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    Can You See the End From the Beginning?

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    How a pop song can help you.

    “I can see the end as it begins …”

    Taylor Swift in her song “Wildest Dreams”

    I don’t often quote Taylor Swift songs, but I happened to hear this line in the song recently and it got me thinking:

    Is Taylor Swift a visionary? Are her lyrics also…
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    Three Tips to Get More Time In Your Day

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    There’s an old saying that goes something like this:

    It’s not how long it is … it’s how you use it.

    Yes, this is a euphemism for something else.

    And, it also applies to your day.

    Invest in Time … because they aren’t making any more of it.

    Yes, this is another euphemism.

    Guess what? …

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    Time to Clean Up Your Act

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    It’s Spring Time!

    At least in the northern hemisphere.

    Which means … it’s time to take a look at the way you are exposing and expressing yourself to the world.

    It’s time to take a look at your your social channels and your plans for using them.

    There is no wrong answer

    More and more …

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    The Rise of the Specialist

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    I have a theory.

    It’s been developing for a few years.

    It’s been tested over the past couple of years.

    And it may be coming to a head now.

    Did the Great Recession Create Specialists?

    This is one conclusion I have come to. I’ve not tested it extensively with regressive and longitudinal studies, but I …

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    Three Questions Every Interviewee MUST Be Ready to Answer

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    Interviews are stressful.

    You never know what to expect.

    But, you SHOULD expect these three questions.

    Or at least some variation of them.

    Be Prepared or Else

    I suggest you be ready to answer the following three questions. They may not be asked in this same way, but some variation of them will (eventually) be …

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    Solve for Why … The Business Secret

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    How often do you ask why?

    Is there a maximum number of times to ask why?

    Why … do you say that or think that?

    The 5 Why’s

    Asking why five times is a commonly used tool (and expression) to get to the root of an issue. In the system developed in Japan by Sakichi …

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    Using LWL to Get Ahead

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    How often do you Listen?

    Really Listen?

    Before taking action?

    It Can Be Hard

    I know from personal experience that it can be hard not to jump to conclusions, not to leap forward with assumptions, and to not try and prescribe before diagnosing.

    Stop. At least for one conversation today … stop.

    Then … Listen. …

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    Mastering Your LinkedIn Profile

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    How often do you look at other people’s LinkedIn profiles?

    How often do you look at your own LinkedIn profile?

    If the answer to the second question is never … it’s time to bite the bullet.

    Take 5 minutes and read this post, then go to your LinkedIn profile and do a quick sanity check …

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    Mastering Hygiene on LinkedIn

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    Have you done a LinkedIn Checkup lately?

    If not, now is the time.

    It won’t take long and it’s not hard.

    Over the last few weeks I have written a series of posts about Mastering LinkedIn. The topics were purposely short and consumable. I created short videos for each of them and posted the written …

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    Mastering the Under-Share on LinkedIn

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    Everything you say is being recorded.

    Be careful what you share.

    How to make sure you don’t share everything, every time … on LinkedIn.

    LinkedIn by default will share everything you post with everyone in your network. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but as you start to build your network and grow your reputation …

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