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

For 2020, Write a Career Plan


What’s your plan? If 2019 was not all you’d hoped for at work, you might be thinking of moving on this year. Here’s an alternative idea: create a plan to grow and thrive where you are right now. Large companies often create career plans for rising stars. The plans help leadership prepare for the future … Continue reading For 2020, Write a Career Plan

Anxiety = Uncertainty x Powerlessness


Chip Conley, writing for his Wisdom Well blog, has a great idea for mastering anxiety. If you’ve ever laid awake at night, fretting over something that was going to happen (or was even vaguely possible), you’d give almost anything to make the anxiety go away.  Chip Conley presents a tool that might do just that. … Continue reading Anxiety = Uncertainty x Powerlessness

Skills You Need to Build Skills


Pat Flynn, author of How to Get Better at Almost Everything, says that becoming a generalist has made him both successful and happy. He believes that generalists are more marketable, more productive, and more flexible, making them better candidates for almost any job. In a previous post, I wrote about Flynn’s concept of skill stacking, … Continue reading Skills You Need to Build Skills

How to Take More Risks in Your Career


(a guest post offered by thezebra.com) If you’re working toward that next promotion or maybe just trying to excel at your current position, you know that complacency can be your enemy. Being simply “satisfied” with your situation shouldn’t last long or else you may miss out on new opportunities. Taking risks in your career can … Continue reading How to Take More Risks in Your Career

How to Get Very Good at Being Pretty Good at Everything


In a previous post, I wrote that generalists are more marketable, more employable, and maybe more happy than specialists. Pat Flynn, author of How to Get Better at Almost Everything, says that becoming a generalist has made him both successful and happy. “When I specialized in guitar, I was always comparing myself to others and … Continue reading How to Get Very Good at Being Pretty Good at Everything

In Praise of Generalists


Which are you: a generalist or a specialist? Generalists tend to know a little about a lot of things; specialists tend to know as much as possible about just a few things. I believe that we’re hard-wired to be one or the other. We either gravitate toward exploring many topics and integrating knowledge into a broad view of the world, or we gravitate toward exploring one topic we care passionately about until we become an expert.

Two Awesome Hours Part 2: Manage Your Energy


Josh Davis is the author of Two Awesome Hours  , a book that tackles the tough subject of how to get things done as a human being. We are incredibly efficient at things we evolved to do: move, eat, reproduce, survive an existential threat. Paperwork? Not so much. Our brains are not wired to sit … Continue reading Two Awesome Hours Part 2: Manage Your Energy

6 Podcasts for Today’s Female Professionals


A guest post by Marie Johnson, Contributing Author at Enlightened Digital The dreaded workplace commute: long hours spent driving from Point A to Point B, the same songs on the radio or playlist… It can be draining. Podcasts have emerged as a popular alternative to a boring daily commute. Most podcasts are comprised of a … Continue reading 6 Podcasts for Today’s Female Professionals