Lessons From Pro Quarterbacks on Having a Long Career

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Kevin Clark, writing in the Wall Street Journal pointed out recently just how much change and adaptation Tom Brady and Payton Manning have done to maintain their long careers. The game has dramatically changed over the years, and yet while other quarterbacks have fallen by the wayside, Brady and Manning have excelled. Some of their adaptations made me realize how much of their thinking applies to anyone in a career or calling. Here’s a few areas that might help extend your career:

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Beware Those Who Offer to Pay Back Favors By Working for Free

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I love helping people get to the next level in their career. As a result, over the years I’ve connected a lot of people to jobs, freelance projects, new clients, investors and more. In some cases, they’ve made hundreds of thousands of dollars (sometimes millions) over the years because of the connection. And one of the ways they offer to reciprocate is to

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Why People Skills Trump Everything

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A leadership principle that I strongly believe is that “People skills are more important than whatever skill it takes to do your job.”  You may be a brilliant lion tamer, bus driver, coach, teacher, salesperson, or marketing director. But if you can’t get along with people on your team – and better yet, inspire them – the odds are you’ll never get far enough to

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How Being Late Can Damage Your Reputation

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I’ve written before about chronically late leaders and the damage it causes, but now we’re seeing the direct impact that regularly being late can have on your career. No less than the Mayor of New York City – Bill DeBlasio is taking a beating from his peers and the press because he’s chronically late. Apparently, he has a long history of tardiness, and the Wall Street Journal reports: “People close to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spent months in 2014 urging him to stop being late for events, worried the habit was damaging his image and overshadowing his accomplishments.”

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Prudence: The Forgotten Word in Leadership

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There are a lot of books on leadership from a variety of perspectives. But none that I know of on the subject of “prudence.” In our culture today, prudence has become an uptight, unfashionable word. In fact, in our sex-obsessed society, the idea of “prudent” is the last thing anyone wants to be. But let’s look at the definition:

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How To Get Noticed On The Job

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I heard an employee described recently as a person who “simply passes everything on.” They meant he was someone who never takes responsibility, never deals with the issue, and never fixes the problem. They simply pass it on to someone else. How many people do you know who do exactly that?  Today’s lesson:

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