December 24, 2016

The language of calling is all around us.   The word is right there on the subway sign with the implication: “follow the right path, get the right education, and you’ll discover your calling.”   We seem attracted to the idea that you can find a path to a dream job, your a life-purpose, a destiny.   We love “calling,” but we’re collectively squeamish about the source of this information.   We are not sure about the “caller.” They say they want the… Read more

December 22, 2016

  What’s the Purpose of My Work? This is a question I hear frequently.   In a recent focus group of professionals, purpose was the number 1 concern/question participants had about their work.  “Money as the chief end of work” also was a concern and source of angst as group members reflected on the culture of the companies where they are employed.   After a delivering a talk on calling, an audience member came to me and said, I can’t imagine how… Read more

December 20, 2016

Calling brings with it a sense of clarity and destiny.   Purpose infuses what we do and drives us forward through challenges and around obstacles to a better future.   As I dispelled some myths about calling in my last two posts, calling is not just for priests and not just about work.   So if calling is for all of us and goes beyond our jobs, how do we understand it in a way that will give us this… Read more

December 12, 2016

Does the Right Calling Mean an Easy Ride? For some reason, I’m under the impression that the right work (my calling) will be easy work.  Work that is a calling will come naturally and be instantly fulfilling.  If work does not come naturally and is not fulfilling, then the logical conclusion is that this work must not be my calling. Perhaps it’s the “Easy” button on my desk.  (Yes, I have one!) Perhaps the assumption is fed by all the advice… Read more

December 7, 2016

Myths (commonly circulated half-truths and falsehoods) have a way of ruining otherwise good things for the rest of us.  As an almost lifelong suburbanite, I was raised to think of cities a dirty, dangerous, congested, and terrible places to raise a family.  After two years in New York City, dirty and congested?  Yes.  Dangerous and a terrible place to raise a famil? No–those are myths.  And myths are spoiling the attraction and power of calling for many of us.  … Read more

November 29, 2016

4 Assumptions About You and Success You want to be successful at SOMETHING You know few people who get more successful with years Your metric for success defines your destination in life Most of us have a faulty metric for success   All of Us Want to Be Successful at Something Success is achieving a desired aim or vision. Success is the coming together of intention and efficacy:  moving from our current A to a better “B” on purpose.  … Read more

November 15, 2016

  Another Angle on Trump Elect. By now you’ve had a week or so to digest the shock of the 2016 Presidential election.   Some of you are grieving, some relieved.   I am steering clear of commentary on the politics in this post and focusing on the election results as a marker of a shift in the way our culture works, a sea change that has profound implications for how you lead your team and navigate your career. If… Read more

September 12, 2016

There is a clear career and business case for an ever-expanding networking—most positions are filled, most sales contacts are found, through networks of relationship. But there may be something else in play, and it has to do with the concept of neighbors.   Being a Good Neighbor as Part of your Success Metric. Jesus summed up the human axis of relational expectation in one powerful idea: love your neighbor.   A neighbor is anyone who is near. Being a neighbor is… Read more

August 28, 2016

  Networking Defined Anticipating your next career move or business development need by constantly expanding your circle of connections and relationships. Individuals skilled at networking identify the people they need to know and put themselves in the places and circles where they will meet them.   Why Network?   Answer: 85% 85% of new jobs are found (and that means 85% of vacant positions are filled) through networking.[1] Which is why “networking” is a modern essential. And while we will get… Read more

August 24, 2016

  It’s Who You Know  “Succeeding in business is all about making connections.”             Richard Branson-Founder at Virgin Group   A Steller Example My friend, Scott, recently landed a great new job, similar role, but in a different industry. The whole thing came about through networking. A friend (networking) passed on some intel: the CEO was overheard joking about the fact that there would be a declining need for Scott’s department Scott probed internal possibilities and even auditioned for a… Read more

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