Career-Transition-Ready is The New Black

How many people do you know that have been with the same company for for 20+ years? Probably very few – right? I’m always amazed when I find someone that’s been in one place for 15 years or more. In fact, how many job roles have you had? How long have you spent at any one company? […]

In Praise of…Bob Burg

I’ve been involved in social media for many years, and there are a few people who really stand out. People who create solid content; who are engaging, smart, nice; and – how else can we put it? – committed. In it for the long haul. One of those folks is Bob Burg. Author, blogger, speaker, […]

Three Words. Twelve Letters. Great Tagline.

It was a total old-school breakfast experience. If you’ve been in the South (or just driven through), you’ve seen the ubiquitous yellow Waffle House roadside signs. These places look like a throwback to earlier decades, including the signage, the pictures on the walls, even the handwritten checks. Since my youngest son had never had the […]

Are You “Results-Oriented”? Don’t Be…

Have you read any LinkedIn profiles lately? I have, and I’m astonished by how many people are “results-oriented.” I mean, it’s the very first phrase on about 83.2% of all LinkedIn summaries. I made that number up. Because I’m results-oriented, and needed a statistic quickly. What does that phrase even mean? That when you do your […]

Why You Need to Have a Referral-Worthy Reputation

We all want referrals. There’s no better way to grow your business than to have someone warmly and enthusiastically recommend you to another person. We’ve written on this blog before about being referral-ready; that is, having a well-targeted, concise, and memorable message that people can pass on to one another (think of this as a […]

Becoming a Free Agent

  Book Review If you are contemplating moving from corporate employee to contractor/consultant/solopreneur, I have a very helpful new book to recommend. It’s called Free Agent by Katy Tynan. I met Katy a couple years back at a Mastermind group (you can read more about our meeting in chapter 3 of the book) and we […]

How To Eliminate Your Competition (Really!)

Who wants competition? I certainly don’t – how about you? But you have competition, don’t you? So…is there some way (without taking out a contract on somebody…) that you can eliminate competitors? I think there is a method, and it has to do (surprise!!) with gaining clarity of direction and focus. A recent conversation with […]

What’s Your Template for Success?

I was sitting in a meeting this weekend, discussing an upcoming Writers workshop in the Nashville area, and the small group was receiving some wisdom from John Chancellor, a top Amazon book reviewer, and a professional business coach (John uses the expression “achieve growth through clarity” in his Twitter bio, so, of course, I immediately […]

The Missing Piece of Your Business

  Small, growing businesses are often one key hire away from lifting off of the runway and beginning to reach their potential. Companies often begin their voyage with a key leader or two, and some employees. Growth occurs; then a certain inflection point is reached where the company moves either toward elevation, or stagnation. The problem isn’t […]