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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
 

How to “Out-Behave” Others

I just wrapped up a long weekend spent with friends who truly understand the importance of human character. It seems that so many people have replaced honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness with a focus on the personality ethic. To me, the personality ethic is a focus on the accumulation of iStuff (i.e. iPhones, McMansions, brand name ... Read More
 

From Success to Significance

Although the debate about the cause of The Great Recession rages on, you can’t help but recognize that life is being conducted differently. Large organizations continually push productivity measures and try to do more with fewer human resources. Individuals are spending more time at work constantly striving for the mythical place termed “work-life balance”. Constant ... Read More
 

The Think Global, Act Local Personal Brand

The creation of the “think global, act local” concept is commonly attributed to Patrick Geddes, a late 19th – early 20th century Scottish biologist, sociologist, philanthropist, and forward-thinking town planner. Similarly, the Japanese were the first to develop the concept of “glocalization”, the practice of conducting business in accordance of both local and global considerations. ... Read More
 

Intrinsic Motivation Through Purpose

A recent study by global brand consultancy Calling Brands entitled “Crunch Time: The Power of Purpose” revealed that a dramatic shift is occurring in how employees view their work. The study found that corporate “purpose” is becoming a new driver of recruitment, employee retention, and productivity. In many cases employees are willing to work harder ... Read More
 

We’re Becoming Individual Corporations

Late one night last week, I was browsing available movies on Netflix when I came across The Corporation, a film by Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, and Joel Bakan. The story begins with a retelling of how the corporation became a legal entity and eventually emerged as a legal “person”. Even at that point in time, ... Read More
 

Search Continually for Your Next Job

Perhaps the most important part of the 21st century career search is recognizing that it is never ending. Too many people quit looking for work as soon as they find work. However, the basic constructs of the relationship between business and labor have drastically changed. Business is no longer an environment providing cradle-to-grave employment. Many ... Read More