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  • by Chris Makell - August 10, 2009
    How would you like to accomplish anything you want, faster? There is a secret that is available to any and everyone who wants just that! It’s a secret that is really powerful but sometimes hard to understand and take action around. It’s simple, yet difficult at the same time. But when you get it, you’ve got the key to unlock the achievement of your goals. What is that secret? Clarity. Clarity, as defined in the dictionary i...
  • by Chris Makell - August 10, 2009
    If you continue to read the press, which I only do to get a sense of what my clients may be exposed to; you can’t miss all of the articles written about layoffs and survivors guilt. Lately, the focus and direction has been toward advising organizations and companies how to “help” employees manage their survivor guilt. By focusing on acknowledging and healing survivor guilt, leaders can help remaining employees know that the...
  • by Chris Makell - August 10, 2009
    The prospect of coming to a point later in life where you look back to realize that “well that was interesting, but I wonder if...” is really sad to me. I’m not so pollyanna that I think everyone should just abandon what they’re doing now and follow their dream. That’s both reckless and stressful. Even those who look like they just “up and quit one day” really did have a build up or plan to that point. But that’s not to say th...
  • by Chris Makell - August 10, 2009
    Shift happens to all of us. It occurs with the change of the seasons, when children are born, when love enters our lives, when new friendships are forged...you know where I’m going. I recently read about a couple of shifts that can give all career professionals, in or likely to enter into a career transition, evidence of the possibilities and a clear approach to making them real, even while “shift happens”. Consider a stor...
  • by Chris Makell - February 24, 2009
    It’s a well worn line in the history of business…you either lead or be led. But you and I both know that leadership has so many levels, angles and dimensions. Today you can lead, tomorrow - led. So as a leader, you are called upon to lead, daily. It is part of who you are. You are providing teams and colleagues with direction, advice and guidance. You create policy and set the tone. You are driving the actions and people to...
  • by Chris Makell - February 24, 2009
    This year over ½ million managers will enter new positions in Fortune 500 companies alone. And certainly with the challenges this economy presents, that number could be larger! This shift may include taking on new leadership roles or starting your own business. In any case, it requires both a personal and professional plan of approach in order to create a stress-less, seamless and productive transition. As a leader in your...
  • by Chris Makell - February 24, 2009
    Lehman Brothers, AIG, Bank of America buys Merrill Lynch, the housing crisis, mortgage mess, fuel and food costs, on and on… While it looks dire, the times are creating opportunities for more people to become true leaders – not just in business, but in their lives. Let’s examine leadership from the two perspectives, personally and professionally to see where you can gain the most from these changing times. The current Wa...
  • by Chris Makell - November 26, 2008
    Lehman Brothers, AIG, Bank of America buys Merrill Lynch, the housing crisis, mortgage mess, fuel and food costs, on and on… While it looks dire, the times are creating opportunities for more people to become true leaders – not just in business, but in their lives. Let’s examine leadership from the two perspectives, personally and professionally to see where you can gain the most from these changing times. The current Wa...
  • by Chris Makell - March 18, 2008
    Since we spend so much of our lives working, imagine discovering something in your work that creates a deeper sense of learning, growth…fulfillment! Creating or finding meaning in your career makes it much more interesting and rewarding. Think of adding whipped cream to a banana split or adding granola to plain vanilla yogurt. You just enjoy it more. So how can you create more meaning in your career? Some examples of cre...
  • by Chris Makell - March 18, 2008
    You’ve read and heard about building your brand by creating a resume or comprehensive portfolio, which includes examples of your skills and knowledge. All good stuff! All critical to helping you gain a competitive advantage. As a mid-career professional, i.e., 10- 25 years in the workplace, you bring experience and skills more developed and valued because they’re time tested and proven. So your portfolio is much thicker, yo...