Stop Looking for a Job


If you’re a frustrated job hunter – or know someone who is – then forward this column I wrote recently for Fox News.  It’s titled:  Stop Looking for a Job and Start Looking for Your One Big Thing.  From the response it’s getting, it’s changing a lot of people’s thinking about how to position themselves for the next stage in their career.


Stop Trying to Change the World


I’ve been guilty of this as much as anyone – encouraging people to “change the world.” It’s true that some people leave that kind of legacy, but for most of us, just changing OUR world is enough. I know too many people who are focused on the lofty goal of changing the world, but their marriage is in shambles, their kids are miserable, or they are failing at their job. Changing the world is a noble goal, but not at the expense of

Six Principles Worth Remembering At Work


While working on a project with a mutual client, branding strategist Dawn Nicole Baldwin gave the organization’s Communications Director some excellent advice.  Because it was so relevant to the situation many of us are in, I thought it worth sharing.  Whatever project you’re working on, client you’re working with, or boss you’re working for, these are important principles to remember:

Meeting Expectations


One of the most difficult challenges I face with clients is managing their expectations. It happens in a million ways. Sometimes they don’t have all the information, other times their past experience colors the relationship, or they simply don’t have the experience to evaluate success. Whatever the cause, it’s up to you to manage the outcome. Why? 

Why You Need to Control the Process


After speaking to audiences, sometimes during the Q&A, someone will ask me, “What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made in your career?”  There are probably many, but here’s one of the biggest:  I didn’t control the process.  I’m a people pleaser.  I want to make everyone happy, and be liked.  That’s great when it comes to parties, but a disaster when it comes to a career.  The bottom line is that to avoid ruffling feathers, I’ve settled for less than I should have.  From directing actors, to managing teams, to writing books – I’ve given in when I should have

Be Careful When Employees Recommend People for Jobs at Your Organization


A new study called “Tainted Recommendations: The Social Comparison Bias” reports that when an employee recommends someone to hire or promote, they might be hurting your company in order to boost their self-esteem.  The study found that employees tend to recommend people who they know can’t outperform them at tasks they feel they are good at doing.  It was the same thing with picking partners for team projects.  The majority picked a partner who wouldn’t

Job Hunting Tips for 2009

If you’ve read this blog for long, you’ll know I originally posted this at the beginning of the year.  But I think it’s worth a revisit – especially since the job market seems to have gotten worse.  Plus, even in good times, it’s a smart move to keep your options open.  For anyone looking for a new job in this challenging economy, let me toss out a few ideas you might not have thought much about:

Is Experience The Biggest Obstacle to Change?


According to Vijay Govindarajan, a professor at Dartmouth College, businesses often overestimate the value of experience.  In fact, he says experience can actually be a liability during challenging times of change.  From my standpoint, I’ve seen that exhibited many times, usually in the guise of “We’ve never done it that way before.”  Or, “That would never work here.”  I’m a huge supporter of the value of experience, but when you view the world exclusively from that perspective, it can be a liability.  I was invited to meet with the leadership team from a major media ministry a few years ago, and although they were at a serious crisis point, I felt the ship could have been turned.  But every time I made a recommendation, I heard the same response, “That would never work here.”