What Have You Learned Lately?

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso Companies are always on the hunt for the best talent. But how to define talent is different for every hiring manager. Experience and technical skills play a role in defining talent, of course, but … Continue reading What Have You Learned Lately?

Thinking Makes it So

“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” – William Shakespeare In a great post for Every, writer Simone Stolzoff writes that ikigai, the Japanese term for meaning in life. (And one that I’ve written about before.) Stolzoff says that perhaps the most famous Venn diagram in the world is related … Continue reading Thinking Makes it So

Your Work. Your Life. Your Way.

What’s next in your career? Your life? Millions of people have been rethinking their lives and careers during this period of uncertainty. You’re not alone if you’re thinking about changing the way you work. I’ve been writing about the Gig Economy for over a decade, and working in it for almost 30 years – alongside … Continue reading Your Work. Your Life. Your Way.

Pushing Doesn’t Work. Pulling is Unreliable. Try Leading Instead.

Seth Godin writes: “Tugboats don’t usually tug. They push. That’s because pushing is more mechanically efficient than pulling. When we pull, there’s tension and slack in the ropes, and the attachment between the puller and the pushed keeps changing. But the metaphor gets far more interesting when we think about leading instead. One bird at … Continue reading Pushing Doesn’t Work. Pulling is Unreliable. Try Leading Instead.

Gut Feelings

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. ~ Albert Einstein Intuition is part of the human experience. It’s the ability to know something without thinking consciously about it. It can be more reliable … Continue reading Gut Feelings

To Decide or Not to Decide; That is the Question

“Where you are today, in your personal and professional life, is the result of decisions you once made. Where you will be in the future depends on the decisions you are about to take.” Author and consultant Joseph Bikart has helped individuals and companies make hundreds of important decisions, and he believes that making good … Continue reading To Decide or Not to Decide; That is the Question

The Last Acceptable “ism”

First, full disclosure: I am a baby boomer, which makes me one of those “older workers” you hear so much about and are about to hear more. For the last year and a half, I’ve been working for myself, which makes my employer a company whose average worker age is… my age. We’ve made a … Continue reading The Last Acceptable “ism”

Guest Post: How to Quit Well

This is a guest post from our friends at Flexjobs.com. If this is your year to move on, here’s a step-bystep guide to quitting well. How to Quit a Job: Your Professional Exit Strategy 1. Give Notice The traditional two-week notice is still very much encouraged for anyone quitting their current job. If you can … Continue reading Guest Post: How to Quit Well

Letting Go of Old Patterns

One of the biggest challenges in developing emotional agility is letting go of thoughts and patterns of thinking that are no longer serving us. That’s one of the powerful messages in Susan David’s book Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life. David says that our minds sometimes have, well, a … Continue reading Letting Go of Old Patterns

You Are Not a Chess Piece. You’re the Board.

That’s the message of emotional agility from author Susan David, Ph.D. “The broader view we gain by stepping out means learning to see yourself as the chessboard, filled with possibilities, rather than as any one piece on the board, confined to certain preordained moves.” Stepping out is one of the four moves the author and … Continue reading You Are Not a Chess Piece. You’re the Board.