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The best thing you can do to advance your career

The best thing you can do to advance your career

Article first published on Forbes.com You work hard and your work is good. But you’ve been in this slot for a couple of years and are starting to think about what’s next for your career. You love what you do; you love your team, your…

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How To Stop Your New Leaders From Micromanaging

How To Stop Your New Leaders From Micromanaging

Article first published on Forbes.com Everyone — or almost everyone — wants to get promoted. A promotion is validation; it’s more respect, more money and more control over more of the work. But in my experience as a department head in global ad agencies and an executive coach to…

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A Gift. Get it, give it. Book of Numbers, by Joshua Cohen.

A Gift. Get it, give it. Book of Numbers, by Joshua Cohen.

I just finished this amazing book. It is about technology and humanity, disrupting, inventing. It’s about our connected, searchable, business-driven world, infatuated with algorithms, startups and founders, yet deeply rooted in the old time religions. It’s an amazing, stylish and disruptive celebration of writing, language…

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Meanwhile, on the walls of Paris

Meanwhile, on the walls of Paris

And speaking of figurative art, the walls of Paris are peopled with – images of people. From Belleville to the Marais to the 1st Arondissement to the Butte aux Cailles – here are some of the wall-bound denizens we came across.  

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Amazing show of art from the Republic of Congo

Amazing show of art from the Republic of Congo

I was in Paris in October. After basking in the spectacular view from the roofdeck of the Arab Institute and of course some fine sweet Arab pastries, we went to an exciting show of contemporary art from the Republic of Congo: Congo Kitoko, at the…

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The Underlying Issues of the Term “Burnout”

The Underlying Issues of the Term “Burnout”

Liberally using the term “burnout” is a sign of bigger problems. Here’s how to address them. Article first published in Business Collective I heard from a big employer recently that some of his staff were suffering from burnout. Talent was falling by the wayside, and…

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How to Capitalize on Evolving Cultures in Creative Businesses

How to Capitalize on Evolving Cultures in Creative Businesses

Business owners can no longer command and control their employees. Today, it’s all about the team. [Article first published in Business Collective] The inherent complexity that underpins today’s digital products seems to have put an end to the age of the arrogant leader with the…

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Resume advice from Henry David Thoreau

Resume advice from Henry David Thoreau

“In most books, I, or first person, is omitted; in this it will be retained; that, in respect to egotism, is the main difference. We commonly do not remember  that it is, after all, always the first person that is speaking. I should not talk…

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How to avoid career paralysis: crafting your own personal value statement

How to avoid career paralysis: crafting your own personal value statement

I spend important time with clients framing their unique, specific and vivid story: the pitch for the gig that will get them where they want to go. This brief statement presents what they care about, what they have achieved and why a hirer should pay…

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Design innovation: notes from product designers

Design innovation: notes from product designers

Following are some notes I made at a recent panel of product designers in NYC. Single Use vs Swiss Army Knife. There’s a significant difference in the way the Americans and the Chinese use mobile apps. In the West, designers prefer apps that do one…

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