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How To Get Wild About Work, Part 1

Are you at a career crossroads? Feeling like it’s time for a change to a career that lights you up, but not quite sure what that is or how to get there? Read on! In this two-part post, I want to explore a different way of thinking about pursuing your passion, one that both clarifies ... Read more

To Sell Well…Don’t Sell

The 4 C’s of Sales Leadership Strategy We are all in sales.  Whether it’s selling a service or product to a client, an idea to your team or your manager, or a vacation to your spouse. I want to share this blog with you, written by John Spence, one of my Best and Brightest colleagues. His words of wisdom: “The best salespeople don’t sell, they ... Read more

3 Unconventional Tips for Finding Work Overseas

This article first appeared on Ivy Exec last March 21, […] ... Read more

Job Search Tools: The Ax vs. The Chainsaw

Last week in Utah there was a crazy wind storm… it caused all kinds of accidents, and blew people’s stuff around their backyards.  And, of course, it caused a few Globe Willows to fall down.  Globe Willows are called “garbage trees” because of the amount of branches that fall from them… they grow very, very fast, but are also susceptible to having big branches fall in a storm.  Last week a friend posted a picture on Facebook of his tree that had fallen towards his house. I had only had one occasion to use a chainsaw before, and it was pretty fun, so I jumped on the chance to do it again.  On Facebook he said he would chop it up best he could… he said he didn’t have a chainsaw, but he had an ax.  I’m sure he was joking about using an ax… have you ever used an ax? It’s very hard work, especially on a job like this. A chainsaw is the tool that can make this a job to do in less than an hour.  Using an ax would be a full day of frustrating and tiring work.  It is NOT the right tool for this job.           ... Read more

The Secret to Executive Career Advancement

When it comes to executive career advancement, job search, and career planning, the pain of regret is always worse than the discipline it takes to achieve the goal. Whether you are an executive today or desire to achieve such a level in 3–5 years, there’s no excuse for operating without a clear career advancement strategy. This strategy must be intentional, incorporate discipline and personal accountability, and remain focused on the reward throughout the process.   ... Read more

Prepare Yourself for the Offbeat Question

Doing well in a job interview is the result of many things, ranging from the first impressions you make with your physical appearance (body language) to how well you communicate and respond to questions. There are the predictable questions, such as “What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?” and then there are the offbeat questions that may make your nerves rattle and leave you dazed as to how to respond diplomatically and professionally.   ... Read more

Working Together: Conflict—ISTP

For people who prefer ISTP, “conflict is not personal, and they are often amazed at how emotional others become when dealing with conflict” (Introduction to Type® and Conflict, p. 28). This can work well for them when it’s important to deal calmly with the conflict without getting personally involved. However, it could backfire when others think their calm, “let’s-get-it-over-with” approach indicates that they aren’t invested or don’t really care.   ... Read more

Bucket Lists and other Important Stuff

I often give a presentation “What will you do to get what you want” helping people create a job search marketing plan. The first step is to understand what you want. After all you can’t get “there” unless you know where “there” is!

One of the elements we talk about is a bucket list. A bucket list is more than a 2007 movie starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. It is a way of putting your dreams into action!   ... Read more

5 Great Ways to Solve Problems and Spark Your Creativity

A few weeks ago I was working on the paperback version of How to Write a KILLER LinkedIn Profile, and I was feeling stuck. Here was my problem: The e-book version contains hundreds of hyperlinks leading to various references, web pages and articles—and a mere click of a mouse makes it easy to go to the linked material. The names of pages are nice and neat, with hyperlinks hidden to the viewer. I had not considered how I would handle this situation in a hard copy of the book! How was I to present all these pages and hyperlinks in print? ... Read more

Connect on LinkedIn with your Interviewer?

In job search, you’re continually looking to expand your professional network, especially among people who are well placed to help you get a job. The people with whom you’ve done job interviews are certainly in that category. So should you invite your interviewers to connect on LinkedIn?

In many cases the answer is “yes, but probably only after the job interview process is done.”

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