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Taking a SHORT Break

Some of you may be wondering where I’ve been and why I haven’t recorded a podcast, social video or written many blog posts recently. I recorded a video back on Dec 31st where I discussed why I would be taking a break. Here it is, in case you want to watch it: The short of it is I made a big commitment to enroll and participate in Seth Godin’s altMBA. It’s a very intense, four-week program. I also realized that we often have to say ‘no’ to some things in order to say ‘yes’ to others. As a result, I …

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Don’t Punt

The holidays are the best time to make excuses. A time of caving to our human nature of pushing difficult things into the future. We tell ourselves, “I’ll wait to start working out until after the holidays”, or “I’ll start working on that project after the holidays.” That eventually turns into, “I’ll wait until the crowds thin at the gym after January” to “I’ll wait until it gets warmer to run outside”, which turns into “I’ll wait until it gets cooler to run outside”. See the pattern? Humans are good at a lot of things but every single one of …

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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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