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Balancing Ambition and Patience

Have you ever thought about how most of our lives seem to be focused on waiting? When we’re pre-teens, we can’t wait to get braces for that perfect smile. When we’re high school, we can’t wait to begin college to live on our own. When we enter the workforce, we can’t wait for the right ... Read More
 

Using Your Behavioral Style to Acquire Self Confidence

Have you noticed the things that make people great in one area of life often make them miserable in others? Success in one area seems to be tied to failure in another because we go to such extremes to be accepted. If you devote extra hours to a job, you are likely spending less time ... Read More
 

Why Doubt Is Important

If you haven’t listened to Casey Gerald’s TED Talk, The Gospel of Doubt, I strongly encourage you to. Gerald is a Harvard MBA, entrepreneur and brilliant orator. He tells multiple stories about his life’s journey and the lessons he’s learned along the way. From his recollection of being robbed at gun point to joining Lehman ... 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
 

10 Actions to Avoid in Your Career

During Cisco Live, Cisco’s annual customer conference, CEO John Chambers said, “Forty percent of businesses in this room, unfortunately, will not exist in a meaningful way in 10 years.” He then said, “If I’m not making you sweat, I should be.” Whether you work full time for someone else or you’re an entrepreneur, does that ... Read More
 

The Hero’s Journey

A TED Talk by Paul Tudor Jones II about capitalism and income inequality recently caught my attention. I’ve listened to it multiple times as Jones II message resonates with me deeply because so many highly acclaimed economists are calling for another economic correction in late 2015, early 2016. Our focus on short-term quarterly earnings and ... Read More
 

Instant or Long-term Gratification

Are you a “strike while the iron is hot” or a “good things come to those who wait” type of person? Washington University in St. Louis conducted a study, the first of its kind, that focused on brain responses after a person made a decision and was waiting for his/her reward. While waiting for the ... 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
 

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
 

Economics and Your Career Outlook

On October 24th I attended the Global Wealth Management Summit at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. A variety of world-class speakers spoke about economic uncertainty, policy changes and how investing will change in the coming decade. I love attending these events because they provide considerable insight into implementation strategies for career transition and your ... Read More
 

Deconstructing the Career Ladder

For decades, professionals worked long hours and put in the extra effort required to climb the career ladder. They searched for the next project, relationship or strong performance appraisal that would allow them to be considered for a promotion. The world, and the career growth process, was relatively structured and predictable. Not anymore. Incredible amounts ... Read More
 

The 21st Century Job Interview

A few months back, I blogged about entrepreneurship and its value in a society with more distaste of corporate power and cradle-to-grave employment. Read it here. In a separate post, I argued that the Millennial generation is struggling with 20th century constructs of leadership and are fighting for a more meaningful career where they can ... Read More
 

Generational Differences and Improving Communication

In 2007 Jennifer J. Deal, research scientist for the Center for Creative Leadership, wrote a book about the various generations in the workplace and how they were similar. She called the book Retiring the Generation Gap: How Employees Young and Old Can Find Common Ground. She found that all generations are similar in the following ... Read More
 

Work-Life Balance is a Myth

Globalization, changes in technology, and short-term, shareholder focused mindset has made work-life balance nearly obsolete. As much as you say you want to use your PTO, I know you end up working most of your day off and then telling your administrative assistant not to charge you for the PTO. How do I know? I ... Read More
 

Entrepreneurship – A “Free Agent” Career

I’m going to be giving a talk this week at my alma mater, The Thunderbird School of Global Management, about why I quit my “safe” corporate job and chose entrepreneurship. As I was preparing my notes, I started to think about the changing labor dynamics in our society and how entrepreneurship may be the “safer” ... Read More
 

Top 10 Things Older Workers Can Do To Land Jobs

“Aging is not “lost youth” but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” – Betty Friedan I have been very blessed to work with tremendous mentors over the last decade. Each has been over the age of 50 and each has shared a nugget of wisdom, opened my eyes to something new, and pushed me ... Read More
 

Thoughts on an Extraordinary Life

I am a “learner” by nature. Regardless of where I am, I believe that there is some nugget of wisdom that I am meant to pick up and parlay into future use. Of course, I then feel an obligation to share that morsel with others, hence my chosen line of work. Life is amazing because ... Read More
 

How to Build Your Work Ethic

I read Malcom Gladwell’s book, Outliers, a few years back. It includes many memorable stories of The Beatles, Bill Gates, and Robert Oppenheimer, to name a few. A common theme that runs throughout the book is the “10,000-Hour Rule”, which claims that recognition and success come after an individual works in excess of that time ... Read More