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Your Career as a Novel

I was recently listening to a podcast in which a novelist was interviewed about her writing approach. She stated that she writes books backwards. She writes the climactic ending first. Then, she slowly writes back from that point to create the moments that lead up to that suspenseful ending. I thought it was an interesting […]
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Bob Dylan was right: You’re Gonna Have to Serve Somebody

I grew up the youngest of three kids in a typical, middle-class family. My parents never saved for college for any of us. When I graduated from high school, The U.S. was in the middle of a recession. The local manufacturer that my dad and older brother worked for was laying people off rather than […]
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How to Mentor for Maximum Benefit

We both sat there awkwardly. Two strangers thrown together. As the mentor, he felt obligated to start. But it was clear that he didn’t know what to say. He finally started by asking me about my background. I spent some time summarizing my career and asked him about his. He gave me a digest of […]
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Why We Should Listen to Millennials

“They come in here thinking they know everything.” “Somebody needs to put them in their place.” “Put the phone down and listen.” If you are a baby boomer – or even an older Gen-X worker, you’ve likely either said or heard others make at least one of the above statements. There is no doubt that […]
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Wanted: Role Models. How We Can Bridge the Racial Divide

“I am not a role model. I’m not paid to be a role model. I’m paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court. Parents should be role models. Just because I dunk a basketball, doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.” – Charles Barkley, 1993 Nike commercial. I recently had dinner with two friends. We’re […]
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How To Be Mentored

My high school basketball coach called me “uncoachable.” In parent-teacher conferences, my teachers told my parents that I was “unwilling to learn.” My parents wondered why I didn’t listen. They had low expectations for me in college. While I did struggle in college, I made it through. Then something happened that changed my approach to […]
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Career Management for Mentors

The advice you give today, could change the world tomorrow. When someone is charged with mentoring someone else, they are given a great responsibility. Although the mentee is certainly responsible for his own career, the mentor has a certain obligation to help in shaping the mentee’s career. The mentor will set examples, give advice, and […]
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Why You May Have a Bad Mentor

My son struggled with his statistics class last year. It was an advanced placement (AP) class, which is supposed to emulate college level coursework. He probably didn’t give it all of the attention that it required. But another major factor was that the teacher didn’t appear to care. He was a coach of a sport […]
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5 Things a Mentor Can’t Teach

If you’ve ever gotten advice like “You don’t want that,” or “That’s not important to you,” you probably know what I’m talking about. I’ve had mentors, coaches, teachers, and managers who wanted me to be just like them. They weren’t giving me advice for me to be successful. They were giving advice for them to […]
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The Number One Secret to Success

I attended my high school class reunion a few years ago. In the invitation was a questionnaire asking a few questions about our lives since high school. One of the questions they asked was “Who was your most influential teacher from your school years?” When I got to the reunion, there was a little pamphlet […]
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The Options Approach to Mentoring

I’ve worked with many mentors in my career. I’ve also chatted with a few who have mentored others. I’ve come to the realization that every mentor has his or her own approach to mentoring. There is the heavy handed mentor. This is the type of mentor that tells the mentee what to do. “This worked […]
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3 Ways to Make Your Millennial Career Advice Memorable

Not long after I turned 16, my mother had surgery in a specialty hospital about three hours away from our home. My grandparents drove up to see her, but decided they weren’t up for the drive back. I offered to drive them. It was the first time I had the chance as an adult to […]
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What You Should Know About Certifications and Degrees

Once when I was at a networking dinner I started up a conversation with the woman next to me. She seemed like a nice enough person. She told me that she was looking for a job in project management. She handed me her business card and began giving me her elevator pitch. I glanced at […]
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Arrogant or confident?

Arrogance or Confidence? The fine line

Confidence is one of the critical aspects of being a consultant. Many consultants cross the fine line of confidence and develop an arrogance that turns a client off and hurts their chances for advancement in their consulting career.  In this week’s podcast, we will discuss the difference between confidence and arrogance and how to avoid […]
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