My Photo

Your email address:

Powered by FeedBlitz

Find Alexandra

« Get That Feedback and Get it Now | Main | How to Make Money While Looking for a New Job »

February 02, 2009


I'm intrigued by this kind of group work. Makes terrific sense. Although most of us can do a lot on our own, accountability groups such those focused on employment have a lot going for them.

Studies show again and again that when group members have a common objective, shared commitment and valid information, not only does learning take place, but a lot of motivation resides within a group. Those interested might want to check out a superb piece of research in the Harvard Business Review. (Jon Katzenbach, The Discipline of Teams, July 2000)

Although the huge majority of my work is one-on-one coaching with execs, whenever possible, I'll always take a small group to coach and facilitate--over a period of time. The accountability issues that surface are very powerful.

Dan Erwin,

@Dan E - Thanks! Do you happen to have a copy of the HBR paper? It sounds like something I might want to write about here.

Thanks for the mention, Alex. And thanks to Dan Erwin for his valuable piece of evidence that this thing actually works!

I had an interview Monday that I thought I had nailed. But I was emailed yesterday by the interviewer with a kind rejection. And tonight I have a Job Club meeting: no time for paralysis to set in, I've got a meeting to go to!

In this economy Job Clubs strike a nerve. See the article in Monday's Tacoma News Tribune ( ) — people are hungry for something that will give them an edge. And for folks who need to show an example of leadership or organizational skills, this model provides a great work sample.

Zak Nelson,

Thanks for posting the link. I live out in the sticks and didn't expect to find any useful groups local to me, but several came up on a search within reasonable driving distances. The site is definitely worth taking the time to check out.

@jobseeker: That's great news, and I'm pleasantly surprised. Let us know whether you find the groups useful, okay?

@Zak: Sounds like you're going about things in exactly the right way. I appreciate you being a role model for other readers having a tough time in the job market right now.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

Visit our sponsor, DeVryWORKS, for more essential information on skills gap training.