career strategy

How to Impress your Boss’s Boss

The market of a rising star career path involves getting jobs with increasingly greater responsibility in a relatively short period of time. The average professional expects (incorrectly) that if they simply do a good job, that’s the basis for getting promoted. This thinking leads to… S L O W career progress. Here’s why. Employers like [...]

Why Brilliant Ideas Aren't Enough

Two people are in the same meeting. Both express the same idea. One gets ignored, while the other is acknowledged as being insightful. Why does this happen? The short answer is the person who got seen, heard, and acknowledged possessed gravitas — an executive presence where others take your ideas seriously merely because the words [...]

Being Slightly Famous

Traditional career planning strategy involves going to a good school, getting a job from a big brand name company, and getting promoted. This is the premise of all academic schooling through college. But… the world has changed quite profoundly in the last 15 years. The world is more hyperconnected than ever before. This has several implications [...]

Halo Effect

In psychology, the “halo effect” refers to a psychological tendency where the impression of a person in one area carries over to another area. The tendency was first identified and named by psychologist Edward Thorndike in 1920. In his research, he observed that people seen positively in one light tend to be assumed to have [...]

Actual vs. Perceived Competence

In the Olympics and many other sporting events, you don’t need to worry about perceptions. Your performance is measured down to the hundredths of a second. It is objective. After the race ends, your actual competence and perceived competence are one and the same. However, business is different. Ideas and perception of ideas are subjective. [...]

It (Still) Stinks to be a Woman in Corporate

McKinsey, in conjunction with Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIn.Org (She’s the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook), has just released a new analysis quantifying the progress of women in corporate America. On the current pace of female advancement in industry, the U.S. will have 250 women as CEOs of Fortune 500 companies 100 years from today. The analysis [...]

How to Speak the CEO Code

  CEOs speak a particular language. The language is not English, Spanish, Mandarin, or Hindi. It’s a metalanguage that lays on top of the grammatical languages we all speak. CEOs very quickly recognize who else speaks their language — the CEO Code. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, I was very fluent in [...]

Satisfying Life vs. Successful Life

If you would like to have a deeply satisfying life, do what you love. However, contrary to what some people say, doing what you love does not automatically mean you will have a financially successful life. To have a financially successful life, do what others value and are willing to pay for. If you want [...]

The Purpose of Purpose

In business, career, and life plans, one common factor exists that determines whether such a plan is strategic or not. What is this X factor? It is PURPOSE. Most plans of any type lack purpose. Purpose is the end game you are trying to achieve. It is the “WHY” behind any plan — at least [...]

Do you Play to Win or to Not Lose?

I find strategy concepts that I would typically use in the business realm are often surprisingly useful when moved to determine strategy for one’s life and vice versa. One idea in particular I’ve been thinking about over the years is developing a strategy to “win” as opposed to one designed to avoid loss. The two [...]

1 2 3 4