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A Riff on Taking Shortcuts

  Taking shortcuts is never the answer to success. Sure, you may have some short-term wins. You may beat your competitor to the punch a time or two, but it’s not sustainable. Sooner or later you’re going to lose. There is no shortcut to becoming great at something. I am currently enrolled in Bernadette Jiwa’s Story Skills Workshop. I’m sure there are people who registered for the workshop hoping to find a shortcut to writing and telling great stories. The bad news for them, there isn’t one. Storytelling is difficult to do well. It takes practice. A workshop can show …

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Job Seekers: It’s Time for a New Perspective

As I was on my daily walk this morning, something that Erica Larson said during our recent sit down for the podcast had stuck with me. She said that studies have shown that men tend to apply more often to roles in which they may only meet 60% of the job’s requirements. As I pondered that, I also thought about the gripes I hear from candidates about the lack of feedback or the automated emails they receive after applying. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty to fix there, but there’s more to the story from the other side. Understanding this …

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Hiring Bias is Killing Your Company’s Growth

I always found it interesting when I was recruiting how many generalizations were used when trying to filter out candidates. So often, a good candidate would surface but a recruiter or hiring manager would make an assumption about someone they didn’t even know. Someone they have zero backstory on. Someone they haven’t even spoken to about why they were interested in that company or the role. A common profile, for instance, is the person who decided to leave the corporate world and start their own company or become a freelancer or consultant. Hiring managers and recruiters think of a million …

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The Time is Now for Building Your Personal Brand

Attention is earned. Just like in marketing, building your personal brand is important to becoming visible. People don’t know you exist until you show up. People won’t give you their attention until you prove you’re worth it. Showing up – drip-by-drip, day-by-day. Gets you in front of people. It shares what you know., how you think, with other people. That’s how you connect with the people like you. People that have the same values as you. People you can build and form long-term, productive, mutually-beneficial professional (and personal) relationships with. Keep in mind, it’s also just as important to realize …

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Are You Jealous When Someone Succeeds and Happy When They Fail?

“The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” – Colin R. Davis One thing that is certain is there is no map for your life. No one can tell you how to get from point A to point B when it comes to success and happiness.   Everyone’s situation is different.   Understanding that you can seek guidance from others but not a set of instructions on how to get to the place you seek to be can be liberating.   The key is to take bits of other people’s ideas and use them …

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OKRs and Your Career

  Perhaps you’ve heard of OKRs – Objectives and Key Results. Maybe you’re lucky enough to work for a manager or company that has implemented them. If you haven’t, this article will provide more detail into what they are and how they can be a powerful tool for your career. What are OKRs? The concept of OKRs isn’t new. In fact, it has been around (at least formally) since the 1970s. It was developed and implemented at Intel by Dr. Andy Grove. As mentioned, OKR is an acronym for Objectives and Key Results. The objective is the what. The key …

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Stop Being a Hustler

I’ve always hated the term “side hustle” but couldn’t quite figure out why. Now I know. I was reading one of Seth Godin’s recent blog posts and he said: “Want to change the mind of a hustler, show the money.” That’s why I hate that term. When I’ve engaged in projects outside of my “day job” in the past it has usually been about getting experience and learning. It hasn’t been about the money. It never will. That’s why I also hate the term “side gig”. Happiness has no price. When I take on a project I’m getting something more …

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What I’m Reading (and listening to): September 2019

As I mentioned in my most recent podcast – “Dream Jobs – The Reality” here are links to the books I mentioned that I’m currently reading and listening to: The Fortune Cookie Principle by Bernadette Jiwa Start with Why by Simon Sinek I also just finished the book Tribes by Seth Godin and highly recommend it to anyone who is currently a leader (or people manager) or who wants to be one. Tribes by Seth Godin

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