Career Development


What John Maxwell Taught Me About Building Relationships

In John Maxwell's "Winning with People," he says good relationships are the foundation for achievement. Relationships are more than just the icing on the cake in life: They are the cake - the very substance we need to live successful and fulfilling lives. One of the key skills leaders need to learn is how to build trust. Maxwell shares five key principles that will help you improve your trust-ability with your direct reports, colleagues, and bosses. The Bedrock Principle Developing trust is like constructing a building. It takes time, and it must be done one piece at ...

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10 Ingenious Tricks for Appearing Smart in Meetings

Most people will dread the tyranny of meetings. It’s either painful, useless, or soul-crushing. But Sarah Cooper in her latest book “100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings,” shares hilarious and creative techniques on how to appear intelligent in much, much less time. 1. Draw a Venn diagram. Getting up and drawing a Venn Diagram is a great way to appear smart. It doesn’t necessary matter if the Venn diagram is precise. Even before you’ve put that marker down, your colleagues will be fighting about what the labels should be and how big the circles should ...

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5 Things to Ask Before Getting a Masters, Doctorate or Ph.D

This is guest post by Daniel Im. Daniel serves as the Director of Church Multiplication for New Churches and LifeWay Christian Resources. He is a Teaching Pastor at The Fellowship, a multi-site church in Nashville. He's the co-author of Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply with Ed Stetzer. Daniel has a M.A. in Global Leadership and have served and pastored in church plants and multisite churches ranging from 100 people to 50,000 people in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Korea, Edmonton, and Nashville. You can connect with him at www.d...

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5 (Bad) Habits that Hold You Back from the Top

In Marshall Goldsmith's classic, "What Got You Here Won't Get You There," America's number one ranked executive coach writes about how the very characteristic that got you where you are may exactly be the very thing that is holding you back from going from good to great. On the back cover of the book, it writes: "Your hard work is paying off. You are doing well in your field. But there is something standing between you and the next level of achievement. That something may just be one of your annoying habits. Perhaps one small flaw - a behavior you barely even recognize ...

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10 Steps to Becoming a Thought Leader in Your Field

Let’s start with the definition of thought leadership:  Thought Leadership is the art of positioning your company as a leader in its field through best-in-class content. By publishing articles, videos, research, or any other form of original content regularly, potential clients and members of your industry may begin associating your brand with insight and authority. Think of names like Peter Drucker, John Maxwell, Jim Collins, Malcolm Gladwell, or Seth Godin. You know these people’s names not because of their business accomplishments, but rather because of ...

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9 Surprising Job Interview Tips from America’s Top Career Expert

In a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor, it was revealed that the average person in the U.S. born between 1957 and 1964, had to go job-hunting 17.2 times from when they were 18 years old until they were 48. Job hunting isn’t an optional exercise. It’s a must. Richard Bolles, widely known as America's top career expert, wrote the world’s most popular job hunting guide “What Color is Your Parachute?” that reveals practical tips for writing impressive resumes and cover letters, networking effectively, interviewing with confidence and negotiating a ...

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Here Is The One Perfect Book For Every Single Myers-Briggs Type

I'll admit it. I'm a MBTI junkie. In fact, in my coaching practice, I use Myers-Briggs Personality Type to help leaders become more effective by helping them become more self-aware and overcome their blind spots. So far, I've recommended a lot of books on my blog. A lot of people ask for which books they should read. I wondered, what if I could recommend books based on their Myers-Briggs personality type? So, here you go. Here's my top books for every single MBTI type. Enjoy! INFP Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking (by Susan Cain) ...

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The Surprising Myers-Briggs Personality Type that Makes the Best Leader

Each of the 16 Myers-Briggs type have a potential to become a great leader. In fact, thousands of reports on the MBTI types of leaders and managers demonstrate that all types occupy significant leadership roles and positions. But the question usually comes up, what type makes the “best” leader of all? Every type has its strengths and weaknesses. According to a study of 26,477 persons in a leadership development program conducted by Center for Creative Leadership, the following percentage were reported on the MBTI type for leaders: ISTJ      18.2% ...

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7 Tips for Leaders to Improve Your Self-Awareness

By now, Emotional Intelligence (EQ) needs little introduction - it's the sine qua non to your success. Here's some stats that demonstrate the power of EQ in today's marketplace. "People with the highest levels of IQ outperform those with average IQs just 20%of the time, while people with average EQs outperform those with high IQs 70% of the time." "EQ is so critical to success that it accounts for 58% of performance in all type of jobs." "The link between EQ and earnings is so direct that every point increase in EQ adds $1,300 to an annual salary." [1] ...

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What a World-Renowned Psychologist Taught Me About Success

Read the following statements and choose whether you mostly agree with it or disagree with it: Your intelligence is something very basic about you that you can't change very much. You can learn new things, but you can't really change how intelligent you are. No matter how much intelligence you have, you can always change it quite a bit. You can always substantially change how intelligent you are. If you agree with questions 1 and 2, you might have a propensity towards a fixed mindset. On the other hand, if you agree with questions 3 and 4, you might have a ...

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