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We all have that “thing” that everyone around you knows you for. For whatever reason, I’ve been the person my entire life that everyone I know goes to for advice. It’s always flattering to be trusted in that way, but it also means that I continue to do my best to keep myself fed with information. Probably the most common piece of advice I get asked is, “I have this great job offer. Do you think I should take it?” That’s never an easy question to answer, but here’s what I tell my friends…
Personal branding is very important. More and more, you’ll realize this. If you’ve ever known or been a hiring manager, you know all too well how hard it is for a single applicant to stand out in that tall stack of résumés when a job is open. You’re the proverbial needle in the haystack. Here are a few easy ways to get out of the haystack and in front of that next great opportunity.
There is an overwhelming truth that you need to realize… No one is looking out for you. No one. From the moment that you took your first job, you and your career have been in your hands. Even in the best companies in the world, your boss isn’t looking out for you. They probably already know this secret. That’s how they became your boss. Here’s a few tips on why you need to be thinking about your future every day.
We’ve all been there. It’s a group setting – most likely a meeting at work. Several of our colleagues are there, including our boss and maybe even the boss' boss. The topic. Anything. It might be something seemingly trivial, or a new direction for the business to follow. The inevitable question is asked by someone in the room, “What do we think we should do about X?” The ominous letter X. It’s used in math and everywhere else as a placeholder. Similarly, this could be any decision and it’s often made before the group realizes it.
Have you ever boiled water? Sure you have. It’s easy. First, you get a saucepan (preferably a clean one). Next, you turn on the water and fill the sauce pan about 3/4 of the way. Now you turn a burner on your stovetop between medium and high heat. Finally, you wait. Easy. But that’s not what this article is about. It’s about the pouring of hot water, and how it’s related to being a great leader.