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Keep moving while you enjoy your holidays

Note from Ann: Hello, blog readers.  I’m off on extended medical leave for a few weeks so I’ve turned my blog over to some of my colleagues who are business experts and community leaders in their own ways. Enjoy their thoughts, words and ideas.  I’ll be back on duty after the first of the year.


During this festive season, most of us strive to fit in all the activities we want to do (or others want us to do). At the same time, we also look forward to a change of pace—or some rest—from our usual work patterns. If you’re in the job search process, consider a balance between those two extremes: Keep moving forward, but also change your mode/pace. Here are a few ideas to consider:

  • Reach out to people who’re still in the office. Many businesspersons are off and some organizations are effectively on hiatus, but a surprising number of people are still around. They’re often in a better-than-average mood, operating at a different pace and reachable. Caution: If someone’s in frantic, end-of-year closing/completion mode, don’t bug them.

  • Share appropriately with those you encounter at family gatherings, parties and other events. You never know who’s connected to whom, so diplomatically mention your status/focus and be ready to tell them more if they ask. Always have your business cards with you.

  • Plan to get a great start out of the 2017 gate. Block some time to review what worked and didn’t work in 2016, figure out why and write down exactly what you’ll do differently starting in 1Q17. Search out an accountability partner if you don’t have one. Schedule meetings with key people—in December if possible and in January.

  • Rest and recreate. Give yourself permission to disengage fully at some points during the season. You need and deserve it.
    Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all!

Bill Powell, Franchise Consultant, FranNet MidAmerica, 937.307.5121,

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