Thank You

Last week I shared a post on LinkedIn by Josh Bersin about giving thanks to coworkers, colleagues, customers and volunteers. Aside from providing empirical evidence that recognizing others' contributions is a good practice, Bersin got me thinking about how I could properly thank the people and businesses who have played a role in helping me to go from intrapreneur to entrepreneur this year.

I hope you enjoy it.



The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Photo Credit Rob Nguyen Rockefeller Tree

The holidays are fast approaching, and for most job seekers this brings a host of anxieties. People mistakenly believe that employers stop hiring because everyone is on vacation, or because everything will be pushed to the new year. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, this is the most wonderful time of the year to network and, perhaps, secure a hidden gem of a job.


•    Say ‘yes’ when invited to holiday gatherings, parties, or open houses. Seasonal festivities have a lighter mood to them, and present you with a fantastic opportunity to talk with people in a more relaxed environment. Rather than focus on the negative (“I’m out of work”) focus on the positive when you are meeting someone new (“I’m exploring opportunities in X”). You don’t want to kill their holiday buzz, and nothing will do that faster than being negative.

Time Management

NIXIE Clock BasicsPhoto Credit - Adam Greig

A few months ago my watch died. Not, in and of itself remarkable, but I happen to be allergic to leather straps and metal chains, so buying a new watch is a challenge. I started using my phone to keep track of time, and a funny thing happened along the way – I became more productive. Here are my top 3 tips: 

The Gift of Failure

Photo Credit Stuart Seeger

Photo Credit - Stuart Seeger

Truth be told, I’m not a big sports fan. Sorry guys, I’d rather play (badly) than watch. But when I came across this quote by Michael Jordan, I just had to share it because embracing failure is something that we all need to learn to do better.

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

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