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Getting in the Flow Of Confidence

Getting in the Flow Of Confidence

Confidence is at the core of what is going to turbo charge us on our trajectory. It’s also something that, if it’s lacking, can hold us back. There are various aspects of confidence that are worth spending a little time on.

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Lights, camera, action

Lights, camera, action

This is so exciting! I’m getting ready to unveil the new format for my blog posts as mentioned earlier this month. Step one has been to get the equipment in place and set up.

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Why not to ask “why”

Why not to ask “why”

I’m a big fan of Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why” TEDTalk and agree that understanding the purpose is crucial to success. Yet when we’re conversing in the course of everyday life, there are definitely situations when the word “why” at the start of a question is not your friend.

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Showing up as yourself when it really counts

Showing up as yourself when it really counts

My niece called me for advice before her interview at Harvard Business School (HBS) as part of the MBA application process. I remembered the following three experiences and realized that what we were really talking about was being able to show up as yourself when it really counts (i.e., under stress).

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Introducing The Career Mastery Challenge

Introducing The Career Mastery Challenge

Looking back over my 24-year investment banking career, most recently as COO of Morgan Stanley Europe, I’ve come to realize that it was great preparation for what I am doing now:  sharing what I’ve learned to help smart people succeed in their careers (as...

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Leadership: Making Plays vs. Running Plays

Leadership: Making Plays vs. Running Plays

A successful basketball coach was telling me about the difference between making plays and running plays, and how the best players do both. Sports teams have set plays – we’ve all heard the term “playbook” – and they practice them. These are about scoring. For the play to work during a game…

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The Problem With Trying

The Problem With Trying

I grew up thinking of trying hard as being “a good thing”. Now, I realize that trying has a substantial dark side, and can be downright negative as a mindset. As a result, I am in favor of ceasing to “try” and starting to “do”. Here’s my thinking.

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