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Limitations, Ladders, & Labyrinths

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit In my discussions with young professionals about their goals, I generally hear slightly different versions of the same story, and it goes something like this. Start in an entry level position to gain experience, move into a better role or to a better employer to pad their resume, and then finally take a management level position…seemingly for eternity. The process they are describing is the idea of Career Ladders, which sound great in theory, but probably need to be replaced by something more a

Actions, Alignment, & Attention

“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” - Dr. Seuss Your time, energy, & resources are all finite, which means that you need to be deliberate and intentional about how you choose to spend them. But how do you make that decision? What deserves your attention from the infinite list of choices? If you make a habit of choosing wisely, I believe that you will be rewarded with personal and professional fulfillment, personal achievement, and career success. Choose unwisely and you may be left to feel like our friend Dr. Seuss, wondering how it got so late so soon! Align

New Year, New Goals, New Plan

“Life is a journey, not a destination.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson At the end of 2018, I talked about the importance of looking in the rear-view mirror to reflect upon your greatest successes. Now we look ahead, with a New Year bringing new possibilities. The “journey” that Emerson speaks of in the quote above is unique for everyone…a journey they will navigate with the help of family, friends, colleagues, and mentors. Your chosen career path is but one facet of that journey, and I believe that when we broaden our focus from simply professional development to personal AND professional development, we reach that sweet spot where your actions are intentional and always directed towards your goals.

 

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