Fishing for minnows or whales?

I just returned from the Social Media Marketing World conference in San Diego.  Over 80 workshops on using Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, StumbleUpon, podcasting, blogging, Google+ and YouTube for exploding any company’s growth. But now I’ve been pondering the information.  Where should I spend the most time and effort?  If I look at my…

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Want to get ahead – get fired first

Stanley Mason died in December of 2006 at the age of 84.  In his last 50 years he invented over 100 inventions and 55 patents include the squeezable ketchup bottle, granola bars, heated pizza boxes, heatproof plastic microwave cookware, dental floss dispensers, the underwire bra and “instant” splints and casts for broken limbs. Mason created…

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What if I’m an Introvert – can I be successful?

A couple of years ago I read Susan Cain’s book:  Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.  Susan documents how schools, companies and even churches embrace extroverts and make it difficult for someone who is “quiet” to be valued.  Since that time I have recommended it hundreds of times…

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The Shallow Waters of Avarice

The lead-in question on the information requested when I coach someone personally is this:  “Briefly describe your current work situation.”  Here is a recent response:  “Antithetical to my personal and professional expectations.  Unfulfilling on multiple levels:  Lack of meaning and purpose; a myopic pursuit of the almighty dollar; a parasitic and never ending voyage into…

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What are you gonna be when you grow up?

I resist using the Department of Labor’s “Dictionary of Occupational Titles” for anyone looking for new careers.  Any narrow categorization of a person’s skills may overlook unique personal characteristics or interests.  If you sell used binoculars on eBay and make $100,000 a year there may not be an occupational title description that fits that well. …

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