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  • Reverse Engineering

    Reverse Engineering

    How often have you admired someone else's accomplishments, and said to yourself, "I wish I could do that!". Or when faced with a daunting goal, are not sure where to start? Conventional wisdom suggests that you start at the beginning, and take small, easily accomplished steps. Doing so moves you [More]

  • Squeezing the Negative

    Squeezing the Negative

    Have you ever been in a situation with your team when you're trying to figure out how to get everything just right? As problem solvers, our attention quickly focuses on what is wrong. We think that if the deficiencies could be removed, then everything would be perfect. Processes would be [More]

  • Career Performance

    Career Performance

    What do Stevie Wonder, Leonard Cohen, and Elton John all have in common? They are all musicians, all internationally famous, and they have all been writing music and performing for decades. But what accounts for their success? They had great teachers and mentors. They practiced their scales and rehearsed their [More]

  • Inauguration

    Inauguration

    What can we do, prior to starting something new, that will increase our chances of success? Back in 2009, when Barack Obama was "inaugurated" as President of the USA, he taught us many great lessons... even if we don't have a budget of $150 million-plus for the effort. We can [More]

  • Barack Obama:  The ultimate job search

    Barack Obama: The ultimate job search

    Ten Career Planning Tips that we can learn from Barack Obama (and John McCain) Now that the dust has settled with the American Presidential election, all of the pundits can begin prognosticating on how Obama will do once he's on the job. For those in the midst of a job [More]

  • One Step

    One Step

    Ask any mountain climber - the surest way to the top of the peak is a very simple recipe: put one foot in front of the other. And then do it again. This very simple formula is no different for those looking in advancing their professional success. Education: Most of [More]

  • What do I want to be known for?

    What do I want to be known for?

    If you're like most people, you'd much prefer to write your resume than your obituary. Resumes help you get that new role, while obituaries are relatively... final. Nevertheless, writing your own obituary is a great exercise: it helps you define how you will be remembered by your colleagues, friends, and [More]

  • Urgent vs. Important

    Urgent vs. Important

    When a customer calls, do you rush to meet their needs? When you check into a hotel, do you expect prompt, courteous service? When you drive your car, do you always take the shortest routes - at the fastest speeds? And when you do a great job, do you want [More]

  • Lessons from Retail

    Lessons from Retail

    Why is it that retailers have back-to-school sales starting in August? They know that clothing purchases are made 3-4 weeks immediately before the first day of school. (They also know that few customers will purchase clothing a mere day or two beforehand.) Stores make their buying decisions months in advance. [More]

  • Summer Vacation

    Summer Vacation

    The months of July and August are special, as it is when many people traditionally take their vacations. But it is special for another reason as well: it is the half-way point of the year. And while we might prefer to be sipping lemonade at the beach, it is a [More]

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