The Future of Jobs

Will you have a job in the future? What will that job look like and how will the nature of work change? Will automation take over your job in the near future? These are the kinds of questions that Ruth Fisher, author of Winning the Hardware-Software Game, has tackled in a series of posts. I…

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Strategic Talent Acquisition

"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships." — Michael Jordan I’ve been asked recently about competitive talent acquisition strategies.  I’m not a recruiter and I don’t play one on T.V., but I thought I would share what I’ve seen work in the real world. People are the life-blood of any company.  They generate…

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Now Available: Trends Page at Sources of Insight

One of the most important things I learned long ago is the power of trends, and how they can help you anticipate.  Now, each year, as a habit, I put together a serious and significant roundup of trends.   Here are my trends collections at your fingertips: Trends (If you read nothing else, read the Trends…

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E-Shaped People, Not T-Shaped

Are you I-shaped, T-shaped, or E-shaped? I is depth, T is breadth, and E executes (Of course there’s overlap, but you get the idea.) If you think of yourself as a mini-business, can you “execute” your ideas? (either yourself, with others, or through others, and amplify your impact)  And, by the way, just how important…

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Anatomy of a High-Potential

Dr. Jay Conger has a must see presentation on The Anatomy of a High-Potential: The Anatomy of a High-Potential I’m always on the hunt for insights and actions that help people get the edge in work and life.   This is one of those gems.  What I like about Dr. Jay Conger’s work is that he…

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Creating Career Opportunities

How do you create career opportunities?   You reinvent yourself. While you can always hope for things to land in your lap, there are specific patterns I see successful people do.  Among those that continuously create the best career opportunities, here are the key success patterns: They invest in themselves.  They’re always learning, and taking some…

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Career Books

I’ve done a massive update to my list of Career Books.    It’s a powerful list of the best career books on a variety of topics.  Whether you’re an Entrepreneur, freelancer, Linchpin, creative artist, self-employed, or CxO, there are books on the list for everyone. I put a special emphasis on books that help you with…

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Mid-Year Review, Career, and Getting Ahead

Mid-year is always a hot time at Microsoft.  It’s a time to recap the impact and check the scoreboard.  For some, it’s a time to shine.  For others, it’s a wake up call.  And for others, it’s Phoenix time. I think between the slowing economy, the rapid pace of change, and ultra-competition, figuring out how…

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The Guerilla Guide to Getting a Better Performance Review at Microsoft

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” ― Charles Darwin I’m helping one of my mentees get the edge in her performance review this year.  I thought it would be helpful to share the insights and actions that I’m sharing with…

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Careers: Losing Jobs, Finding Jobs, Creating Jobs, and Changing Jobs

A lot of people I know are either losing jobs, finding jobs, creating jobs, or changing jobs.  Others I know are looking for work-life balance, expanding their capabilities, figuring out how to work better with their boss, finding ways to use their strengths at work, and looking for ways to flourish while they master their…

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