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My Inbox Became Twice as Easy to Manage With This One Mindset Change

My Inbox Became Twice as Easy to Manage With This One Mindset Change

How many emails do you get per day? 50? 100? 500? You have to wonder, “what happened to my inbox?!”. In an increasingly noisy workplace, we are constantly bombarded with frustrating emails (make sure your emails aren’t) that are competing for our attention. Like clutter at home, our ability to manage it lies more in our first point of contact than in marathon spring cleaning sessions. But how do we make these micro decisions day after day? The opening pages…

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Coaching for Success: 4 Ways Networking is Just Like Blogging

Coaching for Success: 4 Ways Networking is Just Like Blogging

Whether you know it or not, you’re in the business of marketing yourself as a brand. You may be an engineer (check out the network engineer’s guide to office politics), developer, accountant, or artist by trade, but you will need to keep coaching yourself as a marketer for your #1 product: you! In a sense, blogging is the same concept with the added risk of entrepreneurship. With that risk, bloggers need to be experts in personal branding. We can learn…

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Personal Development Goals Are Just Like Groceries

Personal Development Goals Are Just Like Groceries

Last week, I wrote a post on why you should set goals like a college grading rubric. So you need to set smart personal development goals, great! Now what? Luckily for us, there’s a handy framework to help us with this: the acronym SMART works like a checklist. For fun, lets pretend your grocery list is a goal. For each, you’ll want to make sure to:   Set SMART Personal Development Goals That Are Specific Imagine if you went grocery…

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Set Self Development Goals Like a Class Rubric

Set Self Development Goals Like a Class Rubric

What in the word does a school grading rubric have anything to do with setting self development goals? Let’s think back… It’s the first day of school. In each if your classes, the professor hands out a rubric for the course and reads it word for word while you cringe in boredom (why do they do that??). While they talk through it, you do some classic college student calculations to figure out where you need to work hard and where…

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Competency Based Interview Questions Mastered Through Storytelling

Competency Based Interview Questions Mastered Through Storytelling

Whats the ticket to guarantee that you will rock your interview despite challenging competency based interview questions? One word: storytelling. This communication technique captures the interest of your audience by appealing to modern society’s roots. In the days of old, before written records were widely adopted, knowledge was primarily spread through exhilarating stories that were memorable and insightful. Just because we have infinite mediums to record information, doesn’t mean that storytelling has lost its edge – in fact, it has…

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4 Lenses You Metaphorically Need for Career Success

4 Lenses You Metaphorically Need for Career Success

Have you heard leaders refer to looking at everything through “lenses”? Why don’t they just say perspective? The idea behind this subtle analogy is that a “lens” is something you can acquire through conversation, relationships, or experience. Highly seasoned executives have decades of experience and as a result, are master photographers with a camera bag so heavy that it needs wheels! But to get started, there are 4 lenses everyone should have. Leaders face the unique challenge of capturing their…

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Elevator Pitch Examples for Students: It’s Like Snapchat!

Elevator Pitch Examples for Students: It’s Like Snapchat!

It’s early in the morning. You stumble bleary-eyed into the elevator, pre-coffee (find passion in your coffee). Suddenly, a high profile executive slips in just before the doors close. You’re ripped out of your daze, realizing that this is your one chance to pitch yourself in an attempt to start a lucrative business relationship. The problem is you didn’t research any elevator pitch examples for students! You say your good mornings and launch right into it. You touch on your…

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Brand Build With Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Brand Build With Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Business students! Do you remember Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? I hope so, considering its the most over-taught pyramid, second to the food pyramid (may it rest in peace). Are you quick to discount Maslow’s model? I don’t blame you. But did you think about how it highlights how to brand build in a way that keeps you motivated even when things are tough (like that one gym leader in Pokémon)? It reminds you that no matter where you are in…

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SpongeBob Series: How to Erase DoodleBob’s Damage to Your Reputation

SpongeBob Series: How to Erase DoodleBob’s Damage to Your Reputation

“Well, well, what is this? Ah, the artist at sea. Let us watch and see the fruits of his struggle. Ah, it seems that inspiration has struck.” Inspiration strikes us all when we are the artist drawing our path forward. SpongeBob and Patrick once found themselves with a magic pencil. Let’s see how they damaged their reputation with this newfound power: SpongeBob’s first creation is a simple jellyfish – graceful and majestic. Second to that, he draws a mustache for…

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SpongeBob Series: Be Successful Without Ripping Your Pants

SpongeBob Series: Be Successful Without Ripping Your Pants

Recall a time when you felt successful. You enjoyed your work, felt valued, and had a great sense of confidence. But then someone came along and changed your perspective. They made it seem like you’re on the wrong bus; like you were headed for rock bottom because you weren’t like them. SpongeBob felt this – it all started at Goo Lagoon. Let’s take a look at what happened: “Hey Sandy, look! I’m sandy!”. Sandy just eats it up. What a player, that SpongeBob – he’s…

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