Regret Is A Form Of Punishment Itself

I was twenty eight years old and blinded by my own ambition. Why not? I was in my first managerial role after being promoted three times in six years and my compensation had quadrupled. I found a path towards accomplishing my goals, moving like a rocket towards reaching my career dreams. Opportunities and money were coming so quickly that I started to hear whispers like .... "he married the CEO's daughter". The fact is I was just doing what I was programmed to do my whole life. When you don't have much you've got nothing to lose. One learns that you must compete for opportunities, resources, and attention. Outwork, Outwit, and Outlplay. It came to me too easy, I couldn't imagine why others w

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny .....

180 came out of Meredith Corporation last week, appropriate to repost ....... "Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny." Terrific C S Lewis quote but if you were just furloughed or part of a reduction in force, it hardly feels like extraordinary destiny is ahead. The loss of a job can be devastating. The panic sets in when you think about your ability to cover your financial obligations, especially if you have a young family to support. Your anxiety levels are off the charts, how the Hell do you find work and replace your income in the midst of a damn pandemic? You are searching for confirmation that everything is going to be OK but you see nothing that reass

Career Toolbox: Part 4 "Building A Rich Professional Network"

No matter the industry, 2020 has served us all up quite a curve ball. It's changed how and where we work. For many of us, it's changed who we work with or for. Contracts aren't being renewed and there have been mandatory furloughs. The contraction in many industries facing disruption has been accelerated. Positions have been eliminated. A while back I was a guest on Sandy Waters' podcast 'Seven Figures' where I had an opportunity to talk about how to build a timeless career. The theme was basically that your career toolbox is more important than your bank account because the balance in your account is dependent upon your ability to leverage your toolbox. Regardless of recession, depres

Is Your Ambition Holding You Hostage?

"We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free." Is your drive for a bigger market or stage holding you hostage? We can never let our ambition make us so blind that we miss warning signs or important forks in the road. We should be constantly surveying the landscape to make sure our skills are transferable to other industries and roles. This includes multiple paths. That said, think about the path chosen as part of a decision tree, and some of these paths are irreversible and have consequences. Answer this questions: What are the top 2 trends in your industry? How will they impact your role in the next 24 months and how are you adapting?

Tomorrow Is A Gift, Not A Promise.

On July 17, 2016 a young and very gifted anchor/reporter contacted me about working with her on her career development. I was immediately struck with how kind, polite, and gracious this young lady was. She was a special one. As we began to establish a drumbeat, she would talk about our common passion for the outdoors, hiking and exploring trails, me in my native Michigan, her in the Carolina's. She was in fact, headed for a few days away for her birthday with friends. The day before her birthday, Taylor had a tragic accident on that trip and left us way too soon. I had just met her, only working with her for a couple days. The lost was crushing. To her family and longtime friends, and

Success is in the Journey, not the Destination!

"Success is in the journey, not the destination" Two pros can find themselves in the exact same place at very different points in careers. Their success is not defined by the chair they sit in today, it will be from what they do after sitting in it. The experience, skills, and the network you develop over the course of your journey will be what determine not only your current destination, but future destinations as well. For the early and mid career professional, it's how you use your destinations to change your trajectory. Check out: "If I Were A MMJ Today" for more detail: For late career pros, your challenge is to differentiate from the wave of pros behind

How To Answer The Dreaded 'Salary Question'

There is a right way to answer this question when it comes up early in the interview process (and it usually does). Your answer can either keep you in the running and you move on or it can instantly kill your chances. The answer is that it's too early in the process to know. Until the role and responsibilities are clearly understood and the elements of the total compensation package is presented you, you can't possibly know. For example, benefits can be worth up to 30% or 40% of the total package. When you are being pressed for an answer or you can't move on in the application process without a hard number, you need to make sure you have a complete understanding of the compensation range

Your Greatest Measure of Success at the End of Your Life Comes Down to One Word: LOVE

LOVE: Wakes us up at ungodly hours not for the pursuit of money, or fame, but because we LOVE and thrive in what we do. Is our emotional safety net that allows us to take chances, to explore our dreams without the fear of failure. It is the cause AND the solution to most of the personal and professional dilemmas we will face today. If you aren't doing what you LOVE today and you aren't giving and getting unconditional love, how will you measure your success? From Warren Buffett: "Basically, when you get to my age, you'll really measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you. I know many people who have a lot of money, and they get testim

Reinvention. It's Intentional.

How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar. Transformation. The reinvention of a career. It's got to be intentional. You have got to want the 'new' you more than the comfort of the current you. Reinvention occurs when you recognize, then change the behaviors that are the source of the accumulating career baggage you are carrying today. The best opportunities include: 1. A new role at a new company. 2. New location, market, station in same organization. 3. Promotion and/or different shift in same organization. 4. A freelancer, consultant or contractor on a new assignment. These transformation opportunities hav

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