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Career and Talent Farming

Nourishing talents and developing careers should be an agricultural endeavor. It certainly isn’t an industrial model where we create uniform job descriptions and prescriptive career paths based on longevity and formulaic education/experience elements. If you want to grow an individuals career, enhance their assets, ignite their passions and fully-utilize their skills, we need to cultivate.…

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People Need Compelling Dreams

  Life can be a challenge… Work can be a challenge. Even those “care-free college days” are challenging. We can let the challenges drag us down and deplete our energy… you see this everywhere. The retail person behind the counter, a sad waiter, a seasoned executive who has lost their spark for life and work.…

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Living In Two Time Zones  

Let’s think about time zones. Not the artificial lines that separate Eastern Time from Central Time, but a different type of time zone. Let’s consider the time associated with the Past, Present and Future. In which of these time zones do you most focus? The obvious choice is the Present… after all, we are living…

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The Architecture of Happiness

  Jason Silva, futurist, philosopher and TV host, speaks about the importance of happiness and about the concept that we should be the architects of happiness. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone viewed their life or career as an architectural challenge… an opportunity to design our own happiness. In fact, we can be the creators…

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Brainstorming is Overrated

A lot of companies use brainstorming to “get out of the box.” Although anything that resembles creativity can be a plus, simply brainstorming a few ideas won’t do much to really impact the future. Too often, organizations don’t have a well-conceived process for creative innovation. They start by brainstorming a few, maybe even a dozen,…

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Incremental and Continuous Improvement Isn’t The Path To Innovation

Business journals, seminars and conversations around the coffee pot are filled with experts spouting the benefits of continuous improvement… taking small incremental steps to improve a product or service. It’s fine and good to improve things… everyone wants to make things better. But true innovation is much more than that! Innovation is based on a…

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What’s Wrong With Happiness?

Why is happiness a bad word in business? What’s wrong with business and career being intentionally focused on happiness? Is happiness just too fluffy, too much fun, too difficult to measure to be a real thing that warrants focus? The country of Bhutan would beg to differ with that opinion. In Bhutan, they don’t focus…

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It’s Time to Live Life On Purpose

There are so many expressions related to our life…. you only live once, life happens, life is short… and so on.   Considering the importance of this one life that we have, why do most people spend so little time dreaming, designing, planning and living their best life? I’d venture to say that most people…