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This Could Be The Best Year You’ve Ever Had

Like every year, this Christmas my wife and I had mass quantities of presents to wrap, a task we divide and conquer on.  I always find this to be a really frustrating activity for two reasons.  [...]

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Are You Afraid To Ask For Advice?

I was dealing with a business issue a number of years ago and was really struggling with how to handle it.  It started out small but rapidly became really complex and gnarly.  It also started out [...]

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This Will Help You Succeed At Anything

If you know me at all, you know that one of the things about me is that I can’t get enough of college football. I love the pageantry, like at USC. I love the pre-game rituals and huge bands, like [...]

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How To Get More From That Job Offer 100% Of The Time

In my career coaching practice, I help my clients from the beginning to end.  We define “What’s Next”, develop a compelling personal brand, implement that new brand into a revamped resume, [...]

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3 Reasons Why You’re Qualified For That Job

If you’ve been scanning the job boards at all lately you’ve seen tons of these things. They’re everywhere for every industry and every type of job. I’m talking about the job descriptions where [...]

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How Badly Do You Want It?

A client of mine recently landed a big job at a very big organization.  I had the pleasure of coaching him from start to finish.  We constructed a new personal brand for him.  Refreshed and [...]

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Secret Sauce For Your Career

It was one of those arduous, multi-day, painful quarterly reviews.  Our Chairman and his executive staff had flown in as usual.  As the leader of my organization, I was feeling pretty cocky, [...]

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Why You Should Take A Vacation

Looking back on our family vacations early in my career, I had a couple of really big issues to overcome.  1) I would sit at a resort poolside and be up, down and fidgeting like a cat in a room [...]

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How To Crush The First Six Months In A New Job

I once worked on the senior management team of a company that hired an individual at a peer level to me, to run our marketing organization. It was really fascinating (and I’d be lying if I didn’t [...]

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How To Get Momentum Going Your Way

We’ve all had those weeks when life sails along with nothing but positive momentum. You wake up, look in the mirror and go “Damn I look good!” (OK, that’s never actually happened to me). Maybe [...]

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5 Things That Will Snuff Out Self Doubt

I’ve given a ton of speeches in my career. For whatever reason, standing up to present in front of people has never bothered me. Until one night a number of years ago. It was a very large [...]

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Taming The Distraction Beast And Staying Focued

As I’ll be the first to admit, I have the attention span of a flea. Even since my early career days, I can get easily sidetracked. For me it can be emails, phone calls, the Internet, Phil and [...]

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The Importance Of Day One On A New Job

With a freshly minted degree in Communications, our youngest daughter started a new job last September for a global media-planning agency. Their website touted how much they invest in the [...]

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Build This And Power Your Career

I’ve served on the Board of Directors of a few organizations with some truly talented and visionary people. And I’ve also been on some Boards that were clueless, cheap and full of themselves. [...]

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6 Things That’ll Set Your Day Up For Success

There’s a genetic analysis company advertised on TV called “23 and Me”.   You mail them a saliva sample and they send you back a genetic analysis. I’d like to try this to solve an issue of mine. [...]

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A Great Leadership Approach You Probably Don’t Know

Looking back over my career I reported to some pretty hard-ass people. Many of them were brilliant and I learned immensely, but many were very tough as leaders. There was the one who had me start [...]

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Don’t Just Interview – Stand Out!

Sitting on the sofa with nearly 300lbs of dogs (our two Great Danes Frank and Phil), I was channel surfing – desperate for anything even slightly interesting to watch. Somehow I landed on the [...]

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Why You Should Speak Up!

You just got out of a lengthy meeting with your boss and a number of other senior managers of your organization. They were struggling with a variety of approaches to solving a very important [...]

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How To Say No To Your Boss

I’ve got a client who started a new job within the last year and she came to me with a challenge she was having with her boss. The problem was her boss was continually piling on the work, like [...]

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Without This You’ll Never Become A Leader

Our oldest son has a T-shirt that says, “Trust me, I’m a doctor”. Now, he really is a doctor and I do respect his medical opinion, but am I about to trust him on everything? Uh, no. But as the [...]

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Go And See For Yourself

Have you ever watched the TV show called “Undercover Boss”?  It’s a series that follows executives and business owners as they slip anonymously into the rank-and-file of their own organizations, [...]

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Are You Working Low Value Stuff?

Usually as my week progresses, I’m developing a to-do list for the weekend. You know- fix this, paint that, go here and buy some of these, etc. I’ve got it pretty organized and prioritized by [...]

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Can You Hear Me Now?

How many times have you ever really listened to a flight attendants instructions before your plane takes off? If you’re like me and have flown too much in your career, the answer is probably [...]

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Effective Leaders Do This….

I had lunch not long ago with a senior executive who wanted my coaching services. As a leader, he was having trouble in getting “his people” (his words not mine) to fully get behind his new [...]

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Your Resume Is Missing This….

I was at a cocktail gathering a while back and each of us attending was asked to bring a baby picture of ourselves. The pictures were put on a wall and you had to guess who the baby in the [...]

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Are You Confident?

When I was a kid growing up in St. Louis I had the opportunity to go to the U.S. Open golf tournament. We spent the day following one of the greatest golfers ever, Gary Player. On the 17th hole, [...]

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How To Get Time On Your Side

When I was fresh out of college I was a salesperson for a Fortune 500 computer company. My manager used part of his weekly meetings with us to impart “wisdom”. One particular week, his message [...]

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Ugh, Here Comes Your Performance Review Again

My annual dental check-up is next month. I hate going to the dentist. It’s certainly not fun, it’s rarely good news and he always tries to have a conversation while he has both hands in my mouth. [...]

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Are You In The Mid 30’s Career Crunch?

Like a lot of people, the decade of my 20’s was pretty outrageous.  I was unstoppable and living life at Warp 9.  I had a great time in college (they tell me).  I was old enough to have regrets [...]

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Is Your Job Search Method Outdated?

I’m a user of apps on my smart-phone. Like, a lot. But what really frosts my cubes is when I fire up an app to do something and inevitably one of our kids looks over my shoulder and says, “You [...]

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Insure That Those Your Hire Succeed

My first job out of college was with a Fortune 500 computer company. I’d confirmed my first day with them, they told me to show up on a Monday at 9am. That Monday came, I showed up and they said [...]

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Decisiveness – A Key To Being Effective

For as long as my memory serves me, something that’s decreasing at an increasing rate, every Wednesday night for my wife and I has been “Date-Night”. We’ll go out to dinner, go to a movie, go [...]

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What You Should Know About Your Direct Reports

I have a daughter who’s an equestrian. Like, she’s a really good equestrian; she’s been riding since she was nine years old. She’s out of college now but teaches riding to kids. (By the way, if [...]

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Does Your Career Have You Asking, “What’s Next?”

I’ve recently had a number of clients engage my coaching services to help them with a question they’re struggling with – “What’s next”?  These folks have had 20+ year careers and don’t want to [...]

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What It Takes To Get Promoted

Our youngest daughter’s in college (yes, I still get to pay those “ever more affordable” college tuitions).   In the last five years she’s twice been applying for a better part-time job and come [...]

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The Power of Humility

The NFL draft is almost here. It’s been interesting to see the lessons in humility that some of these young men have learned going through the recent combines.   Hot shot college superstars only [...]

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Growing Your Network In 20 Minutes a Week

I went the other day to my local Starbucks to catch up with a friend. As usual, those other guys were there. I see them all the time. No, I mean, ALL THE TIME. You’ve seen them at your Starbucks [...]

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Are You Sought After?

I was watching the last broadcast of the academy awards and after sprinting to the kitchen for something that’s not in one of the major food groups, I return to the couch to see the host, [...]

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What Do They Really Think Of You?

My family and I were headed out to a dinner gathering and I’d just finished getting dressed. I said to my wife, “How do I look”. “That looks nice” she said. While I appreciated her comment, [...]

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Do You Play Slow?

There’s an old story about a pastor, a doctor and an engineer waiting for a particularly slow group of golfers. The engineer fumes, “What’s with these guys? We’ve been waiting [...]

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How to Get It All Done

As my career progressed, like you, I found the load of things to get done, keep track of and commitments to meet became pretty big.  Then as my career fast tracked, my Franklin Covey Day-Timer [...]

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The Best Way to Market Yourself

I was leading a search a few years back to find a company with specific technology that we could acquire. Two prospects came in to present to us. The first company arrived in the morning and its [...]

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That Career Ladder Isn’t A Ladder Anymore

One of my daughters surprised us a number of years ago by saying for her birthday she wanted to go climbing with me at an indoor rock wall place near us.  I said to my wife, “Pffffft, no problem, [...]

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When Is It Time To Changes Jobs?

Like many of our Dads, my Dad joined a company when he finished graduate school and stayed there nearly 25 years. Fortunately for me, it was a large brewing company.  That, of course, had HUGE [...]

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The Key To Getting That Higher Level Job

When I was a young manager, I was traveling with Bill, our company’s CEO. It was the end of a whirlwind day visiting customers together. Back at our hotel, I figured we’d part ways, he probably [...]

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How Great Managers Insure Success

The British Open starts this week, one of the most prestigious events in pro golf. I was busy one night insuring our couch didn’t run away while watching a T.V. review of this year’s top [...]

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How to Survive Adversity and Triumph

I spend a lot of time studying what makes winners win. I like to understand what’s in their personalities, characteristics and qualities that get them to the top of whatever it is they do. I’m [...]

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Do You Really Have Authority?

I spent an afternoon with a mere 20,000 other people in 100-degree heat at the University of Southern California.  Our oldest daughter graduated with her Masters degree.  She had successfully [...]

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The Invaluable Career Catalyst

While out driving this week I noticed little league baseball is back in full swing.  I played little league ball when I was a kid and have great memories, a couple of them in particular.  I had [...]

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Vitamin D For Your Career

I’ve had a patch of rough skin on my arm, about the size of quarter, for some time now.  Being an outdoor type and in the sun a lot, I decided it was time to get it checked out. So, I went to my [...]

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Are You Indispensable?

I’ll admit, like most business folks, to having had a cell phone device of one type or another in my hand, a lot, for the better part of the last 15 years. Smart phones, with all their [...]

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