Keep the Mentoring Relationship Focused on Your Career

Keep the Mentoring Relationship Focused on Your Career
We often hear that a mentor is particularly useful, perhaps even essential, if you plan to  build an outstanding career. There are numerous stories and legends written about being the protégé of some well-known business mogul, or a renowned artistic director, or a championship coach. Most of us, however, will never have quite that level of access, and, if we are honest with ourselves, many of us have more modest talent than that 20-something multimillionaire or that Olympic athlete. Does ... Read more
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Blurring the Work Life Divide

Blurring the Work Life Divide
We frequently hear how difficult it is to keep work from infringing on our personal lives. Technology allows work to be done anywhere, and we can be accessible 24/7. If you have the option of working from home, the dividing line can be blurred even further. It takes some discipline to remain focused on work tasks when there are competing domestic chores and familial responsibilities. If you work in an agency or organization that requires your presence every day, your personal life may still ... Read more
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Selling Yourself

Selling Yourself
It’s impossible to turn on your television or any news channel and not see and hear Presidential candidates talking about themselves and their accomplishments. They all claim outstanding records. They explain away any failures or inconsistencies in their past records. They take credit for a huge variety of successes from solving international crises to assisting small communities during difficult times. Regardless of fact checkers disputing what the candidates claim, they continue ... Read more
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Digital Stalking and Office Boundaries

Digital Stalking and Office Boundaries
If you are part of the millennial generation, you probably have an expansive social network. You may not put too much emphasis on protecting your own privacy, and you are very good at online research and at finding personal information about others. For example, before you accepted your new job, you carefully checked out the organization, its business practices, and its top leadership. You did a thorough search that didn’t stop with business issues. You also know what the CEO’s ... Read more
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The Three Words You Must Never Say

The Three Words You Must Never Say
Recently. I was lucky enough to come across a little book called “Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better.” The author, Pema Chodron, is an American-born Buddhist nun. The book contains the commencement address she gave at her granddaughter’s college graduation. The title was intriguing, and it made me want to see why she was encouraging failure. While the text of the book is sparse (taking up only 80 pages), the message is anything but. While I hope you will read the text in its ... Read more
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Hillary Clinton, Millennials, and Rhinoceros Skin

Hillary Clinton, Millennials, and Rhinoceros Skin
  This could be the year that we elect our first woman President. However, only 67% of Americans believe that we are ready to elect a female President. While we’ve made great strides in terms of gender equality in our political and social institutions over the past few decades, we still lag far behind many other countries. In fact, the U.S. is ranked 72nd in terms of female representation in Congress (or Parliament). With millennials filling more of the voter rolls, it can be assumed ... Read more
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Free Time Isn’t Free

Free Time Isn’t Free
How valuable is your time? It’s easy to answer that question at work simply by figuring out your hourly rate, but it is much harder do determine the worth of your leisure or non-work time. Do you feel you are able to meet your personal needs and commitments, or are you always running late and falling behind? Would you like to recapture some of your free time? With some simple planning, and a bit of discipline, you can. One way to begin is by being more organized and efficient. For ... Read more
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I Must Be Dreaming

I Must Be Dreaming
How often have you heard someone say,”It was a dream come true!” Usually that phrase is said with surprise, if not with  a bit of wonder. In the real world, though, achieving a dream is seldom a surprise, because it takes good planning, a lot of work, and patience. Perhaps you think dreams are unrealistic, or you think you are too practical for dreams. Maybe you equate dreams with wishes, and you don’t put much stock in them or their utility. If so, skip the rest of this ... Read more
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Mastering the Job Jungle Gym

Mastering the Job Jungle Gym
Recently a government official was complaining on television that millennials treat their careers like a jungle gym. He further noted that they move from job to job without a real commitment. If an opportunity opens up and looks interesting, millennials move on, just like a kid running from one piece of equipment to another on a playground. Previously, careers were more analogous to a rock climbing wall than a playground. A person had to climb steadily and carefully to make it to the top. ... Read more
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Develop a Personal Strategic Plan

Develop a Personal Strategic Plan
With only a few weeks left in this calendar year, it is a good time to begin building a personal career strategic plan for your future. Strategic plans generally cover a three to five year period and are aspirational—they document what you aspire to achieve (desired outcomes) in a certain time frame. A good plan should contain a vision statement. This is a short, concise statement of what you want your career to look like in the next three to five years. Before you begin writing your plan, ... Read more
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