Career Strategy speaking tour at Microsoft last week

Last week I took my first road trip to talk about the Career Strategy Framework with my fellow Microsoft colleagues at the Make It Happen Career Conference in Mountain View, CA.   A day later I spent the morning speaking at a career advisory program in Bellevue, WA. This side job has become a personal passion over the last few years to help people take a deliberate approach to the one life we live and how careers can fit into an overall strategy.  I delivered two presentations at the Mountain View, CA and Bellevue, WA events. Career strategy starts from within. …

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Gratitude is contagious

A few weeks ago at church our pastor spoke about the importance of gratitude in our life.  In a world where the daily news is filled tragedy, scandal and greed this was a refreshing reminder for us to be thankful for what we do have instead of what we don't have.   He challenged us to offer thanks to someone in our lives that week and be grateful to those who have helped us sustain a good life.  The homily gave me a lens to view signs of gratitude in my own life. Later that week my wife and I prepared food and…

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Presenting at the Microsoft Global Women’s Conference

On October 23, 2013 I had the honor of speaking at the Microsoft Global Women's Conference in Redmond.  It was an amazing day presenting to over 7oo people and learning from the inspirational women at Microsoft.  This was my first time attending this global event and I did not know what to really expect.  Preparing for the event and what I learned after the event was equally important. It was a woman colleague that inspired me to submit a proposal to speak at this conference and I was surprised when I was selected for two sessions.  This gave me an opportunity to take the audience through the…

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My One B1G Thing

Over the last few years I have shared my passion for career strategy and management with many people within Microsoft.   While career strategy and mentoring others has always been an interest,  I really did not know if this was a special talent.  Even if I had something special nobody really knew what I was selling or the value given the pace of a typical business day.  I did not have a compelling event or situation that could launch my platform. I will share my example of how I applied the insight from the book "One B1G Thing" by Phil Cooke…

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Innovate Yourself for Success

The world around us is changing each day and our relevance is at risk unless we change with it.   Success over the lifetime of your career depends on your ability to detect the subtle dynamics that shape business.  Mega trends have the potential to make you irrelevant or less valuable.  The key to remaining successful in your personal life and career is innovation. Personal innovation is the ability to learn, adapt and strengthen existing or grow completely new competencies.  Dynamically reconfiguring these competencies given the challenge at hand will decide who succeeds and who does not.  Globalization due to the rapidly change technology…

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