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November/December: The BEST Time To Start Your Job Search!

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You think I'm crazy. Most people are powering down their searches for Thanksgiving and hibernating for the holidays. They will rocket out of their cave on January 2nd with vim and vigor to attack the marketplace. That's crazy. It will be too late. A cast of thousands.

Go After The Puck.

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As Wayne Gretzky said a number of years ago: "I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been." — Where do you think your puck is going to be in the next five years? Where is your career or business going? Is it thriving or flat? Where is your industry going? Growing or shrinking?

5 Steps To Motivate Your Team (and you).

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In How To Motivate People , Fran Tarkenton , professional quarterback for the NFL and TV personality, offers a focused motivation system — "People don't change their behavior unless it makes a difference to them to do so." The first area I'd like to tackle in my "Are You A Catalyst?"

Top Five Regrets of the Dying.

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I've just finished one of the most powerful books I've read this year. It's by a wonderful woman named Bronnie Ware , and it focuses in on the actual voiced regrets of people she encountered when they were dying. Powerful stuff - go and pick up the book !

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The HR Playbook: Reduce Turnover with Employee Benefits

Companies with the right mix of benefits saw a 138% drop in employee turnover. Learn how you can lower your employee attrition rate and retain top talent.

How We Sabotage Our Success.

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Let me take you through a simple business process and show you how we all sabotage our success every day with subtle procrastination behaviors: I had to FedEx a letter to a prominent executive last week to connect with them. Pretty easy?

How Do You Get More Confident?

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“Do one thing every day that scares you.” — Eleanor Roosevelt The other day, I was coaching one of my clients on building confidence. Most people mix-up confidence with cockiness. A person who is being cocky says. “I I know that.”

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Do You Have A Fixed Or Growth Attitude?

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You have a Growth Attitude when you see your abilities as just the starting point which can be developed by dedication, hard work, and effort. This viewpoint creates a resilience, a love of learning, and easy acceptance of new challenges.

You Need A Career ‘Bug-Out Bag’

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When reporters are sent instantly abroad for a story, they have a ‘go-bag’ packed and ready to go. If you live near a high-risk area for disaster, many people have a ‘bug-out’ bag by the door, in-case they have to leave their home within minutes.

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Do The Impossible — The Country Club Technique.

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Successful businesses and careers are a lot about making tough things happen. We get caught up in the inertia of our fears and are afraid of making a mistake. One exercise we use with our clients centers around a 'country club event'. Here's the scenario.

Be A Time Management God.

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Over the past few weeks, I've been aggregating many time management tips I share with my clients to get more done in the limited amount of time they have. It's a mix of managing your time more effectively and dealing with that old devil — procrastination.

How to Build a Competitive Benefits Package

An attractive benefits program can be a highly effective recruiting and retention tool. But to make benefits a competitive advantage, employers must get creative with their benefits strategy or risk losing out on the best talent. Learn how to build a benefits package that your employees will love.

Be Like Jack LaLanne.

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I grew up with Jack LaLanne. I used to watch him, his wife Elaine (yes, Elaine LaLanne), and his german shepherd Happy every morning on TV. Jack taught me a lot of things about life — especially to stay positive all the time. Why be like Jack?

Your Smile Is Your Logo.

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“Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after an experience with you becomes your trademark.” — Jay Danzie Too often, we tend to hide our real connecting abilities with brochures, pamphlets, websites, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and a myriad of other distractions. Not that they are BAD per se, but they sometimes get in the way of what REALLY counts. SMILE: When you first meet someone, do you project a REAL smile?

One Of My Favorite Life-Changing Quotes.

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“If the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, it’s time to water your own grass.” Stop trying to compare yourself to others if you always make yourself feel inferior. Stop trying to yearn for a better job , if you don’t first try to make your current job better.

The Two Powerful Forces Of Success.

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I attended a great talk the other night at Yale – the presenter brought up two major forces nature throws at us regularly – Resilience & Propulsion. It immediately hit me that these are the two forces that make businesses great.

The Best Time To Find A New Job Is When You Don't Need It.

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In other words — Always be prepared to leave a job, because your employer is always prepared to leave you. More and more, many companies (not all, mind you) find themselves letting employees go for a number of different reasons. Too young/too old, too much/too little salary, old/new employee, old/new direction, high/low level position are just some of the myriad reasons why people are let go from their place of employment.

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11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

5 Ways to Heat Up Your Motivation.

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This time of the year, most businesses tend to power down a bit (not all mind you) and it give us time to plan for 2018. Unfortunately, many of us also power down and procrastinate until we’re in the middle of January. Our motivation for growth dissipates.

To Succeed, You Have To Hustle.

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Are You A Pilot Or Passenger In Your Career? Today, we easily live better than our ancestors. Greater life expectancy, better health standards, more variety of food/experiences and more opportunities than ever before. You can try new vocations or start your own business for a lot less money and effort than it took even 20 years ago. If you fail, you can reset, reclaim your position and start moving up the ladder again (albeit with hard work).

Don't Small Talk, Have Courageous Conversations.

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Why do people hate networking events? Usually it's full of people who are all talking small. How's business?" " There's a lot of people here." How's the food?" That's a great tie." Shoot me now. We all hate these events - executives, vendors, and business owners alike. Unfortunately, we've been told that we have to go to them to grow our business. And they're right. You have to regularly break out of your bubble and meet new people. Interact and market your product/service to get traction.

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Stop Playing In The Kiddie Pool.

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How serious are you about your business? . What are you willing to do to make it to the next level? . How would you like to add another $100k a month to your business? It’s not impossible — many people do it.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called "ideation rate." Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

What’s Holding You Back? You Are.

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I start all workshops and coaching relationships with the discussion of Limiting Beliefs. In life, we run into so many external obstacles. People, institutions, rules, regulations, and hierarchies all play major roles in our life.

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If 2019 Was The Best Year Of Your Life, What Would Have To Happen?

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Take a moment and imagine it's December 31, 2019. You're sitting back in your comfy leather chair, reading your favorite book, by the fireplace sipping hot chocolate. MMMMM. Looking back over the past 365 days — you realize you had a great year. An amazing, incredible, unbelievable year. Step One — What would make it an amazing year professionally? A promotion/raise? A huge uptick in business/clients? A new job? What would make it an amazing year personally? Travel to exotic lands?

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Hate Your Job? NOW is the time to start looking.

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Most people make the mistake of riding out November and December to begin looking for a new job in January. Why should you start now? Everyone will be looking for a job in January. The job-search population explodes and you’ll be competing with 2x/3x more candidates. You need time to prepare.

The Importance Of Playing Tennis With Better Tennis Players.

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"It's better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you'll drift in that direction." - Warren Buffett Have you ever played tennis? Play with someone worse than you, you won’t push yourself at all and play at a much lower level than you usually do. You’ll coast. Play with an equal player, I promise your game will be boring as hell. Back and forth, you get one point, they get one point. BORING.

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Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

One Simple Phrase That Will Change Your Life.

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“If the the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, it’s time to water your own grass.” ” Stop trying to compare yourself to others if you always make yourself feel inferior. Stop trying to yearn for a better job, if you don’t first try to make your current job better.

Deliver Life-Changing Presentations Every Time.

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Some people love to give presentations. Some people hate it. Most people fall somewhere in between these two points on the presentation spectrum. What outcome do you want from your presentation? A decision? Enthusiasm for a idea? A sale? A way to present bad numbers so they look good? I've given thousands of presentations — from a small status update for my division, or an 850+ audience at The Hartford Insurance Company, all the way to major sales presentations to McDonald's and Home Depot.

Top 10 Clear Signs It’s Time To Quit Your Job.

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I answered this question on the website Quora a few weeks ago. Here’s my Top 10 (in no real order of importance) list why you should probably quit your current position and move on: You start looking forward to the weekend on Wednesday (or even worse, Monday).

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Be Silly Today.

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“None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an afterthought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth that you’re carrying in your heart like hidden treasure. Be silly. Be kind. Be weird.

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Tough Comp Conversations: A Guide For Doing Them Right

Speaker: Rusty Lindquist, VP Strategic HR Insights at Bamboo HR

Compensation can be tricky, few things carry as much emotional weight as comp. And with the increased transparency in the market, combined with our collective propensity to rate ourselves against others, the frequency of these very difficult conversations is increasing. In this webinar, we will deconstruct some of the psychology around comp. We’ll take an analytic look at comp’s role in the employee experience, and then we’ll get really tactical with guidance on very specific compensation conversations.

New Job? Five Mistakes We All Make.

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When you start a new job, everything is just hunky-dunky. You’re in a new office, new boss, new responsibilities, new friends, and hopefully, more money and increased responsibility.

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My Gift To You.

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Today is my birthday. Every year, I try to think of something to give away to all of my clients, colleagues, and friends. This year, I would like to offer up my Top 3 motivational videos I watch regularly to help add a little bit of energy and enthusiasm to my life.

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The 3 Pillars Of Success.

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Just got back from a workshop in NYC for a large group of executives (145+ attendees). They enjoyed my talk (rating me 4.83 out of a possible 5.0 on my evaluation form), but they REALLY enjoyed the Q&A portion at the end.

Trouble Strikes When You Get Comfortable.

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To be successful in business — you need to keep this simple phrase front and center: “Never let a person who is more successful than you work harder than you.” ” In other words, trouble tends to strike when people get comfortable.

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All Great Employees Have This Secret Ingredient.

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I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. Many of my clients complain about the work habits of their employees and how they’re light-years away from a competent and conscientious worker. It has to do with their past work histories. And I think I’ve solved that problem.

The Three Most Important Words For 2019.

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Already hitting small obstacles in 2019? You started out so well and now, for some reason, you seem to be hitting the same wall that you always encounter when you try to make an upward move in your career. Let’s talk "VCP". It's an old BNI acronym for the words: VISIBILITY & CREDIBILITY = PROFITABILITY. Simply, if you are more visible to the people that matter, you then have an opportunity to show your credibility.

Top 5 Ways Business Owners Underperform.

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All business owners underperform to one degree or another. The question — Is your underperformance is affecting your business success to a great or minimal degree? Are your ‘bad’ behaviors making you miss out on a few percentage points per year or 10-20-40% per year?

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Be Direct & Ask For What You Want.

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If you want something, ask for it. Pretty simple, eh? Actually, it's not. Many people run into external (and more frequently) internal obstacles. Even though more women are affected than men, it's not just a woman's thing. Many men also run into the same obstacles when direct requests are required. Why does it happen? Why do we shirk from being direct with a boss, colleague, or client? We are afraid of coming off as whining or complaining.

Why We Work — A Labor Day Message.

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What is Labor Day? On Wikipedia, it’s a day to honor the contributions we’ve made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. So let’s do that. Every Labor Day, I take time out to review where I am in my career and all the reasons why I work. Why do I do this?

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Top 10 Clear Signs It's Time To Quit Your Job.

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Here's my Top 10 (in no real order of importance) list why you should probably quit your current position and move on: You start looking forward to the weekend on Wednesday (or even worse, Monday). This is the typical, "I can't stand my job and I love my weekends behavior". Face it, you are going to spend a LOT more time at work during the week — start enjoying that environment too. If you don't like what you do, your boss, the people, the commute, etc. change it.