Know what you need to leave behind

This time of year is a perfect opportunity to reflect on life and identify aspects you want to change in 2016. Over the course of our life and each year we collect fond memories but also baggage that weighs us down from becoming the person we want to be or moving forward with the life we want.  My personal journey and reflection led to the definition of this "Know" principle a few years ago: Know what you need to leave behind to make room for the new life you envision. Here are a few dimensions to reflect on and determine what you need to leave behind to move forward: Failure - All of us have experienced failure and we often hold on to it so tightly.  I remember a job that I did not get that I really wanted and how I spent cycles in my head processing that.…

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Robert Waldinger: What makes a good life?

Robert Waldinger shares three important lessons learned on how to build a fulfilling, long life.  This extensive data-driven Harvard study reminds us what we already know but often fail to prioritize and invest in over the course of our career and life. As I reflected on the wisdom shared by Robert Waldinger, it resonated with a few principles I have shared as part of the Career Strategy Framework: Know what's important - do your priorities and time include investing in relationships across your career and broader life? Many of us play multiple roles and there are often different relationship expectations for each of them.  What could we do in 2016 to exceed these expectations? Know what you need to leave behind - challenging and painful relationships can impact your health and well-being.  Is there a relationship you need to leave behind in 2016 to realize a better life? Know…

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What is your value proposition?

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I work for the most amazing company that invests in and empowers its employees to achieve more each day. Quest stop #63 landed in Dallas to lead a workshop for a technical leadership development program at Microsoft.

A select group of 80+ employees took part in a 2-day conference that included delivering their career strategy to a panel of leaders for coaching. I became involved in this program 2 years ago given my work across Microsoft helping fellow employees craft a story to communicate their strategic direction. The workshop included an overview of the 7 career strategy framework principles with example artifacts to reinforce the key points.   As I reflected on the event there was one principle that stood out as the topic of conversation during the workshop and dinner – the value proposition.

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Think Big, Think Change in 2015

Wired for Success - James Gray

Tuesday was stop #54 on my world tour to help people refine their career strategy (and perhaps a bit of life strategy too!).   The event was sponsored by the Women of Advertising and Consumer Monetization at Microsoft with about 100+ attendees who joined in person and on the webcast.

We kicked off the lunch discussion by asking one important question to the room of 50+ people:

Who feels they have solid career strategy and plan ?
Nobody raised their hand.

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