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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
 

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
 

Generative v. Extractive Career Search

We all know the war for talent is heating up and is going to get real hot, real soon. But why should any organization choose you over the other 300 individuals who applied for the same position? We can talk about resumes, unique selling propositions, personal branding and the strength of your network, but in ... Read More
 

When the Writing’s on the Wall

“He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.” – Harold Wilson I’ve talked to a couple of people recently about the change process and why they struggle with it so much. One said, “I wish someone could have warned me about the financial collapse ... Read More
 

Delivering Exceptional Public Presentations

How many times have you, or someone you know, talked about not wanting to speak in public? Giving presentations in public can be a scary thing. In fact, it’s commonly referred to as glossophobia, the fear of public speaking. People experience anxiety prior to delivering their content, will attempt to avoid the event altogether, or ... 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
 

How to Make a Great First Impression

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression” – Author Unknown As the old saying goes, first impressions are incredibly important. Princeton psychologists Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov conducted experiments that show that it only takes 1/10 of a second to form a judgment about someone else. That is an incredibly short ... Read More
 

Building Relationships Takes Time

Every relationship, personal or professional, requires significant investment. The investment includes our time, money, and talent. Those of you who are already great at building relationships know that the process doesn’t stop after you’ve collected the business card. In fact, the process never ends. It requires constant attention. For those of you who are still ... 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