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Are You Designing Your Own Career, Or Is Someone Else Controlling It?

Are You Designing Your Own Career, Or Is Someone Else Controlling It?

This article by Michael Pollock first appeared on Forbes.com If you’re not always thinking about what should be next for you in your career — and what might be next after that — you may well find your working life following a trajectory that is…

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6 questions to help further your career

6 questions to help further your career

I invite you to spend a few minutes answering just 6 questions about the next steps in your career. I believe that thinking about these questions will be helpful to you as you consider where you are headed in your career. And it will be…

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Censorship. That’s what we need.

Censorship. That’s what we need.

Wait…what?? Yikes — really? Well that’s what I was told by some paintings featured at the Whitney Biennial. I was moved to take a longer look at the raw material for those startling works, an essay by Ian Svenonius, which was here interpreted beautifully by Frances Stark’s…

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Not Sure What You Want To Do Next In Your Career? Here’s How To Brainstorm

Not Sure What You Want To Do Next In Your Career? Here’s How To Brainstorm

This article by Michael Pollock was first published on forbes.com Truly creative professionals are always searching for new ways to do better, more interesting work. It could be a promotion, a change of job, an evolution of their artistic style, an innovative technology, a new…

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Stalled In Your Career? Be Proactive And Take Charge

Stalled In Your Career? Be Proactive And Take Charge

Are you stuck in place at your job? There are a number of reasons why you might not be advancing as fast as you feel you should be. It could be that your boss has changed (don’t they always) and doesn’t know you and your…

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Here’s an important tip for making smarter decisions

Here’s an important tip for making smarter decisions

Alfred P Sloan – a onetime GM chairman  – once ended a board meeting shortly after it had begun saying: “I take it we are all in complete agreement on the decision….Then I propose we postpone further discussion of this matter until our next meeting…

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Don’t let your new job title become a disappointment

Don’t let your new job title become a disappointment

Just because you like being ECD, or COO or SVP Design Director in one place doesn’t mean that a like-titled job somewhere else will be the same. Just because you feel you should have your boss’s title doesn’t mean you’ll be happy when you get it. Titles…

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How To Talk About A Career Gap, Or Your Less-Than-Thrilling Job

How To Talk About A Career Gap, Or Your Less-Than-Thrilling Job

This article by Michael Pollock was first published on Forbes.com You’re clear about your career aspirations — the work you really want to be doing — but sometimes, fate didn’t work in your favor, and you’ve had to accept the second best job just to…

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How do I know if I’m a creative professional?

How do I know if I’m a creative professional?

Here are seven questions to ask yourself that may help you to know if you are a creative professional: Can you imagine having a better gig than the one you have? Do you see a smarter way to do things than the way they are…

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Are You Planning Your Career? You Should Be

Are You Planning Your Career? You Should Be

You’re always assessing your career situation, right? You yourself are changing and growing, and despite your best hopes, history does not always move forward to a “more perfect” future. So what are you thinking? Will you decide to stay with your current employer and make…

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