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Gloriously Retired

July 29, 2016

I don't believe that many people wake up one morning and decide to retire. I think it is more often an evolving, iterative process of observing the days, assessing one's needs, becoming more keenly aware of the passage of time in ways that are a bit different from the previous times and arriving at a clear vision of what life has to offer and how best to continue to achieve one's goals and perhaps, if we are very lucky, one's dreams.

It happened to me that way.

After working for the...

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A Starman's Lesson in Career Reinvention

February 10, 2016

If reinvention, astounding marketing, innovation, enormous talent and fearlessness are not in your career toolkit, perhaps you should take a closer look at how David Bowie altered his persona and his career to become a hugely powerful influence on popular culture and one of the most brightly shining stars of the rock world.

I am a fan, but even if you are not, we can all learn from this man who constantly took on new roles, braved the world of music, the theatre, film, art, the Internet,...

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January Networking

January 10, 2016

You may know that I am a believer in holiday networking, taking advantage of social occasions and a seasonally hopeful and generous frame of mind to meet new people and make some possible new contacts. So it will not surprise you that I am also a proponent of making the most of those new and revived contacts.

It is somewhat astounding to me how quickly the halo of the holiday lights fade and the reality of what is frequently a cold and demanding January sets in. Many of the networking...

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Your Value to an Organization

December 18, 2015

I once read an article about the dollar value of the chemicals in the human body which placed the amount at somewhere around $1.60: pretty meager. And again we hear the words of Aristotle … the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. (I seem to be quoting Aristotle more frequently … I wonder what the lesson is from that.)

Although the article made no attempt to place a dollar value on the contribution an individual makes to an employer or to estimate the effect on the organizational...

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Interviewing From the Other Side of the Desk

October 31, 2015

Have you ever been interviewed by someone who was unprepared, uncomfortable or unable to carry on a meaningful dialogue and wondered how in the world that person was the one who has a job while you are the one who is unemployed? If so, apparently you are not alone. 

Interviewing is serious business: recruiting and retaining appropriate talent is the lifeblood of any organization now and in the future. Interviews should be an opportunity to increase our talent pools, not to simply reduce the...

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