When you have a hard time saying no …

2017-11-25T22:18:08+00:00 By |Communication Skills, High Performance, Mission|

... slow down the process of saying yes and do your due diligence. I wish I could say no to everything that didn't move me closer to my goals but it's just not easy for me. I have a hard time saying no. I fear missing out on a life-changing opportunity or disappointing the people who [...]

No Shortcuts to Success

2017-11-23T20:34:45+00:00 By |High Performance, Mission, Quotes|

If you want to succeed, do the hard work it takes to separate you from everyone else. If you persevere, you'll eventually get there. The extra bonus is that the journey itself will help you to grow and increase your chances of success. Don't waste your time looking for a shortcut - you're only prolonging [...]

When you want to move up quickly in your career …

2017-11-08T09:34:21+00:00 By |High Performance, Relationships|

... work for a superstar. During a recent trip to Los Angeles, the head of sales for a top financial services firm reflected on his career and shared with me that the #1 factor for most employee's success, including executives, is the quality of their boss. When you work for a manager who is a [...]

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When you don’t feel qualified for a job …

2017-10-05T00:53:19+00:00 By |High Performance, Leadership|

... take it anyway. I recently ran into a successful executive on the Amtrak train back to NYC. He's the chairman of the Board of Trustees for a prestigious university and has been both successful in the public and private sector. When asked about the main drivers for his success, he mentioned that he would [...]

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Keep Learning – Knowledge Helps You Recognize Your Own Ignorance

2017-09-24T00:42:16+00:00 By |High Performance, Quotes|

"We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance." John Archibald Wheeler, American Physicist (Scientific American (1992), Vol. 267.) The more you know, the more you realize how much you don't know. To be successful in your career, keep learning new things. Learn broadly about many [...]

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Top 10 Practical Tips for Managing Up

2017-04-06T23:20:15+00:00 By |Communication Skills, High Performance, Influencing Skills, Leadership, Relationships|

You are susceptible to stalling in your career if: You despise people who kiss up to the boss because you feel that one's work should speak for itself. You could care less what your boss thinks or wants as long as you're doing what's best for your clients or firm. You plan to actively sabotage your [...]

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3 Effective Ways to Stand Out as a Top Performer

2017-01-14T15:48:55+00:00 By |High Performance, Influencing Skills|

You do great work. You're hardworking and confident in your abilities. Unfortunately, if you're working at a high-performing firm, everyone else feels the same away about themselves. Ask yourself: Do others recognize me as a top performer? If you're not sure, then they probably do not. It's not because you're not good - it's because most [...]

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When you’re flooded with emails and other low-value tasks …

2016-12-21T00:58:41+00:00 By |High Performance|

... resist your natural urge to be perfect. As a high-performer, you want to do a great job in EVERYTHING that you do. It's understandable. It's what made you successful. It's also what will limit you if you apply it too broadly. To iron out all of the kinks all of the time requires a [...]

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When you’re trying hard to impress others …

2016-12-21T00:58:42+00:00 By |High Performance, Quotes|

... think about whether your "personal branding" behaviors actually lead to the real results that would make you truly impressive. Ryan Holiday, in his new book, Ego is the Enemy, makes a great point about not confusing talk and recognition as real accomplishment. Look at what you've done and what you're currently doing and ask yourself - is it of substance? Are [...]

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When you want to be better than the best …

2016-12-21T00:58:42+00:00 By |High Performance|

... first get to the frontier. In every Olympics including this year's games, new world records are being set by those who continue to innovate the way they train and perform. In renowned expertise researcher, K. Anders Ericsson's, book on performance, Peak, I came across this quote that served as a great reminder. "Progress is made by [...]

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When you are not sure who you are anymore …

2016-12-21T00:58:42+00:00 By |High Performance, Mission|

... look at your behaviors. You thrive on feedback. That's how you got to where you are today. You actively seek out advice and insights from your mentors, great books and life experiences. Since you're open-minded and motivated to succeed in the shortest time possible, you experiment with all the different winning strategies that you come across. Some [...]

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3 Things You Must Do Before Asking for a Promotion

2016-12-21T00:58:42+00:00 By |High Performance, Influencing Skills, Leadership|

You're six months into your job and doing well at your company. You feel you've already settled in, and you're ready for more responsibility. So you schedule some time with your boss and ask, "So, what can I do to get promoted?"  Many of the managers I coach have told me this scenario is becoming more [...]

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