Why Do You Need Biased Advice from Others?

Why listen to other people?   What advice do you think they will give you?   They will give you the “benefit of their experience”; what worked (or didn’t work) for them. Or what they’ve heard worked for people they know.   They will load you with their bias and their baggage.   It always … Continue reading “Why Do You Need Biased Advice from Others?”

8 Easy Ways to Be A “Newer Than New School” Professional

Many believe that career success comes from applying “new school”. I’m here to tell you that not only is this notion terribly misleading, it’s absolute nonsense! Sure, the web is here accompanied by new enabling business tools.  SEO, social media, web site analytics and others have been invented to help organizations exploit the capabilities of … Continue reading “8 Easy Ways to Be A “Newer Than New School” Professional”

The ONE Thing You Need to Do to Have A Successful Career

I’m often asked if there is one single factor to building a successful career.   It’s a difficult question but every young professional asks it; everyone is looking for the silver bullet.   I thought it was impossible to define precisely THE single factor for career success, however after reflecting over my 33-plus year journey … Continue reading “The ONE Thing You Need to Do to Have A Successful Career”

How to Lose Your Job in 10 Easy Steps

Maybe it’s time to do a 180 degree shift on the subject of maintaining employment continuity.   Much has been written on how to get and keep a job; I sometimes wonder if the guidance being offered by so many “experts” is resonating with people.  Volumes of advice in a world with so much communications … Continue reading “How to Lose Your Job in 10 Easy Steps”

Young Professionals – You’re Doing It Wrong

For those of you who remember your philosophy courses, here’s a syllogism which is undeniably true. Individuals who step outside the rules of compliance get noticed, People who get noticed typically have more opportunities than those who are invisible to those around and above them. Ergo if you are non- compliant with the rule system … Continue reading “Young Professionals – You’re Doing It Wrong”

Why a Bad Speech Can Be Your Best

As a young professional, communications skills are vital to your success; your competencies in presenting your ideas to an audience are key to standing out from the crowd.   The challenge is that speeches and presentations don’t always go as intended and it is essential that you understand how to deal with the situation when … Continue reading “Why a Bad Speech Can Be Your Best”

9 Subjects Business Schools Should Teach (But They Don’t)

The gap between school teachings and what is REALLY needed for organizations to thrive and survive in the new markets that are unfolding is WIDE and is getting WIDER.  Approaching CHASM proportions in fact.  As an executive leader, I made it a priority to engage with business students and graduates on a regular basis. I … Continue reading “9 Subjects Business Schools Should Teach (But They Don’t)”

“I Don’t Have Enough Time” is a Lame Excuse for Losers

One of the biggest challenges facing young professionals is not enough time to do what needs to be done.  There are simply not enough hours of the day and you chase the illusive clock trying to stretch another minute from a dwindling resource. The results of this can be catastrophic. With insufficient bandwidth available given the workload … Continue reading ““I Don’t Have Enough Time” is a Lame Excuse for Losers”

Networking Can Be A Waste of Time Unless…

Networking can work well for you, or it can be a complete waste of your time. It’s a potentially valuable tool for finding mentors, obtaining advice from seasoned professionals, securing career guidance  and advice on some business problem you may be experiencing. The value of a “good” network is measured not by how many connections you have, … Continue reading “Networking Can Be A Waste of Time Unless…”

Your Career Doesn’t Depend on What You’re Interested In, But…

Young professionals are frequently asked “What are you interested in?” as they apply for many job opportunities in search of an eventual career.   It’s the wrong question to define whether or not an individual is driven to achieve.   An interest is “the state of learning or wanting to know about something…”   It’s … Continue reading “Your Career Doesn’t Depend on What You’re Interested In, But…”