The Death of Meaningful Work

I woke up in a slight panic at 3 am this morning. The questions running through my head were, “Has this down economy scared everyone so much that they’re abandoning their dream of doing meaningful work? Are we witnessing the slow death of meaningful work?” I know that seems alarmist (as do most thoughts at [...]

You can’t win a new game playing by the old rules

Time and time again, as I’m teaching classes, I hear the frustration and desperation of countless talented people who simply can’t find a job playing by the old rules of job searching.  Wallpapering the town with dozens of resumes seems to yield few, if any, actual job interviews. It’s not that the work isn’t out [...]

When Talent Collides

Here’s an unusual question for you… How far are you willing to stretch your wings with your talent? Do you play it safe most of the time – flying under the radar? Or do you actively seek out new opportunities to see if you can cause a flap? Take a moment to see what happens [...]

Where is Your Art?

Seth Godin writes: “Art is not in the eye of the beholder, it’s in the heart of the artist.” If an artist creates and never shows it to anyone does that mean it’s not art? If those who behold what you create and don’t call it art, are they right? Create, create, create! The world [...]

Can you train yourself to get good ideas?

Every day, my friend Kurt requires himself to come up with a good idea for a new product or service. He’s not self-employed, and his good idea doesn’t even have to relate to his current job. He’s actually just training himself to have good ideas all the time. It’s kinda like going to the gym [...]

Sitting on a Goldmine

Do you realize that you are sitting on a goldmine? You are talented. You are passionate. You have a way with people. No one else sees the world the same way you do. You are a unique blend of experiences, training and influences. You have great, original ideas. You have a gift to give the [...]

Putting Your Personal Signature on Your Work

Your work. How much does it reflect who you are? Do you see your inimitable signature stamped on everything you complete? Do you share your personal style and flare with the world? It might not be as hard as it seems. Maybe you hand over that receipt with a smile and a wink. Maybe you [...]

5 Great Reasons to Be Fired

You’re Fired! In most cultures, this is a bone-chilling phrase… and I know that there are times when this is the absolute last thing you want to hear… …believe me, I know! But wait! Could there be more than a few times when it’s the best news possible? Here’s a list of 5 great reasons [...]

Choose Your Rock Carefully

Have you ever watched a sea otter sourcing his food? He has a rock that he places in the center of his chest, and then he pounds clams against the rock until the shell opens and he can eat the delicacy found inside. The sea otter’s rock is extremely important to him – he uses [...]

Do You Need A Creativity Booster Shot?

When I was a kid I dreaded going to the doctor for one simple reason: It always seemed like I needed a shot for something.  The worst were the ones they gave in the “hip.”  Sadists. The last shot I received was tetanus after a car accident.  Even though the accident was pretty gnarly – [...]