Engaged Pursuit (Podcast): Your Story. Your Career.

Tom Perry

It's a shocking (and unsustainable) statistic - 70% of professionals are disengaged on the job.

Engaged Pursuit was founded to fix that.

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2021 is quickly coming to a close. Q4 results are coming in. Performance Reviews are (probably) coming up. A time for reflection around what you've accomplished and what the new year might bring. For many clients, it's also a time to be thinking about something new. Especially if it's been a rough year and you're feeling "stuck" the last couple months of the calendar year can bring thoughts of exploration, change, and excitement. But looking for something new goes beyond updating your resume or getting your Linked-In in order.  There's much more "art" in this process as compared to "science."  In this latest episode of the Engaged Pursuit podcast, founder Tom Perry highlights his best practices when thinking about something new and how to approach the process from a human, selfish (in a good way) perspective. Have an issue you're working through or thinking about a change in 2022? Send Tom an email (tom@engagedpursuit.com). Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career. #career #change #leadership #employeeengagement #engagedpursuit

Oct 27

12 min 17 sec

For most tech organizations, the performance review happens in early Spring.  Even though this timeline is usually set-in-stone, employees are often surprised by how quickly important dates (and deliverables) creep-up.   The Fall is a great time to check-in on how you're doing and be more proactive about the crucial parts of the performance process.  It's more than just knowing what you did and the impact that you had on the bottom-line.  Often, there's a ton of thought, discussion, and presentation of your work to important stakeholders.  Stuff you don't want to wait until the last minute to tackle. In this episode of the Engaged Pursuit Podcast, founder Tom Perry highlights his Top 6 Tips-And-Tricks to implement during the Fall months to ensure your Spring 2022 performance review is seamless (and hopefully spectacular). Whether you're in tech with tons of process or in a small company with more informal performance conversations, this episode is for you! Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career. #career #performancereview #impact #results #leadership #engagedpursuit

Oct 20

11 min 54 sec

We're hearing it a lot from clients - this time of year sucks! Whether you're looking for something new, getting ready to close the 4th quarter or starting the process of your 2021 Performance Review (more on this next week...), there's a lot going on! We could all use a sanity check right about now ... and (more importantly) some stuff to take our minds off things ... in this latest episode, Engaged Pursuit founder Tom Perry highlights his favorite books, podcasts, articles, streaming content, and meditations to keep you smiling (and a little less stressed) moving into the end of the calendar year. Have something you're digging?  Share it with Tom - tom@engagedpursuit.com

Oct 13

6 min 47 sec

Stakeholders play a super important part of the tech professional experience.  Especially if you're in a larger, global organization, these folks can make-or-break your projects, initiatives, and (most importantly) your performance review.  These are individuals who you don't work directly for, but play a role in your world - think team leaders, important partners, etc. Partnering with these folks can sometimes be weird - you don't have a formal professional relationship, but you still have to show-up well consistently. A lot harder to do - especially in complex, global organizations. Founder Tom Perry has worked with stakeholders across the globe and knows a thing-or-two about how these partnerships work. Get his Top 6 Tips-and-Tricks to ensure your relationship(s) with stakeholders start-off well and maintain for the long-term! Have a stakeholder partnership you're nervous about? Or new to an organization and not sure where to start? Reach out directly to Tom via email (tom@engagedpursuit.com). Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career.

Oct 7

11 min 50 sec

Tons of tech organizations identify three ingredients to a successful professional experience: 1. Have impact 2. Have a Career Plan (easier said than done for the majority of folks) and 3. Have a good relationship with your boss. But what about those co-workers who you're working with day-in-and-day-out?  Those individuals, in our experience, can make-or-break unity and/or engagement in the organization.   Today, founder Tom Perry talks about his Top 6 ways to ensure these crucial relationships start (and stay!) on track ... even when disagreements in style (or personality) come-up.  You won't want to miss this episode of the Engaged Pursuit podcast! Have a sticky co-worker situation you're working through? Get on Tom's calendar for a quick 20 min (complimentary) chat - calendly.com/engagedpursuit. Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career. #career #leadership #coworkers #employeeengagement #engagedpursuit

Sep 29

8 min 42 sec

Relationships are key to the Professional Experience . Especially in tech, where the environment is intense, performance metrics are high, and options for future success (or failure) can shift from one day to the next. The most important relationship is that between the employee and the (direct) manager. Whether you're early in your career or reporting directly to the CEO, this partnership can make-or-break your career.  Not to be too dramatic - it's true! And, unfortunately, this is a relationship that most professionals don't think about enough. They assume good intent, they let the manager lead, and leave the rest to fate.  Not a good way to manage a career or ensure professional engagement. In this latest "Fall Re-Boot" episode, Engaged Pursuit founder Tom Perry highlights his Top 6 tips-and-tricks to ensure this super important partnership starts-off on the right foot, continues to work for YOU, and discusses tactics if/when this relationship goes off-track. Have a sticky manager relationship you're working through?  Send Tom an email (tom@engagedpursuit.com) or text (206.369.3124) to discuss options to get in a better place. Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career. #career #management #leadership #employeeengagement #engagedpursuit

Sep 22

11 min 11 sec

You've heard of Spring Cleaning ... what about Fall Organization?? Could we make that a new thing for tech professionals? It's funny - tech folks are either HIGHLY organized (filed every email from 2004) or INCREDIBLY unorganized (can't find any emails from 2021).  The solution is probably somewhere in between ...  But how do you stay mentally organized to ensure professional success and engagement? There's lots of ways to optimize your inbox or create a folder system, but how do you ensure you're showing-up and staying organized as a HUMAN each day?  Glad you asked... In this latest episode of the Engaged Pursuit podcast, Founder Tom Perry highlights his Top 6 ways of getting (& staying!) organized mentally each day.  You'll hear some stuff he loves (get up early!!) as well as some new stuff - all with the intention to get you feeling better about the work you're doing each-and-every-day. Have a best practice that you'd like to share around how YOU stay organized? Send Tom an email (tom@engagedpursuit.com) or text (206.369.3124). Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career. #career #employeeengagement #leadership #organization #engagedpursuit

Sep 16

9 min 56 sec

September ... Ugh! It's the month EVERYONE is back in the (virtual) office.  Summer breaks are over. Kids are headed back to school. Third quarter results are close. The Fourth Quarter is right around the corner.  The theme for the month:  T - U - R - B - O. Staying engaged professionally is tough during this time of year.  Especially in 2021.  Having a check-list of the realities of this month, what to do to prepare for the ups-and-downs, and how to think about the future is crucial to success this month (and the rest of the year). In this latest episode, Engaged Pursuit founder Tom Perry shares his Top 6 Tips-and-Tricks for getting through these challenging weeks (especially the week after Labor Day!) and feeling strong about your professional experience. We're continuing these best practices each week for the next couple months. In a shorter, easier to consume format, we'll be talking about the stuff that's important this time of year: staying organized, getting ready for your performance review, getting better balance approaching the holidays, and making sure your professional relationships are on-point. Working through something sticky professionally and want to talk to Tom? Send him an email: tom@engagedpursuit.com or sign-up for a complimentary 30min chat: calendly.com/engagedpursuit. Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career. Twitter + Linked-In: @engagedpursuit #engagedpursuit #employeeengagement #career #changemanagement #leadership

Sep 8

11 min 32 sec

It seems like everyone is asking the same question - when are tech employees headed back to the office??  Some companies have already started the process (10% here, 15% there...), and most are giving employees a "Fall 2021" return date (fingers crossed). Most professionals are both nervous and excited about a potential return to a formal office environment. Excited to see everyone, but nervous about falling into the same routine and/or showing-up in the same way... Engaged Pursuit founder Tom Perry highlights his take on this huge opportunity. Being away for the past 16+ months has been tough and coming back presents a big opportunity to re-invent (or double-down on) your Career Path. Headed back to the office and feeling scared? Have back-to-the-office stories of your own? Give Tom a shout at tom@engagedpursuit.com Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career.

Jul 22

15 min 36 sec

The first few months in a new job are crucial - whether you're a recent grad and starting in your first gig, or a long-time professional who's transitioning into a new organization. Folks often don't think (enough) about how to nail these first 60 and/or 90 days. My learnings: The relationships you build in those first few months are crucial to long-term success. Engaged Pursuit founder Tom Perry highlights his thinking on the most important things to do and the most important communities to consider during your first couple months on the job. Remember - you own this experience! About to start a new job or struggling in your first few months? Reach out to Tom directly at tom@engagedpursuit.com or sign-up for a complimentary 30m 1:1 at calendly.com/engagedpursuit. Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career.

Jul 1

14 min 53 sec

Of course, you're preparing for al the tough interview questions that might come your way as you get ready for your Zoom or Teams experience. All your results, all your impact ... but what about the HUMAN on the other side of that question?  How should you think about preparing for the potential focus areas and (more importantly) the connection that you have to make in order for the person (or persons) to say "yes" to a hiring decision?? In this third episode on our series of important Communities, Engaged Pursuit founder Tom Perry will discuss his tips/tricks for preparing for the human side of the interviewer community - those individuals who you're going to be talking with throughout your interview (from recruiters to hiring managers to partner teams).   Know a recent grad or someone who could use a little help thinking about (or preparing for) an important interview? Tom is still offering complimentary 30 min discussions ... sign-up at calendly.com/engagedpursuit Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career. #career #graduates #classof2021 #employeeengagement #engagedpursuit

Jun 24

18 min 34 sec

Big episode this week! Starting out by highlighting the May 2021 job numbers just released this morning. Main take-away: The overall unemployment number decreased to 5.8% (yay!), but the recovery continues to take longer than expected and we have millions of jobs to go (not so yay!). Subscribe to the Engaged Pursuit newsletter to get Tom's latest (and deeper) analysis of these numbers (and what he's seeing in the market) next week! The second part of the podcast is all about the graduating senior getting ready to hit the "real world" - specifically how to think about your family (& other folks in your network) who are looking to help. How do you manage this important (& sometimes annoying!) community? Tom will highlight his foundational take-away as well as his tips-and-tricks to ensure you're feeling good as those close to you ask a bunch of questions. Next up - How to think about (and manage) the Employer community - those who you will be talking to and interviewing with as your job search intensifies over the summer.   Engaged Pursuit is everywhere - check us out on Linked In and Twitter (@engagedpursuit). Want to talk to Tom? Check out calendly.com/engagedpursuit.com to sign-up for a complimentary 30m discussion. Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career.

Jun 4

19 min 47 sec

Ahhhhh graduation season!  Finals week is over, hats are decorated, socially-distanced audience tickets are ordered and the real-world awaits ... gulp! I remember my graduation month being filled with both excitement and fear.  Lots of relief that college was completed, and lots of fear that I HAD NO IDEA WHAT I WANTED TO DO FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.  Sound familiar?? I got a ton of advice around updating my resume and getting my networking skills polished.  But nothing existed (and frankly still doesn't exist) to help the HUMAN-side of the search for something after walking across the stage. Nothing to manage that fear, that excitement ... until now! For the next four weeks, the Engage Pursuit podcast will talk about managing that human side of graduation.  This week, we're talking about managing yourself through this really exciting really scary time. Founder Tom Perry will walk through his advice to ensure you're staying sane as you think about what's next. In the coming weeks, Tom will also talk about ways to manage your NETWORK effectively (including family members), ways to think about showing-up with future EMPLOYERS who are interviewing you, and ways to nail your first interactions with your new CO-WORKERS who you will quickly become close with during your first gig. Know someone who could use a little love during this scary time? Reach out to Tom to learn about on-demand, virtual 1:1 coaching (tom@engagedpursuit.com) or schedule a complimentary 30m at calendly.com/engagedpursuit. Find Engaged Pursuit everywhere - Linked In and TWTR: @engagedpursuit Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career.

May 20

19 min 21 sec

All of our professional lives have changed since March 2020. Lots of weird stuff (never-ending Zoom calls) as well as some really good stuff. Over the past several weeks, founder Tom Perry has highlighted how our professional world has improved over the past 12 months. Previous episodes discuss how Leaders have changed, how culture/teams have changed, and last week he talked about how professionals (you!) have changed. This week, he's giving his Top 5 ways CAREERS have actually improved since March 2020.  Over the next several weeks, Tom will be talking all about graduation ... students moving into the "real-world." Yikes!  Stay tuned and subscribe to make sure you get the latest/greatest thinking directly to your podcast feed. Have a topic idea or want to reach-out to Tom for some 1:1 coaching? Feel free to email: tom@engagedpursuit.com Subscribe to the Engaged Pursuit podcast wherever you get your podcasts. TWTR + Linked In: @engagedpursuit

Apr 7

18 min 42 sec

We've all been through a lot over the past 12 months. Some really tough moments (ok, a lot of tough moments), but there's also been some really good things that professionals are now prioritizing coming out of 2020. In this third (of four) episode of this "A Year Later..." series, Engaged Pursuit founder Tom Perry highlights the top 5 ways professionals (you!) have improved over the past 12 months. Priorities have shifted and we're absolutely defining work a lot differently. Next week, we'll talk about how Careers have changed (for the better) since March 2020. Know someone who could use a little career kick-in-the-pants? Let them know that Tom offers a complimentary 30m 1:1 - check out calendly.com/engagedpursuit to schedule.  Have a topic that you'd like Tom to cover? Send him an email: tom@engagedpursuit.com Don't forget to subscribe to the Engaged Pursuit podcast wherever you get your podcasts. Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career.

Mar 24

13 min 20 sec

It's now officially one year since we were all locked down and (mostly) working & schooling from home. What a wild 12 months! Things have definitely changed since March 2020 - how we work, where we work, why we work, and when we work. But what's actually gotten BETTER over the last 12 months? A lot... In this second episode of "A Year Later...", Engaged Pursuit founder Tom Perry talks about how Culture & Teams & Organizations have changed for the better now that we see a light at the end of the tunnel. From how we all define "balance" to what company's include in their benefit packages, there's really good stuff coming out of 2020! Next week we'll talk about how Professionals (You!) have changed over the past year and we'll wrap things up during the last week of March talking about how Careers have changed for the better.  Have a topic you'd like Tom to cover? Or thinking about your next Engaged Pursuit? Send him an email: tom@engagedpursuit.com Engaged Pursuit is everywhere! Find us on Linked-In and Twitter: @engagedpursuit Don't forget to subscribe and rate us wherever you get your podcasts! Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career.

Mar 17

17 min 30 sec

What a wild year! It's been 12 months since lockdown and we're starting to see a light at the end of the Zoom-meeting tunnel. We all know the ways in which we're working has changed as well as how we're partnering with others. But what about the other, softer stuff that's changed since March 2020? What has gotten BETTER and what do we hope continues as things get back to normal? Engaged Pursuit founder Tom Perry is going to spend the month of March 2021 talking about the things that have changed (and improved): Leadership, Culture, Professionals Themselves (you), and Careers. This week we tackle Leadership: How 2020 has impacted Leaders and Managers. Have a topic you'd like Tom to cover in the future? Send him an email: tom@engagedpursuit.com Find Engaged Pursuit everywhere: Twitter + Linked-In: @engagedpursuit Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career. #career #employeeengagement #leadership #changemanagement #engagedpursuit

Mar 10

18 min 48 sec

So you've landed somewhere totally new or been accepted to lead a totally new project or initiative. Now what? Gulp! A tons of professionals think about (and plan for) the lead-up to a big professional shift (the plan, the resume, the interview, the offer...), but when it comes to actually DOING the work - especially in the first 60 days - there's a ton of unknowns.   In this latest edition of The Engaged Pursuit Podcast, founder Tom Perry highlights his top-5 tips/tricks to ensure your first 60 days in a new organization or new project are super-successful. It's important you go easy on yourself, but also know exactly what you need to do to maximize this important professional experience. Rate & review The Engaged Pursuit Podcast wherever you get your podcasts! Find us on Linked-In & Twitter: @engagedpursuit Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career.

Feb 25

18 min 42 sec

 Ok, you've found the most interesting, exciting new role. The only issue ... it's TOTALLY different from what you're currently doing. It's a Career Pivot with a capital "P" to say the least.  You know why you're going after this role and you've updated your resume. Now comes the hard part - actually talking to others (recruiters, hiring managers, those in your network, etc) about YOU and WHY you're looking to make this big Career Pivot (with a capital "P"). Easier said than done, right? Excactly! In this edition of The Engaged Pursuit Podcast, our founder Tom Perry gives his Top 5 tips/tricks on how to be successful when talking to others about your Career Pivot. Like most things, there's a bit of science and a whole 'lotta art in this process. Have an idea for a future podcast? Send Tom an email: tom@engagedpursuit.com Know someone (or yourself??) who could use some help thinking about a Career Pivot (with a capital "P")? Tom continues to offer complimentary 30 min 1:1 time ... get on calendars: calendly.com/engagedpursuit Subscribe to The Engaged Pursuit Podcast wherever you get your podcasts! Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career.

Feb 19

19 min 39 sec

If you're like most professionals, the first thing you think about when making a potential shift w/ your career is "How am I going to update my resume??"  Well, if you're like most professionals, you THINK about this, but don't actually DO much to change your resume's current content. Am I right?? Well, that's a big no-no!  Updating your resume to tell your Professional Story in a different way is crucial if you are looking to make a big professional change. Recruiters and Hiring Managers don't know where you want to go (or why), so the resume is one way to TELL them what you're looking to accomplish in this new world and why you'd make a great fit for their organization.   This is tough work. It's a ton of art and a little science too. In this latest edition of The Engaged Pursuit Podcast, founder Tom Perry highlights his Top 5 tricks for updating your resume (and Linked In) if you're looking for a big professional pivot in 2021. From foundational structure to best practices around what (and where) to update, he's got you covered! Next week Tom talks about how to talk about yourself in a new, more compelling way if you're searching for a new gig in 2021.  Our focus on how to manage individual change in 2021 continues! Subscribe to The Engaged Pursuit Podcast wherever you get your podcasts. Find Engaged Pursuit on Linked In & Twitter: @engagedpursuit

Feb 11

21 min 35 sec

It's Friday February 5th 2021, and the January unemployment numbers were released this morning.   Check-out this Special Edition of the Engaged Pursuit Podcast, where founder Tom Perry gives you all the important headlines associated with these latest numbers.  In addition, Tom will share what he's seeing in the market and give you some ideas to keep you busy if you need something to watch this weekend. Subscribe to the Engaged Pursuit Podcast wherever you get your podcasts and don't forget to rate/review us! Have an idea for Tom to discuss or have a favorite show you'd like to share? Email Tom: tom@engagedpursuit.com Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career. | TWTR + Linked In: @engagedpursuit

Feb 5

10 min 54 sec

It's a fact: 2021 is all about CHANGE.   Change in how we work. Change in how we interact with others. Change in priorities. Change in what you're doing?? Many professionals are asking themselves a simple question - Is it time for me to make a big change professionally?   For those who answer yes, the usual path is typical for a "Type-A" person: Get your resume updated, tweak Linked In, and apply apply apply apply apply apply.  Shaking your head in agreement?  Thought so... There's a better way to ensure success if you know change is needed for your professional experience - start with the foundational elements (way upstream) to help define where you're going downstream.  But this is often times easier said-than-done (and it's a lot of introspective work). In this latest edition of the Engaged Pursuit Podcast, Founder Tom Perry highlights his 5 best practices to make sure you're focusing on the right foundational elements even before you start to hit apply (or update or resume or tweak Linked In).  Stay tuned throughout the month of February for additional tips/tricks to make sure you're navigating your change experience successfully! Hit "Subscribe" wherever you get your podcasts and don't forget to rate us! Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career.

Feb 3

18 min 56 sec

You've built your plan. You've talked to your manager. Now comes the (sometimes difficult for procrastinators like me) work - actually starting the work! Never fear - Engaged Pursuit founder Tom Perry highlights his 5 best practices to achieve success as you work toward implementing your plan(s) for change. Putting the finishing touches on your approach is crucial to ensure your short- & long-term success. Have a podcast idea that you'd like Tom to cover? Send him an email: tom@engagedpursuit.com Subscribe to the Engaged Pursuit Podcast wherever you get your podcasts & don't forget to rate us! Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career. @engagedpursuit (TWTR + Linked-In)

Jan 27

18 min 45 sec

You've done the work - you know change is coming and you've built your initial plan for how YOU hope to show-up during this time(s) of change. Now comes the hard part ... actually talking to your manager! These type of professional development conversations are hard - we don't do them often and just the thought can create feelings of anxiety, fear, and insecurity.  Not anymore! In today's episode, Engaged Pursuit founder Tom Perry talks about his recommendations to getting yourself (and your manager) ready for this important conversation.  From your mindset to the important logistics (both before and after), Tom has you covered! Have additional ideas for Tom that you'd like to share? Email him: tom@engagedpursuit.com Find Engaged Pursuit everywhere: Linked-In + Twitter (@engagedpursuit) | Don't forget to rate us wherever you get your podcasts

Jan 22

19 min 36 sec

We know what's coming in 2021 - Tons of change!  Can you just feel it?? Often professionals love the concept of change, but have difficulty getting ahead of (and taking advantage of) change.  With change comes new opportunities, new skills, new relationships, new experiences, and possibly a new YOU.  You want to make sure you're right there, talking to the right people (your manager) about how you want to take-advantage of the change we all know is coming. In this episode, founder Tom Perry highlights the first part of getting ahead of change - building an initial plan for how you want to operate as things change with your job, your life, and your company. Having a point-of-view and some initial ideas is crucial as you (hopefully) talk with your manager about the year ahead. Already know you are going to deal with some big change in 2021? Or know someone who's going through some challenging change in early 2021? Feel free to sign up for a free 30 min 1:1 conversation with Tom using his scheduling tool - calendly.com/engagedpursuit Have a topic you'd like Tom to discuss? Send him ideas at tom@engagedpursuit.com. 

Jan 15

18 min 18 sec

Special (Sunday) Edition of The Engaged Pursuit Podcast. In this recording, Engaged Pursuit founder Tom Perry covers two topics: (1) the December 2020 unemployment numbers released on Friday and (2) the impact of the events from 1/6/2021 on himself, his company, and all of you. Engaged Pursuit was horrified by the events of last week. The overt insurrection and racism demonstrated by the mob created terror and was a direct threat to our democracy. Now more than ever, we must define what is important to us and live true to our values - personally, professionally, and now (more than ever) politically. Engaged Pursuit is committed to helping individuals and organizations not only define this for themselves, but also get clarity on how to demonstrate it to benefit our society. Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career.

Jan 10

22 min 13 sec

We've all been waiting for it ... big change in 2021.  From the way we work, to how we talk to customers, to the methods of leading teams, to getting the heck off Zoom (sorry, Zoom...) we know these next 12 months are going to be BIG. Organizations talk a lot about change (commonly referred to as "change management"), but we'd argue that the everyday employee doesn't really know how to manage lots of change (let alone thrive in it). Often, professionals are flat-footed during times of change and/or miss-out on opportunities for impact because they are not in-front of new ways of doing business. Until now ... In this first episode of season two of The Engaged Pursuit Podcast, founder Tom Perry talks about the ways YOU (as the everyday employee) should start thinking about change, and what YOU can do to get ahead of what's coming in 2021.  He was inspired by his own journey for change moving into the new calendar year as well as a Gartner survey recently released on the big HR/Leadership priorities for 2021. Think you'll be going through lots of change soon? Or know someone who will need a little help? Reach out to Tom: tom@engagedpursuit.com. Subscribe to The Engaged Pursuit Podcast wherever you get your podcasts and don't forget to rate us! Find Engaged Pursuit on Linked-In and Twitter (@engagedpursuit).

Jan 6

20 min 12 sec

Well that was quite a year! In this last podcast of 2020, Engaged Pursuit founder Tom Perry reviews his top "ah-ha" moments of the year, his big predictions for 2021 (yes, they are all positive!!), and favorite books, podcasts, movies, etc.  Things are looking-up as we move into next year (fingers crossed) and we're grateful you're a part of this community. Know someone who could use a little career-love heading into 2021? Have an idea/topic you'd like Tom to cover in future podcasts? Reach-out directly to Tom - tom@engagedpursuit.com. Engaged Pursuit is everywhere! Find us on Twitter and Linked-In (@engagedpursuit).  Have a solid rest of your year, and see ya in 2021!

Dec 2020

20 min 6 sec

In this final of our three-part series on your upcoming Performance Review, Engaged Pursuit founder Tom Perry highlights his recommendations for having a meaningful and confident Performance Review with your Manager. These conversations are hard. You've done the prep (foundational) work, you have a document that highlights both the "what" and the "how" ... now, it's time to actually have the discussion with your Manager (gulp). And probably over Zoom (double gulp). Performance Reviews are a discussion and are more forward looking than you might think. You also might get asked for Manager feedback and what you're looking for next in your Career.  Don't worry - we've got you covered in this latest episode of the Engaged Pursuit podcast. Tune in next week (last week of 2020), where Tom will record his learnings from 2020 and talks about his predictions for 2021. He'll also include his favorite books, articles, podcasts, and music from the last 12 months. Subscribe to the Engaged Pursuit podcast wherever you get your podcasts, and let your network know that this resource is available. Please rate/review the podcast and let Tom know if there's a topic you'd like him to cover - tom@engagedpursuit.com

Dec 2020

22 min 28 sec

Whether you use a corporate template or not, articulating your yearly Performance Review in the written form can be really challenging. Where do you even start and what type of information should you include? We are glad you asked! Telling your Story in your Performance Review is crucial (and really difficult).  You will use this to talk about yourself in your Performance Review (more on this next week) and your Manager will (most likely) use this in their decision(s) around how you delivered results in 2020. Whether you've completed your Performance Review a thousand times or are just starting out - these best practices will ensure you are documenting your year as clearly and confidently as possible.  Yes, that's possible - even in 2020! Next week, Tom will finish this Performance Review series and discuss tips & tricks around the actual Performance Review conversation (gulp)! How to articulate your results and answer questions that might come-up around Career or Feedback for your Manager. Have someone in your life who could use the gift of Engaged Pursuit? Hourly 1:1 gifts are available, so email Tom (tom@engagedpursuit.com) if you are interested in learning more. 2021 is going to be BIG, so start off the year with a solid foundation to an Engaged Pursuit! Engaged Pursuit can be found on Linked In and Twitter: @engagedpursuit | Website: https://engagedpursuit.com | Rate us wherever you get your podcasts!

Dec 2020

21 min 15 sec

The end of the calendar year is almost here!  What does that mean for you? No, not more episodes of "The Bachelorette" or "The Crown" (although those are lovely)... It's the start of Performance Review season (for many of you)! In this first of a series of episodes, Engaged Pursuit Tom Perry talks about the foundational elements of this very important time-of-year.  He highlights some of the basics around this process (it's mostly art and limited science), the logistics around this time (know your important dates!), and conversations that will probably also come-up as you discuss your performance (did somebody say "Manager Feedback??"). In the next couple weeks, Tom will also talk about the specific elements of the "Performance Review Kit" (what you need to prepare as you get ready for your Performance Review), how to think about the actual Performance Review conversation, and what to do AFTER you're done with the discussion. Have additional feedback or have a question? Reach out to Tom directly - tom@engagedpursuit.com Find Engaged Pursuit on Linked-In & Twitter (@engagedpursuit)! Subscribe to the Engaged Pursuit podcast wherever you get your podcasts!

Dec 2020

19 min 17 sec

It's Friday, December 4th 2020, and the November unemployment numbers were released this morning. The theme for November (and the previous several months): Slow Growth.  Our founder, Tom Perry, highlights the big headlines coming out of these numbers, what he's keeping an eye on, and how he's optimistic about early 2021 - especially moving into February. In addition, Tom shares some of his favorite books, shows, movies and attitudes that are keeping him sane(ish) as we get ready to say bye-bye to 2020 (can't come soon enough!). Have a topic you'd like Tom to discuss? Send him an email - tom@engagedpursuit.com Rate us wherever you get your podcasts and let your network know about the Engaged Pursuit podcast! Find us on Twitter & Linked-In: @engagedpursuit

Dec 2020

11 min 33 sec

I know what you're thinking - "Tom, where have you been???" Well, the Engaged Pursuit Podcast is back!   The time-off has inspired founder Tom Perry to talk about an important topic, especially as we head into December: Being more selfish.  But not selfish in a negative way; rather, selfish with your time and selfish taking more (little breaks). Taking time-off can be hard - especially in 2020.  But the value of taking a couple hours or a couple days is tremendous! Listen to Tom's Top 5 reasons why being selfish with your time (and taking breaks) is more important now than ever. Have a topic you'd like to hear Tom discuss in a future podcast? Email him at tom@engagedpursuit.com Engaged Pursuit is everywhere:  https://engagedpursuit.com (web) | @engagedpursuit (Twitter & Linked-In). Don't forget to rate us & let your network know this resource is available!

Dec 2020

17 min 39 sec

Leadership: Needed now more than ever.  What does it mean to be a Leader in 2020 (and beyond)? Sure, leaders are good communicators, work through others, create a strong mission/vision, etc. But we think there's more to being a Leader. Much more. In this episode, Engaged Pursuit founder Tom Perry talks about a new way to define Leadership for our changing world. Whether you're leading an organization, leading an institution, leading your community, or (frankly) leading yourself...there's a new way to think about showing-up as a Leader. Have a topic you'd like Tom to discuss? Or feedback on a previous topic? Send him an email: tom@engagedpursuit.com. Stay tuned for a special edition of the Engaged Pursuit podcast this Friday (6/November) for the release of October's Unemployment numbers & additional ways Tom is (trying) to stay sane throughout this year. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts & let your network know this resource is available. Find Engaged Pursuit on Linked-In & Twitter: @engagedpursuit 

Nov 2020

20 min 21 sec

If you're like most professionals, you're probably working through a pretty challenging career-related issue right now.  Stuff like looking for something new. Or "feeling stuck." Or dealing with a difficult manager. Or . And, if you're like most professionals, you're probably taking the issue (and yourself) VERY, EXTREMELY, INSANELY serious. Your "Type-A" is really coming through - lots of plans, roadmaps, criteria for success, timelines, etc. Am I right?? Well...what if there's a different approach to solving complex professional problems?  An approach that actually incorporates a LIGHTER, LESS SERIOUS, EASIER action items? Stuff you traditionally wouldn't even think about to get the job done?? Grab a pen and paper, because our founder Tom Perry will walk you through a different framework to solve your complex professional issue - an approach that's not as serious. Could this new way of thinking actually be a better solution?  We think so! Have a really difficult situation you'd like to discuss with Tom? Send him an email - tom@engagedpursuit.com Subscribe and let your network know this podcast is available.  Find us on Linked-In & Twitter: @engagedpursuit

Oct 2020

20 min 3 sec

Ask anyone advice on maximizing your Career (or finding something new) & the vast majority of the time, you'll hear, "You just need to network more!" or "Networking is so, so, so important!"  Sound familiar?? Is your heart-rate going up?? Now, on many levels, this statement is correct - networking often leads to great conversations, great jobs, great community, and great learnings. But HOW you get there is a different story.  The vast majority of professionals are fumbling their networking approach, fearful and unsure how to even start (even though they know it's one of the ways to great things). Until now! Engaged Pursuit founder Tom Perry highlights a new definition of "Networking" (less sales!!) and talks about a new way to approach this *skill* and take the ambiguity (and fear!) off the table.  Doesn't a potentially new approach to networking just feel better?? Thought so! Have an idea for an upcoming podcast? Send Tom an email - tom@engagedpursuit.com | Subscribe to the Engaged Pursuit Podcast wherever you get your podcasts | Find Engaged Pursuit everywhere: Twitter & Linked-In (@engagedpursuit)

Oct 2020

21 min 19 sec

"You need a good mentor!" is often what managers will tell employees when thinking about important moments in their Career. Like most things, easier said than done, right? We hear you... In this episode, Engaged Pursuit founder Tom Perry highlights some strategies to ensure you are setting yourself (and your potential mentor) up for success from the very beginning. Being thoughtful around your goal, who you might work with, how you're engaging with them and the details of your partnership is crucial to an awesome mentor partnership. Want to talk about your mentor situation (or lack of situation if you're like most professionals)? Send Tom an email: tom@engagedpursuit.com Subscribe to the Engaged Pursuit podcast wherever you get your podcasts and don't forget to tell your network about this valuable resource. Engaged Pursuit is everywhere! Web: https://engagedpursuit.com | Linked-In & Twitter: @engagedpursuit

Oct 2020

20 min 35 sec

Tons of headlines coming-out this morning - it's one of those "maybe I just need to eat chips & watch Netflix" kind of days for sure.   But, before you hit the couch, our Founder Tom Perry has the big stuff you need to know about the September 2020 job report released this morning.  Elements include the additional jobs added to payroll, the current unemployment rate heading into the election, and how the most recent reporting month compares to previous months/summer. In addition to talking about September, Tom also shares some of the things that are working to stay sane(ish) during this challenging time.  While no official expert, Tom hopes these tips-and-tricks will help you during the final months of 2020. Have something that's working to keep you sane? Let Tom know via email - tom@engagedpursuit.com Thank you for your continued support! Subscribe today, let your network know this resource is available, follow us on Linked-In or Twitter (@engagedpursuit) and please rate on Apple Podcasts! Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career.

Oct 2020

13 min 13 sec

Raise your hand if you've worked with (or working with) a crappy Manager?  Everyone's hands in the air?  Thought so... While the vast majority of professionals begin the relationship with their managers with the best of intent, sometimes the partnership goes off-track.  Smaller stuff happens (1:1 meetings are cancelled (often), feedback becomes "blah," ghosting, etc) as well as bigger stuff (values conflict, behavior shifts, surprises, etc). When patterns start and/or the relationship isn't working anymore, what are professionals to do? How can they stay true to themselves (and their careers) while addressing these concerns? Glad you asked. In this episode, Engaged Pursuit founder Tom Perry outlines his best practices for addressing both the "small stuff" as well as the "big stuff" when Manager relationships go off-track.  Bottom line - this is hard, but the VAST majority of professionals are dealing with these issues each-and-every-day. Need help thinking through your particular situation? Email Tom - tom@engagedpursuit.com Know someone who could use some advice on dealing with a difficult (crappy) Manager? Forward them this podcast and tell them to subscribe! Engaged Pursuit is everywhere:  https://engagedpursuit.com | TWITTER & Linked-In @engagedpursuit 

Sep 2020

26 min 35 sec

As employees, we want our Manager relationship to work. We expect meaningful discussions, valuable feedback, career insight(s), and hopefully some fun too.  But how do we know if our Manager partnership is headed in the wrong direction? What are some signs to indicate that the relationship might not be working as well as we originally hoped?  Glad you asked! This is important stuff... In this episode, our founder Tom Perry reviews his Top 5 "Warning Signs" that might indicate that help (and possible action) is needed. These red-flags are based on his experiencing in the corporate world + what he's hearing from clients who are struggling with their Manager. Dealing with an especially gnarly Manager situation? Reach-out directly to Tom: tom@engagedpursuit.com Share with your network and subscribe to the Engaged Pursuit Podcast wherever you get your podcasts. Don't forget to follow Engaged Pursuit on Linked-In and Twitter (@engagedpursuit). Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career.

Sep 2020

22 min 35 sec

You've heard it before ... "The relationship with your Manager is crucial to your success."  We completely agree. But what role do you, as the employee, have with your Manager? Especially during the first 6 months of your partnership, how should you show-up, how should you focus, how should you communicate to ensure long-term success? Our Founder, Tom Perry, talks about the 5 critical elements to ensure you're cultivating awesomeness with your Manager. Whether you've been working with your current Manager for a while or just starting your partnership, these tips-and-tricks will make sure you're at the center of this relationship. Have an idea for Tom or want to talk about your Manager experience? Send Tom an email: tom@engagedpursuit.com. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and don't forget to follow us on LInked-In and Twitter (@engagedpursuit). 

Sep 2020

22 min 32 sec

You've set your intention. You've built your plan. You know your path.  Now comes the hard part ... actually having your Career Plan discussion with your Manager. Yikes! Are you starting to panic just thinking about that? Well fear no more ... we've got you covered in this latest edition of the Engaged Pursuit podcast, where our founder, Tom Perry, highlights his best tips-and-tricks to crush this experience.  Fear no more! In this episode, you'll learn the best practices to maximize the beginning, middle, and end of this important conversation. From setting an agenda to defining how you want your Manager to partner with you - we've got you covered! Subscribe to the Engaged Pursuit podcast wherever you get your podcasts and don't forget to tell your network about this employee-centered resource.  Have a topic idea or want to talk with Tom? Send him an email - tom@engagedpursuit.com Follow Engaged Pursuit on Linked-In and Twitter: @engagedpursuit Engaged Pursuit: Your Story. Your Career.

Sep 2020

22 min 7 sec

Welcome to this Special Edition of The Engaged Pursuit Podcast. Today, September 4 2020, we received the August 2020 unemployment numbers. What does this all mean for you and your Engaged Pursuit? Our founder, Tom Perry, walks you through the headlines and also gives you his perspective on the market - what's currently happening across his partnership with companies and clients & also what he's expecting for the month(s) ahead. Subscribe to The Engaged Pursuit Podcast wherever you get your podcasts & don't forget to share w/ your network. Have a question for Tom and/or topic idea? Email: tom@engagedpursuit.com  Follow us on Linked-In and Twitter: @engagedpursuit

Sep 2020

10 min 9 sec

Quick Survey:  What comes to mind when you see the phrase "Career Plan"?  Templates? New Titles? Mentors? Panic?  Not even sure where to start?  We hear you. The typical "Career Plan" is vanilla, often based on moving-up (getting promoted).  Creating a meaningful, rich, interesting, and fun (gasp!) Career Plan just isn't part of the typical employee experience. Until now. Our founder Tom Perry walks through some specific recommendations to take your Career Plan to the next level. Whether you're well into your career or just starting out, you'll find some interesting nuggets to take your strategy to the next level. Subscribe to the Engaged Pursuit podcast wherever you get your podcasts. Follow us on Twitter: @engagedpursuit Have an episode idea or want to talk to Tom? Email: tom@engagedpursuit.com

Sep 2020

24 min 7 sec

Ahhhh - the infamous "Career Plan."  You're probably picturing corporate templates with employees wracking their brains trying to figure-out not only what's next, but where to start.  The standard approach: Use the Career Plan to get to the next level or next title or next salary increase. Professionals are completing these important plans without a strategy in place. Rarely do employees think about their role in the creation of these documents (surprisingly), where they are in their experience, and the realities of the organization.  In addition, employees aren't sure how to actually use this document to ensure success.  Bottom line: It's time to take a breath, pause, and spend some time thinking before diving in.  That's where this episode comes in to help - Tom shares his words-of-wisdom about the process and gives examples how you can re-think this process to maximize results. Looking for specific help or have ideas for future content? Reach out to Tom - tom@engagedpursuit.com The Engaged Pursuit Podcast is everywhere! Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and don't forget to rate us on Apple podcasts. Follow us on Twitter: @engagedpursuit

Aug 2020

23 min 38 sec

In this second episode of our two-part series, Engaged Pursuit founder Tom Perry walks through the final half of the framework he built to help professionals clearly, concisely, and confidently tell their Professional Story.  Finally, a product that will help you in every high-value experience, whether it's massive (career change!) or smaller (1:1 with your bosses boss!). You'll also practice creating & telling YOUR Professional Story, with the help of several examples. Finally, Tom will share situations where he's seen the Professional Story work it's magic. So take out your pen and paper again and get ready to create your Professional Story! Don't forget to subscribe to the Engaged Pursuit podcast wherever you get your podcasts, and let your network know about this resource for professionals! Find Engaged Pursuit everywhere: Web: https://engagedpursuit.com | TWTR: @engagedpursuit | Email: tom@engagedpursuit.com

Aug 2020

26 min 17 sec

To positively impact the horrific employee engagement statistic, the professional MUST be at the center of their experience. But how do you do that?? The answer: By knowing what makes you tick professionally and the telling of that Professional Story in a clear, concise, and confident way. Easier said than done, right? In this first of a two-part series, Engaged Pursuit founder Tom Perry walks through the first half of the framework he built to help professionals understand themselves better and answer the most basic question often associated with high-value (important) experiences. So put your thinking cap on, and get your pen and paper ready - you're about to start on YOUR journey to build YOUR Professional Story. Stay tuned for the second-part of our series dropping in your podcast feeds in a couple days! Don't forget to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, and please let your network know about this resource! You can find Engaged Pursuit everywhere:  Website: https://engagedpursuit.com | TWTR: @engagedpursuit | Emai: tom@engagedpursuit.com

Aug 2020

23 min 26 sec

The employee experience is broken.  This gap is contributing to the massive engagement problem we're seeing across organizations. Professionals aren't leading with connection. Professionals aren't leading with clarity. Professionals aren't leading with confidence.  Bottom line: Professionals aren't at the center of the employee experience.  In this second episode of the new Engaged Pursuit podcast, our founder Tom Perry tells his own story of not putting himself at the center of this own experience and what happened. It's a vulnerable story and one that you might relate to looking back on your own path. Please subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and let your network know about this new (employee centered) resource. Your rating would also be greatly appreciated! Find Engaged Pursuit everywhere:  Web: https://engagedpursuit.com |  TWTR: @engagedpursuit | Topic ideas or want to talk: tom@engagedpursuit.com

Aug 2020

25 min 54 sec

July unemployment numbers were released this morning and the general feeling is ... mixed. Engaged Pursuit founder Tom Perry shares the headlines, his thinking from a leader/hiring manager perspective and some resources for more information. Tom also shares "What he's seeing out there," both from the perspective of those looking for something new as well as from feedback he's getting from professionals on the job. Subscribe to the new Engaged Pursuit podcast to get this content delivered to your feed directly and don't forget to rate us. Also check Engaged Pursuit out on Twitter: @engagedpursuit Have questions or want Tom to cover a specific topic? Send him a mail: tom@engagedpursuit.com

Aug 2020

15 min 2 sec

Welcome to the first episode of the new Engaged Pursuit podcast! During the next 20(ish) minutes, you'll get a better understanding of why Tom started this podcast, what to expect from the content, and what Tom's all about as the founder of Engaged Pursuit. Bottom line - this podcast is all about you ... the employee ... who's looking for ways to maximize (and feel better about) the professional experience.  Finally! Please subscribe to receive episodes (at least) weekly and check-out www.engagedpursuit.com for more insights and to sign-up for Tom's newsletter.  Tom can also be reached at tom@engagedpursuit.com. Here's to you and your Engaged Pursuit.

Aug 2020

23 min 28 sec