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Find Your Job Series: Identify Your Skills

For your next job, you'll need to have a good grasp of your skills and strengths so that you can show that value to the hiring leaders for the company that you want to be with.  Uncover your skills and strengths First, you need to note what your skills...

Find Your Job Series: Uncover Your Interests

As you get older, the stress of finding a new job increases. As a high schooler or college student, there is little risk or consequences, and you typically have many options to choose from. Life gets more complex. You start a family, you buy a house,...

Can you create charisma?

If you've ever met someone that was very likable but you didn't exactly know why, then you have seen charisma in action. It's the magic essence of networking, building a following, and being well-liked.  At the end of the day, people are more likely to...

How to create sincere enthusiasm

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.-Ralph Waldo Emerson Sincere enthusiasm in what you do is both compelling and attractive to others. Your level of enthusiasm is like a magnet, the stronger it is, the more that you will draw in. Elon Musk is a great...

What to do when someone resigns

The sudden departure of trusted and valued team members can be a shock to a leader and navigating this scenario is one of the most challenging, and often frustrating, parts of being a leader. The loss causes more work for the leader, less efficiency in the team in the...

You are not an imposter – Conquering imposter syndrome

Have you ever felt like a phony, fake or inadequate no matter how successful you really are?  It's often referred to as Imposter Syndrome. You feel like you aren't truly good enough to be the leader, great parent or friend and once everyone figures it out,...

Facelifts, overhauls, and funerals

We officially crossed the halfway point in the year. How is the year going for you? Are you on track for the goals that you set out for yourself? Have the goals already been thrown out the window and you are in survival mode?  It's a great time to take a moment...

Profiles in Leadership: Wilma Mankiller

We must trust our own thinking. Trust where we are going and get the job done-Wilma Mankiller  Wilma Mankiller was a leader that broke barriers for her people. She was elected as the first female Chief of the Cherokee people and brought Native Americans forward...

Profiles in Leadership: Joan of Arc

You say that you are my judge. I do not know if you are! But I tell you that you must take good care not to judge me wrongly, because you will put yourself in great danger.-Joan of Arc Joan of Arc was an illiterate farm girl that grew up in the French countryside...

Profiles in Leadership: Winston Churchill

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.-Winston Churchill  Winston Churchill is perhaps the greatest prime minister that ever lived. He led Britain through World War II and held his people against attacks from...

Profiles in Leadership: Martin Luther King Jr.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.-Martin Luther King Jr.  Few people have had an impact on American history like Martin Luthor King Jr. An incredibly smart man, Dr. King stood against...

How to negotiate the job offer

A Glassdoor study shows that nearly 60% of people don't negotiate their first job offer. That number is also not split evenly across genders. 68% of women did not negotiate while 52% of men did not negotiate.  It can be a weird and awkward time. You are...

More tips to ace the interview

A job interview is not a test of your knowledge, but your ability to use it at the right time. One of our most popular topics has been How to Ace the Interview (EP #113). There is not a user manual out there on how to do great in interviews. That's in large part...

How to manage your digital footprint

If you are reading this, you have a digital footprint. A digital footprint is the trail of data you leave behind as you venture across the internet and apps. Many companies, employers, clients, and acquaintances use this information to various degrees to get a glimpse...

How to build a great resume

Crafting a great resume is one of the most stressful and overwhelming parts of a job search.  Where do you start?  Is it too long? Is it too short? You don't even like to write!  Rest assured that it is easier than it looks when you take the time to get...

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