Category Archives: Career Development
I attended a fantastic business conference last week. Over 200 entrepreneurs in flip-flops and shorts descended on a hotel in Bangkok. Don’t let the flip-flops deceive you; quite a few of them bootstrapped a 6 or 7 figure business. Just talking with everyone there energized me about creating changes in my life and business. This would never have happened if I didn’t leave my office in New York. If you are building your business you should leave the confines of your office and go to a conference to meet people in your Continue reading
If you want to achieve great things in your business or your personal life then make sure you surround yourself with the right people. By being selective about whom you spend time with, you can propel your business and career forward more quickly. You can check out my previous post on the value of saying “No” to people and commitments, so you can focus on the things that matter most to you.
Your career is humming right along. You’re getting things done, making a name for yourself, and progressing nicely toward your goals. The idea of hiring a career coach or working with a mentor doesn’t seem to apply to you. After all, people only need advisors like that when something’s wrong, right? And the idea of sharing the details of your career with a stranger just sounds so odd…
If this scenario sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Most professionals only turn to outside career advisors when things are dire—they’re facing a layoff, in desperate Continue reading
Do you never have enough time in the day? I encounter this problem frequently and recently I have been thinking about a new approach for creating more time in my day. I’ve always listened halfheartedly to people who recommend just saying “No” to low value activities. Recenty, though I’ve been experimenting with being more protective of my time. While I might miss out on some things, the sense of freedom and accomplishment I derive from only focusing on things that matter to me is phenomenal.
My thinking about this is still evolving but Continue reading
If you made it to this point in business, you probably have some things that work well for you and you do them consistently. Having the right habits in place can take your venture to the next level, or even kickstart your entrepreneurial journey on the right path. As the comedian Steve Martin said about making a name for himself “It was easy to be great. What was hard was to be good, consistently good, night after night, no matter what the abominable circumstances.” I agree with him and believe that forming Continue reading
Ivy Exec’s Senior Resume Writer, Laura Hill…
In this post we will explore a second common career mistake — changing jobs too often. If your career progression reflects many jobs and little time on the ground at each job, you will want to pay special attention to the following…
I recently came across an article that explored why seeing your employees always furiously working could be detrimental. The article, posted on Inc.com, discussed how “busyness” could kill creativity.
Taking it a step further, though, I think this “busyness-creativity suppression” dynamic applies to our own personal work, as well. Sometimes we fool ourselves into thinking we’re extremely productive while busily multitasking, but in reality we’re not delivering anything of real value.
Here are some things I’ve found helpful overcoming “busyness” so I can focus on being effective and unleashing my creativity.