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8 Questions to Ask When Everything Goes Wrong

I have a good friend who’s been a successful business owner for nearly two decades. Recently, in the span of one week, her most valuable employee resigned, one of her children experienced a medical condition relapse and a major client decided to not renew their contract with her company. That week, everything that could go ... Read More
 

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
 

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
 

Failing Forward & Fearing Mediocrity

The more people I serve, the more I see just how limiting self doubt can be. It amazes me how much the need for acceptance and belonging drives us to place extraordinary value on external relationships, material things, and arbitrary notions of success … at the expense of self acceptance and personal achievement. In a ... 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 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
 

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
 

Preparing for the New Year

As you begin to plan for 2013, take time to reflect on the previous year and the many accomplishments you’ve had. Oftentimes, we get consumed by our to do list, or tasks we didn’t accomplish, and forget to celebrate the wonderful things we’ve done. Pausing for reflection helps us to remember that the destination is ... Read More
 

Making Your Brand Systemic

Noted management expert Peter F. Drucker once said, “Since we live in an age of innovation, a practical education must prepare a man for work that does not yet exist and cannot yet be clearly defined.” The same theory applies to innovation and finding meaning in one’s career. You must learn continually and prepare for ... 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
 

Achievement Over Accolades

David McCullough Jr.’s commencement address at Wellesley High School on June 1 has sent reverberations throughout the World Wide Web. Popular on YouTube (with more than 1 million views) because of its’ “you are not special” tilt, but it should be more popular for the more encouraging message somewhat hidden underneath. Watch the video here. ... Read More
 

Your Act of Valor

Relativity Media recently released a movie entitled Act of Valor, a motion picture starring active duty Navy Seals. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie because it told succinct and impactful stories about the lives of America’s servicemen and women. I won’t go into details, but do encourage you to watch it. A very defining moment for ... Read More