Chopping Down the Cherry Tree is Old News…

…Now we’re just cutting back.

Feeling a little jittery every morning when you go into work? It’s not the double espresso talking to you, probably just good old paranoia. The media blitz is doing their job, making us even more uneasy as we contemplate our futures based on the dire statistics thrown at us:  layoffs, ponzi schemes, recession, depression, unemployment, GDP, stimulus package, taxes– it’s all quite glum as we make our way slowly through this deep winter freeze. For the first time it feels like the media is telling the truth. Everyday we hear of friends and colleagues losing their jobs or seeing reduced benefits. So, of course we feel a little paranoid as we get into work each morning– how long until you become a media statistic? Bosses may say its fine one day and then be talking about budget cuts the next. So, the reality is no one knows what each day will bring.

How can you best handle this shaky scenario? It’s more than challenging when you have to deal with the unknown. So focus on what you do know, yourself. Don’t let your fears drive your behavior. Productivity, a good attitude and taking on extra work may be the thing that makes you memorable. Of course, this may not be enough to save you if your company likes corporate jets and executive parties on exotic islands, but what it will do is enhance valuable relationships for the future. The world constantly reminds us how small it is and therefore one should remember that whether in prosperous or difficult times it is important not to burn any bridges. Instead, market yourself. It should be an easy and fun thing to do which will help distract you in these uncertain times.

Yours truly,

Aruna

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

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