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Noted: How To Start A Networking Group That Will Actually Work via Fast Company

August 3rd, 2014 Comments off

How To Start A Networking Group That Will Actually Work via Fast Company

How To Start A Networking Group That Will Actually Work via Fast Company

Networking can help you meet new people and advance your career. But what if you’re not sure you’ll find a group that fits your needs? Starting your own group can be an option, though it’s a risky proposition. Here’s how to increase your odds of creating something that will last long enough to make an impact.

1. DO YOUR RESEARCH.
Attend copious events sponsored by other organizations to see what works. You’ll meet people, learn the local landscape, and save yourself much work if you figure out that another group is amenable enough to your interests that you can steer it that way.

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Noted: The 80% Rule: Cutting Back on Work Makes You Work Better via Lifehacker

July 11th, 2014 Comments off

The 80% Rule: Cutting Back on Work Makes You Work Better via Lifehacker

The 80% Rule: Cutting Back on Work Makes You Work Better via Lifehacker

Okinawans, some of the healthiest people in the world, follow a tradition called hara hachi bu, which means they eat until they’re 80% full. Justin Jackson applied this principle beyond dieting to his work and found enormous benefits.

Many of us eat and work to capacity (if not to over-capacity). We max out in just about every area of our lives: career, money, social commitments, and more. This puts us at risk of burning out and it leaves no room for error or anything else, Jackson says:

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Noted: Famous Narrator Takes Us Inside One Of The World’s Coolest Jobs via Business Insider

June 21st, 2014 Comments off

Famous Narrator Takes Us Inside One Of The World’s Coolest Jobs via Business Insider

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You probably don’t know Renee Raudman by name — but there’s a good chance you’ve heard her voice.
Raudman is one of the most requested narrators in the multibillion dollar audiobook industry, having recorded well over 300 books since 2006.

In less than a decade, the actress-turned-voice-over star has won several awards, critical acclaim, and changed the landscape of the genre.

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Video: The Power of the Good Example from “A Year of Leadership”

May 15th, 2014 Comments off

The power of the good example from A Year of Leadership

From “A Year of Leadership” – Career Opportunities Podcast with Douglas E. Welch)

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Transcript:

“Now, I know a lot of you think or are thinking right now, “Oh my God, Doug is out of his mind. I don’t have any power. I don’t have any power in my job. I don’t have any power in my life. I don’t have any power over anything. I just get pushed from one thing to the other. How can I practice leadership?” The fact is, you do have power and you have a very important type of power. You have the power of the good example. You can live your life the way you would like life to be and you can live the example that you would like other people to be living as well. You have the power to do good in the world. I don’t care what your position. I don’t care what you do, who you do it for or where you do it. You have the power to do good, both for yourself and for the world around you. It is in the small everyday efforts that really make the difference in how you do good in the world. ”

Douglas is writer and host of Career Opportunities, a long running column and podcast dedicated to “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!” Career Opportunities began in 1997 as a magazine column and expanded to a podcast in 2004. Douglas is also a New Media Consultant, Technology and Career Consultant with over 30 years experience in high-tech. You can find all of Douglas’ work at DouglasEWelch.com.

Video: Leadership is part of our DNA from “A Year of Leadership”

May 7th, 2014 Comments off

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From “A Year of Leadership” – Career Opportunities Podcast with Douglas E. Welch)

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“Leadership is part of our DNA — part of us. Go back to the earliest history of many and you will see someone there practicing leadership. They had to. It was a survival skill. Leadership meant that they were able to live from one season to the next — from one day to the next. They had to stand up and lead their own lives and/or surround themselves with other leaders as well.”

Douglas is writer and host of Career Opportunities, a long running column and podcast dedicated to “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!” Career Opportunities began in 1997 as a magazine column and expanded to a podcast in 2004. Douglas is also a New Media Consultant, Technology and Career Consultant with over 30 years experience in high-tech. You can find all of Douglas’ work at DouglasEWelch.com.

Video: Leadership: Don’t wait for someone else to lead from “A Year of Leadership”

April 30th, 2014 Comments off

Leadership someone else

From “A Year of Leadership” – Career Opportunities Podcast with Douglas E. Welch)

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“You can’t wait for someone else to lead. In fact, that’s whats gotten us into a lot of the trouble we’ve been in the last few years. We’ve all depended on other people to pick up the reins and to make things right. This is how we end up with debacles like the Enron fallout, the mortgage crisis, the economy crisis we’re in right now. the Bernia Madoff Ponzi scheme. We’re all expecting someone else to stand up and say, “Oh, you know what, that’s not right. That’s wrong! You need to stop doing that or we need to do something else.” While we sit around, twiddling our thumbs, typing away on our computer screens, and doing nothing about it.

Again, I want to reiterate, there is no one else who can practice leadership for you. That’s a scary thought, because it puts all the onus back on us. It puts all the onus back in our laps to say, “Oh, guess what? I have to be the one to stand up and actually DO something.” Well, it is scary, but it is also very, very, very — I can’t say this enough — very important that you do it.”

Douglas is writer and host of Career Opportunities, a long running column and podcast dedicated to “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!” Career Opportunities began in 1997 as a magazine column and expanded to a podcast in 2004. Douglas is also a New Media Consultant, Technology and Career Consultant with over 30 years experience in high-tech. You can find all of Douglas’ work at DouglasEWelch.com.

Video: Leadership: The Most Important Skill from “A Year of Leadership”

April 23rd, 2014 Comments off

Leadership most important skill

From “A Year of Leadership” – Career Opportunities Podcast with Douglas E. Welch

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“Leadership could be the most important skill you cultivate this year and you need to exercise it in large and small ways — especially the small ones, which I’ll talk about in a little bit. Leadership is what makes you different from those around you. It’s what makes you different from the person down the hall, in the next cube, in the next company, in the next world. Frankly, over the years, we have seemingly forgotten how to lead. We begin to think that leadership is only something that you do, gets done at the highest levels of government or in the highest levels of your company — only up there in the executive suites. It’s something done by other people. The fact is, though, leadership is done, by you, every day, right where you are. 

Douglas is writer and host of Career Opportunities, a long running column and podcast dedicated to “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!” Career Opportunities began in 1997 as a magazine column and expanded to a podcast in 2004. Douglas is also a New Media Consultant, Technology and Career Consultant with over 30 years experience in high-tech. You can find all of Douglas’ work at DouglasEWelch.com.

Link Focus: 25 Killer Websites that Make You Cleverer from LifeHack.org

April 21st, 2014 Comments off

25 Killer Websites that Make You Cleverer

As an auto-didact (or self-learner), any time I can find web sites and resources that help me to learn, I jump at the opportunity, This article from LifeHack.org gives you 25 possible resources to expand your own self-learning. There are sites for learning languages (both foreign and programming), musical instruments, cooking and ways of building the career you deserve. I am almost sure that at least one site here will find its way into your self-leaning toolkit for the long run. I know I am a regular user of several of the sites on the list.

If you are looking for away to invigorate your own education, these sites are a great place to start!

25 killer web sites

From LifeHack.org…

It’s easy to forget that we have access to a virtually limitless resource of information, i.e. the Internet. For a lot of us, this is even true at our fingertips, thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones and an ever-increasing push for online greatness by tech engineers all over the world.

As a result, there are countless websites out there that are geared to make you smarter and more brilliant for either a low or no cost. Here are just 25 killer websites that may just make you more clever than ever before.


Previously on Link Focus:

Link Focus is a series that comments on some of the links I share on my social media accounts and here on the web site. To get these links as I find them, subscribe to me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and elsewhere. Also look for the “My Favorite Things” posts that appear regularly in the blog. These include collections of links for each calendar month.

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Video: Answer questions to attract opportunity from “A Year of Opportunity”

April 9th, 2014 Comments off

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From “A Year of Opportunity” – Career Opportunities Podcast with Douglas E. Welch)

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 Transcript:

“If you’re looking through you’re Twitter feed — if you’re looking through your Facebook feed — you’re looking through your LinkedIn feed, whatever and someone has a question  that you can answer — answer it! Even if it is just a short little “Well have you tried this (blah-di-blah-di-blah) It may turn into a longer conversation. It may turn into a longer conversation, but I have had situations like that turn into work — turn into great relationships. Simply because I took the time to take a little piece of the expertise I have and share it with someone else.

Building a successful career in 2014 requires that we focus on 3 things this year, including:

1. Attracting Opportunity 2. Recognizing Opportunity 3. Accepting Opportunity

Join Douglas E. Welch for deeper exploration of the Year of Opportunity and what it can bring for you!

Thomas Edison is quoted as saying “”Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” This is still true today. Work that expands our lives and careers should be sought out and embraced, even if there is a bit of hard work involved. In fact, most opportunities worth pursuing require hard work of some sort. Life doesn’t often give you gold simply for being you. You need to share your knowledge and show your worth and this often means some long hours, if not actual physical labor.

Douglas is writer and host of Career Opportunities, a long running column and podcast dedicated to “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!” Career Opportunities began in 1997 as a magazine column and expanded to a podcast in 2004. Douglas is also a New Media Consultant, Technology and Career Consultant with over 30 years experience in high-tech. You can find all of Douglas’ work at DouglasEWelch.com.

Video: “A Year of Opportunity” with Douglas E. Welch — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

February 19th, 2014 Comments off

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Building a successful career in 2014 requires that we focus on 3 things this year, including:

1. Attracting Opportunity
2. Recognizing Opportunity
3. Accepting Opportunity

Join Douglas E. Welch for deeper exploration of the Year of Opportunity and what it can bring for you!

Thomas Edison is quoted as saying ““Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” This is still true today. Work that expands our lives and careers should be sought out and embraced, even if there is a bit of hard work involved. In fact, most opportunities worth pursuing require hard work of some sort. Life doesn’t often give you gold simply for being you. You need to share your knowledge and show your worth and this often means some long hours, if not actual physical labor.

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