Stop Living In Your Own Private Idaho

Do you see exploration and opportunity or caution and anxiety? Your career is full of hidden driveways and in the end your biggest regret will likely be you didn't explore more of them. It's important to start with a simple understanding that for those of us that are very risk adverse, exploration doesn't have to be fatal. In fact, exploration leads to where you actually have strong competencies ..... decision making. You know that role you have always wanted? Well it's not coming to you. You must begin to explore your path to it and it might include a number of hidden driveways along the way. You'll be presented with many decision points during your journey and listen, you can't turn down a

It's not the size of the Reporter in the hustle .....

..... it's the size of the hustle in the reporter! It's been said that hustle beats talent when talent doesn't hustle. Jennifer Martinez of Fox 10 Phoenix turning aptitude, attitude, and ambition into altitude. Photo cred: Jennifer Martinez, Fox10Phoenix

Great Leaders. Well Placed but Hidden!

A strong self-assured manager or director is like these studios lights, well placed but hidden. They cast light and bring complete clarity on the efforts and accomplishments of their teams and organizations. The definition of leadership can be debated, is it a noun or a verb? Leader, lead, led, leading. Every time I sit down with team members or associates and talk about their definition of leadership I get many different answers. If you listen closely, there is however one common denominator across all their replies. Visibility. It's simple, great leaders are always visible, available, and are fully present. Live, video, Hangout or teleconference. Presence. They also create visibility and l

A Father's Career Advice To His Son's

"Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome." One of my favorite Arthur Ashe quotes. It very much represents how I feel about career management and development. The greatest accomplishment in my career is not the destination, where I am today, it's the amazing collection of friends, learning and experiences. As I was tossing and turning in bed during one of those sleepless nights I found myself thinking about my sons and their careers. What will they accomplish and how will they run their race? What do they need to know that you'll never find in a book or a classroom? What have I mentored and coached that I have forgotten to tell them? In the

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

"Comparison is the Thief of Joy". Why must we always compare ourselves to others. It's not greener over there, that's just AstroTurf (if you're a Millennial or iGen you might have to Google 'AstroTurf'). This #fbf I recall a conversation with a 27 yr old that was disappointed in her career progress and it was a real eye opener to me. The tone a bit heartbreaking actually. So with 35-40 years remaining in her career, she was defeated because she wasn't progressing as fast as others. She was broken because she only had a couple years left to get to that network morning show host seat in NYC before she was aged out. In order to leverage OUR strengths we first need to stop comparing ourselves to

Timing and Execution in your Career: "Hell is the truth learned too late"

There are only two elements of success; timing and your ability to act. Think about how we describe successful people. We often say that they have "an impeccable sense of timing". I contend that "sense of timing" is really the combination of two critical success factors: 1) Ability to quickly process data or situations and make fact based decisions. It often requires a great sense of self awareness and experience. Thomas Hobbs rightfully said "Hell is the truth learned too late." 2) The willingness to act. It is Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD factor) that holds us back and sometimes rightfully so. The phrase(s) that people nearly always use to describe their greatest regrets in life start

Are We Living Outside-In or Inside-Out?

I can't help but think of the impact social media has had on both the professional and personal lives of multimedia talent. It's created a two-way 24/7 stream directly with the audience that never existed, especially in the broadcast news industry. What used to be a one-way push of carefully orchestrated content is now a fluid real time exchange and mostly without filter, in both directions. We have been conditioned to change the way we manage our image and brand from the authentic inside-out to a more calculated and manufactured outside-in. We live for the audience approval and instant gratification we receive from the 'follows' 'likes' and 'retweets'. Then there are those mostly anonymo

TV News: The Future of the MMJ Journalist

I would bet that most j-school students and their parents didn't know that when they graduate their first year compensation will likely be not much more than minimum wage. If you are a Mizzou, ASU, or Syracuse grad it can be hard to believe and a very tough pill to swallow if you are saddled with $20k in student loan debt. Minimum wage in many urban cities in the US is pushing $13-$15+/hour. Multimedia Journalists who are accepting roles making $30k a year are earning the equivalent of $15/hour or less depending on their schedule and contract. This gets significantly reduced when: You aren't offered Clothing and Make-up allowances or they are only a fraction of what you need to spend, Most a

If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!

If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room! The view doesn't come to you, if you are going to get to someplace special in your career, you are going to have to take uncomfortable risk ...... One of the hardest things for us to do is get to comfortable being uncomfortable. Reaching peak performance never comes from sitting in our comfort zone. Liane Davey, an expert in org performance said after interviewing medal winning Olympic athletes .... "I'm more and more convinced that the secret to high performing individuals and teams is to get comfortable being uncomfortable. Only when you move into (and through) discomfort can you reach a new level of performance." The most i

"We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free.

"We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free." Is your drive for bigger markets and more responsibility or face time holding you hostage from exploring what you could be? We can never let our ambition make us so blind that we miss important forks in the road. We should be constantly surveying the landscape to make sure our skills are transferable to other industries and roles. Answer this question: What are the top 2 trends in your industry, what is the impact to your role and how are you adapting? Example, MMJ's are here to stay. You a photog? Guess what's coming? ..... another example, the mobility supply chain is exploding. You are an auto

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