June 2017

The Fastest Way to a Promotion

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 [...]

The Solution to All of Your Problems

Most people want to buy a magic pill that will solve all of your problems while you kick back on your sofa and do nothing. Lose 10 lbs over night (uh…yeah, okay.) Become a gazillionaire in 90 days. (Hmmm… I don’t think so.) “Magic pills” do not exist and never will. Most problems require at [...]

How to Lie with Averages

I hate averages. I just hate them. There… I said it. Here’s why. Averages often lie. Let me illustrate my point with an example. Ten people live on the street. One person on the street earns $10 million a year. The other nine people on the street earn $0. On average (did I mention I [...]

Wisdom vs. Intelligence

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 [...]

Culture Crisis at Uber - Gender Bias

I woke up to today’s news of Uber releasing a report on its diversity, inclusion, and bias practices. The report was written by former U.S. Attorney General (the lead lawyer for the US Government), Eric Holder. The report concludes an investigation conducted by Holder, following allegations of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation from Susan Fowler, a [...]

Circle of Influence

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 [...]

Why Your Boss has a Lower IQ than You

When you’re in school, students with the highest grades are seen as the high performers. However, something interesting happens when you get out into the workforce for a few years. You start to realize that high achievers quite often are not the smartest people in the room. For many people used to an academic environment, [...]