Thoughts on Life

To improve in your career, you need feedback. You need to know what you’re doing well and what you need to work on. The #1 reason new associates get fired at McKinsey is the inability to take feedback. Yes, it is that important. It also makes a lot of sense. The only way to grow [...]

In your life and career, you will have multiple opportunities to make high leverage relationship decisions. Whom will you choose as your boss? With whom will you partner to start a company? Whom will you marry? For many of us, the number of times we will make these decisions in a lifetime can be counted [...]

I just completed a trip around the world in 27 days. After traveling 27,500 miles (approximately 44,000 km.), and through 10 airplane trips, I learned a few things that I’d like to share with you. During my trip, I held meetings with members of my Inner Circle mentorship program in Madrid, Taipei, Dubai, Beijing, and [...]

The key to having a wildly successful career and a happy life is to attract the right people towards you. At work, you want the most talented people to want to work for you. You want the highest performing executives to recruit you to be on their teams. In your personal life, you want the [...]

In planning your career, you’ll be faced with a key decision… who do you allow to be close enough to influence your career thinking? I call this deciding on your Circle of Influence. This is a profoundly strategic question. When you keep people outside of your circle, it means you’ve made a conscious choice not [...]

Over the last few years, I’ve seen an increase in articles in the media about gender, racial and other kinds of bias in the workplace. In my personal life, I have far more discussions about this topic than in prior years. All of this discussion helps to cast a light on an important topic. I’ve [...]

Character is who you are when nobody is looking and you can get away with anything. Character consists of two things: 1) Your values – what you deem important in your life; 2) Your integrity – the extent to which your choices and actions in life are consistent with your values. If I say I [...]

A friend of mine recently asked me for advice in dealing with a person that she thought was being irrational. “She is being irrational and I can’t seem to get her to see the logic of my point. I’ve tried multiple times.” Here was the dilemma as I saw it. My friend was thinking purely [...]

You possess a power that can determine the quality of your life. This power is called discernment. It is the skill (or lack thereof) to discern which people you want to associate or spend time with. Discernment is choosing which friends to be close to. Discernment is choosing whether or not to work for a [...]

There’s an expression here in the United States that money changes people (for the worse) and that power corrupts people. I disagree. Instead, I think money and power merely amplify a person’s true values and beliefs. When you have money and power, you aren’t beholden to anyone. You can be yourself without fear of the [...]

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