Executive Coaching and the American President Written by Stephanie Tuia
Perhaps no one better than a former U.S. president has right to advise executives: "The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it." -Theodore Roosevelt
As a former president, President Theodore Roosevelt might have been reflecting upon his own experiences as executive presiding over many members of government. His executive coaching reminds leaders that choosing wisely and requiring proper accountability are key elements to being a good executive.
President Roosevelt served as nationís president at start of 20th century. Exactly one century later, George W. Bush took on reigns to become first president of 21st century. Although 100 years has brought about many advances and changes in America, role in leading America has remained unchanged. The president of United States has a very important role to nation and world so any executive coaching from his predecessors like Roosevelt to recent former presidents like his father would have been helpful.
The Presidentís cabinet is another great resource for his executive coaching. While president resides over executive branch of government, he relies on each of his Cabinet members to aid him with their knowledge and expertise. For example, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is a notable public figure because of war situation in Iraq. President Bush will work in partnership with Rumsfeld to propose recommendations on U.S. defense strategy. When President Bush came into office, he had ability to modify organization of his Cabinet, appointing associates he deemed right for position. He appointed 15 secretaries in their field of specialization ranging from commerce and agriculture to veteran affairs and homeland security.
Switching jobs to avoid the outsourcing threatWritten by Scott Brown
Certain industries outsource more than others. Changing industries may be a relatively easy way to take a step to combat impact of outsourcing. It would probably help if industry youíre moving to is one where you can get entrenched by building up knowledge and/or contacts. For example, finance and investment banking industries have complex regulations which are constantly changing, so people knowledgeable in these areas tend to be in-demand and not likely to be outsourced.
Itís can also be helpful to get into a job which requires in-depth knowledge of employer itself. Outsourced workers tend to move around from company to company and because of this high turnover, they usually donít get to know any one company that well.
In addition to potential of finding a different industry to work in where specific industry and company knowledge can differentiate you from offshore competition, you may also be able to find an industry which provides more opportunity to work directly with clients than your current industry.
Consider moving into a field that is less susceptible to outsourcing
If youíre in a field where lots of jobs are being outsourced and you canít figure out a way to make yourself less susceptible through providing better customer service, working more closely with customers, or changing industries, then it may be time to think about changing careers. True, moving to a different field is easier said than done. But even if you do choose this route, you can probably leverage a lot of your current expertise in new field. For example, if youíre in computer programming now, you could become a lawyer specializing in technology. Or if sales appeals to you, you could look at moving to a career selling things you have expertise in.