thoughts on career

In mathematics, there’s a concept and symbol known as delta. It is represented by the following greek letter Δ that looks like a triangle. In this context, delta = change. If sales were $100 million last year, and $110 million this year, we would say the delta is $10 million. Management consultants will use the [...]

Whether you’re the CEO of a company or the CEO of your career, it’s your job to create value for others and to capture some of the value you create. In the case of running a company, you create a product that customers value. Customers are so excited to receive the value your product provides [...]

Many high IQ professionals exhibit a specific behavior that helps them early in their careers but hinders them later in their careers. This behavior is the skill in being right. When you ask a smart person, "What is 2 + 2?" They will say, "4." If their initial answer was incorrect, then they will learn [...]

The lazy person doesn’t do much work. The leveraged person doesn’t either. At first glance, both seem identical. However, nothing could be further from the truth. A lazy person doesn’t do much work and doesn’t derive any benefits from working. The leveraged person doesn’t do much work either, but still derives the benefits as if [...]

The easiest way to get promoted is to do the following: 1) Choose an employer that’s growing and in constant demand for new people. 2) Master your own job. 3) Develop preliminary competence in the job above you. 4) Volunteer to do the least enjoyable parts of the job above you (before you’re promoted). Let me [...]

Intelligence = the ability to learn from your mistakes. Wisdom = the ability to learn from other people’s mistakes. The fastest way to rise in your career is to be wise, not just intelligent. I’ve learned from hundreds of mistakes — only some of which were mistakes of my own. The key to wisdom is [...]

A friend of mine flies airplanes as a hobby. As a smart person, he doesn’t like taking unnecessary risks. Every month he reads a monthly publication that includes the forensic analysis of every plane crash that has happened in the United States. Unlike car crashes that aren’t always investigated, the Federal government investigates every plane [...]

United Airlines is facing a major public relations crisis. Viral videos are going around showing a paying passenger, Dr. David Dao, being violently assaulted by airport security, and his limp body being dragged off the plane. I thought this would be a good teaching opportunity on how to handle a situation when you (or your [...]

In a traditional academic environment, your performance is measured by some kind of exam. If you perform better on the exam, you get a better grade. If you performed worse, you get a worse grade. For the most part, in a school environment you get the grade you deserve. However once you get out in [...]

The last few days have been quite chaotic politically here in the United States. While chaos can come from many places, there’s one source in particular that I’d like to discuss today, as it applies to business. It’s chaos that comes from... Confusion Chaos from confusion is simple to prevent. The antidote involves two things: [...]

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