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Approaching people who are smarter, busier, and more important than you

One of the reasons many of us don’t have larger networks is we’re uncomfortable approaching people we don’t know. Here, for example, is a comment on last week’s post about relationships: “It may sound stupid but the biggest impediment to … Continue reading

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Deepening relationships through contribution

A friend of mine is thinking of relocating to another city and was talking with me about finding a job there. “Do you think my boss would let me do my job from the new location? Or maybe there’s an … Continue reading

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The 5 elements of Working Out Loud

Recently, I was talking with my wife about Working Out Loud and the book that I’m publishing later this year. After a few minutes, she bluntly asked me: “So, is it just blogging?” Now, that’s one of those questions that … Continue reading

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Working Out Loud: the 12-week program

In trying to help people work out loud, I’ve tried a variety of techniques. I wrote getting started guides and stories of people who did it. I gave presentations at work and one-on-one career insurance sessions. I even taught a … Continue reading

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A different kind of corporate networking event

There we were, over 100 of us, gathered at a networking event. And it struck me that people have been holding these kinds of events, in the same format, for perhaps 50 or even 100 years.  Groups of 10 sat … Continue reading

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You don’t have to take it any more

“It’s just not fair.” That’s the phrase I hear every time someone gets a performance review that isn’t based on their actual performance. I’ve uttered it myself. In the vast majority of cases, it’s not just a denial of an … Continue reading

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When you’re not sure what you have to offer

I recently sat with a friend of mine to talk about his career. He’s well-educated, has deep knowledge of a complex business, and has done work with many African countries. He’s married, raising kids, and loves music. And he’s also … Continue reading

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Working out loud when you’re looking for a new career

Suppose you’re looking to do something new. Maybe you don’t enjoy what you’re doing or you got laid off and want to try something else. What would you do? How would you discover what you like and the relevant opportunities … Continue reading

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Working out loud: my own story

“You should tell that story more.” I was having lunch with a friend, talking about how I wound up in my current role. I describe my job as “making work more effective and fulfilling”. But there was no such job … Continue reading

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The best office design for collaboration is also the cheapest

Steve Jobs wanted the Pixar headquarters to be a place that “promoted encounters and unplanned collaborations.” He was personally involved in the design details as he was with Apple’s plans for new headquarters. “If a building doesn’t encourage [collaboration], you’ll … Continue reading

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