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AreYouReadyforanExecutiveRole

Four Factors in Getting Promoted to Executive

Taking The Steps To Promotion

If getting promoted to executive is your goal, take time to examine four factors that will influence your success in breaking through into the executive ranks. Your readiness to take on an executive role depends to a large extent on the facts of your career history, your messaging, your in-person presentation, and perhaps most importantly, the fit with the specific breakthrough opportunity.

The Facts

Your professional history might be characterized by a dynamic career …

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Self-employment blogging

Blogging for Business

The marketing of your coaching and consulting services is almost all about marketing yourself. When someone buys your coaching or consulting services they are buying you - your skills, talents, knowledge, experience and interests.

Therefore, among the strategies coaches and consultants can employ to market themselves, establishing credibility and developing a relationship with your target audience should be high on the list.

You need to be aware of a new online technology that…

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Portfolio Career

There is a middle ground between full employment with one employer and full entrepreneurship. That is the realm of the self-employed, freelancer, independent contractor, free agent, solopreneur, etc. When I worked at Monster.com with responsibility for this self-employment market, we had long debates about what to call this kind of person - one label that fit. I think self-employed was the broadest category, but it was a lesson in how broad people’s careers can be.

One model of self-employment is…

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LOGO BOLD CAREER PROJECT

The Bold Career Theme

Leading a Bold Career is about an attitude. It is about taking purposeful action to more closely align who you are with what you do for a living. How that action is manifested can be in a thousand different ways. It may in fact, for SOME PEOPLE, be about pursuing a dream career, or starting their own business. That’s awesome and I support that. However, of equal value and importance are other types of changes that are less “dreamy.”

  • Changing occupations because the new one is a better fit with yo…

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Dog Walkers and your Career

I was jogging in the park the other day and noticed a number of professional dog walkers. They had many dogs under their care and the necessary tools of their trade. Nothing remarkable about that.

What struck me was a) the number of providers I saw on this one visit, b) their marketing efforts, and c) the range of services offered. Parked on the streets around the park were various types of mini-van and SUV, emblazoned with each dog walking entrepreneur’s web site address, phone number, slogan, a…

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You are a Talent Investor

It would be easy to abandon the fancy notions that placed such a high value on our talent in the late ’90s and dismiss the talent war as a pleasant anomaly. That would be a big mistake.

We are in the midst of a growing, generational global labor and skill shortage which will not disappear any time soon. And, something happened during the last 7 years. The role of human capital in driving today’s leading companies and our economy rose to a level approaching the role of financial capital. So, what…

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The core challenge of self-employment

This is my 2nd time around in the ranks of the self-employed. The first was very successful. I sold the business. In between, I also had the great privilege of managing Monster.com’s self-employment / free agent market. Talk about interesting times. For the last 18 months, I have been working on my 2nd venture. I can tell you from experience, that the ultimate challenge of self-employment is managing yourself.

  • How effectively & efficiently you use your time

  • Focus

  • Determination, persistence and visi…

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A Plea for Boldness

What can I say? The times call for boldness. In managing our careers and lives.

I don’t mean brash. Nor flash. Nor large, uncalculated risks.

The situation is as follows: There are way more job seekers than jobs at the moment. Companies aren’t hiring very much. High paying jobs are getting outsourced. There are a lot of well qualified folks out there under or unemployed.

So, what’s your stategy for success? Take your chances? Wait for a turnaround? Keep doing the same things even if they aren’t …

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