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

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…

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Is your career ladder leaning against the wrong wall?

Is your career ladder leaning against the wrong wall?

Article first published on Forbes.com When we are immersed in the task at hand — jamming for a deadline, perhaps in the weeds of some brand’s positioning or designing a wonderful, immersive experience for a product that plays no part in our own lives —…

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To bring your ideas to life – write them down

To bring your ideas to life – write them down

  Stefan Sagmeister’s classic 1996 poster for Warner Bros Music Inc. Art direction & design: Stefan Sagmeister. Photography: Timothy Greenfield Sanders   When you have an inkling that you want to change something: your career, your business, whatever – of course let things swirl around in your…

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

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…

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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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Take a zero day – and tomorrow you will surge ahead

Take a zero day – and tomorrow you will surge ahead

The expression “zero day” I learned from my son when he walked the Appalachian Trail from end to end one summer. Some days he made 20+ miles, some better, some not so much. Through snow and heat and rain. But every now and again he rested…

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It’s the experience, stupid!

It’s the experience, stupid!

(with apologies to James Carville) Not for nothing is the world filling up with experience designers. Are you considering the experience you offer when you show your work to a client or employer? Like it or not, your success could depend as much on the…

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Tackling something new? First trick yourself and then fake it.

Tackling something new? First trick yourself and then fake it.

Katherine Waterston’s first big screen role, after years of acting on stage, is opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Pynchon’s Inherent Vice. Phew! Heady company. So how did she face this new challenge? Interviewed in Vogue she says, “Zadie Smith has this…

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The importance of understanding interdependence at work

The importance of understanding interdependence at work

  A Forbes’ survey reported that “a third of all clients report that they manage over 50 agencies and 22% have a roster of over 100 agencies! Clearly, Forbes was surveying the biggest brands, but having five or six agencies involved in a brand that…

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Everything is designed. So be a designer, or think like one.

Everything is designed. So be a designer, or think like one.

Milton Glaser – photos by Sam Haskins According to IDEO “Thinking like a designer can transform the way organizations develop products, services, processes, and strategy.”   Wait a minute – that is taking design thinking quite far from its old comfortable world of graphics, logos,…

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