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Book Review: The Defining Decade (Dr. Meg Jay)

While historically, the majority of my coaching work has been delivered to mid-career professionals with 10-20 years or more of experience under their belt, I’m getting an increasing number of inquiries from young professionals and recent graduates who are just kicking off their occupational adventure.  Or perhaps more accurately, I’m getting contacted by the parents […]

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Book Review: So Good They Can’t Ignore You (Cal Newport)

Sick of your current occupational path?  Looking to make a change?  Racking your brain trying to figure out what you’re passionate about, so you can build a successful career around it? If so, I’ve got news for you — Georgetown University professor Cal Newport, author of So Good They Can’t Ignore You, thinks you’re going […]

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Book Review: Secrets of Self-Starters (Dr. Julie Miller)

Do you consider yourself proactive?  A self-starter?  Good at taking initiative? Most importantly, can you prove it? In today’s marketplace, where many companies (by choice or economic necessity) seem hell-bent on getting more things done with fewer resources, they tend to prize people with “can-do” personalities and will often ask candidates to demonstrate these traits, […]

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Book Review: The Start-Up of You (Reid Hoffman & Ben Casnocha)

This book, in a word, rocks.  In fact, I might even say it’s the most interesting and important business book I’ve read in the last 10 years — which would be an appropriate characterization, given that its primary agenda seems to be to help people catch up to speed with how the whole notion of […]

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Book Review: Self-Promotion for Introverts (Nancy Ancowitz)

In my last blog article, I outlined what I felt were the “5 core competencies” of self-promotion and made the case as to why I feel these skill sets are no longer optional for career-minded professionals today to learn — or better yet, master. Time and time again, in fact, as I work with people […]

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Book Review: The Coming Jobs War (Jim Clifton)

Most of my readers, I suspect, are far more interested in “micro” economic topics these days than “macro” ones.  In other words, I don’t tend to write much about big-picture issues and what the job market might look like 10-20 years from now, given my hunch that most of my blog followers are more concerned […]

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Book Review: StandOut (Marcus Buckingham)

As many of you know, I’m not a terribly huge fan of most personality assessments — at least not for “career planning” purposes — since I find that many of them are either 1) extremely out of date, in terms of the career options they suggest or b) ridiculously boxy, in terms of suggesting that […]

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Book Review: Making the Jump Into Small Business Ownership

Have you, like millions of Americans, dreamed about being your own boss or pursuing self-employment of some kind?  Have you always felt you had an entrepreneurial streak in you, but been held back from acting on it by fear and uncertainty?  Or have you noted (possibly the hard way) that the one-time “stability” corporate positions […]

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Book Review: Give Your Elevator Speech a Lift!

Quick quiz.  For those readers of mine located, as I am, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, what comes to mind when you think of the town of Leavenworth, Washington?  Lederhosen, perhaps?  Bavarian architecture?  Picturesque beer gardens nestled in an alpine setting? Love the little town or hate it, Leavenworth is a terrific example of “branding” […]

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Book Review: Powerful Unemployment (Sheila Boddy)

Do you know what’s more powerful than an uplifting story about somebody who got laid off, faced the job hunting challenge head on, and fought through their fears/doubts/confusion to land a new opportunity?  It’s when this story comes from somebody who accomplished this feat right in your own backyard! That’s the case with Powerful Unemployment, […]

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