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What Should Replace Loyalty To Company?
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RobPreston
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10/10/2013 | 1:58:44 PM
re: What Should Replace Loyalty To Company?
Most companies, at least the public ones, are only as loyal to their good people as their current financial situation and financial overseers allow them to be. Very short-term thinking.
Lorna Garey
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10/10/2013 | 2:00:40 PM
re: What Should Replace Loyalty To Company?
Essentially, people need to stop looking to their jobs for identity. Trading talent and effort for money and a reasonable retention rate is only a bad deal if you also expect some sort of spiritual or social fulfillment from your employer.
Lorna Garey
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10/10/2013 | 2:01:37 PM
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Maybe Michael Dell is on the right track then.
Laurianne
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10/10/2013 | 6:57:42 PM
re: What Should Replace Loyalty To Company?
Your 4 points for where the career jump should start sounds a lot like what a good mentor provides. Find a mentor who believes in you and has contacts outside Big, and you're off to a good start, right?
Coverlet
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Coverlet,
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10/10/2013 | 8:16:50 PM
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It certainly can't be the kind of corporation-sponsored mentoring programs at are in vogue. Participation in those is a tricky balancing act for both mentor and mentee.

If you're lucky enough to find a mentor outside of your company's context (function 1)-- the problem is that they can't perform function 3 -- negotiation/representation with your future employer.

We ultimately have to create structural incentives for recruiters (super-connectors) to represent the employee, not the employer.
2sense
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2sense,
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10/11/2013 | 1:42:07 PM
re: What Should Replace Loyalty To Company?
If you want loyalty, buy a dog!
Laurianne
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10/11/2013 | 4:22:50 PM
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I am a big believer in outside-the-company mentors. In some cases, they can introduce you directly to potential employer.
pbuhr537
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pbuhr537,
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10/11/2013 | 5:21:01 PM
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Anything can sound edgy if you use enough half-truths and run to the next before the first one is seen clearly. Provocative (as intended, I would imagine). Some good insights, but mixed with a lot of noise. Then again, you did acknowledge it as a rant. The fact that "what have you done lately?" is the way a company will look at you shouldn't be a surprise and isn't all bad.
RobPreston
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RobPreston,
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10/11/2013 | 5:46:49 PM
re: What Should Replace Loyalty To Company?
Really? Is loyalty just for canines? I expect it of people too, understanding that today's commercial realities will allow only so much of it.
Coverlet
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Coverlet,
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10/11/2013 | 6:29:58 PM
re: What Should Replace Loyalty To Company?
Fair points. The easy answer is to say that I'm ranting, not writing a book or dissertation. But I'm not sure that it would be any better, deeper or more thoughtful in book form.

These posts are the start of a discussion. Up until recently they never made it past my laptop. If there are half truths, I'd be interested in having them pointed out. Not because I yearn for debate but because it could steer my thinking to a better place.

Opinions (and I mean mine) do a disservice when they're framed as authoritative.
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