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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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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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4 Ways Promotions Are Like Loans and How to Get a Co-Signer

4 Ways Promotions Are Like Loans and How to Get a Co-Signer

You start a new job.  You’re skilled. Confident. Ready to dig in your heels to get promoted quickly.  The first week goes pretty smooth. You met the team, got some context, attended some meetings, and got acquainted to your new home.  The next week comes and, huh… still a lot of introductory work, no big deal.  Things will pick up by the one month mark. So it’s been a month now, and you’ve finally been given some real work to do.  Busy work, that is. …

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