Finding a Place to Plant Roots

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Embarking on an Amtrak train journey across the Western United States, I was struck by three distinct aspects that made this trip unique. It is slow. The United States is behind most developed nations when it comes to rail infrastructure. The California Zephyr, the train that travels between Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area, is not what anyone would … Read More

Self-Awareness – Avoiding the Rocks of Misalignment

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In our last post we discussed growing your career through acceptance and how acceptance begins with self-awareness. Here we look at how you become self-aware and then use the knowledge of any blind spots you may have to avoid sailing your career onto the rocks of misalignment. If you’re that Big Co salesperson attracted by a wheelbarrow full of share … Read More

Growing Your Career Through Acceptance

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This is your daily reminder: you are not good enough. While you might not suck—might not, but who are we kidding—you are in danger. You need to improve your skills, grow your network, increase your leadership capacity, gain deeper insight into the market and your competition, learn A.I., master interpersonal dynamics and office politics, figure out how to “add more … Read More

Navigating Corporate Politics: A Survivor’s Guide (Part 2)

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Last week, we started to talk about how to survive office politics. Our first tips were: Reframe politics to diplomacy. Develop strong relationships. Distinguish between office politics and horrible behavior. Know what you can control. Get a coach or mentor. Some of you noted that we left off drinking as a coping mechanism, and we are sorry that it won’t … Read More

Questioning the Status Quo

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As much as the business world talks about innovation and breakthrough thinking, we have all seen the tremendous pressure to go along to get along. While organizations say they want disruptors, they only seem to want them on some sort of schedule —which isn’t how that works. The challenge—we all know that getting comfortable in business is the first step … Read More

Knowing Where to Start

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If you don’t know where you are, it’s impossible to get where you want to go. It’s like asking Google Maps for directions to a restaurant when it can’t figure out your starting location. It’s similar for professional development. You need to be clear about your strengths and weaknesses to determine a path to improve or gain new skills. That … Read More

Moore’s Law, AI, Pathfinders, and the Optimal Business Structure

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The transformative influence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on both businesses and individuals is poised to reshape the socio-economic landscape profoundly, transcending the pace constraints previously encapsulated by Moore’s Law. Moore’s Law, the axiom that the number of transistors on a microchip doubles approximately every two years, thereby increasing computing power while reducing cost, has long served as a reliable forecast … Read More

Becoming a Beacon of Reliability: How to Improve Consistency, Set Boundaries, and Keep Your Word in Business

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Are you consistent in what you deliver when you say you are going to deliver it? Of course! Except when we are not. As a strategy to manage workloads, we often learn which colleagues, supervisors, or clients we can slide deadlines without any repercussions. So, our consistency can be fluid depending on who we are dealing with, which isn’t really … Read More

Practical Humility in Business: An Individual Guide

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People on social media who have small to no filters gain massive followings. Politicians who scorch all norms win office. We hail famous jerks in business. In today’s attention-is-considered-an-asset world, humility can seem as quaint and outdated as an IBM Selectric typewriter. But our research has found that practical humility is an incredibly powerful tool for personal and professional growth. … Read More