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For Better Time Management, Take These 5 Steps

What percent of your day is spent living your life’s mission? Many executives I interact with seem to be distributing their time towards activities they think will make them money, make them appear powerful or give them a synthetic boost of confidence. Unfortunately, our society’s maniacal focus on this personality ethic produces poor outcomes for ... Read More
 

Hire Not For Fit, But For Contribution

Too many organizations fall victim to groupthink. Groupthink occurs when a group makes faulty decisions, ignores viable alternatives and takes irrational action due to various internal and external pressures. Often, group members try to minimize conflict and isolate themselves from outside influence to remain harmonious and loyal to the group’s cause. As a person who ... Read More
 

What Makes Millennials Different

Have you noticed the mainstream media gravitates towards stories that divide people? My guess is you’ve read numerous articles discussing how generations differ and the dysfunction the supposed differences cause. Instead of thinking the differences are negative, let’s leverage the unique traits to uplift people, construct stronger teams, and create more productive organizations. There are ... Read More
 

Be The Person You Needed When You Were Younger

A few months back, I gave a talk about developing your personal branding to group of executives. A gentleman approached me after the talk and shared a few of his experiences conducting business internationally. After some great back and forth, he finally said, “You know what Michael, most of the executives I do business with… ... Read More
 

What Motivates You?

Eleanor Roosevelt once said “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” So I ask, what is your purpose? What truly motivates you? How do you define wealth? If you believe that financial wealth (as opposed to ... Read More
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

Steps to a Successful Interview

I can’t tell you how many executives I know that are content in their work who still interview with other organizations regularly. They don’t do it because they want to change employers, they do it because they want to ensure their interviewing skills are current. In an economy where 84% (according a recent Manpower survey) ... Read More
 

What Story Does Your Hyphen Tell?

I got to thinking about legacy the other day. What am I going to be remembered for? The end of a human’s physical existence on earth is often wrought with grief as friends and family pay their respects and come to grips with life without the departed. But, if you think two or more generations ... Read More
 

The Blue Ocean Strategy Career Search

W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne wrote Blue Ocean Strategy as a way to describe how organizations could simultaneously pursue differentiation and low cost. The aim being not to out-perform competition in the existing industry, but to create new market space, thereby making the competition irrelevant. The authors believe that current competitive strategy is a ... Read More
 

Professional Development Through Challenging Assignments

When it comes to professional development, there are multitudes of ways to enhance your skills. Learning from other people, enduring hardships, structured training, off-the-job experiences, and challenging assignments are five impactful ways to prepare you for what’s next. Of the five, working on challenging assignments will be the skill builder that will steepen your learning ... Read More
 

Fearing Mediocrity

I recently gave a talk to students from the Thunderbird School of Global Management about what my “typical” day as an entrepreneur in human resources looks like. Over lunch and during my presentation I told them how I sell my services, that I get to work on projects that I truly enjoy, that my schedule ... Read More
 

Multimedia Resumes are a Marketing Tool

Over the last few years, it has become increasingly difficult to find meaningful employment. Job seekers are forced to find creative ways to make themselves stand apart from the crowd. A method becoming more popular is the multimedia resume. You may already have a LinkedIn profile, but other sites like visualcv.com, razume.com, emurse.com, and resumebucket.com ... Read More
 

Becoming Indispensable

This is what Seaver Consulting is all about. Working with talented individuals, unlocking their potential, and helping them become indispensable. We live in a society more focused on positive perception than on true character. On fitting the mold, following the herd or keeping up with the Joneses. Being remarkable isn’t about what everyone else is ... Read More