Are You Leveraging Your Strengths or Developing Your Weaknesses?

I hear it almost everyday. "I can't take it anymore". The 3 and Out's are getting old. The hotter, younger, cheaper are given more and more opportunities to take the stage and it leaves you questioning the business and your place. Have you considered starting your own gig? Check out this article on our recent experiences with a new breed of entrepreneur .... Today's Millennial Entrepreneur ... It's lonely. The forces around you are telling you to conform, find a job, how long are you going to live in your parent's basement? You have a dream, a vision, that dream becomes a demon. You can't shake it. You can't sleep. Everyone tells you "that's a great idea" but in the end, no one is willing to

I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship.

~ Louisa May Alcott, #WednesdayWisdom Sometimes your career progression, and many other things in your life, can be about heading directly into a storm and navigating rough waters. There will be downsizing, acquisitions and divestitures, leadership changes, and other calamities ahead. If you are a multimedia entrepreneur it might be funding, litigation, governance, or just time and resources. I've found the most fruitful place to start as you head into that storm is to understand the dependencies to your success. As I coach and mentor to young multimedia talent, I find that the toolkit and brand, as well as the lack of focus on the dependencies, are some of the biggest obstacles to career pr

Fierce eats Fleek for breakfast.

This is a conversation that could be summarized as "result drive behavior". In a multimedia world that is largely driven by followers, likes, retweets, and shares, we have a tendency to get way caught up in the wrong things when it comes to managing our careers. We measure our brand and marketability to the numbers but completely lose sight of real engagement and target audience. The definition "extremely good, attractive, stylish" truly defines the fleeting nature and temporary sense of talent when in fact, it's just a snapshot in time of surface popularity. Fleek is NOT substance, it's surface. We focus on Fleek when we should be focused on Fierce! When I work with TalentBlvd clients we st

People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.

You Are Getting “Thin Sliced” In 3 Seconds When Making That First Impression! On the #WednesdayWisdom, John C. Maxwell was right, people "feel" your attitude and social scientists will tell you it happens very quickly. Scientists call it “thin slicing”, that is the impression and judgement people start to garner off the first three seconds of an encounter. You will be sized up for socio-economic status via your clothing or your level of aggression via your facial features. There will be assumptions made and quickly. I recently sat down with Pat McGonigle, morning anchor at KSDK in St Louis to talk about how to win at a job fair. In reality, the conversation centers around this "Thin Slicing"

What Donald Trump and Bill Gates can learn from Mom

originally published on Sunday, May 8 2016, second edition May 14, 2017............ It's Mother's Day, it's time to reflect on all the amazing things that my Mom has meant to me and I couldn't help but think of her as the ultimate inspiration for the extraordinary CEO and C-Suite executive. First, a couple things about a Mom's job description: Tenure is everything. My Mom has been on the job for 55 consecutive years without time off. Oh yeah, it's the 24/7 shift too. They don't get to pick their teams. Face it, they mostly inherited the members of Mom Co. They are given literally hunks of clay, genetically predisposed, and from Day One, really needy. Depending on the day, the job description

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny

The loss of a job can be devastating in many ways. It starts with the most serious and concerning - your ability to cover your financial obligations, especially to support your family. The most concerning to me as a coach or mentor is how deeply we tie our identities and self worth to our job and careers. Having just learned of a connection who was asked to resign, I thought it was important to reassemble a toolkit of sorts .... insights, trends, and hard earned tips to help turn the focus from failure, doubt, hardship to an outlook of opportunity. The photo above came from Work It Daily where they offer some advice on 6 things you can do immediately if you are laid off. Below is a more comp

You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

"You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore." ~ Christopher Columbus. Today's #WednesdayWisdom sums up many of our careers. We were afraid to leave what we know to explore what we don't. Below is an article that was aptly titled "Do You Need A New Frame?" ......... Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will and is likely your greatest weakness. Doubt can be created by experience, by adversity to risk, or simply by the frames we create. Here's my take on overcoming doubt ...... The gift of having a rich career filled with many different roles in a number of industries is perspective and vision with a lot of data points. Couple that with robust c

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