How to Stop Worrying About the Competition

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Whatever you think of the ongoing battle between Uber, Lyft, and the taxi establishment one thing is worth noting about their fight. Whoever you are and whatever your job, someone is closing in on you. Just when the taxi world was resting easily with little competition, along came an upstart in the gig economy that’s putting them out of business. But in today’s rapidly changing world, what’s the solution? How can you stay in the lead when so many are gunning for your job? Here’s a list of things you can start right now to keep you in front of the pack:

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The Future is Not About Being a Middle Man

Why Being Critical to the Process Matters

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One of the big changes happening in the world of work is the disappearing “Middle Man.” When a business starts, hiring is focused on two places – manufacturing and sales. In other words, the two most critical positions are the person who makes the widget, and the person who sells it. But as a company grows,

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Infographic: Organizing a Workplace for Better Productivity

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I’m a big believer in optimizing everything you can for maximum creativity.  Tools, environment, time of day, education – whatever it takes to deliver your best creative work.  So I asked Emily Johnson if I could share her infographic for organizing your workplace.  Sometimes, a visual is the best learning tool, and this one is excellent.  Take a look and let me know what you’re changing so you can amp up your productivity and creativity: 

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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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