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Revisit the Career Compass Regularly from Two Challenges in Building Your Career [Audio Clip] (0:42)

January 19th, 2016 Comments off

A Clip from Two Challenges in Building the Career You Deserve with Douglas E. Welch. 

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Revisit the Career Compass Regularly from Two Challenges in Building Your Career

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Douglas E. Welch ( presents to the class Career Development – Theories and Techniques at Pepperdine Graduate School of Education & Psychology taught by fellow CareerCamp Co-Chair, Danielle Gruen

The two biggest challenges are deciding what you want to do as a career and then building the career you deserve once you decide.

I discuss the Career Compass method of discovering your career wants, needs and desires and then using various social media tools to show people “What you do and how well you do it”


The great thing about this, too, is you can revisit the Compass at any time and you should revisit it at least…um…oh, twice a year? Once a year at least, because your wants, needs and desires change over time. What you may really enjoy today, maybe you’ll find something else you enjoy even more in the future. Constantly be reviewing what’s going on in your live and career and seeing maybe are there other interests — maybe something — maybe you just had a really bad experience with something and you’re like, “Forget it. I never want to do that again, ever, because I just had the worst experience with it.” And that might change in the future, but right now, unh uh, it’s down here. It’s down here in the Southwest and I don’t ever want to see it again. Well, it can happen.

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Motivational art from Gapingvoid Art and Hugh MacLeod

June 16th, 2014 Comments off

I am not usually a great consumer of traditional motivation posters and such. Too much off it comes off as traditional and rather meaningless cheerleading at best and claptrap at its worst. Several years ago, though, i discovered Gapingvoid and Hugh MacLeod’s art and have been following him ever since. I am subscribed to his web site and his daily newsletter which brings  bit of the Gapingvoid magic into my world every day. Hugh has a sensibility about work and careers that closely matches my own and I easily find myself and my thoughts in his artwork. You should definitely check out Gapingvoid when you have a free moment. I think you will find some excellent material there, both visual and textual, that will make you think — which I consider one of the biggest gifts that any art can give.

Gapingvoid has a series of products available directly from their web site, but they also sell T-shirts directly via, where I am an affiliate. Why not bring a little joy and deep thought into both your life and the lives of those around you, by carrying a Gapingvoid message with you always. I hope you’ll find something here that resonates with you, as it does with me. A small portion of each Amazon sale goes directly towards supporting Career Opportunities.

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Product: Moo MiniCards

December 29th, 2013 Comments off

This is probably my fourth or fifth order from Moo MiniCards for my business cards. As you can see form the photo, Moo MiniCards are about half the size of typical “western” business cards and, more importantly for me, I can use any of my own photos for the card fronts. The system can pull in photos from your social medial accounts and allow you to format them for the cards. In my case, I used my Flickr account as the source and then selected 25 different photos to use across the 100 cards in a typical order.

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One major reason I return to Moo Cards is that the cards never fail to elicit a reaction when I hand them to someone. There is always an “ah ha” moment from the recipient. I then get a chance to talk about Moo and also about the photo they received. I find it to be a great conversation starter and I believe people will remember me better than someone who has a standard business card. Moo also offers several others products including notecards, stickers and even standard sized business cards.

As you can see in the photo, there is a code to get 15% off your first order from


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Gift Guide 2013: Moleskeine Journals

December 10th, 2013 Comments off

Moleskeine Journals of all sorts

No matter how much technology i have at hand, I always find myself falling back on my paper journal as a data gathering, thought-provoking and capturing, friend. Yes, I carry and iPhone, but there is something about writing things out longhand in a paper journal that makes you think more deeply and locks in the information more completely. Moleskeine journals are the sine quo non of paper journals. Their quality is high and they have been carried by artists and business people for generations. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, lines and more, including day-to-day calendars, travel journals and city guide. 

My favorite is this large, lined journal. Right now I have a Lego Moleskeine waiting to be put into service as soon as I fill my current journals. I can’t wait!


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What I’m Reading…Give and Take by Adam Grant

July 30th, 2013 Comments off

I picked this up at the library yesterday and I am already well into Chapter 1. As someone Grant would describe as a “giver”, I am looking for ways to make that giving work the best for me, while also helping others.

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Give and Take by Adam Grant

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A groundbreaking New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller that is captivating readers of Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Pink, The Power of Habit, and Quiet

For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

Using his own pioneering research as Wharton’s youngest tenured professor, Grant shows that these styles have a surprising impact on success. Although some givers get exploited and burn out, the rest achieve extraordinary results across a wide range of industries. Combining cutting-edge evidence with captivating stories, this landmark book shows how one of America’s best networkers developed his connections, why the creative genius behind one of the most popular shows in television history toiled for years in anonymity, how a basketball executive responsible for multiple draft busts transformed his franchise into a winner, and how we could have anticipated Enron’s demise four years before the company collapsed–without ever looking at a single number.

Praised by bestselling authors such as Dan Pink, Tony Hsieh, Dan Ariely, Susan Cain, Dan Gilbert, Gretchen Rubin, Bob Sutton, David Allen, Robert Cialdini, and Seth Godin–as well as senior leaders from Google, McKinsey, Merck, Estée Lauder, Nike, and NASA–Give and Take highlights what effective networking, collaboration, influence, negotiation, and leadership skills have in common. This landmark book opens up an approach to success that has the power to transform not just individuals and groups, but entire organizations and communities.

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“In order to fit in we might be denying our unique skills…”

December 19th, 2012 Comments off

From Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

“In order to fit in we might be denying our unique skills and the knowledge that could lead us to exceptional careers — not just an average one.”

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2012 Gift Guide: Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age by Clay Shirkey

December 12th, 2012 Comments off

Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age by Clay Shirkey

I am in the midst of reading this book and enjoying it a lot Shirley seeks to provide some background as to why people volunteer their time and energy on various Internet-conncected pursuits as varied as online communities, sharing Instagram photos and raising money for charities online. I am finding that I am highlighting quite a few sections to consider later, as I read.

It is important for every careerist to understand how this new hyper-connected world effects not only what we do, but who we are. Understanding the tools and the motivations that drive their use is a great career advantage that should not be ignored.


The author of the breakout hit Here Comes Everybody reveals how new technology is changing us for the better.

In his bestselling Here Comes Everybody, Internet guru Clay Shirky provided readers with a much-needed primer for the digital age. Now, with Cognitive Surplus, he reveals how new digital technology is unleashing a torrent of creative production that will transform our world. For the first time, people are embracing new media that allow them to pool their efforts at vanishingly low cost. The results of this aggregated effort range from mind-expanding reference tools like Wikipedia, which allows Kenyans to report acts of violence in real time. Cognitive Surplus explores what’s possible when people unite to use their intellect, energy, and time for the greater good.”

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2012 Gift Guide: The Pursuit of Wow! by Tom Peters

December 10th, 2012 Comments off

The Pursuit of Wow! by Tom Peters

While I don’t think I would ever pay the expensive fees required to attend a Tom Peters seminar in person, I am more than happy to read what he has to say. The constant instigator, Peters may say things you don’t agree with, but he will also make you think. My favorite parts of the book are the examples, using companies both large and small, that demonstrate how even the small things can have big effects. Peter’s bias towards front-line personnel is also heartening. I too believe that a company’s fortunes are made just as much at the front counter as they are in the company headquarters. Often, front-line personnel have access to important information that could help executives build their company, or in some cases, save it from destruction.

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2012 Gift Guide: Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work by John C. Maxwell

December 9th, 2012 Comments off

Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work by John C. Maxwell

This is on the short list of books which I will buy for my firends and aquaintances whenever they come to me with issues with organization or managing their time. Maxwell has a series of books and each one has its own strengths, but I have found that this one provides me the biggest triggers for further thought.

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2012 Gift Guide: The Art of Possibility by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander

December 7th, 2012 Comments off

The Art of Possibility by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander


“Presenting twelve breakthrough practices for bringing creativity into all human endeavors, The Art of Possibility is the dynamic product of an extraordinary partnership. The Art of Possibility combines Benjamin Zander’s experience as conductor of the Boston Philharmonic and his talent as a teacher and communicator with psychotherapist Rosamund Stone Zander’s genius for designing innovative paradigms for personal and professional fulfillment.

The authors’ harmoniously interwoven perspectives provide a deep sense of the powerful role that the notion of possibility can play in every aspect of life. Through uplifting stories, parables, and personal anecdotes, the Zanders invite us to become passionate communicators, leaders, and performers whose lives radiate possibility into the world.”

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