Well hello, it’s volume 4 of Tidbits & Hotness. I try to keep the subject informative light and upbeat, but it’s difficult to find good stories.  However, here’s what caught my eye this week.

First up, 3 links on the tough times that we face still today.  In the words of the Academy Award Winning rap trio Three 6 Mafia, “It’s hard out here…”

25% of African Americans feel discriminated against.

More on the glass ceiling.

36 months 38%.

Next, I often write on poor leadership and its effect on the team. Here is more evidence.

Bad bosses.

Finally, she may be gone but she is still working it out. Check out this article on Oprah, and pay attention to the last statement. She is ballsy.

Oprah’s vision.

Well, that closes out the week, we talked about Ann Curry in “Benchmarking” and then the glass ceiling in “The Roof is on Fire.”  Thanks for reading and ask yourself, what’s the costofwork?

Today, we’re talking about knowing when you have hit a glass ceiling. I’ve had a lot of conversations with people who feel that they’ve accomplished all that they can in their current position. They can’t seem to get a promotion and move up in their career.  This is known as the glass ceiling effect, don’t be believe the hype, there’s a glass ceiling at your company. There is maximum position that you can achieve.  Not everyone can be CEO. For some it’s higher than others. Unfortunately, it’s not fair, but life’s not fair. Some folks create their own glass ceiling and it’s pretty low. Here’s what happens.

  1. You have a poor attitude. I said it before; no one wants to work with a jerk. No matter how talented you are, if you are not a nice person, you will not move too far.
  2. You are unprofessional, I made this separate because I’ve seen nice folks but they do not know how to behave in a professional setting. They tend to say something or do something that is off-putting or awkward.  I’ve seen this happen and the person just doesn’t know better.
  3. You feel entitled, entitlement is a killer, once you feel that you deserve anything, and shouldn’t have to work on it; career suicide.
  4. You are detached; you just don’t care. You do the minimum amount of what’s asked of you.
  5. You are a kiss up; no one likes a brown noser, a yes man/woman. You have no opinion or anything constructive to add to the situation.

You may see jerks and brown nosers get a promotion or two, and that may be enough for them however they will never make it to the pinnacle.

Now let’s say you are a good person, hard worker, difference maker, well educated, team player, but still you just can’t get over the hump. Well it happens, here are some signs you are experiencing a glass ceiling by no fault of your own.

  1. The company’s organization culture is set to where you work until retirement and then the next tenured person takes over. This happens in most government or state (public) employers.
  2. The company is having financial problems. Hiring freezes, reorganizations, buyouts, mergers, lots of confusion, work force reductions, and wage freezes.  There may be lateral movement but not too many promotions happen during this time.
  3. The boss; you just don’t see eye to eye.  You don’t have to have fights, or arguments, could just be a weird relationship. We call that fit, you just don’t fit.
  4. You’re looked over for promotions with little to no explanation. “It’s not you, we found someone who is more qualified or a better fit” Uh yeah, if this happens more than once, it may be time to go.
  5. You’re not challenged in your position and you see no career pathing. You can do the job in your sleep. You want more of a challenge, but there is not one available. Dust off the resume.

It’s tough making a decision to move forward to another company. We get so invested in our companies and out titles that we become emotionally tied to our job. Leaving is like leaving family, some compare it to a death in the family.  Remember you have to make the best decision for you and your real family. You can stay connected through social media now. So it’s not goodbye, it’s so long for now.

You may have heard, Katie Couric has left CBS, 5 years after leaving the Today Show. She has moved on to ABC and is working on a daytime talk show.  Meredith Vera, who left The View to replace Katie on the Today Show, has resigned her position as well.  Five years ago, that was major news; is Katie staying with NBC, who will replace her?  She dragged that decision out for what seemed like forever. Then she finally confirmed the rumors and moved to CBS to take over the nightly news desk left vacant by Dan Rather.  I like Katie, I really do, no buts.  She can be credible, tough, and sensitive at the same time. I like Meredith as well, I was not as familiar with her but since taking over for Couric, I’ve seen her and read stories about her.

When all this shuffling took place, CBS and NBC had some major benchmarking questions to answer.  For NBC, they were losing a major star in the news department, who could possibly jump in with Matt Lauer, and Al Roker, and keep the attention and respect of the viewers.  CBS had lost Dan Rather, under strange circumstances; remember that terrible report he backed which turned out to be false? They needed to rebound and recover from that embarrassment quickly.  As the word spread that Couric would be called upon to bring CBS back to respectability, the other networks had to react. ABC even moved Diane Sawyer to their nightly desk, after Charles Gibson stepped down.  Those moves were done way more discretely and without fan fair.  So Katie goes to CBS, Meredith goes to NBC, and Rosie O’Donnell joins the View. I won’t even talk about that one.

Surely NBC and CBS had someone that could have stepped in and took over without going outside the company.  Well…After thinking about it maybe CBS didn’t.  ABC had excellent bench marking in place, Charlie Gibson left, Diane took over, and Robin Roberts took over for her.  NBC However, they hired an externally when it seem they had a rock star waiting. We all have been there; an open position, you apply but the company brings in someone else.  Kinda tough to swallow but you have to forge ahead. Some applicants can’t recover and it dominates them. Ultimately, they quit, get fired or stay in the same position until they retire.  You can handle it that way or maintain professionalism and let the laws of nature run their course.  You know; cream rises to the top, good meat makes its own gravy, hard work and a good attitude pay off.

This week Ann Curry was named as co-host of the Today show.  Ann has always been there smiling, and taking on any assignment.  She did the physical challenges, the emotional draining, the heartbreaking, stomach turning, inspirational and uplifting stories. From the outside looking in; Ann should have been the obvious choice 5 years ago.  NBC should have done what ABC did, stay in-house.  Ann was right under their noses.  No disrespect to Meredith but Ann is a better fit.  So I say congratulations Mrs. Ann Curry, you deserve it.

HR folks should have benchmarking in place and consider the impact of external hiring on morale and productivity. And employees, if you get looked over for a job or two, remain professional.  If your current employer doesn’t see your value and worth, someone else will.  And if you don’t know, now you know.

As we proceed to give you what you need, Happy Friday, I’ll be brief! I know you have sun tanning to do stay hydrated.  Here are some things I have seen throughout the week and I think you might like.

1st, Work Coach Café  is another HR Blog by Ronnie Ann, it’s extremely informative.  I am hooked on it like Starbucks.  I have gotten a lot of tips that have helped me to change my resume and my interview answers.  Check her out, in fact save her as a favorite, I did.

http://www.workcoachcafe.com/

2nd, It’s another blog; this one is about being on budget. Now, I will say it’s a lot of reading but it’s worth it, plus this young lady Stephanie Rauterkus is an accomplished speaker.  Her blog is nominated for a couple of 2011 Black Weblogs Awards.

http://365daysonabudget.com/

The final one, I just think is funny. You may have heard about this one.  This movie theater in Texas has a no text messaging policy.  Well they had to kick someone out for violating the rule, and she called back and gave them a piece of her mind (small piece) and they turned around and made a PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT…click here

Age before beauty, a funny little thing you can say when opening the door for your parents.  Funny as it may seem, it’s starting to be the norm in our society.  We have a big youth movement taking place. You may have also heard this one, 30 is the new 20; 40 is the new 30, and so on and so on.  Sounds like a blatant attempt to market oneself to a new generation.  Sure there are some 40 year olds that look pretty good, and some 50 year olds that don’t look 50 at all. I believe this age obsession started in the 90’s.  Remember when President Clinton was in office; he was considered a young man.  Before Clinton there was Bush Sr, he was 65 when he took office, Regan was 69.  Clinton was 46 at the time he took office; W. Bush was 55 and Obama was only 47.

Hey I am not discriminating, I feel all too often we dismiss our seasoned workforce instead of understanding and respecting that they prescribe to a different set of work ethics, morals and concepts.  And in work, just as in life, whenever we encounter something we don’t want to deal with we alienate it and eliminate it.  However, I have tried to talk and explain to some of them the need to continue to be flexible and learn new things.  And I will say entitlement and seniority come into play and it’s a hard sell.  I once worked for an HR Director that said he’d never go back to school again or take any training or refresher courses.  I figured he had his reasons but you can’t afford to have that mindset, you have to keep learning, and growing or you will become extinct.  It’s going to be very hard for him to use THE TWITTER or THE LINKEDIN.

In my Human Resource network, I learned that there are a few of us looking for our next opportunity.  I suspect that they will find that it’s not as easy as it once was re-entering the job market.  It’s not impossible just tougher; employers want the next best thing.  Whose hot, what’s next, just like the average consumer, they want the latest version so they can customize to meet their needs.  And there is nothing wrong with that.  However let’s remember that older employers can really help your organization.  So while you are selecting your top candidates, try a little Age before Beauty.

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