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  • Blog Post: Strategic Talent Acquisition

    "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships." -- Michael Jordan I've been asked recently about competitive talent acquisition strategies.  I'm not a recruiter and I don't play one on T.V., but I thought I would share what I've seen work in the real world. People...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: Trends Page at Sources of Insight

    One of the most important things I learned long ago is the power of trends, and how they can help you anticipate.  Now, each year, as a habit, I put together a serious and significant roundup of trends.   Here are my trends collections at your fingertips: Trends (If you read nothing else...
  • Blog Post: E-Shaped People, Not T-Shaped

    Are you I-shaped, T-shaped, or E-shaped? I is depth, T is breadth, and E executes (Of course there’s overlap, but you get the idea.) If you think of yourself as a mini-business, can you “execute” your ideas? (either yourself, with others, or through others, and amplify your impact)  And, by the...
  • Blog Post: Anatomy of a High-Potential

    Dr. Jay Conger has a must see presentation on The Anatomy of a High-Potential: The Anatomy of a High-Potential I’m always on the hunt for insights and actions that help people get the edge in work and life .   This is one of those gems.  What I like about Dr. Jay Conger’s work is that...
  • Blog Post: Creating Career Opportunities

    How do you create career opportunities?   You reinvent yourself . While you can always hope for things to land in your lap, there are specific patterns I see successful people do.  Among those that continuously create the best career opportunities, here are the key success patterns: They...
  • Blog Post: Career Books

    I’ve done a massive update to my list of Career Books .    It’s a powerful list of the best career books on a variety of topics.  Whether you’re an Entrepreneur, freelancer, Linchpin, creative artist, self-employed, or CxO, there are books on the list for everyone. I put a special...
  • Blog Post: Mid-Year Review, Career, and Getting Ahead

    Mid-year is always a hot time at Microsoft.  It’s a time to recap the impact and check the scoreboard.  For some, it’s a time to shine.  For others, it’s a wake up call.  And for others, it’s Phoenix time. I think between the slowing economy, the rapid pace of change, and ultra-competition...
  • Blog Post: The Guerilla Guide to Getting a Better Performance Review at Microsoft

    “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” ― Charles Darwin I'm helping one of my mentees get the edge in her performance review this year.  I thought it would be helpful to share the insights and actions that I’m sharing...
  • Blog Post: Careers: Losing Jobs, Finding Jobs, Creating Jobs, and Changing Jobs

    A lot of people I know are either losing jobs, finding jobs, creating jobs, or changing jobs.  Others I know are looking for work-life balance, expanding their capabilities , figuring out how to work better with their boss, finding ways to use their strengths at work, and looking for ways to flourish...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Career Survival Guide

    If there’s one book that I suggest as The Microsoft Career Survival Guide -- it’s The First 90 Days , by Michael Watkins.   It’s a great book with extreme knowledge on how to survive and thrive in your job, especially during transitions.  Transitions are always the toughest time because...
  • Blog Post: Be the Next Microsoft Employee Finale

    Here’s a little fun … … Are you the next Microsoft employee? Here is the final episode of Be the Next Microsoft Employee , where the winner gets the grand prize -- a job at Microsoft.    It really happens too – the winner started July 30th, 2012.  Check out the finale episode of Be the...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Story

    “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker What is the Microsoft story?  Is there more to the story, than a “lost decade”?  (BTW – if you were a developer during the time, you probably experienced some of the most intense transformations … *wild ride*, feels more...
  • Blog Post: The Mission of Microsoft Enterprise Services

    I've heard it before, but it's good to put down on paper. The mission of Microsoft Enterprise Services: “Our mission is to lead and serve our customers and partners as they realize their full potential through software and services.” It sounds like servant leadership in action. I found this blurb that...
  • Blog Post: Time Management Tips #21 - Create an Achievements List

    You need to take stock. Stopping to smell the roses, includes reviewing your achievements.   You can review your achievements very simply: Achievements for the day Achievements for the week Achievements for the month Simply write down a list of your achievements for the day.   Write...
  • Blog Post: How To Rate Your Job

    This is a very simple frame I use to help people rate their jobs: It’s nothing fancy.  It’s just a quick way to get a good sense of job they’ve got.  Here are three quick checks: Career – Does your job have career trajectory?  Will it expand your capabilities?  Will you get the experiences...
  • Blog Post: How To Create a Six-Figure Second Income

    I wrote a post on the book, The Six Figure Second Income .  It's about how to make money in todays world. With great pain comes great opportunities.  I've seen a lot of people lose their jobs.  I've been asked to do talks to help people get back on their feet again.  I do.  It...
  • Blog Post: Job Creation

    The cycle of change is short in the knowledge age and digital economy.  Jobs end.  We create new ones.   Do we create new ones fast enough?  Do we have the durable and evolvable skills to make it in our emerging landscape? The cycle of change used to be longer.  One reason...
  • Blog Post: Filters and Priorities

    One of my mentors showed me a simple success pattern for achieving more at work, while gaining more credibility and freedom.   It’s Filters and Priorities.  The method works by  connecting your work to business priorities.  He put the simple picture above as a way to illustrate...
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