We all have professional idols we’d like to meet. Sometimes we might luck into getting to say hello at a conference or having a mutual friend who can introduce us. Here are four excellent strategies to increase your chances of sucess:
I have long admired the work of Tony Schwartz. His New York Times bestseller, “The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal” co-written with the also renowned expert, Jim Loehr, has been a regular recommendation of mine for more than ten years. It’s not unusual for me to begin to coach high-powered executive clients with huge jobs and lots of stress who are well on their way to burn-out. This book addresses those clients’ fundamental issues: the need to continue their extremely demanding work, while at the same time consistently generating high performance without losing their “edge”, or, burning out in the process.
Tony’s leadership over the years as President and Founder of The Energy Project continues this important work. Check out this very personal and very honest account from him about going off track and recovering. I think you will find it worth the read.
Even in the startup world, where a talent gap means tech employees are in high demand, a solid resume is no guarantee of employment. Why? Because personality, cultural fit, and first impressions matter. The interview is your first and possibly only opportunity to stand out. It’s your chance to show an employer all the virtues that differentiate you.
Project Aristotle is a recent Google study that was undertaken to understand why certain teams in their workplace thrived while others seemed to struggle. After studying hundreds of Google’s teams and analyzing years of data, here’s what they found: