Category Archives: Career Planning

The Glass Hammer:  “Men Who Get It – Mike Jones, CEO”

The Glass Hammer: “Men Who Get It – Mike Jones, CEO”

“As a country, we are 80 years away from gender equality.” That statistic, which was shared during the World Economic Forum, caught Mike Jones’ attention, because as he says, “If that’s true, I won’t live to see it.” Jones is CEO of Core Consulting, a technology and management consulting firm. His personal mission is reflected […]

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Moments of Truth

Many, many years ago, I learned the concept and meaning of “Moments of Truth.” A brief definition is the instance or interaction of contact that forms or changes the impression we have about someone or something. An example or two might help improve your understanding. Imagine your driving down the highway a little later in […]

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Falling From Grace

A fall from grace and structure is oftentimes perplexing, paralyzing and perilous. The loss of one’s employment is very personal, to state the obvious. Less obvious, perhaps, is the ripple effect it casts in its wake. The community of family and friends that surround the affected party are quick to converge to offer support and […]

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Live Your Life on Broadway

I was having coffee this week with my good friend, Willie. We were discussing the conscious act of making positive impressions with others we meet. He described his trips to the west coast to meet with his corporate teammates. “When I show up, I try to lighten the mood and lift them up. I usually […]

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Michael Jordan Failed His First Interview

Michael Jordan Failed His First Interview

In my book, Hello, Old Friend, I introduce a framework, Career Planning Model, as depicted below. The starting point to this framework is a step I title, Reflection. Oftentimes when individuals lose a job or seek a new job (perhaps out of frustration), they jump immediately to Execution. They don’t take the requisite time to reflect… […]

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When We Opened Our Eyes for the Very First Time

Allow yourself to consider the moment surrounding your birth, when you opened your eyes for the very first time. You held no prejudices, no biases. You had no material wants or needs. You had no business plan accompanying your life. We all arrived as equals at that very special moment. Now imagine at the moment […]

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A Person for a Season

Yesterday morning I had the good fortune to catch up with my good friend, Lynne Hughes. Lynne is the founder of the nonprofit Comfort Zone Camp, which serves young people ages 7-17 year-round. She also authored, You Are Not Alone: Teens Talk About Life After the Loss of a Parent. A very successful professional, wife and mother […]

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Escalation of Commitment

Have you ever watched a bad decision get worse? Perhaps a project that is late and over budget, with little plan or confidence to reach a successful conclusion? But one where the project is allowed to continue and funding continues to flow in its support? How about holding onto stock investments past the prudent time […]

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Negotiating with One’s Self Seldom Produces a Barroom Brawl

I think it was Warren Buffett who was credited with saying this. I buy it. I completely buy it. The gist of the phrase is that we tend to fall in love with our ideas and decisions. We’re not likely to challenge ourselves after decisions are made or ideas are formed. Unfortunately, we are not […]

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