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 not of your own choosing. This can easily become the norm as […]

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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 to give ourselves time to develop disagreement and perhaps gain […]

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Are You An Expert, Or Do You Feel Like You’re Faking It?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard my clients tell me they feel like they’re faking it, that some day they will be found out and it will all be over. My response is: “Excellent. We all feel that way. This is a good thing.” I explain that if you are not sure you […]

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CAA behind closed doors: trust, loyalty, betrayal, creative leadership and change management

I’ve just read, and strongly recommend, a massive book about CAA – the upstart agency turned powerhouse that had such a disruptive effect on the entertainment business through the 80s and 90s and survives today to represent many of the most important and influential talents and teams in the sports and entertainment world. They are rightly proud of […]

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Irving Thalberg on leadership and decision-making – as told to F. Scott Fitzgerald

The following is excerpted from Matthew J. Bruccoli’s preface to Fitzgerald’s last and unfinished novel The Love of the Last Tycoon. Monroe Stahr, he principal character in this Hollywood story, was based clearly on Irving Thalberg, the Boy Wonder movie producer, and main architect of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Fitzgerald did not know Thalberg well, having worked for him […]

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How to kickstart your organizational change

  This article by Michael Pollock was first published on Forbes.com You know your organization has to change to keep its edge. Whether it’s swifter product innovation, welding together silos, or restructuring to take advantage of new technology and changing distribution models, your bottom line tells you that you need to see movement sooner rather […]

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It’s Not Just Businesses That Need Change Management — You Do Too

  This article by Michael Pollock first appeared in forbes.com The rapid changes in media, distribution techniques, platforms and fickle consumer tastes have put the marketing communications hiring market into a state of turmoil. Companies want to hire leaders who are proven and experienced in the exact thing they need. And since that thing is […]

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Change: incessant revolution, and silos of creative specialty

Should we fear change? Change is hard – but designing change can be fun. Organizational change or transition is particularly hard, and its success is rooted firmly on having a coherent and collaborative management team that shares a clear vision. One of the cycles that is being addressed in creative businesses – once again – is […]

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How to get your boss promoted – and out of your way!

  This article first appeared on forbes.com.  What’s your next career move? How about moving up into your boss’s spot? Have you ever thought about that? Of course you have — your career has to keep advancing — but is that particular move upwards actually the right one for you? The first step is to […]

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Career coaching: Q+A’s from forbes.com

Along with some other coaches I have contributed answers to Q+As on forbes.com Here are some of them: How a Personal Writing Practice Can Further Your Career Goals | onforb.es/1SFfXX4 How to Reach Out to An Industry Leader For Advice onforb.es/1pqesCb How to Find The Right Business  Or Career Coach onforb.es/1RkK1Xo How to Capitalize on […]

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