Advance Your Career … too!

Career DevelopmentDorie Clark is the author of Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It. His point is “In an increasingly competitive marketplace, how do you get noticed and build a powerful reputation?” He interviewed more than 50 top thought leaders in fields ranging from business and technology to genomics and urban planning to find the answer.

“Here are a few insights shared in his book. However, you can find the book here:

Michael Leckie, regional vice president at Gartner – “When you start building your brand in a corporation, it’s a confined space. You don’t need to be the best in the world; you just need to be the best one there. You can be a big fish in a little pond, and if you’re the biggest fish in that environment, you get bigger and can then start to do things outside the organization.”

Seth Godin, author, entrepreneur, marketer, and speaker – “The fact that I don’t have a lot of competition in what I do is astonishing to me. We say to every salesperson, every marketing person, every engineer, every CEO: ‘Here you go, here’s this free platform. If you say something that’s worth writing, people will read it. Do you want to use it?’ And they say no. What’s that about? I literally don’t understand why people are eager to put 140-character things out of Twitter, but aren’t willing to actually share thoughtful, generous, useful insight in a more permanent platform.”

Eve Bridburg, on the founding of GrubStreet – “If you want people to do their best [work], they have to feel really safe, take risks, be naked, bare all, and if you’re in an environment where you could be mocked, it’s not as helpful…we held tight to that philosophy. Rigorous but supportive: that concept really resonated for people.”

Eric Ries, entrepreneur – “When there’s not a long and stable operating history from which to make accurate forecasts, beating the plan isn’t cause for celebration. In fact, successfully executing it often leads to failure because you’re fulfilling a bad plan.”

Robert Cialdini, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University – “[Codifying a system] is important because it provides a set of touchstones that we can return to for every new situation we face. What’s the system here I need to apply? What are the principles of influence that might be available to be more persuasive in this new situation?”

Paco Underhill, environmental psychologist and author – “If you understand women, whether you’re selling lingerie or technology, that’s critical to your success.”

Reverend John Gibb Millspaugh, Adaptive Leadership expert – “It’s not about arriving at a certain place. It’s about keeping an open question as to how you’re impacting the earth and looking for ways accessible to you, given where you are in your life, to make a positive difference.”

Robert Scoble, blogger and author – “Part of it is looking at where the audience is. You’ve got to figure out where they are. It’s not about how to get them where you want them to go.”

Mark Fidelman, entrepreneur and consultant – “I try to make my content shareable as much as possible. I might create a SlideShare about it. I think, how do I repurpose this information so it spreads far and wide?”

David Allen, productivity consultant and author – “You don’t need time to have a good idea, you need space and you can’t think appropriately if you don’t have space in your head. It takes zero time to have an innovative idea or to make a decision, but if you don’t have psychic space, those things are not necessarily impossible, but they’re suboptimal.”

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James E. McClain is the author of Successful Career Development: A Game Plan, the book upon which some of our training programs are based. He has over 30 years' experience as a corporate HR executive, small business owner with ongoing experience in career development and as a college instructor. His educational background includes a B.S. and Masters degrees Education and Certification in Financial Planning. Our promise is that "you can pay more for training but you can not buy better training." The mission is to deliver the most effective and cost effective training and development programs.

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