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No. 1 Predictor of Career Success

Michael Simmons, contributor to Business Insider, interviewed many of the world’s top network scientists to better understand how networks create competitive advantage in business and careers. According to his research of multiple peer-reviewed studies (read the article here), simply being in an open network instead of a closed one is the best predictor of career ... Read More
 

Every Day is New Year’s Day

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” According to the website Statistic Brain, only 8% of people who make a New Year’s resolution are successful in achieving it. Doesn’t that number strike you as odd? Why do we make resolutions year after ... Read More
 

The Fear of Freedom

“To find yourself, think for yourself.” – Socrates I recently wrapped up coaching a client on the development of her personal intention, ambition, and value proposition statements and a plan to make structural changes to her business. She has traveled the world, won multiple statewide awards, speaks a second language fluently, has a beautiful family, ... Read More
 

Everything is a Gift

A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of eating dinner with a group of executives who had flown in to Scottsdale to discuss a strategic plan for their professional association. As we went around the room and made introductions, I sincerely appreciated the diversity of thought, background, experience, and reasons for wanting to volunteer ... Read More
 

How to Better Collaborate

I recently flew to New Orleans, LA to give a talk about the value of collaboration to a group of financial executives. As the taxi drove me from the airport, past the Mercedes Benz Superdome, and onto my hotel in the French Quarter, I couldn’t help but to think of the images I saw and ... Read More
 

How to Divide Your Job Search Time in the “Educonomy”

In a recent speech delivered to top U.S. education policymakers at the 2014 National Forum on Education Policy (sponsored by the Education Commission of the States) Gallup’s Executive Director of Education, Brandon Busteed, discussed the need to create an “Educonomy”. Busteed emphasized that education leaders need to measure and focus on the outcome that matters ... Read More
 

Driving Personal Change

I’ve been very fortunate to deliver a presentation entitled “Organizations Don’t Change, People Do” at multiple conferences nationwide in the last six months. Its content is focused on different structural changes occurring in society, interactive discussions about who is responsible for change, identifying where someone stands emotionally in the three phases of change, correlating the ... Read More
 

The Benefits of Hitting Rock Bottom

In September 2013, Emmanuel Saez from the University of California, Berkeley published research entitled Striking it Richer: The Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States. The most important finding from his work was that, “… the top 1% (of income earners) captured 95% of the income gains in the first three years of the ... Read More
 

Leverage Your DISC Communication Style

The 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer was published in January after surveying more than 33,000 people ages 25 – 64 across 27 countries. Read more about it here. One of its questions centered on how people perceived spokespeople from a variety of functional backgrounds. Respondents ranked eight professions on trustworthiness. Government officials (36%) were ranked as ... Read More
 

The Power of Reflection

The search for new career opportunities is increasingly competitive. Each year, the United States graduates over 1.7 million young people into the workforce (according to NACE). The Bureau of Labor Statistics says there are 24 million people, of all ages, unemployed. Older workers are staying in the workforce longer because their bank accounts are no ... Read More
 

Choose Your Boss, Not Your Job

Quite possibly the best advice I’ve ever heard about selecting your next career is to pick your boss, not the job. This is challenging because the process we use to find meaningful work is designed to work the opposite way; the boss picks you. More often than not, you only talk to your boss during ... Read More
 

Finding Happiness

I was very fortunate to spend this past weekend in the Midwest working with students at a top-ranked business school. My talk was built upon the idea that students could connect the school’s personal code of conduct with a student’s previous experiences and vision for the future to develop guiding (Intention, Ambition, Value Proposition, and ... Read More
 

Focus on These Three Things in 2014

I spent considerable time with recruiters from many Fortune 100 companies in Q4 of 2013. It was great to hear about the qualities they were searching for in top recruits. From Amazon to Cisco to Apple to Intel to Chrysler to Bank of America, I heard numerous stories about great interviews… and others where candidates ... Read More
 

Crowdsourcing the Incorporate You™ Manual

As societal contracts fracture and the unemployment rate continues to hover near 8 percent, developing a unique personal brand and investing time in creating that powerful visual identity using graphic elements such as logos and symbols will be important. Whether creating a logo for your personal business card or for your entrepreneurial venture, you want ... Read More
 

The Past Becomes The Future

As 2013 comes to a close, I’d like to end the year by asking you to reflect on the last 400 years of human development. As you begin to formulate your goals for 2014, I think it relevant to see where we’ve been and how what was will become what is. Below is a brief ... Read More
 

Increasing Your Energy Levels

I recently delivered talks to two separate groups, one focused on attention-getting 30-second introductions and the second was on personal branding. I asked each audience what they feared or weren’t looking forward to in the coming year. Many responded with variations of how to manage their busy schedules while remaining engaged in work, family activities, ... Read More
 

A User’s Manual to You

You may be working in an industry or organization that is undergoing ever increasing change. This can be difficult on various levels, especially when on-boarding new colleagues and determining how to best work together, be efficient, and drive productivity. A recent Inc. article discussed the idea of creating a one-page user’s manual about yourself for ... Read More
 

The Power of Synchronicity

As you navigate life, there are days or weeks where you begin to question the validity of your career decisions. Since starting my career advisement practice almost two years ago, I have gone through a series of personal and professional challenges that tested my mettle and made me a significantly better coach. Here is a ... Read More
 

Learning Through Challenging Experiences

In the June 2013 edition of Inc., an article entitled 7 Traits of True Leaders detailed how character traits that have been historically perceived as feminine are required for 21st century success. A leader’s ability to be empathetic, vulnerable, humble, inclusive, generous, balanced, and patient will drive his/her to achieve goals. A separate study by ... Read More
 

How to Write Your Personal Brand Statement

As western societies continue to evolve, it is becoming imperative that you develop a thorough understanding of who you are and what makes you unique. Organizations attempt to differentiate themselves by developing and then living a value proposition that clearly defines (for its’ consumers) why its’ products or services are different from its’ competitors. The ... Read More
 

Writing Your Constraints Statement

The achievement of your life’s intent cannot occur if your days are so full of distractions that you can’t focus on what is meaningful. Instead of letting your schedule schedule you, consciously take the time to schedule your priorities. Many of you may confuse the idea of constraints and the activities you choose to engage ... Read More
 

Turn Off Your Television

I just checked three of Phoenix’s “most watched” news stations’ websites. What I found on the front pages were huge advertisements for the Billboard Music Awards, a story about a freeway being closed for a police situation, a story about two $1M Powerball tickets being sold in Arizona, a story about a person in his ... Read More
 

Start With Why

As I reflect back on the short period of time I’ve had on earth, I think about the three things I’ve done right. 1. I’ve failed miserably. 2. I’ve had my heart broken. 3. I chose meaning over money. Through these three things, I discovered my true self, realized that I wasn’t going to be ... Read More
 

Creating Your Intention Statement

How many of you truly know and can articulate your life’s intent? And by intent, I mean your never changing purpose, the reason you exist or your personal mission statement. Ask yourself, how will you better those around you? Also, how will you not just better who you are, but what you can become? If ... Read More
 

Everyday Leadership

Popular culture has continually framed our idea of leadership to be something that is bigger than the individual. Because of this, we treat the title “leader” as something that one day we’ll deserve while giving little thought to the small things we do daily and how they are transformational to the lives around us. Leadership ... Read More