Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Where is Defense Heading – WID Event June 11, 2014



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BOB Search is pleased to be co-sponsoring a premier event organized by the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of Women in Defense.  See details below, and sign up on REGISTRATION PAGE.  There is no charge, but seats are limited!

Please join Women In Defense Greater Los Angeles Chapter (WID-GLAC) and The Aerospace & Defense Forum Los Angeles Chapter for a guided discussion about what direction defense is heading and how industry can strategically prepare and align themselves for this shift.  Elements discussed will include technology, applications, systems and personnel.  Q&A portion will include questions submitted prior to the event by attendees.

Date:                   June 11th, 2014

Time:                 4:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.

Location:        Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems One Hornet Way – Building 203 – El Segundo, CA

Presented by: WID-GLAC and The Aerospace & Defense Forum Los Angeles Chapter


Lt Gen Ellen Pawlikowski,  Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, LAAFB

Mark Page, Vice President, DZYNE Technologies

Ginger Wierzbanowski, Vice President, Government Relations, Space, Missile Defense and Advanced Technology ICT Northrop Grumman

Refreshments and food will be provided.

Attendance is limited to U.S. citizens and requires pre-registration.  Please register here:

You will be required to provide your name, citizenship and date of birth. Register by May 28th, 2014. 

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Posted by Mark Bregman at 5:31 PM

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Genius or Genius Maker?

Are you the type of leader who has to be the smartest person in the room, or do you strive to hire smart people and help them bring out the best in themselves?  This question is addressed in wonderful detail in this blog today Are You a Genius or a Genius MakerThe author shows how there are two dramatically different kinds of leaders, one that drains energy and intelligence from others (called Diminishers), and one that amplifies the smarts and capabilities of others (called Multipliers).

In researching this a bit, it turns out that the core idea is from a book called Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, by Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown.  There is another good article on the subject of Genius or Genius Maker? By Nancy Proffitt.

It is fascinating to learn the differences in how Diminishers and Multipliers approach managing people.  The Multiplier attracts excellent talent, creates an intense environment to enable best thinking, challenges people to stretch, debates ideas to get the best decision, and invests ownership in others to empower them to be successful.  On the other hand, the Diminisher underutilizes talent, creates a stifling tense environment, acts as the know-it-all, makes abrupt decisions with no discussion, and micro-manages.  Good to know, right?

Read this article, and if you are already moving in the right direction, you can see more of what to do to be a true multiplier, and create genius from the bright people you have.

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Posted by Mark Bregman at 1:54 PM

Friday, February 21, 2014

Conquering Stress

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Most working people encounter stress.  Often, stress is transitory – we have a rough day or even just a rough afternoon, and the next day is fine.  Sometimes, when you are on deadline, need to satisfy customers, are behind on projects, the stress can last longer.  If you have had a difficulty with a family member, customer, friend, etc., the after-effects might linger and can exacerbate your stress level.

Fortunately, most of us already have a tool box within for dealing with stress.  When we are at our highest and best functioning, having access to all of our resources, getting rid of stress can be simple.  Just let go, do the work, and tomorrow will be a better day, right?  Well, sometimes the lock on the toolbox just doesn’t open for a few days!

Here are some tools I found recently that you can leave laying around (electronically speaking).  They won’t rust, and you can pull them out and use them quickly and easily.

Dr. Srini Pillay (MD), Harvard Professor and author of Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders, wrote an article this week called What to Do When You Can’t Control Stress.  This excellent piece points out that stress is indeed hard to shed under certain circumstances, but the greatest power is in Letting Go, and we can all accomplish this with basic breathing exercises, meditation, etc.  How many of us know how to do this, but in fact don’t do it, even when under stress?

I also liked this blog by Paul Hudson, a young writer, philosopher, music producer and DJ living in New York, called 15 Things Emotionally Strong People Don’t Do.  Although I generally prefer positively worded, affirmative advice, this piece really hits home on what we do when our moods change under stress.  Since one of the key challenges we face under stress is how to reframe things more positively, your challenge in reading this article is to understand the flip side of each of the 15 items.  It’s easy and obvious when you read the piece!

The last tool I found this past week was by Henrik Edberg, who writes  I always love Henrik’s point of view.  This article is called How to Stop Worrying: 9 Simple Habits.  It is absolutely brilliant and succinct in pointing out how we can “do a number” on ourselves inside our own heads, BUT, we don’t have to!  He quotes Winston Churchill, who said:  “When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”  Henrik gives very realistic tools on how to restore balance and get back to normal.

You might guess that this article is prompted by the writer having gone through a rough patch of stress in the last few weeks, and you’d be right.  With these tools and a little help from my friends, I got by and I found these ideas valuable and important enough to pass them along to you.  Good luck!

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Posted by Mark Bregman at 12:47 PM

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Reverse Engineer Your Job Search

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Manufacturers of replacement parts use the principle of reverse engineering to take a finished product and figure out how it is made.  Then, they can make the same part from scratch.

If you are hunting for a new job, use this concept to help get the right job for yourself.  See yourself in the new position, then figure what are the building blocks required to get there.

First, define the ideal opportunity.  What would your title be?  What type of company would you work for?  What would your tasks be?  What kind of products or services would you be working on?  Imagine these answers, and any other important variables you wish to define about your new job.

Now, make sure your collateral materials (resume, cover letters), and your web presence (Linked in page, Facebook, twitter, etc.) reflect what you want, so that the right employers can find you.

Linked in has become a primary resource for many recruiters, both in-house and external.  Your Linked in page should be seeded with the keywords a prospective employer might use to search for people with your background.  If you are unemployed, you can use your desired title right in your personal description:  “Joe Jones – VP of Operations in Military Products – seeking new opportunity.”  On Linked in, recruiters often search in Groups.  You can belong to 50 groups.  Look for groups the way a recruiter would.  Use the keyword for the profession, industry, functional task, that you want.  For example if you search Linked in by “Aerospace Business Development”, a group comes up with 2600 members.  You want to join these larger groups, because recruiters will be looking at those members.

If you are willing and able to mount a proactive job campaign, figure out who the employers are that you want to work for, and who you would report to at that company.  Contact that person by e-mail and phone.  Present your value proposition.

Don’t just answer ads.  If you connect with an employer who doesn’t have a job posted, but could have an interest in you, your odds for that position are one-to-one, not one in 300.

When you interview, figure out (and directly ask) what the successful candidate needs to accomplish in the job.  Then demonstrate how you would be able to fulfill those objectives.

You can figure out how to present yourself so people will find you, how to get in the door at employers who aren’t advertising, and how to interview to win the job.  Reverse engineer your ideal opportunity and by working backward from each incremental step in the process, you can figure out what you need to do to attain each result.

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Posted by Mark Bregman at 12:21 PM

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

What 20-Somethings Don’t Know

Millennials get a bit of a bum rap.  They are accused of being self-centered, detached, and not relevant to traditional businesses.  Businesses have to do “workarounds” to just deal with employing Millennials.  On the plus side, they are hip, connected, bright and have new ideas.

Whatever your opinion on millennials, if you have a kid in their 20’s, send them a link to this!

I spotted this great article today titled 20 Things 20-Year Olds Don’t Get in Forbes, by Jason Nazar, a founder of, and a writer on entrepreneurship.  Jason pulls no punches, and in plain language, tells it like it is.  The best part is that he is only 34, and founded a company while he was in his 20’s, so he has great credibility talking to the young’uns.

Some of his best observations:  Time Matters (have a sense of urgency), Make Phone Calls (rather than just using a computer), Take Initiative (Don’t wait to be told what to do), Own Mistakes (take responsibility), People over Perks (find people with integrity who can mentor you), Read Books (not just Tweets), Spend Less (save at least 25% of what you make).

The wisdom in this piece could fill several articles, but Jason says it concisely and perfectly.  Not to be missed!

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Posted by Mark Bregman at 2:24 PM