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[Podcast] Dealing With the Loss of a Job or a Business – With Dolah Saleh [RR 535]


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Through her advice columns, books, and seminars, Dolah Saleh has sought to help others make choices that honor who they are and what they want to accomplish. Ms. Saleh is an educator, lecturer, and author with more than 20 years of counseling others in making optimal life choices.

 Ms. Saleh is the author of a few non-fiction books and one commissioned, Dating and the Pursuit of Happiness (DRM Net Inc., 1998), which helped people understand their personality “type” in a relationship and provided practical advice for pursuing a happy, fulfilling love life. Her last book, It IS All About You (Balboa Press, Hay House, 2018), which addresses lifelong questions in the search for meaning. 

Dolah's website www.loveinyourlife.com that includes a podcast and provides commentary on career as well as general life reflections.

Major corporations have hired Ms. Saleh as a career transition consultant. These companies include Allied Signal, Praxair, American General Life Insurance, Cargill Inc., Carleton Technologies, General Motors, Moog Inc., M & T Bank, Praxair Inc., Tyco International, University of Buffalo and the Xerox Corporation. To assist in her practice, she has used and is certified in various psychological assessment instruments to provide her clients with appropriate guidance toward life-changing decisions. 

Key Talking Points:

  • Grieving- experience loss (person, job, business, etc), shock, denial, anger, depression, acceptanceGrieving is not a linear process- goes in and out of all stages of grief
  • Separating yourself from what met your needs that is now gone. What do you do next?
  • Losing a job- grieving about the job and the people they worked with
  • No set grieving timeline- find strength and consider what you can offer to a prospective employer?
  • Networking- most helpful during the grieving processReach out to people for comfort, advice, support and brainstorm next career change
  • Develop a marketing plan for yourself 
  • Always a positive and negative way too look at everything in lifeOpportunity to reevaluate your career- how happy have you been? Is this an opportunity to pursue something else that you would enjoy more? What jobs are related to what you were doing?
  • We all have something to give, you have value, you have worth- what are your talents? What are your strengths and gifts? Self-analysis- sit with someone who knows you/used to work for/colleague/peer and listen to their input 
  • Tony Robbin’s website DISC assessment, Clifton Strengths Finder Test, Birkman Test
  • Support of your spouseLean on them and accept support, don’t hide the loss of job because of ‘failure’ mentality 
  • Acceptance and mobilization- move forwardMeet with someone for coffee, talk about your ideas

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      It always amazes me when I hear about a technician who quits one repair shop to go work at another shop for less money. I know you have heard of this too, and you’ve probably asked yourself, “Can this be true? And Why?” The answer rests within the culture of the company. More specifically, the boss, manager, or a toxic work environment literally pushed the technician out the door.
      While money and benefits tend to attract people to a company, it won’t keep them there. When a technician begins to look over the fence for greener grass, that is usually a sign that something is wrong within the workplace. It also means that his or her heart is probably already gone. If the issue is not resolved, no amount of money will keep that technician for the long term. The heart is always the first to leave. The last thing that leaves is the technician’s toolbox.
      Shop owners: Focus more on employee retention than acquisition. This is not to say that you should not be constantly recruiting. You should. What it does means is that once you hire someone, your job isn’t over, that’s when it begins. Get to know your technicians. Build strong relationships. Have frequent one-on-ones. Engage in meaningful conversation. Find what truly motivates your technicians. You may be surprised that while money is a motivator, it’s usually not the prime motivator.
      One last thing; the cost of technician turnover can be financially devastating. It also affects shop morale. Do all you can to create a workplace where technicians feel they are respected, recognized, and know that their work contributes to the overall success of the company. This will lead to improved morale and team spirit. Remember, when you see a technician’s toolbox rolling out of the bay on its way to another shop, the heart was most likely gone long before that.
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