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Make It Happen Tipsheet

  • Ability


    Have you ever had an athletic injury, and found yourself on the sidelines? Interestingly, this happens off the field too: we let a professional "injury" shunt us to the sidelines as well. Athletes quickly learn that a leg injury just means a renewed focus on the upper body. So should we [More]

  • Elevator Pitch – Going Up

    Elevator Pitch – Going Up

    You're in the elevator, or waiting in line at the coffee shop, and someone says to you "Aren't we going to meet in just a few minutes? Tell me about yourself..." While you may not be ready to meet the person right then and there, the opportunity to make a [More]

  • Finding Time by Scheduling It

    Finding Time by Scheduling It

    In the olden days, as soon as a fax was received, a secretary would burst into the manager's office and exclaim "you've received a fax".  All activity would stop until the fax was addressed. While we rarely receive faxes anymore, many of us exhibit this same strange behavior when we [More]

  • Linked


    I'm just about half way through a fascinating book, called "Linked", by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi. In it, he explores how networks grow: whether they be social networks, biological networks, the internet, or web sites. One of his most fascinating points is that the study of an individual node - whether it [More]

  • Data, Information, Intelligence

    Data, Information, Intelligence

    How many hours have you spent trolling through the internet, doing "research" on a particular company or industry? Many people spend too much time on research, and put off making a decision or acting on it. The reason? Most people are averse to risk. We rationalize that with more information, [More]

  • Footprints on the Sands of Time

    Footprints on the Sands of Time

    No, you don't need to remember your high school poetry, but it is possible to find insight wherever you look. Not enjoyment, and not sorrow, Is our destined end or way; But to act, that each to-morrow Find us further than to-day. This excerpt is from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The [More]

  • Matchmaker, Matchmaker

    Matchmaker, Matchmaker

    How many people are in your network: 25? 200? 800? 1600? The number doesn't matter as much as how tightly you are connected to them, and how tightly they are connected to each other. When this linkage happens, so does magic. Your network can support you achieve your current goals, [More]

  • Light the Fire

    Light the Fire

    While camping, a group of four friends - all managers - were talking about teamwork. As the evening wore on, it became colder, and each person went to put on a warm jacket and a hat - except the fourth: he went scavenging for wood. After thirty minutes, he came [More]

  • Starting a New Job

    Starting a New Job

    You've been through a grueling interview process and you've finally got the job or won that promotion. What can you do right at the start to guarantee your success? The truth is that nothing is guaranteed in today's environment, but take care of a few key things, and your chances [More]

  • Experiences, not Experience

    Experiences, not Experience

    People collect the craziest things: movies, music, books, shoes, coins, and spoons are just some examples. But what about collecting experiences? Experiences are activities that either give you new skills, or improve existing ones. Experiences give you perspective, flexibility, and develop your business acumen: all critical for your career success. [More]


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