Motivation

In this blog post, I want to focus on the one thing that most people struggle with and that is motivation. There are countless books written about motivating yourself to accomplish some goal or task. The natural human state is to be a bit pessimistic, negative and self-conscious. This is why you never see books written on the latter. I want to focus today on your career motivation. Continue reading Motivation

The Run

Remember the last time you went jogging? If you don’t run that often, it can be a challenge. In this post, I want to focus on how jogging (running) can relate to your job. When running, most people tend to pick a route that has many landmarks. No matter if it is a short 5K run or a 10K plus run, you use those landmarks to determine how far you have run, or more importantly, how far you have to go! When running, the fastest way to create self-doubt if you are going to make the time goal, or to actually finish, is to constantly be looking at the landmark at the end of your run. This could be a tower, a tall building, etc., that you are able to see during your entire run. If you are always looking at the goal, it will seem to take forever to get there and make it seem more difficult. Continue reading The Run

The Game

I took my 8 year old daughter to a professional baseball game recently and am again reminded how everyday activities can be applied to business and professional thought. When I told her the morning of the game that we were going, she was excited and asked how much do baseball players make. To keep the conversation simple, I simply said about 10,000 USD per game. She looked at me and said, “Wow, that’s a lot,” then paused for a second and said “even if they lose?” In that moment, my only reply was, “yes they do… that doesn’t seem right, does it,” and she agreed. This little conversation is the inspiration for this week’s blog. Continue reading The Game

The Best

The Best

Have you ever wondered how some of your colleagues always reach success and are always over delivering? They seem to exceed their KPIs, requirements and daily activities with ease. These people are considered “the best.” In this post I want to talk about these professionals (‘the best” among us) as I am always asked by their colleagues, “how do they do it?” Continue reading The Best

Interview Questions

I covered this topic several times over the years and would like to again focus on questions from candidates to their potential employer during the interview process. I want to focus on this again because I am still amazed at the number of silly and sometimes scary questions candidates ask. I hope this will reach as many candidates as possible to help with this very simple part of the interview process. As I detailed in the past, there are countless books, articles and even seminars focused on how to interview and I encourage everyone to utilize as much information as possible to ensure you present yourself well, make a lasting impression and for you understand if the potential employer is where you want to offer your skills and services.
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The Puppy

What happens when everyone passes a pet store? Of course the initial response is ahhhhh, I want one! With all of the cute puppies wagging their tails and showing their sad eyes that say, “take me home,” I am sure that most of you want to take one home and have them join your family. Continue reading The Puppy

The Mountain

If you are currently living in Japan, you know that there has been a lot of snow this past week. It has been great for the ski areas across Japan. I was fortunate enough to hit this slopes this past weekend and it was amazing powder. Skiing in knee deep powder snow in most places is rare and I very much enjoyed the opportunity. As with most outings, the day of fun reinforced many life and professional facts I have learned over my career. If you have ever seen someone on TV ski in knee deep powder snow, it is graceful and elegant (normally it is shown in slow motion so that all can truly appreciate the beauty and grace). The fact of the matter is that it is extremely hard, both physically and technically! You have to be very aggressive, in top shape, focused and powerful in your moves or you are sure to fall. Continue reading The Mountain

2019

Happy New Year to All and best wishes to you and your loved ones in the New Year! Looking ahead again this year, I am extremely excited to work each day to ensure that our candidates, clients and colleagues are successful! There’s a full year of opportunities waiting to be taken. If you work hard, and more importantly, work smart, your future will be bright. Listed below are a few points to help you in 2019 build a strong and lasting career. If you choose to implement them, I am convinced you will grow and succeed! Continue reading 2019

2018

Another year has passed. I am sure you all have had challenges, set-backs and successes. This is the perfect time of year to reflect on 2018. I encourage you to make the time to list all of the challenges, obstacles and successes you had and be as detailed as possible. Continue reading 2018

The End

Halfway through writing my biweekly blog, I came across this fantastic piece from “Mickey” on his official Rakuten blog. It is such a great lesson, I want to share this with you to hopefully inspire thought and action. If you are not in the career or company you truly want, make a change. If you are, be sure to map out what you want to accomplish, were you want to be and then what you need to reach your target. Most importantly, you must be willing and determined to do whatever is necessary each day to get what you want. And of course, remember to ask for it when the time is right! Continue reading The End