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Savage Oxygen- the new book from the Possum Wrestler

Possums subscribers- huge news for little old me. It took a year longer than planned. Something you have been waiting for with bated breath. Relax. Here it is!!!

Savage Oxygen…. my new book!!! A ‘mobile mentor’ of inspiration for happier, more successful careers.

The blurb is below. But don’t delay! If you have ever got any value out of my five years of Possums posts, then please- click on the link below and buy a copy. Or as many as you like! For your teams…. gifts for clients… to balance rickety tables…. whatever. Buy up big!!! Here’s the link:

The Forgotten Secret Sauce For Powerful Careers

Are you neglecting the most valuable asset you have to power your career during turbulent times? I bet you are. Here’s the warning sign that your career is in big danger. And what to do about it.

Keeping at the leading edge of our industries to remain relevant and valuable is one of the defining career challenges of our times. Often, it’s about keeping up with technology. But that’s not enough. Underpinning all successful careers is a platform of goodwill and support which we often give low priority to. Yet the ‘danger sign’ is flashing loud and clear if we just pause a moment and reflect upon it. Here it is.

Why I Was Sacked Last Week

“I accept your resignation as you are not a cultural fit with us,” the Chairman said. I was effectively sacked. It felt bad. This happened last week. Now it feels great. Here’s why.

For the Chairman of the not-for-profit volunteer Board to fire my sorry derrière off the Board team meant the rest of the Board must have agreed. I was surprised. I had been ‘putting it in’ with considerable effort, had made significant professional and personal sacrifice to contribute, felt the relationships were solid, yet something had clearly gone very wrong. ‘Cultural fit’ means one thing only: ‘we don’t like you.’ Then I saw the learning in an article about former David Jones CEO Paul Zahra, who said on his career decisions post exiting that role:

Give Up On Long-Term Dreams, and Thrive

I heard this three months ago from a 17 year old school boy diagnosed with a terrible cancer. It has nagged at me. It’s so fricking powerful. For me, anyway. For you?

My then 45 year old mate Tony said this to the lads one night over a beer. “Oh- I’ll worry about that when I’m really old…like when I’m 55.” He’s a hugely smart man, Tony. But for once I was able to say to him: “Tony- let me tell you something I know that you don’t. When you’re 52, as I am today, 55 does not seem old.”

I just turned 55. It feels older than I thought! But I am thrilled about it. Because I have the answer to looking to the future with abundant optimism, hope and enthusiasm. It was given to me by a desperately ill 17 year old boy. Here it is:

The Best Advice You Will Get All Year

Stretching out before us is the new year, winking optimism, opportunity, freshness and renewal. And to help you make 2016 a great year, I am going to share some brilliant advice. It is a gem. Promise. Here it is.

Thanks all for another possums year, all 11,000 weekly subscribers and followers. Possums is taking a break now until 20 January. Have a wonderful festive season. I am repeating here the post I used at the same time the previous two years. I love it. It’s message is so powerful. And a big thank you to darling Martine, who does the hard work getting the blog posts out. xxxxx Chris

I love the ‘fresh start’ that January brings. It lifts my spirits, and makes me feel ‘anything is possible.’ Sadly, history tells me that by about March, I will have sunk back into the depths of deadlines, ‘to do’ lists, pressure, and a string of broken promises with myself. I lose sight of what drives, inspires and gives me purpose. But not this year. No, no, no! You see- I read a piece of advice that I know will make this year a triumph of mindfulness and happiness. It can for you too. If you’re up for it. Here’s that gem.

R.I.P IQ and EQ. The new VIP is CQ.

It’s useful to have solid dollops of IQ and emotional intelligence. But to survive and thrive today, you need a double helping of CQ. How do you rate?

I’ve been searching for the critical ingredient we must have to protect and build careers and value proposition in ‘disrupted times’ (Yes I know- ‘disrupted’ is an over-used word, but so be it.) This mindset has to be part of the DNA of businesses and professionals if we are to avoid the extinction events accelerating around us. Then a management consultant gave me the answer. Her business has nailed it. To keep relevant and at the edge, every one us has to build this non-negotiable trait.