build teams; for example, the benefits of pairing generations within a team.  The reference list of supporting material is likewise impressive and adds credence to the material presented in the book.  It is unlikely I’ll read all of the references and, after reading this book, likely won’t have to.  Thank you for this wonderful compilation in Adapt or Perish.”

Donald Baddorf

Vice President,

Investment Solutions

 

“Find out what it takes to succeed in the new normal. From managing social media to managing your career, from understanding generational tendencies to managing risk, this book is a road map to a successful future for individuals and organizations.  Filled with valuable charts and easy exercises, it will help you take control and move forward.” 

Eugenie R. Brown

VP Business Development

 

“You capture the essence of what it means to survive dealing with job loss and achieve ongoing success in life. I especially enjoyed the sections referring to professional responsibility, motivating people and resiliency. Furthermore, the personal references spoke to me such as ‘make happy moments’ and ‘I’m going to be OK.’ Thank you team!”

Marilyn L. Burtt, MBA

 

“Change is one characteristic that separates the good talent from the great talent.  As an executive recruiter, the companies I work with want people that can adapt to change and do it quickly. The blend of the authors’ experiences and coaching is valuable for all levels of an organization, including CEOs. I will encourage the people I work with to read this book. The title says it all.” 

Brad Remillard

IMPACT Hiring Solutions

 

“So many ‘self-help’ books preach, ramble, and simply leave us with a sense of having wasted our time. Adapt or Perish is a rare combination of identifying the key areas of need yet keeping it light and interesting. It is a book you can easily read in an afternoon that might change your life forever. It features subject matter experts who succinctly shared their expertise and provided tangible exercises, which showed me what well-developed thought was given to this book.”

Cindy Pickens

Founder, CaféNet

regional networking

organization

 

Adapt or Perish is a great collection of valuable information from very credible sources. Bringing together the wisdom of so many renowned experts provides information in a single resource that generally requires sifting through dozens of books.”

Nancy Salzman, Esq.

Dean, Extended Education

Brandman University

 

“I think Adapt or Perish will be a very valuable read for managers at all levels including small business.”

Lt. Col. Gene Wolf 

 (Former Commander)

Squadron 40 California

Wing - Civil Air Patrol

Auxiliary U.S. Air Force


“Change is a constant theme in business and this book gives us answers! What a refreshing set of topics and talented authors. A must read for any entrepreneur or executive.”

 Mark J. Kohler

CPA, Attorney,

Author of  What Your

CPA Isn't Telling You

 

“This step by step guidebook takes you through the process of embracing changes in business. It provides you with useful tools and tips for personal development by finding the ideal position.”

Gwen Bernal,

Human Resources Executive

 

Adapt or Perish could also have been titled Thrive or Perish. Each chapter in this book has great information and ideas about how to make the changes necessary to succeed in the current business environment. There is red meat here for business owners, C-level executives, directors, and managers as well as those seeking their next position. I highly recommend Adapt or Perish for all who want to succeed in our changing business environment.”

Richard Horstmeyer, MD

Past President of

Experience Unlimited

 

“This book addresses the ongoing challenges of adapting to change without fear of failure in an ever increasing social media presence within an electronic age of information.  The in-depth insight of adapting the vision of the business model, continuous strategic planning coupled with the importance of the selection leaders are addressed in a compelling manner for a world ever so transitioning to a transactional based global economic model.  A must read.”

Col(R) Edward G. Carson

Chief Executive Officer,

 Growth Management and Constructive Changes, LLC

 

“This book will give new and seasoned business professionals insightful strategies for adapting and thriving in a constantly changing global marketplace.”

Beverly Jones

Higher Education

Administrator

 

Adapt or Perish is a book for everyone who would like to succeed in this fast changing world. Look for the opportunities that exist in the change, embrace it and become the leader of tomorrow.”

Sushma Rajput

Toastmasters Founder's District Public Relations Chair, Div F 2010-2011

 

“Adapt or Perish is a comprehensive collection of wisdom and advice from some of the nation's leading experts on change.  Their perspectives on successfully leading organizations through an environment of shifting landscapes equip the reader to effectively adapt in business, leadership, and in careers.  Where continuous change is now the new normal, Adapt or Perish is a guidebook on change management that deserves to be in every executive's library.”

Frank Borst,

President & CEO at

Masterpiece Consulting

What did I do Wrong?

By Mark Fierle

Wow, I usually say, what didn’t I do wrong? That’s usually the start of it, especially in today’s world, when we are going out on interviews and coming up with no meaningful job offers.

What could be the reason I didn’t get an interview, didn’t get a second interview or an offer.

This might be true even if we are the best qualified, etc, etc.

Here are a few ideas on the subject, starting off with the fact that maybe you did nothing wrong, just didn’t get selected.

  • Interviewing is not an objective process
  • Many people are often part of the process
  • Seemingly good interviews are often misleading to candidates
  • Others change of job specs in mid-stream, jobs go on hold, President’s girlfriend gets the job, and many other factors you have no control over.

Here’s the difference: with opportunities somewhat limited in recent times there are a whole bunch of professional interview types out there. They do the right things, dress appropriately, say the right things and so forth. That doesn’t make them more qualified than you, they just know how to work the system.

What can you do to improve the odds? First of all read the soon to be published book Adapt or Perish. This will give insights into how you can differentiate and set yourself apart from the competition. By the way this is a whole lot different than working the system! It is what I call “being prepared” by knowing the product you are selling (you) – a good salesman’s #1 rule.

How do I prepare? Here are a few thoughts:

  • Arrive on time or a few minutes early. An old analogy goes something like 80% of success is showing up!
  • Dress professionally or at least professionally casual
  • Exhibit a firm handshake when meeting people, not the limp fish type you normally give
  • Look people in the eye when answering questions. Avoiding eye contact generally means you are lying or making something up!
  • Bring along some examples of your work
  • Make believe you are interested all through the process
  • Be able to describe what you have done, not what you think you can do. People get hired and paid for what they have done not what they think they can do.
  • Be sure you get correct spelling, titles and pronunciation of names. “Ole what’s his name” doesn’t work. You’ve got lots of competition out there. Then send a thank you letter, not e-mail.
  • Based on questions you ask, like “how can I help you?”, develop a plan of what you would do- and ask for a second interview to discuss. To really be prepared develop more than one scenario. A good lead in: I’ve got some ideas to discuss with you.
  • Make sure your discussion is a dialogue not a monologue.

These are just a few ideas. Most are time tested but often forgotten in the heat of the battle. Using these strategies will help you keep from wondering why and may even help get you that position!

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