Editor’s note: Lori Fenstermaker responded to my inquiry last month for 2011 goals and thoughts on recruiting industry trends with the following. I felt it was a strong statement, especially during the holidays, and worth of sharing in a post all its own.
My goal both professionally and personally [in 2011] is to simply say “No” when I should.
I am the kind of person that wants to help everyone and everything, so often that I feel like I run a non-profit sometimes for all the free work I do. Career counselor, resume service, online profile helper, giving names of people someone else will make a placement fee on, the list goes on and on. And as a parent, signing up to help with things I know I don’t have time to do. Don’t get me wrong: I like helping and doing my part but not at the cost of my loved ones and my paying clients. When you say yes to everything it really sucks up your “focused” time and there is no replacing that.