Time, Attention, Patience and Other Gifts

In a recent post, I encouraged everyone to be more generous. Generosity is not just a way to make the world a better place, it’s also the best way to build strong business relationships. Generosity is defined by sharing scarce resources, and almost no resources are more scarce than time and attention. Jason Harris is … Continue reading Time, Attention, Patience and Other Gifts

Be Generous

Jason Harris is the author of Soulful Persuasion: The 11 Habits that will Make Anyone a Master Influencer.He knows about persuasion; he’s CEO of the creative agency Mekanism and the cofounder of the Creative Alliance. He’s worked with brands like Peloton, Ben & Jerry’s, Miller Coors, HBO, and the United Nations. He write the book to help … Continue reading Be Generous

2020: We Should Have Seen It Coming

Note to Readers: This is one of a series of posts that offers career advice for entertainment purposes only. Please don’t take this post seriously or literally. Take only as prescribed. Your results may vary. The Lunar New Year begins February 12. In the Chinese Zodiac, 2021 will be the Year of the Ox. I’ve … Continue reading 2020: We Should Have Seen It Coming

Develop an Indifferent Attitude

“People are disturbed not by things, but by the views which they take of things…” Epictetus. I’ve always associated true productivity with calm focus. If you’re feeling frantic and rushed, especially when doing complex mental labor, you’re simply not going to be as effective as you could be. Here’s how to work toward achieving more … Continue reading Develop an Indifferent Attitude

When Faced with Two Career Choices, Consider Option Three

Making any kind of important life choice is hard. What if you could make decisions easier simply by thinking about them differently? We humans tend to gravitate toward binary choices. Yes or no. This or that. Now or later. Stay or go. But career coach Rebekah Layton says that trying what she calls “the three … Continue reading When Faced with Two Career Choices, Consider Option Three

Less Ego, More Soul

(I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.) Jane Ioli is a business coach and author of Less Ego, More Soul: A Modern Reinvention Guide for Women, a book based on her personal journey and the work she’s done with thousands of business clients she’s coached over the course of … Continue reading Less Ego, More Soul

Be a Weed

(This is a reprint of a post from 2015.) I attended a national conference in 2015 and had the great pleasure of hearing Victor Hwang speak. At the time he was CEO of T2 Venture Creation, a Silicon Valley firm that builds startup companies and designs the ecosystems that foster entrepreneurial innovation. He’s also the author … Continue reading Be a Weed

Our National Gap Year

Here’s another take on this weird, endless, awful year: let’s consider it a gap year. Seth Godin writes that many students are considering taking a gap year, delaying starting or continuing college until things return to normal – or as close to it as we can get. But Godin says the gap year is a … Continue reading Our National Gap Year

How to Get Better at Anything

Performance = Potential – Interference In her book Naked at Work: A Leader’s Guide to Fearless Authenticity, Danessa Knaupp tells the story of Tim Gallwey, who authored The Inner Game of Tennis in the 1970s. Gallwey claimed he could teach anyone to play competitive tennis in less than an hour, and managed to prove his … Continue reading How to Get Better at Anything

Your Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

(A version of this post appeared previously in my Jacksonville Business Journal column The Careerist.) Your LinkedIn photo takes up just a square inch or so of your profile, but it can have a big impact on how people connect with you. Knowing how others in your industry present themselves may help you stand out … Continue reading Your Picture is Worth 1,000 Words