Career Corner

2011

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Career Corner: Dust Yourself Off, Dive Back In

by Westcott, Russell T.

Don’t just sit there waiting for the phone to ring. You’re a professional. If you envision losing your job, or it’s already happened, refocus your approach. You are capable of reinventing yourself....


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Career Corner: Add Risk to Your Job Title

by Hutchins, Greg

Add risk to your job title if you’re a quality professional or a senior quality manager. This will enhance your marketability if you’re looking for a job and your chances for promotion if you’re employed....


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Career Corner: Planning Ahead

by Lindborg, Henry J.

When TQM became a strategic imperative for competitive advantage, celebrity CEOs became cheerleaders, quality maturity was measured by more vice presidents for quality, and academics traced quality’s history from inspection to customer-focused strategy....


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Career Corner: Wowing the Boss

by ReVelle, Jack B.

No matter the organization, type of job or department size—everyone has a boss. Even if you have your own company, there's always someone to whom you are responsible and to whom you report. CEOs and board chairmen all report to their boards of directors....


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Career Corner: Timing Is Everything

by Whitacre, Teresa

The last few years have been a struggle for those seeking employment as well as those seeking to make a change. The employment market has been difficult to judge. Many folks have shared their stories with me, especially during ASQ’s recent World...


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Career Corner: The World According to Moore

by Hutchins, Greg

Bill Saint-James is a 42-year-old electrical engineer. He has a master’s degree, several patents and a history of working with some of the biggest companies in Silicon Valley. He left a well-known company to earn his start-up chops as head of engineering...


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Career Corner: Polish Up on Quality Lessons

by Conklin, Joseph D.

Quality is a rewarding career. Yet, occasionally, after a particularly intense day battling a crisis, a momentary break from quality seems attractive. Sometimes I leave quality behind for a little while only to run into it someplace else....


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Career Corner: Will You Be Ready?

by Westcott, Russell T.

In October 2002, I wrote a Career Corner column titled “Fired? Tired? Mired?” Even today, that’s the sense I get from the restlessness that I believe permeates today’s workforce. People are unemployed, and some have given up looking for jobs. People are...


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Career Corner: The Missing Links

by Lindborg, Henry J.

The Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence presents an ideal pattern of values to which quality professionals can aspire. Tracking its development throughout close to a quarter century reveals shifts in the quality community’s thinking...


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Career Corner: Call a SPADE a SPADE

by ReVelle, Jack B.

When you think about your career, what do you do? Do you just sort of mull it over and maybe write down a note or two? Or do you start by writing down what you want out of your professional life (your long-term objectives) and then consider what...


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Career Corner: Paint Yourself a Purple Squirrel

by Whitacre, Teresa

In recent years, economic conditions have caused organizations and job seekers alike to re-evaluate fulfilling needs. Companies have been re-evaluating their need for talent, and job seekers have been re-evaluating their talents for filling companies'...


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Career Corner: Seeing Through the Smoke

by Conklin, Joseph D.

This question risks giving away my age, but it’s for a higher cause: When you hear the phrase “smoke gets in your eyes,” what is the first thing that comes to mind? If it’s not the Platters, the doo-wop group, and if you aspire to the management ranks...



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