September 2012


If you were at the meeting today, you might have noticed that Ed Miller was there for the first time. Well, not actually the first time because he has been several times before as a guest of the ministry in the role of a hiring manager. Now he is on the job hunt, and as a professional, he already realizes the value of the Launch Pad. I got his request to be on the Launch Pad schedule shortly after returning to the office.

I need two more…..who’s next?

For those of you who still don’t understand the value, or are a little hesitant to get in front of the group, I am including our standard FAQ which should put things into better perspective:

ARE YOU DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO FURTHER YOUR SEARCH? IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE THE LAUNCH PAD, THE ANSWER IS NO!

FAQ’s about the Launch Pad:

Question 1: What is the big deal about the launch Pad?

Answer: The big deal is that everyone in the room bonds with your search. Not only that, but you will receive names, companies, ideas and resume suggestions that will give you something to do immediately about your search. Sometime back Russ & I were trying to think of people who would be a fit for a job that came across his cell phone during the Launch Pad. I sent Russ a complete list of everyone who had done the Launch Pad because we can just read the names and images jump into our minds. Unfortunately, just introducing yourself does not leave a lasting impression.

Question 2: How can I get out there in front of strangers? It is too scary.

Answer: You are not going to find a better room of friends. Your social friends are going to give a little advice or encouragement and then go back to their jobs and lives and forget. The people in that room are all in the same place or have been in the same place you are in right now. Even among the leadership group, there are very few people who haven’t experienced job loss. I, myself have been laid off politely, laid off rudely, been fired politely, fired rudely, have worked my way out of a job twice and quit and moved on twice, have taken the wrong job twice, and once I even testified in court on behalf of the company and right afterwards was basically told “thanks for all you have done for us….we don’t need you anymore.”

Question 3: Why can’t I just wait until my resume is ready?

Answer: Because your resume will never be “ready”. The resume is not the most important part of the Launch Pad anyway. We would like nothing better than to help you make it more relevant, but your previous jobs, education, and experiences in your job history are going to be more important than the white space or type fonts in your resume. Besides, if you get on the Launch Pad and then realize that you really want to pursue your passion, you can always get back on the Launch Pad and look for new ideas on how you can do that.

Question 4: What is the acceptable format for the Launch Pad?

Answer: Are you kidding? The 20 minutes are all yours. We only ask that you not use it to sell Amway or use false pretenses to promote some product. One guy passed out 3×5 cards and explained that he would appreciate feedback in a written form because he was ADD and was going to talk for 20 minutes….and he did. Another older gentleman took off his sport coat and started his Launch Pad by dropping down and doing 60 pushups…..just to let us know he wasn’t as old as he looked. Another young man read a prepared text on why he got fired and what he had learned from it, and yet another person talked the whole 20 minutes as he reasoned his way into going after his true passion of life. We recommend that you spend five to 10 minutes filling in the details of who you are and what you are looking for and then allow 10 – 15 minutes for feedback……but it’s whatever floats your boat.

Question 5: OK What do I have to do to qualify to get on the schedule?

Answer: Everyone has the opportunity….for whatever reason, some have not tried. That is their loss. All you need to do is respond to this E-mail with a simple request to be put on the schedule and I will respond with your time. It is that simple. I ask that you respond by E-mail for two reasons. First, it is first come, first served, and E-mail makes it clear who was first. Second, if you tell me during a meeting, there is a good chance I will forget before I get back to the office and that tends to cause hard feelings.

Thanks in advance for volunteering….le bon ton rolle’.

So far Steve Watkins is our only volunteer on Thursday’s Launch Pad.

That means there are two slots open. Maybe it’s time to restate the importance of this opportunity:

ARE YOU DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO FURTHER YOUR JOB SEARCH? IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE THE LAUNCH PAD THE ANSWER IS NO!

What are you waiting for? Just return this Email with a request to be added to the schedule & I will give you a slot. No prerequisites. No seniority requirements.

Let us bond with your search.

Bill Johnson

As of this morning, Brad Morrow and Dymian Kritikos are on the Launch Pad. Several have mentioned that they might want to do it, but no one else has actually committed.

We have one spot left for Thursday and you may have it if you just return this E-mail with a request for a slot…..pretty simple.

One of our speakers recently said, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago….the next best time is today.” Set down some roots in your job search today and volunteer for the Launch Pad. You won’t regret it.

Bill Johnson

Feel free to share this opportunity

So far, Chet lohman and Tom McKinley have volunteered for the Launch PAd on Thursday.

Only one slot left.

Grab it while it’s hot

Just return this E-mail with a request to be on the schedule and I will reply with your time.

Easy as that.

Bill Johnson

New this month in News Brief – I’ve often stressed the importance of planning for life’s changes, and looking ahead to retirement is no different. Reviewing your course of action is a great way to weigh what’s important to you and evaluate all of your options. September is the first issue of our two-part retirement series to help start those conversations – please let me know how I can be of help.

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Well, it is Tuesday, September 4, and I hope you all had a relaxing weekend.

As of this morning I have no one officially on the Launch Pad for Thursday. You may have talked to me about it, or maybe you sent and E-mail, but the drill is, if you haven’t received a reply, I don’t have you on the schedule.

If you are wondering why you should participate in the Launch Pad, I am following with our standard Launch Pad FAQ

ARE YOU DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO FURTHER YOUR SEARCH? IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE THE LAUNCH PAD, THE ANSWER IS NO!

FAQ’s about the Launch Pad:

Question 1: What is the big deal about the launch Pad?

Answer: The big deal is that everyone in the room bonds with your search. Not only that, but you will receive names, companies, ideas and resume suggestions that will give you something to do immediately about your search. Sometime back Russ & I were trying to think of people who would be a fit for a job that came across his cell phone during the Launch Pad. I sent Russ a complete list of everyone who had done the Launch Pad because we can just read the names and images jump into our minds. Unfortunately, just introducing yourself does not leave a lasting impression.

Question 2: How can I get out there in front of strangers? It is too scary.

Answer: You are not going to find a better room of friends. Your social friends are going to give a little advice or encouragement and then go back to their jobs and lives and forget. The people in that room are all in the same place or have been in the same place you are in right now. Even among the leadership group, there are very few people who haven’t experienced job loss. I, myself have been laid off politely, laid off rudely, been fired politely, fired rudely, have worked my way out of a job twice and quit and moved on twice, have taken the wrong job twice, and once I even testified in court on behalf of the company and right afterwards was basically told “thanks for all you have done for us….we don’t need you anymore.”

Question 3: Why can’t I just wait until my resume is ready?

Answer: Because your resume will never be “ready”. The resume is not the most important part of the Launch Pad anyway. We would like nothing better than to help you make it more relevant, but your previous jobs, education, and experiences in your job history are going to be more important than the white space or type fonts in your resume. Besides, if you get on the Launch Pad and then realize that you really want to pursue your passion, you can always get back on the Launch Pad and look for new ideas on how you can do that.

Question 4: What is the acceptable format for the Launch Pad?

Answer: Are you kidding? The 20 minutes are all yours. We only ask that you not use it to sell Amway or use false pretenses to promote some product. One guy passed out 3×5 cards and explained that he would appreciate feedback in a written form because he was ADD and was going to talk for 20 minutes….and he did. Another older gentleman took off his sport coat and started his Launch Pad by dropping down and doing 60 pushups…..just to let us know he wasn’t as old as he looked. Another young man read a prepared text on why he got fired and what he had learned from it, and yet another person talked the whole 20 minutes as he reasoned his way into going after his true passion of life. We recommend that you spend five to 10 minutes filling in the details of who you are and what you are looking for and then allow 10 – 15 minutes for feedback……but it’s whatever floats your boat.

Question 5: OK What do I have to do to qualify to get on the schedule?

Answer: Everyone has the opportunity….for whatever reason, some have not tried. That is their loss. All you need to do is respond to this E-mail with a simple request to be put on the schedule and I will respond with your time. It is that simple. I ask that you respond by E-mail for two reasons. First, it is first come, first served, and E-mail makes it clear who was first. Second, if you tell me during a meeting, there is a good chance I will forget before I get back to the office and that tends to cause hard feelings.

Thanks in advance for volunteering….le bon ton rolle’.

Bill Johnson