Month: January 2014

Don’t Be Like Mike

Yesterday, I touched on two foundational tasks in Career Activism: making sure you select an occupational field where you can use your talent to excel at your work and then nurturing that talent to ensure you do.  Let’s use the experience of a famous athlete to explore those two actions in a bit more detail.

The Grammys, Super Bowl & You

What with all of the excitement surrounding the Grammys, the Super Bowl and the upcoming Olympics, there’s been plenty of talk about talent.  But, ask yourself this: why is it that we can recognize talent in entertainers and athletes and not in other people?  Why are acting and throwing a football considered an expression of

The State of Your Career

The State of the Union, of course, is a President’s opportunity to give the American people a report on the state of our union.  In today’s turbulent world of work, giving yourself a report on the State of Your Career is also essential to your well being. How do you conduct such an evaluation and

A Mindful Career

The mindfulness movement has gained a considerable following recently as more and more of us try to deal with the stress and anxiety of our “always-on” culture.  The movement offers a way to restore balance between the demands of our cell phones, tablets, laptops and desktops and our ability to enjoy and appreciate life. While

We the People

There’s a new strain of divisive commentary in America.  In this week’s Time magazine, Suketu Mehta calls it the musings of “racialists” – people who declare that the culture of certain ethnic groups puts them at an advantage in academics, business and just about every other sphere of human endeavor.  He cites the recent book

Happiness is the New Job

I’ve been talking a lot about talent recently.  Sadly, it’s an attribute which our culture largely reserves for professional athletes and TV dance contest winners.  The truth, however, is that we are all endowed with this gift.  Like our opposable thumb, talent is a characteristic of being human. That said, talent isn’t easy to recognize. 

How Do You Find Your Talent?

There are a number of psychological and cognitive tests that are used to identify a person’s IQ, emotional intelligence, type, motivated skills and abilities and more.  As helpful as they all are in helping us to learn something about ourselves, however, not a single one of them explores the intersection of what we love to

Make Your Job Search Headquarters

Make Your Job Search Headquarters Modeled after Pinterest, offers four channels of information and resources found nowhere else on the Web. And, one of those channels is specifically tailored for smart Job Seekers – those who want to find not just any job, but a great one! What’s in the Job Seekers channel

How Expertise Can Undercut Your Career

After devoting ten or fifteen years of their life to an occupation, many people become expert in the accomplishment of its daily tasks.  They take pride in their work and perform it flawlessly.  They are masters of their field, and they believe they are doing their best.  They aren’t. People can acquire deep expertise in

The Acronym With a Future

Certifications are an important part of career success.  Typically, these hard-earned indicia attest to a person’s competence in their field.  One might, for example, be a CPA – a Certified Public Accountant – or a CNE – a Certified Network Engineer.  The acronyms are shorthand for the skills and knowledge an employer can expect an