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We’re Hiring

July 1, 2022

I’m looking to add some talent to the team. The last couple of years have been rough, no doubt, but this feels like the dawn of a new era. We’ve had the Great Conjunction, the Great Resignation. and some say we are in the middle of the Great Turning. If we make it to October, I honestly believe that this time the Great Pumpkin will finally come. I am looking for partners who will join…

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The 2022 Reading List — So Far…

July 2, 2022

Here are the books that I am enjoying in 2022.

  1. The Premonition: A Pandemic Story, by Micheal Lewis
  2. Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders
  3. The Prince of Tides, by Pat Conroy
  4. Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis, by George Monbiot
  5. The Spy And The Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War, by Ben Macintyre
  6. How the World Really Works: The Science Behind How We Got Here and Where We’re Going, by Vaclav Smil
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The 17 Books That Shaped Me in 2021

January 3, 2022

Here are the books that nourished my soul, satisfied my curiosity, and shaped my thinking in 2021.

Of the seventeen books in the stack,

  • Thirteen (76%) were non-fiction.
  • While I only read four fiction books this year, one of them — The Stand — was 1,300 pages! Seems like that should count as at least three books, no? 😁
  • All but three were on the Kindle. I also read one in paperback, one in hardcover, and one as an ePub that I was able to buy directly from the author. (It was a breeze to upload it into Apple Books on my iPad.)

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The 19 Books I Read in 2020

January 1, 2021

Here are the books that nourished my soul, satisfied my curiosity, and shaped my thinking in 2021.

Of the seventeen books in the stack,

  • Thirteen (76%) were non-fiction.
  • While I only read four fiction books this year, one of them — The Stand — was 1,300 pages! Seems like that should count as at least three books, no? 😁
  • All but three were on the Kindle. I also read one in paperback, one in hardcover, and one as an ePub that I was able to buy directly from the author. (It was a breeze to upload it into Apple Books on my iPad.)

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The Networking Mindset

November 24, 2020

I have recently had the pleasure of sharing an extended version of my presentation on The Networking Mindset. This 90-minute webinar covers the essentials from Parts I & II of Helpful.

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Continuous Improvement: It’s Not Just for Processes Anymore

June 9, 2020

Continuous Improvement” is a mantra for just about all areas of our businesses and — if we’re ambitious — our lives. Companies make huge investments in everything from lean manufacturing to agile development methodologies knowing that the best way to make things better is through steady and continuous improvement. We reengineer our business processes to have feedback loops so we can learn from what we have done and build on those learnings.

Learn. Improve. Repeat.

It’s a no-brainer, right? The relentless pursuit of perfection, as Lexus would say. Everything is fair game. Nothing is exempt from the beneficent outcomes of continuous improvement…

Well, almost nothing.

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Mentors are everywhere, if we but know where to look.

June 8, 2020

Success can be elusive. The building blocks of success are subtle and nuanced. For those who have made it big, the real reasons for their success are rarely the things they remember and write about.

This is where mentors come in.

In our quest for growth, progress, and success, we have this latent desire for someone who will take us under their wing and co-pilot our journey from the mailroom to the corner office. Or, more realistically, we imagine a relationship with a mentor who meets with us once or twice a month over a long period of time and imparts wisdom like a college professor working through a syllabus.

It doesn't work that way.

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Relatively speaking, the world is changing really, really, fast!

May 28, 2020

Take a moment to think about all of the change that has taken place since you were born. Not just the technological change (from computers the size of small cars to exponentially more powerful devices weighing mere ounces), but also the social, scientific, and cultural progress that has occurred in the last several decades.

Now consider the Acheulean hand axe. The always-excellent podcast, 99% Invisible, released an insightful show this week looking at this primitive stone tool. 

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So, you think you can dance? The choreography of networking.

April 28, 2020

Think back to the last time you were at a wedding — or any event with a dance floor. There was no shortage of well-meaning people encouraging the wallflowers, “Come on … get out on the dance floor … it’ll be fun … you’ll have a good time.” In many ways, networking is like…

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Strong Organizations: A Plea

February 18, 2020

"The only way to change the world is through strong organizations. No visionary leader, no charismatic leader can change the world unless they know how to build an organization and a team around them."
— Sally Blount, Dean of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

We all need a livelihood. For most of us, that means going to work at companies and in organizations. Unfortunately, too many of those organizations manage to suck the life out of us. It doesn't have to be this way.

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About Heather

Heather Hollick has been helping others become better leaders and craft more meaningful careers for more than 25 years. Her experience spans both business and technology, operations and organizational development. Oh, and she was born in Canada, so she can't help but be helpful. 😉

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