Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Fallacy of Focus

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Focus is held in high esteem in our culture and in business. We medicate, caffeinate, and meditate to summon it. It’s celebrated on billboards and taught through thousands of books and workshops. Those who possess the holy grail of focus are considered successes and become role models to others. Those who don’t just need to work a little harder. Right? Maybe not. Each of us has a unique relationship with focus. What’s yours? Your FQ (Focus Quotient) Take this quick, confidential self survey. As a child, were you rewarded for finishing tasks? Yes No Do you require quiet to get …

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Enhancing the e-Book Experience

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I shy away from looking at pictures of myself.  Yet, despite the nausea I feel at the prospect of my video appearing in public, I’m completely fascinated with the enhanced e-book version of Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go that will be available this week.  (Please keep reading… I promise this is NOT a sales pitch!) If you’re not familiar with the enhanced e-book format (I wasn’t until recently), it’s an extension of the online book platform.  It begins with a standard e-book; but then it gets packed full of additional content that’s delivered in short video clips. At …

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Listen Up! Memorable Career Advice

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“The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.”  – Oscar Wilde And thank goodness, according to the 50+ people who were willing to share with ASTD their answers to this question: What’s the best career advice anyone every gave you? In honor of its annual Career Week, the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) partnered with Bev Kaye and me to conduct a survey designed to surface a variety of career-related issues… and document some of the best career advice around. Respondents generously passed along the wisdom that they’d gathered over the years to …

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Fish Bowls and Talent Pools

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When I was a kid, our community hosted a carnival each fall. Every year, either my brother or I won a goldfish by sinking a ping pong ball into a tiny cup. (In retrospect, it must have been traumatic for the fish swimming around in the cups; but for us, it was exhilarating.) Upon returning with our new treasure/family member, my mother would pull out a small glass bowl and turn it into our fish’s new home. In answer to our annual appeals for a larger bowl, she would explain that we needed to manage the size of the fish …

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Career Development: It’s All About Becoming Dispensable

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We’ve seen it play out time and again in the workplace. An employee works diligently to carve out a niche. She becomes an expert in a field, a real ‘go-to’ person around critical issues. She heeds the advice she’s heard about how getting ahead boils down to making one’s self indispensable to the organization. And then she’s stuck! Too valuable in her current role to be promoted. Too critical to be distracted by other opportunities. Too important to branch out to do something different. News flash! Becoming indispensable today can be a career death sentence. Getting ahead and ensuring rich and varied opportunities …

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