When you quit a job, get laid off or get fired [if people use that word] others will tell you: “we’ll miss you”. You’ll also hear: “it won’t be the same without you.” Unless you’re a complete jerk. Even then, people will say these things just to be nice [and to get you the hell out of there]. I’ve heard both of these things when I’ve left jobs, even in places where “my contract was not renewed”. These things  really…

One of my first consulting jobs was working as a curriculum developer for a large project designed to improve career development programs in the America’s vocational schools.   I wanted desperately to succeed.  And I had my dream.  I wanted to improve schools throughout the United States.  Part of my job was visiting schools throughout the United States and finding out what they needed to excel. After these site visits, I’d be so charged up I’d go back to my office,…

When I meet with so-called creativity consultants, I am amazed how many focus on solving problems.   Creativity is not about solving problems.  It’s about creating your dreams. It takes courage and determination to  create  and hold on to your dreams.  It’s  much easier to focus on goals or problems, and solving them.  But why settle? One university colleague continuously asked me for advice on how to handle the simplest of situations.  She is in her fifties, should not be…

One of the best things about working at Keio University was that the university created an environment where everyone could succeed. There was no one standing in your way. In fact, the university did everything they could to make you a success. That included contact with first rate international scholars, a group of intelligent colleagues, one of the best libraries in Asia,research money, book money, top-notch students. Not every star shined there, but becoming a star was in reach of…

Unfortunately the one skill you need to learn at university is not taught there. And even if it was taught there, you’d never learn it from professors. What I want you to learn is how to sell.  That’s right. Learn how to  S-E-L-L before you graduate from university. No matter what kind of career you want to have, you’ll need to know how to sell. You need to know how to sell yourself, sell your idea to clients, sell your…

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