Progress through your career laterally – not just in a straight line.

Progress through your career laterally – not just in a straight line.

Having had the opportunity to work with and coach executives and leaders at some of the largest brands in the world, I am often asked “How do you think people become top CEOs?”

Most people mistakenly assume that CEOs and executive leaders climb the career ladder one step at time, going from junior management to middle management to upper management, building their skills along the way.

However, it is not that simple in the real world.

Most successful CEO’s and executives that i know, got to the top with a bit of lateral career maneuvering. They did not slowly climb a  single ladder – they often hopped between multiple ladders – and each step was not always higher than the last.

So if you are working in a junior management position, say a HR position, moving to a junior management position in marketing or sales or finance, might be more valuable than aiming for a middle management position in the same department.

Why? Continue Reading…

Why Big, Crazy Dreams Are Easier To Reach Than Small, Ordinary Goals

Why Big, Crazy Dreams Are Easier To Reach

What propels the people we admire to take risks on things we tell ourselves we could never do?

How do people like Alan Arnette summit Mt. Everest time and again while raising a million dollars for Alzheimer’s research when we can’t even get the vacation time to go to the mountains? Why is a 16-year-old able to circumnavigate the globe in a sailboat while you and I struggle to learn to tie a sailor’s knot?

Are they truly super-humans gifted with talents we’ll never have? Are you and I just Average Joes and Janes destined to struggle with mundane tasks?

I think not.

Instead, these specimens of human achievement are no different from you and I in ability or intelligence. They succeed because they understand and embrace a concept I like to call Big Dream Influence (BDI from here on). And they harness the laws and power of BDI to carry out amazing feats not by themselves, but with the aid of many others who can’t help but lend a hand.

Read on to learn how BDI works and how you can implement it in your own life. Continue Reading…

The Five Things You Need to Know About Finding the Work You Love

The Five Things You Need to Know About Finding the Work You Love

“You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers … If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs in a Stanford commencement speech

One of the keys to happiness — as well as productivity and effectiveness at work — is finding work you love, that you’re passionate about. Work you want to do, instead of just have to do.

If you really want to do it, it barely seems like work at all.

I’ve finally found that work, in blogging here and with entrepreneurship in general. I don’t drag my feet to go to work anymore — now I can’t wait to get up early and start working.

And I’m just one of many who’ve done that — there are people all over the world pursuing their dreams, working with passion, losing themselves in their work. Are you one of them? Do you want to be?

The difficult thing for many people is finding what that work is in the first place. They don’t know where to start, and it seems a hopeless cause.

It’s not. You can find that work, but it’ll take some effort. Here’s what you need to know about finding the work you love: Continue Reading…

What Can You Build In The Next 14,600 Days

What Can You Build In The Next 14,600 Days

What does it mean to have a “career”? For the past 100 years or so, it’s meant finding a company that will pay you a fair wage to do the same thing over and over again for 40 years.

No one seems to want one of those anymore. In fact, the word “career” seems to elicit more of a gag reflex now than feelings of pride.

But I’m a hold out. I want a career – a great one. I think that when you decide to dedicate your life to something and spend 14,600 days doing it over and over again, it doesn’t really matter what it is – you can accomplish something amazing and amass a body of work that truly changes things. Continue Reading…

11 TEDTalks With Counterintuitive Career Advice :

11 TEDTalks With Counterintuitive Career

You know how to write a resume and ask for a promotion. These talks go beyond the basics, offering insightful advice on how to think about our work lives.

The counterintuitive career advice you probably didn’t get

 

You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why?
Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly. This talk, while aimed at an audience of women, has universal takeaways — for men and women, new grads and midcareer workers.

How to make work-life balance work

Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen. Continue Reading…

The Art Of The Thank You Note

One art form that seems to have fallen by the wayside for many people is that of the handwritten thank-you note. A thank-you note is an elegant and inexpensive way to show appreciation to someone who has assisted you in some fashion and also is a stellar way to improve a potential business contact.

What does it cost, and what are the potential dividends?
This is a entrepreneurial blog, after all, so the biggest question is whether or not a thank you note is worth the time and money. It comes down to this: is it worth the time investment (a few minutes) and the money investment (at most, a dollar) to create an additional positive impression on the person you would send the note to? Unless the answer is an emphatic “no,” then a thank-you note is worth the investment. Continue Reading…

Recruiting Your Perfect Mentor

Recruiting Your Perfect Mentor

If I’ve learned anything about success in my relatively short time on Earth, it’s that in order to have any chance to obtain it, it’s really important to surround yourself with people that are better at what they do than you are at what you do.

Having friends and mentors that inspire you to be the best you can be will make a huge difference in your life.

Everyone can think of somebody they really look up to – someone that embodies what they’d like to accomplish themselves – but oftentimes these people hold some kind of celebrity status and feel completely out of reach.

You should know that the right celebrities, though, are actually easy to get a hold of and even very open to new relationships if you approach them genuinely. Continue Reading…