Strive to Arrive in a Culture of Career Path Impatience

Strive to Arrive in a Culture of Career Path Impatience

Achieve. Excel. Prove. Strive. Progress. 

These are all words that I would use to describe my approach to my career path in my first decade out of college. In a job interview along the way, one of the panelists asked me to what I attributed the "meteoritic rise" detailed on my resume. Me, a meteor! The question took me by surprise because I thought the answer was so obvious that it wasn't worth asking. Isn't that what the world wanted from me? Isn't that what I've been taught my whole life to be aiming towards? Rise to the top. Go to the best school. Get the best grades. Perform. Strive. Achieve. 

This is a sense ingrained in many young professionals today. We expect to advance quickly, to rise within our organizations, to display an impressive job title on our LinkedIn page.

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How to Build Your Personal Board of Directors

How to Build Your Personal Board of Directors

A few years ago, my book club read a book on being transgressive in the workplace. It wasn't a particularly wonderful or memorable book, but there was one sentence in one chapter that has become a guiding principle for me: Everyone should have their own personal board of directors.

Since then, I've intentionally collected mentors whom (whether they know it or not) I consider to be members of my board.

Here's why your board is a critical part of your career development, and three tips to build you board.

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Cultivate Your Professional Resilience

Cultivate Your Professional Resilience

A client recently asked me: "I've been told that the job that I will have later in my career doesn't even exist yet. How do I prepare for that?"

In today's job market, we change not just our positions and companies but our careers more frequently than ever before. This means that we are all navigating change and uncertainty almost constantly. It's hard to keep up with targets and industries that are evolving at such a rapid pace.

And yet, we treat change like it's a scary and unsettling thing that comes around once in a while, and we can't wait until things just get back to normal already. But it's time to wake up to the fact that change is the new normal. The sooner that we learn how to navigate the uncertainty that is a part of everyday, the more resilient, content, and successful we'll be—now and in the future. 

And here's what I think is the key...

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