The Best Advice of the Year

The Best Advice of the Year

It was my golden age of television. When I was thirteen years old, I’d race home from my Sunday morning hockey game, rewind the tape in the VCR, lie on the family room floor out at the old farmhouse, and watch a recording of the latest episode of Saturday Night Live....

How to Get Ahead at Work

How to Get Ahead at Work

Do you want to get ahead in your organization? In today's essay, I'll tell you how to become a superstar employee. I'll start by sharing two stories with you about employees who recently displayed excellence in my business. Last month we held a massive customer...

What To Do If You Hate “Selling Yourself”

What To Do If You Hate “Selling Yourself”

I really never had what it takes to succeed inside a corporation of any size. Just like when I was working as a church musician, I had two fundamental flaws: I couldn't help speaking my mind. I got really angry at jerks in positions of power. The worst part was, I’d...

How to Sit Down and Start Working Right Away

How to Sit Down and Start Working Right Away

Let’s paint a picture of the average knowledge worker. They get into work around 9, and after putting their bag down at their desk, they stumble into the kitchen still a little sleepy, and reach for coffee. They get to their desk. And then they spend oh, about 30...

6 Criteria for Your Success

6 Criteria for Your Success

In the late 1990s, while most people my age, like Craig, were taking the traditional college route to success, I set out on a cross-country educational journey. From Portland, Oregon, to Buffalo, New York, I crisscrossed the country working for a variety of unique...

The Truth About Your Big Ideas

The Truth About Your Big Ideas

A stranger corners you at some industry event. In hushed tones, he tells you he has a “great” idea. And he’ll “share” it with you so long as you promise that you won’t tell anyone or rip him off. “It’s an amazing idea,” he assures you. “I’ve been thinking about it for...

How to Effectively Communicate Great Ideas

How to Effectively Communicate Great Ideas

Having once again watched the DVD version of the two Atlas Shrugged movies released thus far (it's a trilogy rounded out by the September 13, 2014 opening of its final installment), I think about how effective communication is such a hugely important aspect of...

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