What’s Your October Learning


This month of October, on a National basis, is about Learning in business as well as remembering our heritage. Polish American, Italian American, Hispanic Heritage and German Heritage all celebrate their ancestry background this month.

It’s also National Cyber Security Awareness Month https://www.boozallen.com/c/insight/thought-leadership/booz-allen-kicks-off-national-cybersecurity-awareness-month-2017.html and National Women’s Small Business Month https://www.nwbc.gov/news/10-million-strong-october-council-celebrates-national-women%E2%80%99s-small-business-month. The Balance website hosts an extensive list for you to choose a favorite event: https://www.thebalance.com/october-is-national-month-calendar-3514993

Here in Chicago, events during the year have all led to the celebration of Chicago Ideas Week http://chicagoideas.com from October 16th through October 22. As an example, Professor Marcelo Gleiser, Director the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement at Dartmouth College spoke at a Symposium on the Future of Intelligence: Human, Machine and Extraterrestrial, sponsored by Chicago Ideas. He asked the question, “Are we engineering our own destruction through technology when we speak about artificial intelligence?” It’s an ethical and scientific dilemma because our intelligence is really about how we move from our present world to the future, including all that’s dark and dangerous, to creating a future that is just and equitable for all society.

As mentioned earlier, this month of October celebrates who we are as a society because all that we have around us places us in a state of constant Learning from the daily occurrences in our lives, both personally and in business. Within the past 30 days of our lives we have experienced or witnessed more tragedy in the USA, than was ever presented before, in non-war time. We mourn all those who left this earth and keep the survivors in our good thoughts for recovery.

Earlier this week, I attended an online Webinar where like-minded people shared their views about our profession and how we can Learn from one another’s experiences. It is because of that discussion that I would like to share with you some ideas for change management in your career. I prepared the format this week and it is based on a business presentation, hosted by the University of Chicago back in 2001. It’s pretty straight forward and timely in today’s environment. Here it is:

As you Choose Who You Want to be Known As during this Learning month, consider how the survivors demonstrated their strength of character and became the best examples of USA humanity for us all.

“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive and Career Management Coach


Valentines Day 2015



Here’s a Valentine’s Day Business Anagram from     From Chicago to you, Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you enjoy the anagram below:

Very often

After something happens, we wish we

Listened more carefully.

Events, such as

Now – Valentine’s Day – provide

The opportunity to make amends.

It’s your turn to speak.

Nothing can take away what was said.

Early is better than later —

So happy you took the chance.

Do what is in the best interests of your Team.

Accept you are a Servant Leader ‘cause

You are very good at it.

Authored by Jo Ann M. Radja, Career Management Coach 02/13/14




3rd Day of Christmas


It’s the 3rd Day of Christmas and I hope you enjoy one or more of the following links:  http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/12/pictures/141220-reindeer-animals-christmas-science-cultures-herders/




“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Career Management Coach & Change Agent



Expect, Expected, Expecting . . .


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“If we hope to go anywhere or develop ourselves in any way, we can only step from where we are standing. If we don’t really know where we are standing… We may only go in circles…”    Jon Kabat-Zinn When the … Continue reading

What’s your Message

On this Monday, we have received a message from outer space, via Commander Chris Hadfield at the Space Station. It’s entitled, “Space Oddity – Chris Hadfield performs onboard ISS with Larrivee Parlor.”  It’s creative, welcoming and novel.

What’s Your Message to “your world” this week in your career.  What do you have to communicate that you have some concerns about?  How will you get your message across to another person?  How would you like to receive the same message?

What’s Your Message can be subtle, direct, indirect, formal, informal, orally or written.  It can also be a signal.  As you work through your message communications this week, Choose Who You Want to be Known As. Have a great week.

“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Career Management Coach and Change Agent

Fruit, Fruited, Fruity


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A grape can be defined as a cluster of fruit or flowers. Since I like fresh green grapes, it doesn’t matter which grape I pick first from the cluster, because each one tastes the same to me. A cluster, at … Continue reading

Try out Reframing…


Earlier this morning, I caught myself becoming annoyed by my perception of  unacceptable behavior.   I called a company I’ve worked with for most of my adult life. My loyalty to this professional financial service company was not misplaced.  A potentially difficult situation … Continue reading

Team Fairness


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A person who treats another with fairness, generosity, courtesy. . . .     Definition of the word sportsman* One value we all appreciate and want to live by in our lives is fairness.  No matter if our hair is short or long, if we speak … Continue reading

Monday is here…


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It’s the beginning of April on this chilly and sunny morning in the Midwest. I’m hoping all of the items on my checklist for today get crossed off.  There is only one meeting this afternoon and all things being equal, I … Continue reading

Wonders of March 2013 Holidays. . .


There have been quite a few celebrations of culture since March 17th. . .  St. Patrick’s Day, St. Joseph’s Day, Spring Equinox, Persian New Year’s Day, Palm Sunday and Passover.  (If I’ve omitted a holiday, please excuse the omission.)   The … Continue reading