How to AVOID Psychobabble and get useful self help tips

The right help can light a fire in your life.

This applies. Just give me a second.

I can light a match on a window, my pants, a fingernail and my teeth. Some people can barely light a match using the strike pad on the matchbox. If someone cannot light a match on their […]

Useful career plans

Which direction is your career going?

So how do you get the promotion or raise you want?

An usher at the movie theater I worked at wanted to become the lead usher. After the movie started he would always be the first to grab a broom and start sweeping the lobby. Once he even […]

The secret to useful goals

Goals should help you BECOME, not help you GET.

One the most important lessons I have learned is:

In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.

Useful goals

One famous study showed that people with written goals coming out of college earned several times more than […]

5 steps to accelerate your job/career growth curve

Now thats a job growth curve!

When I started at EDS I was learning at an incredible rate. Pay raises came quickly and easily. By my third year things slowed down. By my fifth year I settled into a dreary cycle of little new personal growth and cost of living raises. I managed to […]

Career killing shortcuts

Choose your direction carefully.

The modern age has been characterized by a Promethean spirit, a restless energy that preys on speed records and shortcuts, unmindful of the past, uncaring of the future, existing only for the moment and the quick fix. (Jeremy Rifkin)

Lufkin is the premiere maker […]

How to find the biggest trick for success where you work

Are you trying to be successful doing the work that successful people throw out? What successful people refuse to do? Then hard work won’t help you.

How can you succeed doing all the wrong stuff?

This true story is about more than salespeople. It is about accountants, programmers and managers […]

Will you do anything we ask? – the interview question

Will you really do “whatever it takes” ??

“Will you do whatever it takes to get the job done?” is a common interview question.

In “The Firm” a new lawyer finds the perfect job: great pay, wonderful benefits and a really high flying lifestyle. Then he finds out he is a part of the […]

Is your job like rollerskating in a buffalo herd?

You can’t drive in a buffalo herd either.

I talk to many job seekers who want to change careers. Some of them are accountants who should be salesmen. They got into accounting because it is safe, pays well, and has a great future. Their personality is wrong for accounting. They don’t like carefully following […]

Your New Career Is Only 3 or 4 Steps Away

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. (Powell)

Gary, a client of mine, decided the world needed a better way to pay insurance claims in 1996. He made a plan and took a step. It didn’t go quite like he expected. Then he planned […]

Down by 20 at halftime in your job search

You can recover from a bad interview, or 20 of them, if you go at it right.

Every job seeker has a bad interview occasionally. Often you will have a great interview and NOT get the job. Your resume may be perfect for a lot of jobs, but you get no call backs.

Here […]