On Career Development: Getting Ahead in a Difficult Profession

  Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself.  That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent. ~ Sophia Loren I used to think that the school you went to and the degree you received really determined how … Continue reading On Career Development: Getting Ahead in a Difficult Profession

For Sunday: Our Walking is our Preaching

It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. ~ St. Francis of Assisi Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best, "what you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say." If you want to inspire greatness, be great yourself.  If you want to change the world, first … Continue reading For Sunday: Our Walking is our Preaching

On Career Development: The Harder You Work The Luckier You Get

I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. ~ Thomas Jefferson I have also heard this expressed as “the harder I work, the luckier I get.”  I have found this to be to be true in my career.  I do believe luck plays … Continue reading On Career Development: The Harder You Work The Luckier You Get

On Career Development: Learn How to Learn

Left untended, knowledge and skill, like all assets, depreciate in value - surprisingly quickly. ~ David Maister, Business Author and Consultant I used to be a consultant for Oracle Corporation back in the 90s when the ERP boom was happening.  Technology was moving fast (and continues to do so!) and I had to keep up … Continue reading On Career Development: Learn How to Learn

On Leadership: Four Qualities of a Successful Leader

As the individual in the large corporation becomes increasingly nameless and faceless, leadership traits and the ability to distinguish them grow more important.  The successful leader combines these four qualities: He has faith in himself and his followers, but this faith is never dogmatic.  He is direct but not tactless, neither self-conscious nor oversensitive. He … Continue reading On Leadership: Four Qualities of a Successful Leader