Category Archives: キャリア / Career

Courage

Each and every day, I am amazed at how many professionals take on new challenges, work hard to overcome obstacles and volunteer to take on new tasks or responsibilities. It is rewarding to see these professionals grow and learn from mistakes, failures and successes. Continue reading Courage

The WOW Factor

What is the WOW Factor? For those of you wanting to advance your careers, you need to know this. Simply put, it is the ability to “Wow” your colleagues, supervisors and senior executives. The reason it is called Wow is because the activity, behavior or contributions were not expected. So, what can you do to Wow everyone to ensure you are noticed and most importantly are selected for the promotion? Continue reading The WOW Factor

Working Styles

In the current market conditions, all companies are competing to hire talented professionals. To attract these professionals, companies are exhausting their creativity to offer more or better perks than others. Over the past two decades, I have witnessed so many fantastic, and a few not-so-good, benefits or perks to attract the professionals they need. Anything and everything from unique retirement plans, medical benefits, casual Friday, cool biz, robust bonus structures, dynamic commission and incentive schemes, to free lunches, fully stocked food and drink bars within a minute from your desk and of course the flexible working schedule. With companies offering more attractive working conditions, perks and work styles, the way we work continues to change at a high pace. Especially as technology continues to enable us to “work” from “anywhere,” the pace of work-style change will continue to increase.
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Ouch!

One thing that I have learned through sports, athletic endeavors and business is when you are passive or careless, that is when disaster happens!

For those of you that ski or snowboard, have you ever been on a simple slope or even a relatively flat run and you have a nasty fall? You naturally feel you have everything under control due to your skill and experience, but forget about the basics, or your attention is on other things and bam!, life teaches you a lesson. Continue reading Ouch!

How to be your best, always!

“Without preparation, you will fail at things you could easily master.” Mark Smith

How many times have you seen professionals “coast” through meetings with colleagues and clients. For these professionals, showing up seems to be the only requirement or “goal” they have. Moreover, many of these “professionals” are late, don’t have ambition and usually miss out on many opportunities.
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Ambition

Ambition has many definitions and is interpreted differently by all. My personal definition is “the desire and determination, exhibited through daily action, to accomplish a task or goal.” Too many people confuse ambition with hope. We hope we succeeded. We hope to reach our professional or personal targets and goals. Hope is not ambition. Hope is simply delayed disappointment.
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Confidence

In business, you often hear managers and the like say “you need more confidence” or “be more confident.” This is very easy to say. What most managers do not do is offer advice or coaching on how to actually gain confidence. There is no magic pill you can take to have confidence and I do not claim to have all the answers. I do have some advice on how to gain more yourself. Continue reading Confidence

Routines

Do you have the feeling of being stuck or bored in your job, career of choice or in other aspects of your life? Everyone goes through emotional ups and downs, but before you call it quits or make dramatic changes, first try routine changes.

Many of the below are very simple “out-of-work” ideas, but they are effective in helping you manage the down times. In addition, they also give you different and unique perspectives.

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Manage your boss!

You can find thousands of books and articles dedicated to managers on how to motivate, inspire and lead employees, but you don’t see too many written on employees “managing” their boss. In this post I would like to share a few secrets and ideas on how to “manage” your boss. Managing your boss effectively creates a stronger working relationship that just might provide you the opportunity that you’ve always wanted! Continue reading Manage your boss!

What I Learned on Vacation

It already feels like summer is over and most of the tans have all faded. Indeed, most of my clients, colleagues and acquaintances have all had their summer vacations, if they were lucky enough to do so. I was very happy to have spent many days in the US with some on the beach. In this post, I would like to focus on what I learned while on vacation. These are all very obvious, but the reality of these truths seemed to have affected me much more this year than others.

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