Category Archives: Leadership

Helping mid-career executives find their way

Helping business people on the right pathSince I retired from my business in 2012, I have been looking for a way to share the many lessons I learned that will help someone else.

Well folks, after a lot of looking, I believe I have found a way! I want to help executives who, in mid-career, have been downsized or laid off. I feel very passionate about this because I was downsized four times in my career and the fifth time was looming when I took control of my future and started my business, John Bailey & Associates Public Relations, at age 57.

I realized this new passion while speaking to the Fall 2013 graduating class of the Michigan Shifting Gears program. Many of the approximately 40 mid-career executives had been laid off or downsized; some were still working but all entered the 8-week program seeking to redirect or refocus their career. Shifting Gears gave them that and more.

Here is what I want people to know: Continue reading

Who’s the worst boss you ever had?

Boss from Hell

We’ve all had tough bosses. Ones that gave us lots of crap, or never seemed happy with our performance. Over my career, I had a multitude of bosses, but it wasn’t until I realized that I was my own boss that I determined they all benefitted me. They even made me a better professional and person.

It was the realization that I and I only was the determiner of my future that I saw those bosses in a different perspective. I even cherished the times they ripped into me, especially in the early learning years of my career. Why, you say? Because I learned from each of them to see things their way, not necessarily mine. This gave me an understanding of different thinking.

A lot of time they were correct. But most importantly, I learned that they were not the important ones to building a complete career, but rather I was. Only me. Continue reading

Let-downs and pick-me-ups: On the road with “The Power of Ownership”

People often ask me, “How’s your book selling?” I am happy to report “just fine, thank you.” It’s the “THANK YOU” part that I can’t stress enough! Your support, reviews, likes and tweets are what keep this new author going strong. Sure, I like good sales numbers (who doesn’t?) but it’s hearing your many stories of struggle and success during my roadshow that makes promoting “The Power of Ownership: How to Build a Career and a Business” an incredibly humbling and rewarding experience.

Just this week, The Detroit Free Press published my very personal take on the downfall of former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. This is a respected newspaper that I helped many a professional client “get in” during my years in public relations. This time, I was the one with a voice. Kilpatrick’s tale is well-known, so I won’t rehash it here. What I wanted to remind readers was to respect the opinions of others, especially the wiser ones, and not just your friends’. Be honest, stay true to yourself, and don’t be greedy. Such simple advice for complex times. The younger version of Kwame I first met showed me such promise. The older, shameful Kwame will walk away from federal prison years from now, wishing he had taken my advice. Continue reading

Networking and its importance to you

Don't miss your shot: John Bailey presents during a public relations networking event in Detroit, 2013.

Don’t miss your shot: John Bailey presents during a public relations networking event in Detroit, 2013.

When I started John Bailey & Associates Public Relations in 1996, I knew that my network of people in business, comprised of persons I of course liked and kept in touch with during my (then) 30-year career, would be important.

I had been a successful PR professional and knew hundreds of people in business, media, government and the community in general. I was confident these people would be willing to help me as I opened my new business.

However, as I opened the doors to JB&A, I quickly found that I had underestimated just how important my network would be to my success. I didn’t just happen to know these people. They upheld my very reputation in the community. Former clients, colleagues and such spoke about “John Bailey” and “John’s new agency” to others, which helped to land new contacts (and eventually, contracts). This continued for years. I became known as a person who said what I meant and did what I said. Continue reading

12 Tips to Take Charge and Build Success

Corp! MagazineMy last blog post focused on what “NOT TO” do in business and your career. My current advice column for Corp! Magazine very much addresses what “TO” do in order to succeed.

For executives, entrepreneurs and others in need of expert work advice for companies and organizations. I hope you find my “12 Tips to Take Charge and Build Success” useful, and look forward to your comments.