Which words should you avoid in your resume?

Heads up: this post appears to be about menus or houses, but don’t be fooled – it’s really about the effectiveness of the language you use in your resumes and pitches. It’s about what words you should avoid, and why. So process accordingly as you read. In Freakonomics, Dubner and Levitt tell us that houses […]

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Musing on HR, Humanity, Employees and Customers

I cringed the first time I saw an office door labeled Human Capital. What is that?” I asked – “Oh that used to be HR – but this is much better.” Well I discovered that it is a way of thinking that “perceives people as assets whose current value can be measured and whose future […]

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What is burnout really? And how to prevent it.

Burn out.  What is that exactly?  What to do about it? I heard from a big employer recently that some of his staff were suffering from burn out.  It made me wonder what it is exactly, how it manifests.  I suspect it is a blanket term that covers the following types of scenarios “I am […]

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Your dream creative job may be closer than you think.

  A common phenomenon among creative professionals who work in companies large or small is the sigh of frustration that says: “I am better than this, I have so much to offer that isn’t being utilized, I am not getting the best projects,  I am better than those other guys, management is doing it all […]

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What drives your team? How you can help them excel?

  As a great leader you have to be deeply aware of what it is that drives each of your team members to excel. When you have this understanding, you know what to do to motivate their best performance. You can’t manage your process unless you know which emotional carrots you should be using to […]

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Networking: how to uncover the power of your connections

Strategic networking is the foundation of your business development and your career growth. Your next gig will most likely come from a personal connection, especially as you advance up the ladder. Ditto your chances of promotion within a large corporation. Ditto those relationships with partners and clients that will spur your business growth. And ditto for the talent you […]

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Words of wisdom from Matthew McConaughey

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFrTJIQqGN0 “Just want to be here.”  So says Matthew McC. This clip was sent to me by Mark Gothelf, an IT consultant from New York.  “I was struck by the simple wisdom in this statement,” Mark wrote me.  “How many times do we just go through the motions, or overlay what we do with anxiety, […]

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How to price your services – the eternal mystery.

To ask for payment for your work, it is imperative that you believe that the value you provide is worth paying for.  Be clear: that is a very different belief from “I need the money.” If you have clarity about the value that you bring to the table and you have identified the buyer who […]

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How to figure out your next career when the world doesn’t seem to be waiting for you.

“Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.”  Helen […]

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