Coffee Bag Resume leads to dream position

By | Job Search | 19 Comments

Here’s a note I just received from Aaron Killian – and I’m sharing this with his permission – Dan, I hope you’re doing well! I wanted to follow up with you with regards to my “coffee bag resume” that I sent you in November of 2011. The coffee bag resume *did* work! Here’s my whole story, Dan: I have a degree in Broadcasting from the University of Tennessee, but straight out of college, I took a job producing educational videos….

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Maybe you’re just not good enough to be great

By | Entrepreneur, Personal Development | 9 Comments

In this week’s podcast Max asks:  “I’ve always been very passionate about cars, specifically racing them. While I realize that I probably won’t become a successful racing driver, I do have the skills and passion required for other racing related jobs. I have a family and think that taking a stable engineering job would be best for them. Should I save racing for a hobby later, or pursue it as a career? A regular automotive engineering job would be great…

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Can I serve others well and still make a living?

By | Coaching | 2 Comments

I have always been inundated with requests for ministry (or pro bono) coaching.  Just today I received a lengthy letter from a 60-yr-old pastor, whose board in his description is replacing him with “a new and younger man.”  He has no health insurance, is living “paycheck to paycheck” and has no idea where to go from here. After a “ministry” lunch meeting yesterday, I made a quick stop at the bank. The teller dissolved into tears as she told me…

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Attitude, Personality, and then Ability

By | Interviewing | 8 Comments

As I shared my hair razing corporate interview experience with a colleague, she sat forward in her seat, smiling. Her eyes started to sparkle. I could feel the anticipation, excitement, and intimidation start to build as I told my story. Corporate America had a challenging interview process for me so long ago, involving several initial screenings over two months time:  resume, written test, and a stress test. Then I was flying to all expenses paid to HQ for an all…

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Why authors, speaker and coaches are broke

By | Coaching | 3 Comments

I have been privileged to work with a variety of “experts” over the last few years – helping them leverage their knowledge into real businesses. There’s a three part formula any of us can use to clearly state what we do – here’s mine. I help high potential individuals Understand and apply their unique and most powerful talents and passions So they can make a larger impact, leave a legacy and thrive financially. You can use that formula to state your…

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7 reasons I love being a coach

By | Coaching | 2 Comments

Here we are approaching the second half of 2015.  This is a time when many people are taking a quick look at their progress.  Are they any better off financially this year than last?  Are their relationships stronger, more loving and less stressful?  Is their work the same old drudgery even though they know there’s got to be a better fit?  Are they living “too small” while fully aware their best life is calling? Those are the things I hear…

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A Wheat Field in Kansas: New Beginnings of the Mind

By | Finding Passion, Food for thought | 6 Comments

Living in Kansas City means I have the pleasure of driving across Kansas several times a year. I love it. Endless fields of green and gold allow my mind to drift. I’ve had some amazing thoughts and experiences in the middle of “nowhere.” There’s just something about those wide open places that give space for the imagination to run wild. Recently I found myself in the back lot of a Sonic Drive-in half way between Denver and Kansas City. I…

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My Boss is Satan’s offspring

By | Finding Passion, Food for thought, Just a Job, Loving Relationships | 4 Comments

It’s really not difficult to determine a person’s point of reference. No, I really didn’t make that up.  As usual, the rich life stories I hear in working with people in transition offer enough real anecdotes that I don’t have to be very creative in finding phrases that colorfully describe real situations. In anticipation of meeting with me, a very “successful” young lady wrote this in her pre-coaching form:  “My company is going in a strictly money-motivated direction, and my…

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My life is too small

By | Finding Passion, Food for thought, Loving Relationships | 15 Comments

I hear the most interesting statements from people who are describing their lives.  Recently a 36-yr-old MBA in an executive position in an exciting industry shared this concern in her coaching profile: “I have a vague sense that my life is too small.” Living large does not necessarily mean a bigger salary, house, cars or retirement fund.  It has nothing to do with fancy vacations or the latest fashions.  Rather, it means having a life that is full of meaning…

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Let’s write a swimming pool!

By | Entrepreneur, Write to the Bank, Writing | 3 Comments

Paul McCartney once said to John Lennon before writing a new song: “Let’s write a swimming pool!”   What he meant is that as talented song artists they could decide in advance to easily generate enough money to build a swimming pool, buy a car, take a dream vacation, or pretty much anything else they wanted. Does your talent translate into tangible things you’d like to have or give, or is there little connection between working, getting a paycheck and…

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