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Forget Bold. Be RELEVANT

This might sound strange coming from a guy who has been preaching the importance of being BOLD and taking risks to creative teams, clients and brands for three decades. It’s always been important for brands to grab people’s attention—to stand out—by doing unorthodox things. Sometimes, the crazier the better. But today, we need a new plan. Over the years, it’s gotten harder and harder to stand out as competition for consumers’ attention has increased dramatically. Once upon a time, there...

Take Your Career Development into Your Own Hands

We all want to improve at work, but sometimes it feels like you’re the only one invested in your development. If HR or your boss isn’t giving you what you need, what can you do? #1 To use feedback to find out where you need to grow. For example, after a presentation or a big meeting, tell your boss one thing that you think went well and ask for advice on one thing you could improve. #2 Use a journal...

Leadership | It’s Not About You

One of the greatest things about leadership is that we all bring something different to the table. If you were to read articles on good leadership qualities, you would usually see factors like integrity, effective communication and influence. These are all wonderful qualities of a leader, but I am going to share something I believe has made me stand out as a leader — putting my people ahead of myself. I must admit, in my early days as a leader I was...

To Fight Your Burnout, Take Control of It

When you’re burned out and exhausted, it’s easy to think of yourself as a victim of circumstances — and forget that you have a say in your situation. Instead of blaming everyone else for your being overworked and overstressed, take ownership of it. Think to yourself: “Others may have contributed to my situation, but I have the ability to make choices that can improve my present and future.” Realizing that you have autonomy creates hope, which enables you to take...

To Think More Creatively, Get Advice from Someone Outside Your Field

When it comes to solving tough problems, tried-and-true methods can help — but they might hold you back from discovering a creative solution. If you’re in a rut with a particular problem, one way to break out is to solicit advice from unlikely sources — those who will see the issue in a completely different way. You don’t want experts in your discipline: If you’re working on a technology challenge, and you’ve talked to 10 technologists, the opinion of an...

12 Tips To Make Meetings Less Painful

Why is a table and whiteboard our default backdrop for meetings? Have you heard the one about a weekly meeting that wasted 300,000 hours a year? The one that isn’t a joke at all but an actual statistic from Bain & Company? While the number is nauseating, it’s not particularly surprising. From my interactions with leaders and employees around the world, meetings are a growing source of frustration and resentment.  For many of us, only a few meetings are productive and...

Schedule Time for Reflective Thinking Every Week

When you’ve got a packed calendar and an overflowing inbox, it’s tough to find time to think. But improving the quality of your ideas requires unstructured, reflective thinking. This activity helps you examine your assumptions and draw connections between pieces of information. How can you make the time to do it? It depends on your individual schedule and rhythm. You might build reflection into a single day, designating Monday mornings, for example, as your time to think and organize the...

Ten Mistakes That Are Killing Your LinkedIn Profile

Your LinkedIn profile is your online billboard. Make sure it’s doing its job for you! Here are ten common LinkedIn mistakes that hurt your credibility and make it harder for people who need your expertise to connect with you. Bad Photo An unfortunate LinkedIn profile photo turns off visitors to your page immediately. You don’t need to get a professional head shot for LinkedIn, but you do need a head-and-shoulders photo that shows your face clearly. Don’t re-purpose a group...

5 Reasons Successful People Need Grit

I’m not going to lie to you and pretend that I loved my 4 months at the FBI Academy at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va. The purpose of the academy was multifold, but the bottom line was to produce successful people who had the grit to confront obstacles in both...