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    Read the Books Your Parents Read

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    Lately I’ve been flashing back to a book I recently read.

    It’s a remembrance of a more genteel time.

    But, it had a chilling effect on my thinking.

    It’s a book my father read.

    I ignored it for many years. Until a friend brought it up. Then I paid attention.

    Why is that? Why did …

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    Posted in Career Development, Personal Branding, Success Strategies

    5 Questions to ask before starting a corporate blog

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    One of the most common things I hear from people is … Should I start a blog?

    There is no simple answer.

    However, over the years I have boiled down my thinking to 5 things to consider before starting a (corporate) blog.

    Note: I put the word “corporate” in parentheses. A personal and corporate blog …

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    Posted in Personal Branding, Social Media, Success Strategies

    Putting your out of office message to work

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    It’s summer time.

    Time for vacations.

    Time for the inevitable Out of Office message.

    Who still uses Out of Office messages?

    It should come as not surprise, even to millennials, that there are still a lot of people that use email. Yes, there is a trend towards text messaging, instagram and snapchat. While I don’t …

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    Posted in Career Development, Personal Branding, Reputation Management

    What it takes to become an Agile Careerist

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    Recently I was interviewed about what it means to me to be an Agile Careerist.

    A friend I have come to know from the SOBCON events, Marti Konstant, asked me to talk with her for a book she is writing on being an Agile Careerist.

    I’ve known Marti for a few years and I like …

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    7 Essential Tips for Better Storytelling

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    The best storytellers lead the tribe.

    The best stories are short.

    The best stories are memorable.

    The best stories are actionable.

    239 Years Ago

    There was a story ready to be told. It was short, it was powerful. It was worth fighting for. Of course, I’m referring to the story that lead to the creation …

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    Don’t Let FOMO Paralyze You‏

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    No one wants to be left behind.

    No one wants to be the odd man out.

    No one wants to be the last to know.

    But, sometimes that’s just how it has to be. Someone has to be last to know. Or perhaps not to know at all. There is nothing wrong with this. There …

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    Mistakes, Mea Culpas and Moving On

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    No matter how pure your motives you will make mistakes.

    Truth Test: Raise your hand if you have never made a mistake.

    If true, you probably aren’t trying hard enough.

    “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” ~ Albert Einstein

    Mistakes Happen

    We need to deal with them and move …

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    What’s on your summer reading and writing list

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    What will you be reading this summer?

    What will you be writing this summer?

    Finding time to do both can be easier than you think.

    Almost everyone I know says they never have time to read any more. While I think most of us read a lot every day it’s not the kind of reading …

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    Three Things Every Grad Should Be Doing

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    As we enter the graduation season I’d like to ask every graduate to consider these three things. For some people this is already part of their DNA and they’ve been doing them for years. For others they might be doing one or two of them regularly. I’m suggesting at this important milestone that you do …

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    How Making Toast can make you a Problem Solver

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    Take 3 minutes and draw how you make toast.

    Grab a pen and paper and start drawing. Don’t use words. Just your artistic skills.

    Draw the steps you would use to make toast. Have some fun with it. For this initial 3 minute exercise do this solo. For the next time you do this consider …

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