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  • Career Paradise

    Career Paradise

    Thinking about the joys of winter? Who enjoys the extreme cold, the slush, the transit delays, and the extra bother of winter clothing? On the other hand, the summer has its problems too: broken air conditioners (if you have one, that is), sunburn, mosquitoes, lawn maintenance, and fitting into that [More]

  • You Don’t Start a Bonfire, You Light a Spark

    You Don’t Start a Bonfire, You Light a Spark

    What starts you on your path - and what prevents you from taking that first step? While there are many contributing factors, consider this concept: you don't start a bonfire; you light a spark. Those who are so focused on lighting the bonfire often give up. The enormity of the [More]

  • The Hardest Call

    The Hardest Call

    The essence of just about any job - or any type of business development - is reaching out to connect with other people. Yet one obstacle typically gets in the way: making that very first call. It shouldn't be an obstacle, but it is uncomfortable.  And we tend to avoid [More]

  • Cheap, Smart, and Trusted

    Cheap, Smart, and Trusted

    How do you compete? Why would someone buy your services? While we may not think of ourselves as a product, we compete all of the time: for jobs, for acceptance of our ideas, and for personal approval. Tier one - Price: At the most basic level, you are chosen because [More]

  • The Center of Gravity

    The Center of Gravity

    As a communicator, I share my ideas by writing and by speaking. I project my ideas to others using nuance, idiom, tone of voice, and body language.  I do it in business presentations, group meetings, in proposals, job interviews and resumes. But how do I know that the message is [More]

  • Profitable non-profits

    Profitable non-profits

    I recently met with a newly minted senior executive, who got to where he was because of his business acumen, aggressive drive, and great relationship skills. But now that he is in a position of real responsibility, might he be missing a critical ingredient for success? In his case, he [More]

  • It’s (not) all about me

    It’s (not) all about me

    Even if your day job isn't "sales", how often do you engage in the act of selling? More than you might realize. We pitch ideas to our managers or the board. As advisors, we sell our recommendations to our clients. We sell our staff on what they should do. We [More]

  • Speaking of Language

    Speaking of Language

    I once worked for a brilliant leader... whose mother tongue wasn't English. To my horror, I discovered that he didn't always understand every word that I spoke or wrote. With increased diversity and a more global business environment, expect this to happen more and more frequently. The challenge selling a [More]

  • Work yourself out of a job

    Work yourself out of a job

    What would happen if you planned for your own obsolescence? What if you changed your job so that you were no longer required in that role? As an optimist, the possibilities are exciting: You wouldn't be considered as "critical", and therefore could be considered for other positions. With the extra [More]

  • A Different New Year’s Resolution

    A Different New Year’s Resolution

    Now that the new year is here, it is time to be thinking about all of the "resolutions" that you are going to make. For many people, the top resolution is to do something about their job: get that promotion, work on a special project, ask for a raise, achieve [More]


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