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Invest in Yourself & Your Career

Professional Investing

When it comes to your personal development and professional development, long experience tells me that results come from when you consistently invest in yourself and your career. To not invest in yourself is like floating down a fast river without a paddle, map or knowledge of what’s around the next bend. Things may go fine for a while, but at some point, you’re going to realize you made a giant mistake. To avoid such unforeseen disaster in your career, you need to invest i…

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In Tribute to my Dad; Four Career & Life Themes from an Old-School Banker

Lessons in How to Manage Your Career & Personal Impact from My Dad

My Dad, David Christie, passed away peacefully on Sunday after a long but dignified journey with Alzheimer’s. Reflecting on his life and career, four themes occur to me that serve as valuable reminders for our professional and personal lives. My Dad started his career with the Royal Bank 3 days after completing high school and retired with the bank 43 years later. Here’s what comes to mind as being key lessons from his life.

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3 Components of Professional Reputation

The Three Components to Building Professional Reputation

Reputation Management

Is your professional reputation something you can build or accidental and mostly out of your control? A key pillar of career development is reputation management. I thought I would try and de-construct professional reputation as a way of shedding light onto something we’re all aware of but don’t necessarily try and intentionally influence.

Who Comes to Mind in Your Field?

Think of your thing: that is, the profession, spot on the corporate ladder, consulting niche that you oper…

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Map Your Industry to Build Market Reputation

How Well Do You Know Your Industry?

One of the valuable skills I learned during my years in the executive search industry was industry mapping.

I would receive an assignment for let's say a VP Logistics in a 3rd party supply chain company and over the course of a couple of weeks I would create a document that mapped the names and locations of the key players in the industry, their relative sizes, the names and titles in each company of the people related to the job and even try and figure out …

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How to Ride a Career Wave - with 1 page PDF worksheet

Many professionals and executives have made a significant step in their career or even changed the trajectory of their career thanks to riding a wave. While it can happen accidentally, paying attention to your environment can significantly increase the likelihood of catching your next industry wave. Learn how to ride a career wave.

What is an Industry Wave?

Nothing more than a ripple far from shore, a wave slowly begins to pick up energy and size. The art of surfing is to spot the right wave, catc…

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The question to ask when you’re not fully engaged at work

There’s a pattern to how we feel at the end of our workdays. It wasn’t too long ago when frustration consumed me. In that job, I was missing key ingredients important to me. How I felt impacted my marriage, my kids and my overall well-being. I worked on bringing some of these into my job, but finally determined that I needed to create my own environment. So, I made a change.

The Taking Stock Question

What’s your pattern? Are you in the right place, doing the right work, for you, at this point in y…

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Key Career Moments (part 2) | Four Strategies that Drive Results

Prepare For Success

Are you interested in more control over your professional journey? Want to unlock your career potential? Could you use more resilience in the face of events that impact your career? In part 1 of Key Career Moments, we looked at the 4 Key Events that Determine Your Future:

  • Transactions: Job interviews, performance reviews, negotiations, signing a big client

  • Forks in the road: Decision points about this or that opportunity and different directions

  • Encounters: Exposure and learning …

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5-Minute Move: Take Care of Your Reference Relationships

Relationship Maintenance

You likely (and hopefully) have reference relationships, people in your back pocket that you believe to be in your corner and ready to act as a professional reference for you or help you out when you call. When is the last time you checked-in on those reference relationships? To see how they are doing. Congratulate them on their progress. Share something of value. Offer to help. Take them out for lunch. Have you let things lapse so much that their strong reference and unw…

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Key Career Moments (part 1) | The 4 Key Events that Determine your Future

Seizing The Moment

In your professional journey, you experience key career moments that impact your direction and focus. To gain more control over your professional future, try viewing your career as comprised of two elements: these key career moments, and all of the work you do in-between. The important realization is that key events generate the content and quality of your work.

Some key career moments are predictable and others happen spontaneously, turning out in retrospect to be pivotal momen…

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15 Sources of Professional Competitive Advantage

Getting Ahead Of The Competition

On your professional journey, you have competition for great work situations, bigger roles and client projects. What is your competitive advantage?

Manage your Destiny

In the realm of managing your career, I can make some safe assumptions. You don’t want to be interchangeable with the person next to you. You would like a surplus vs. scarcity of professional opportunities. You want to be able to negotiate for work and compensation at least as an equal partner in the …

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