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 attention to them. It is written to express their passion […]

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To get progress do you accentuate the positive or eliminate the negative?

“Anthony. What is it you want to achieve here?” I had a fascinating conversation with a psychiatrist recently. While she was not focused on the creative professions, it seemed that many of her clients had similar issues to mine, and were stymied in their attempts to move forward. We found that we came at essentially […]

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Want a response to your email request? Make your question easy to answer.

You open your email and you are faced with a bunch of questions that want answering. Some of these are easy ones: yes/no, no-brainers, and you can quickly get them off the list. “OK done.”  But some of them are harder requiring deeper consideration: “I’ll get back to that one later.” Also if it’s contentious, it […]

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Top 7 sound-bites from BuzzFeed Prez, Greg Coleman

On BuzzFeed’s crazy-fast growth When he started out, BuzzFeed founder Jonah Perretti was experimenting with contagious media in his Chinatown lab – because he was interested in what would work and not because he was following a business plan. At BuzzFeed we live in a test and learn environment every day. We are in 7 […]

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Missions, money and career wisdom from NewCo’s John Battelle

“If you are contemplating a $50m investment round think long and hard. If you chase money, money will chase you.”  So said John Battelle (of Wired, Industry Standard, NewCo et al) in conversation with Dave Morgan. Battelle’s most important career rule: “Quit when you know you should quit.”  [I know that I didn’t and I […]

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Don’t let your resume be all about process

I see a lot of resumes. They are fascinating in their sameness. There is a quite reasonable love for active verbs. I like active verbs. But if you don’t pay close attention you may find that your resume becomes all about process. Bullets indicate that the writer leads, reports, plans, prepares, delivers, identifies, facilitates, provides […]

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Reasons to hold on to your job while you look for a new one

  No Emma – don’t go! Don’t quit just yet. You’re likely to be in a stronger position to be looking for new opportunities while you are employed. It means you are not desperate – and it shows that someone thinks you are worth paying for. But here’s where it gets interesting. If what you […]

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