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“I’ve got big shoes to fill. This is my chance
to do something. I have to seize the moment.”—
Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States.
In just about every field of endeavor, you start out at or near
the bottom (depending on the extent and quality of your education),
and have to work your way up from there. According to the Peter
Principal, you also rise to yo...
If you’ve been spending a lot of time in your job search
and you are not getting any results, maybe it’s time to think
about other options. Instead of trying to find a new boss, maybe
it’s time to be your own boss. Not everyone is cut out for
the task, but there’s only one way to find out.
Many people (myself included) have thought about owning their
own business and being ...
Have you ever attended a meeting as a guest but couldn’t
tell who the leader was, because multiple people asked their
teammates tough questions? I’ve been to a few where if I
hadn’t already known the leader, I wouldn’t have been
able to guess. Those meetings were attended by high-performing
teams where peer accountability was firmly entrenched. Everyone
expected the best of...
Are your online meetings successful? Is your concentration
slipping? Today’s world provides many distractions that can
cause you to lose focus or concentration. Many articles have been
written about the electronic technology that disrupts normal
Do you lose focus in online meetings?
My business model is a live and interactive process for writing
and coaching frequently conducte...
One of the biggest career obstacles is understanding and
practicing the key success factors that will help you maximize your
career goals. Making a difference in your company and industry as
well as becoming a motivating force in your workplace will help you
bring it to the next level. Managing to enjoy your job and make an
impact at the same time requires a drive and commitment that takes
I believe every individual can decide how they want to make
money and how they don’t. I make money mainly by giving
speeches, consulting, writing books and through my business
partnership at Future Workplace. I don’t make money by
exchanging my time to coach others on the art of personal branding,
yet that channel has been available to me for nearly a decade. I
used to do it but decide...
“Well, I lost my job today. To all my Tech friends,
let me know of any Mac tech support jobs.” That was the
post that went up on Facebook! As I knew this individual, I
immediately reached out to see how I could help. Since I had a lot
of friends in tech, I was sure I could get his resume into the
right hands. What happened next kind of took me back.
His response to me was...
I recently attended my first improvisation class. It was
everything I thought it would be: scary, difficult, fun, and a
unique learning experience. What I noticed was the similarity
between the skills you need to be good at improvisation and those
skills you need to grow professionally and to become a good
The learnings from my first class are:
1. Collaboration is critical, trust is
I just finished reading the Girl Scouts', Change It Up!
study, which strongly correlates a girl's desire to be a leader
with being extroverted. Really? It seems to be the truth if you
troll the internet. Everywhere I look, charisma and being a good
public speaker, keep popping up as key leadership traits.
Is only a small portion of this planet destined to make the
history books? I don’t buy ...
Emotional Intelligence often is the final factor
If you are like most job seekers, when you read “strong
people skills” and “strong technical skills” in a
job posting, you may tend to gloss over the first to focus on
selling your technical talent and experience to the prospective
employer. In fact, we often refer to people skills as the
“soft” skills and t...
Periodically, many people look back over the year and ask,
“Have I accomplished what I’d hoped to?”
“Am I better off today than I was 12 months ago?”
“Am I doing work I’m passionate about?”
It’s possible that your answers to these questions reveal
that you are in the wrong job. Maybe you are
underemployed—working in a company or industry ...
As we enter 2016, I’d like to pose a question to anyone
reading this who feels a bit overwhelmed: how will
youregaincontrolof your time?
I’ve spent most of my career providing answers to that
question, in terms of time management, self-discipline, setting
personal boundaries, intelligent use of new technology,
flexibility, speed, and more. The answers are many and
The old way of managing your career has been impacted by our new
economy. We now have four generations in the workforce, people are
switching jobs more regularly, and corporations are hiring from
around the world, and even automating positions that were
previously held by people. Your job, and everyone else’s, is
at risk on a daily basis and if you are not accountable for your
career, no one...
You know the definition of insanity, right? Or at least the one
most commonly quoted, attributed to Albert Einstein:
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and
expecting different results.”
I ask you then, what do you plan to do differently in 2016? Many
people struggle with being in a rut. We want something different,
we want different results, but when it comes to puttin...
“What do you think?” “Be honest about how you
really feel.” “What’s really going on?”
“Let’s get real.” Sounds easy to open up,
In reality, telling someone how you really feel can be
difficult—especially at work. Offering up a new idea can feel
scary. Sometimes being really open and honest about things means
the other side of...
Most of the time, holiday posts are filled with positive
thoughts and cheery greetings but the reality is that for many
people, holidays don’t always represent those wonderful
moments. Family issues, substance abuse, difficult or controlling
personalities, and over high expectations can get in the way of
even looking forward to the holidays. What if you add to those
issues unhappiness in you...
Aside from the absence of a defined personal brand, what do I
think is the biggest way to sabotage a growing career? Negative
self-talk—our perpetual need to talk ourselves out of
believing we are as good as others tell us we are or as potentially
impactful as we dream we could be.
Recently, I wrote an article for Entrepreneur entitled,
“Are you SHOULD-ing all over your career?” ...
We know that appreciation that is seen as fake or manipulative
is not received as appreciation at all. Yet, what also happens is
mediocre attempts to appreciate someone that’s done more out
of obligation or convenience can also have no effect, or even to
negative effects, too.
1. Appreciate someone just for who they are Appreciate
someone in your life for whom just being who they are makes y...
Whether you are in a job search, small business, entrepreneurial
endeavor, or volunteering, there are ways to improve communication
to get better results. By working with clients at all levels
(entry-level to executive), occupations, industries, and ages, I
know communication is so critical and how the wrong words can
create a meltdown situations.
Our communication tools have changed so dramatical...
Last Sunday, our new pastor, Rev. Sue Lee, D.Min. gave a sermon
that really touched me. It was three little words, “How are
you?” She told her story of coming to the United States and
starting her new life in DuBuque, Iowa after leaving her homeland
of Korea. She talks about how the words, “How are you?”
made her feel. Everyone answers,
“Fine, how are you?” but...