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Tools for Individuals

Leadership Dimensions

Eight dimensions of reality that require relentless diligence to be successful as a leader.

Individual Jump-Start

A three-month plan to start strong in a new role or turn over a new leaf in an established one (formerly "90-Day Plan).

Career Strategy

Understand why you're where you are and what it will take to navigate to your next move.

Tools for Teams

Helpful Book Clubs

Helpful is the perfect book to be read and studied in lock-step with friends and colleagues.

Team Dimensions

Nine areas of focus that help a cohesive, collaborative team coalesce and thrive.

Team Jump Start

How a team that wants to work together can learn how to do so more effectively.

Strategic Planning

Demystifying strategic planning. It's really not that hard and it couldn't be more important.

Jump Start Worksheet (PDF)

The free version of the Three Month Jump-Start Worksheet. (Not editable.)

Helpful — Sample Chapters

The Table of Contents, the Preface, and the first three chapters of Helpful: A Guide to Life, Careers, and the Art of Networking

Book Review Template

A handy questionnaire and template for writing thoughtful book reviews for Amazon, Goodreads, or wherever book reviews are posted.

Jump Start Worksheet (MS Word)

An editable, type-anywhere-you-want version of the Three Month Jump-Start Worksheet.

The Workbook of Helpful Exercises

The workbook companion to Helpful: A Guide to Life, Careers, and the Art of Networking.

Recommended Blog Articles

Inside Networking: How and Why to Build a Network Inside Your Organization

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How to Search for a Job

Nick Corcodilos is one of my favorite sources for advice on job hunting. Leveraging his experience as a best-in-class headhunter, he lends his considerable talents to pulling back the curtain on the absurdity of corporate hiring — and the job-search industrial complex that has risen around it. He doesn’t pull punches and he’s...

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Play Hard. Play Fair. Nobody Hurt. Simple rules for great meetings and teams

Working together is hard. Running an effective meeting can be even harder. One of the challenges is that everyone wants to be heard. To make it even more challenging, not everyone speaks up. Setting a few ground rules is one of the surest ways to get everyone engaged while producing...

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Mentors are everywhere, you just need to know what to look for

Success can be finicky. For those who have made it big, the real reasons for their success are rarely the things they remember and write about. The building blocks of success are always much more subtle and nuanced. This is where mentors come in. In our quest for growth, progress, and success,...

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Have we been looking at 'cultural fit' all wrong?

“We’re looking for someone who’s a good fit for our team.” Hiring managers say this all the time. But what is fit? What does fit look like?  Most of the time — especially when we are looking to hire someone — we put a lot of emphasis on cultural fit. We’ve...

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Team Dynamics: Learn, Improve, Repeat.

How do you get better at something? Slowly, steadily, continually…Right? “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 software development knowing that the best way to...

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How To Create A Stronger LinkedIn Profile

Recently I made the case for updating your LinkedIn profile on a regular basis. LinkedIn is so much more than a resume — an up-to-date profile leads to better meetings, better connections and better introductions. But what should you actually do when updating and writing content for your profile?  To...

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How To Take Stock And Plan For A Breakout Quarter

I love to hike. There is something deeply satisfying in loading a few provisions into a backpack and heading off into the hills. I have had the good fortune of hiking in the Colorado Rockies as well as the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. Hiking is both an...

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Is it True? Do extraverts make better networkers?

There’s a myth out there that extraverts make better networkers. (In fact, there’s a lot of myths out there about introverts and extraverts but lo, I digress.) The ‘extraverts-make-better-networkers’ myth takes on various forms, including one of my favorites: to be a better networker, just be more extraverted. What’s extraversion...

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Lessons from the Roller Rink

I love to roller skate — indoor skating in a good rink with great music and a primo floor. There’s nothing like getting lost in a song while you glide effortlessly a few inches above the floor. I’m pretty good at it too — or at least I was back...

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