Career

How to carefully plan your monumental career ascent

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Maybe it has something to do with moving up into the Sierra Nevada mountains after spending over 20 years of my Tech career in Silicon Valley. But, I keep thinking about the similarities between successfully navigating a lifetime career and climbing a mountain. As you are just getting started, from a distance, the mountain looks…

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How to be a Humane Leader in 7 Surprisingly Simple Steps

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Your power and influence must be carefully managed Promotion into leadership isn’t just a reward for doing great work. It’s a serious responsibility. You are now accountable for the work of your entire organization. You are now responsible for the careers of your employees and their livelihood. You may not realize it, but you are also now…

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Should Someone Pay for the Unique Experience of You?

K18 hand plane

It depends. Are you actually unique? You’re looking at a custom woodworking hand plane that sells for over $5,500.00 CDN. Yes, over $5K. Not the typical $20-$200 for a plane you would buy at The Home Depot. This is a story about finding your niche and hyper-targeting people who are willing to pay almost anything…

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What Is Your Special Sizzle That Creates an Unfair Advantage?

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There is no level playing field in life, despite the popularity of schools, companies, and services jubilantly claiming, “We create a level playing field!” Please. Who are you kidding? You can’t go through life as if you are playing a board game by the rules. Making sure that everyone is playing fair, and that no…

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How to Navigate the Social Anxiety Minefield of Work

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Psychology Today reported on a study that examined social anxiety and one’s awareness of it. The gist is that people who recognize, admit, and accept that they experience social anxiety are better at coping with it than people who blame themselves for having it, or try to pretend that it isn’t happening. The first step…

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What Do I Actually Mean by “Career Freedom”?

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Freedom is one of those words that gets tossed around so much that it sometimes loses meaning. In addition, freedom is an entirely subjective feeling. What provides and feels like freedom to one person can be absolutely oppressive to another. And the pursuit of freedom by one can sometimes lead to a loss of freedom by others. We’ve…

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No, You Don’t Deserve to be Rich

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I want you to say this out loud: “I deserve meaning” Not, “I deserve to be rich.” Not even, “I deserve to be happy.” No one deserves to be wealthy. The universe owes you nothing, despite the popularity of manifesting. Furthermore, research has increasingly shown that boosts in income may affect self-report of life satisfaction, but it actually does not improve emotional well-being beyond a certain…

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