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Noise | Career Angles

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

When I worked in recruiting, often, I worked in something even less the cubicle environment. It is more like a bullpen where I was separated from the person to my left, the person in front of me with something sound deaden by nothing.

I would describe the good features of this environment as there was “a buzz in the office,” from which I drew energy. On the other days, I saw it as a constant intrusion upon my thinking and doing.

When two people would laugh, my ears would perk up. I want to know what was so funny. When a colleague would yell at someone over the phone, I want to know what they were frustrated by and whether they won the argument.


Noise shows up as distractions that keep you from focusing on what’s important.

After all, you know what the core of your job is. How often does noise take you away from it?

I was reminded of this by a podcast interview I listen to where Jerry Stackhouse, the collegiate basketball coach at Vanderbilt University and former NBA player, was interviewed about his experience coaching during Covid.

The interviewer asked about what it was like being a new coach dealing with players who need to get grades to stay on the team, classes were done remote, games were being canceled, demonstrations were occurring on campus, and different players had different opinions about how to cope in the new environment that everyone was facing.

Stackhouse reminded us that there’s always the noise to varying degrees around us the district this from what we need to do.

For those of you who are familiar with the term “bright shiny object syndrome,” there’s always something that can take us away from our game and what’s important.

Whether you’re a basketball player, a groundskeeper, or an office worker of some sort, what’s “the noise” that’s keeping you away from what you need to do?

Have you ever simply noted all the little distractions of your day?

I was surprised by this huge list that I compiled of bright shiny objects that interrupt my workflow and, more importantly, distracted my attention.

Winners find the way to win, I’ve said many times.

One of the ways they find the way to win is the focus on the task at hand. Even when they need to adapt to something because circumstances change, they are in the present moment.

They may have coaches and other allies to help them but their concentrated effort helps them to deliver victory.

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2021


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host ofCareer Angles | Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2000 episodes. He also hosts Job Search TV on YouTube, Amazon, and Roku, as well as on for Apple TV, and 90+ smart sets.

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