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04/12/2012 - 1:48pm

Do you need a coach?

Coaching as a profession has been gaining more traction in recent years but professional coaching in the business space is still a concept that is a....More
04/10/2012 - 2:34pm

Does it ever make sense to negotiate a counter offer from your current employer?

Conventional wisdom says that using an offer from a new job to negotiate a counter offer with your current employee is a dangerous task. Most advice....More
04/05/2012 - 2:00pm

What happens when you’re an IT pro and your ‘outgrow’ your current job or company?

Have you ever been told ‘this is the most you can make here unless you start to manage people’? What would it look like if IT professionals had a....More
04/03/2012 - 1:29pm

Is treating everyone on your team ‘the same’ fair?

Treating everyone the same is rarely fair or what’s best for them. This is a topic that new leaders, and sometimes very mature leaders, often....More
03/28/2012 - 3:18pm

Does a DBA need an MBA to get ahead?

A recent US News and World Report headline caught my eye. The title was “8 Ideal Jobs for M.B.A. Grads”. I was curious and read it. The top job....More
03/14/2012 - 3:57pm

Every full time independent consultant needs an assistant and bookkeeper.

I’ve been an independent consultant (IC) in one way or another for more than a decade. I’ve been fortunate to have had a fabulous assistant and book....More
03/12/2012 - 9:35am

3 tips for setting your rates as an independent IT consultant.

Are you an entrepreneur who sells your time as a service provider in some capacity? Maybe a billable consultant in the IT space? Here is some simple....More
03/09/2012 - 2:49pm

Invest more time on work that is important but not urgent.

Successful people spend lots of time doing #2. No; not that kind. Yes; I did just make a potty joke in my blog on professional development. My 8....More
03/06/2012 - 3:08pm

What compass guides your career and life?

We only have one compass and that’s the fact we all too often lose sight of. Too often we claim that we’ve set long term goals for our professional....More
03/01/2012 - 4:11pm

What entity type should I choose for my small business?

I’ve coached dozens of people through starting small businesses over the past decade. Everyone eventually has to decide ‘what entity should I pick? I....More
02/14/2012 - 2:31pm

Data Scientist: Data job of the future?

I’m fascinated and incredibly excited about the concept of data science and the so called scientists who do this job. I had never heard the term Data....More
11/28/2011 - 9:35am

How many original L.E.A.P. ideas are out there?

I read a lot. Ideas make me think. Considering and dissecting ideas from other people shape the way I think. The process refines my ideas and makes....More
11/28/2011 - 8:56am

Doing the right thing.

Doing the right thing can be hard. Knowing the right thing to do is always easier than we want to accept. We often no what to do and simply choose....More
11/10/2011 - 11:42am

Are your strategic goals SMART?

The SMART goal setting technique can be a fabulous tool for giving shape and definition to strategic goals if used properly....More
11/04/2011 - 8:50am

Are your goals S.M.A.R.T?

The S.M.A.R.T goals concept has been around for decades. Sadly I was in my 40’s before I heard of this great goal setting model. I’ve found the S.M.A....More
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