As a consultant, I  hear people talk about other people as resources, as human capital, as skill sets, as a set of competencies. When I hear these terms, I want to run the other way and yell, “what has work become”? Thankfully when companies hire me to work with them,  they tell me they want someone who can get people excited,  someone authentic, someone who can listen, someone who can bring people together. Chemistry is important they tell me, and…

The world lost a great philosopher when Dear Abby died recently. When she was asked if all of those years of writing her column had been a lot of work, she replied: Not really. It’s Only work if you’d rather be doing something else.”  

I was going through a rough spell this week. I had a problem I couldn’t solve, a very big challenge.  Nothing seemed to work. Maybe you have had a problem like this. I tried not to worry about it, but it was there. I wrote it down, I forgot about it. I didn’t want it to ruin my day, my life. I didn’t want to obsess about it. And then just suddenly this morning  I thought of something  that just…

I was lucky, and I knew it the minute I heard it. Many years ago, when I was changing jobs, my friend [who also happened to be my accountant] asked me “what kind of lifestyle do you want?” The lifestyle question is a wonderful place to begin your job search. Everyone else will ask which industry you want or how much money you want to make. But think about it. It’s not about whether you choose finance or high fashion….

I wrote before about the importance of learning how to sell. If you missed that post, you can read it here.  If you know how to sell, you’ll have recruiters coming after you, not the other way around.  Besides you’ll have all of the related skills that come with learning how to sell. There’s another skill that you should pick up when you’re in school.   CONFIDENCE. They don’t teach that skill in college either, but the sooner you get…