This time last year I was distraught about what to do next in my career.
I had just pinged my HR contact to figure out when the business cases needed to be submitted for people wanting to get promoted to director.
When he told me the deadline was a week ago, it was like he punched me with every ounce of force had in his body.
Panic. Embarrassment. Frustration. Anger at the system. Anger at myself. I was feeling all of it at the same time, to the point of physical paralysis. [Read more…]
Something happened last week that got me thinking about burning bridges.
I debated whether or not to share the, but then I came across this article about superstar investor, Chris Sacca. First, let me say I found the article pinned to Sacca’s Twitter profile, so I’m assuming the info of shares is accurate.
After reading the article (it’s an interesting read), three things stuck with me about how people perceive him:
– Hero complex
– Willing to burn bridges
I took the burning bridges thing as a sign so here we are. [Read more…]
You need to watch Shark Tank.
I know I’ve said it before, but you seriously should give it a shot if you haven’t seen an episode.
Aside from the entertainment value of my favorite shark Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’ Leary, I learn something new or am reminded of key business lessons practically every time I watch.
This weekend, I ended up catching up on the last two episodes. On each episode, an entrant into the Shark Tank stood out for their self-perception, but for completely opposite reasons. [Read more…]
I don’t know about you, but there’s something about someone saying or implying I can’t reach a goal that I’ve set that really activates my “will to win”. [Read more…]
Last week, I received a message from someone that gave me chills. It started with a simple declaration, “tomorrow is my last day at the firm.” While you generally feel people voluntarily leaving the firm is less than ideal, it’s part of the business world’s circle of life. When I probed more, that’s when the weight fell on my shoulders. [Read more…]
It sounds kind of ridiculous, right?
What kind of idiot would show up for a job interview with no pants?
It just so happens I know a guy. It also just so happens that this guy is me.
Much like another unfortunate incident where I accidentally ordered a veggie pizza, this story begins with me landing late in a Chicago airport.
I made a big mistake last week, one I wouldn’t wish on anyone.
It started when I jumped into a cab from the airport in Chicago. It was about 9 pm, and I had a call at 1 am with an overseas client. I was also hungry so had to make a quick decision – get food at the hotel or try to take in some of my favorite local fare before the call. [Read more…]
Smart people give terrible advice too.
Most people won’t want to admit it until they’re on the receiving end of the bad advice. Maybe because they don’t want to tarnish the image of the mentors in their lives. Or maybe because they don’t want to face the fact they’ve missed the mark on some advice they’ve given. [Read more…]