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Free Kindle version – The On-Purpose Person by Kevin W. McCarthy

April 26th, 2012 Comments off

Mentioned on Seth Godin’s Domino Project blog today. Download your copy before offer expires.

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Is Your Life Filled, Yet Unfulfilled?

Do you feel pulled in a thousand different directions?
Are your days so busy you hardly have time to think?
Are you living up to other people’s expectations while your own plans and dreams go unmet?
In The On-Purpose Person you’ll learn how to discover who you are, where you are headed, what you should do, and what’s most important to you! That’s being on-purpose!

Tap Into Your Highest Potential With The On-Purpose Person

Nothing adds more fullness and meaning to your life than discovering your purpose and living it out every moment of your life. With The On-Purpose Person, you’ll be on your way to greater order and clarity within 30 minutes of picking up the book. This entertaining story format provides clear principles that are easy to apply to everyday life. You’ll put them into practice immediately. Regardless of whether you’re in your teens or well into retirement, being on-purpose will inspire and guide you to live true to yourself.

Download The On-Purpose Person by Kevin W. McCarthy

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Acting and your career – Podcast

April 24th, 2012 Comments off

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Given my focus on computer consulting and writing, it always seems to amaze people when I tell them that my college degree is actually unrelated to either of these areas. I graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in — theater! That’s right, I did every possible job in the theater during my time in college. I was an actor, a dancer, a singer, lighting operator, stage manager and more. I think I spent more time in the theater than I spent in the classroom during my college years and even though I do not work in professional theatre now, I think that that time has had a direct and significant impact on my life and career ever since.

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Cultivating Your Career Opportunities by Douglas E. Welch

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While we often talk about having one, monolithic, Reputation – with a capital R — I believe that there are a series of reputations that combine to create the whole. It is often said you can’t “do” projects, you can only do the individual tasks that make up the project. The same can be said for reputation. You don’t build your reputation as a whole, you cultivate the smaller reputations that create it. Each individual action builds your reputation in unique ways and each requires some thought as to how they relate to the whole. Cultivating Your Career Reputations examines each of these reputations in detail and helps you find specific areas where you can improve your work, your actions and your thoughts so that your overall professional reputation can grow

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So much of your career — especially at the beginning — is about how you present yourself to others. If you present a confident, intelligent air, people will think of you as confident and intelligent. If, on the other hand, you enter the office for an interview staring at your shoes and mumbling, you set the wrong expectations from the start. No matter what you may be feeling — fear, anxiety, lack of confidence — you can and should “act” like you are fearless, calm and full of confidence.

Acting taught me how important it is to stand up straight and speak clearly so that the person in the last row can hear you. It taught me how to look someone in the eye and actually listen to them, as if I was hearing the lines for the very first time. Stage management taught me the importance of organization, working with others and managing them. I never realized how important this would be to my career outside of the theater.

Acting the part

Presenting yourself well isn’t about any sense of arrogance or excessive ego or pretense. Rather it is about presenting the best image of yourself possible. You shouldn’t necessarily believe that you are the perfect candidate for a job, but you can act like you think the perfect candidate would act. You can present your credentials and experience in the best light possible, even if you are just getting started in your career. You can give yourself every advantage in the interview process.

Later in your career, you will also see when acting the part can make a significant difference. There are days when the thought of training another person or troubleshooting another computer wears me down. Still, when I meet the client, I know that I need to “act” like the confident and friendly computer consultant that I am. What’s odd is that after a while, I find that I am no longer acting the part, but I have moved my thinking and my actions into a better place. Before I know it, I am no longer acting, I am simply working at my best.

There are many other areas when “acting the part” is especially important. Through the years in your career you will be asked to present on some idea, topic or project, though many people greatly fear public speaking. You see them every day literally shaking as they try to announce some new project or initiative at their company.

If you act the part it becomes much easier, and much more engaging, when you speak in public. I think this is one of the biggest advantages my theater experience has given me. I can stand up in front of people and talk on any number of topics off the top of my head without suffering the fear and anxiety that most people experience. This single ability has greatly helped me to stay employed, develop organizations and lead people for over 25 years. To be able to speak clearly in a situation where others would be fearful is greatly respected by others. It gives you an immediate advantage. You are seen as someone who has conquered a fear that most people have themselves and that raises the esteem of others. They can see that they would be scared in such a situation, so when you are not scared, they respect you all the more for that.

So, should all of you head over to the local acting school? Well, I certainly don’t think it would hurt, if my career is any indication. We can all use a bit of help in learning how to present ourselves better and communicate our ideas more clearly. Another option would be to find your local Toastmasters chapter. They approach public speaking a bit differently, but the results are much the same — presenting yourself well in public.

Communication is one of the most important aspects of any career and any skills that help you communicate more clearly would certainly be an advantage. “Acting the part” could be one way to raise yourself above the average careerist and give you one more important advantage in building the career that you deserve.


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Killer Innovations: Fighting the Corporate Antibodies by Phil McKinney

April 16th, 2012 Comments off

I have been listening to the Killer Innovations podcast since the beginning. Phil McKinney, former VP of Technology for Hewlett-Packard, is an expert on innovation and his podcasts always illuminate the thorniest innovation problems.

After listening to this episode — Fighting The Corporate Anitbodies — I had to pass it on to you. This podcast comes from McKinney’s  new book, Beyond the Obvious, which includes many of the ideas he has discussed in his podcast over the years.

When we are trying to innovate, there are many different types of corporate “antibodies” that use their tried and true methods to prevent that innovation from happening. McKinney gives us some methods for counteracting these antibodies and, hopefully, move our innovations forward.

I hope you enjoy this podcast. Please share your comments and questions in the comments area. I think this is a great topic of conversation for career builders of all types.


Fighting the Corporate Antibodies by Phil McKinney

The antagonist of the innovator is the corporate antibody.


Much like antibodies in our immune system attack and destroy foreign objects that might harm the body, “antibodies” in your organization identify and neutralize forces that threaten to destabilize a company. And in much the same way as antibodies can damage the very thing they seek to protect — for instance when they cause the body to reject a transplanted organ — corporate antibodies can stunt a company’s growth (and not address the innovators dilemma) when the shut down the fresh ideas and unconventional thinkers it so badly needs.

Some of the types of corporate antibodies are:

  • The Ego Antibody

  • The Fatigued Antibody

  • The No-Risk Antibody

  • The Comfort Antibody

Antibodies are the roadblock to innovation.

So how do you fight the corporate antibodies? Listen to the podcast …

Note: This podcast presents the highlights from Chapter 3 from the book, Beyond The Obvious.

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Fire Me Now, I beg you! – great blog post and discussion

April 13th, 2012 Comments off

I came across this very interesting blog post and discussion thread today on Google+.

Here is the original blog post that started the conversation.


In every situation I ask myself two questions:

  • What do I want the outcome of this situation to be
  • What do I secretly want the outcome of this situation to be

For example, at one of my previous jobs, my boss setup an emergency meeting in her office. The title of the calendar invite was “catch up”. It was one of those vague meeting titles that meant one of two things: 1) She wanted to catch up or 2) She was going to lay me off.

Read the entire article here

More importantly, here is a great discussion thread on Hacker News that that blog post generated.

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There are some great thoughtful and insightful comments there, including…

This is actually a great mental exercise for determining if you’re fundamentally unhappy at your current job. Just try and imagine your boss calling into a meeting like the one the OP describes and giving you some sort of, “your work has been good, but unfortunately we have to make some changes, and this will be your last day” speech, and imagine how you would feel.If your reaction is something along the lines of relief, then you are fundamentally unhappy at your job. You have not only concluded that it is not a good situation, but that the situation is incapable of improving. It’s likely only artificial mental restraints keep you from doing anything about it (“oh man I may have to move, moving is annoying… and I guess I get paid pretty well, most of my friends are making half what I do… and my boss said some things would change, although he said that months ago…”) and those restraints aren’t even that strong, otherwise you wouldn’t be relieved if you got laid off.

It is very worthwhile to look through this thread no matter where you are in your current job.


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Event: Goodwill Southern California Veterans’ Employment Program – Apr 17, 2012

April 12th, 2012 Comments off

Come Celebrate!

Goodwill Southern California

Veterans’ Employment Program

1 Year Anniversary


Job Fair

Tuesday, April 17th


Goodwill Southern California

342 San Fernando Road

Los Angeles, CA 90031

All Veterans Welcome

RSVP Required: Yvette Cowans, USN (Ret.)

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


For more information, call (323) 539-2000. Goodwill Southern California provides, upon request, reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities.


The TTY/TTD phone number is (323) 539-2057 Please contact our staff 72 hours in advance. – Equal Opportunity Employer/Program


Come Celebrate!
Goodwill Southern California
Veterans’ Employment Program
1 Year Anniversary
Job Fair
Tuesday, April 17th
Goodwill Southern California
342 San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 90031
All Veterans Welcome
RSVP Required: Yvette Cowans, USN (Ret.)
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  For more information, call (323)
539-2000. Goodwill Southern California provides, upon request, reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities. The TTY/TTD phone number is (323) 539-2057   Please contact our staff 72 hours in advance. – Equal Opportunity Employer/Program
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Los Angeles Machine Project Needs a Paid Intern for the Summer

April 12th, 2012 Comments off


I just received this in my Inbox. Machine Project is a cool place where cool people do cool things. (LAUGH) I have enjoyed quite a few of their events in the past and I think it could be a unique opportunity for the right person. Even better, IT’S PAID! I don’t know how much, but I think paying interns is very important, so this seems a good sign.

Here is the info…

Machine Project Summer Intern 2012

A 10-week internship, June 1st to August 10th, 2012.Machine Project is searching for a full-time paid intern this summer! (Thanks to the Getty Foundation’s Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Grant.) We’re seeking someone who is interested in event production for a small + feisty non-profit arts and educational space.

The internship is a full-time (40 hours/week) position, for a consecutive ten-week work period between June and August, 2012.

It is a REQUIREMENT that you’re already familiar with Machine and have attended events here in the past. It is also imperative that you own a vehicle.


If you’re interested and eligible, email a cover letter and your resume (mandatory) and a brief description of a favorite artwork, film or piece of music & why it had a profound impact on you to by Saturday April 30th, 2012. Applicants must be available for an interview the first week of May 2012.


The Getty will support the hiring of an intern who meets these basic parameters:

– Be of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent;- Be a currently enrolled undergraduate. Intern must have completed at least one semester of college by June 2012, and those who will complete their degree by September 1, 2012 are also eligible to apply; (Students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible.)- Reside or attend college in Los Angeles County; and

– Be a United States citizen or permanent resident.- Be available all day Monday, June 25th, 2012 to attend a mandatory Getty Intern Arts Summit at the Getty Institute.

ADDITIONALLY, a Machine Project intern should:

– Be able to work a flexible schedule. Most of our events happen on weekends or nights, so you MUST be available to work on most weekends and nights. In general, your week will often include extended workdays on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and occasional hours the rest of the week.

– Have reliable access to a car. Part of the job will be going on runs for materials & equipment for events, as well as running office-related errands, so access to your own transportation is a must. If you don’t have reliable access to a car, we cannot consider your application, unless you own a fully beta-tested human teleportation device.

– Be responsible and punctual.- Be comfortable working independently.- Graphic design/web skills a definite plus!- Enjoy coming to events at Machine (and have come to at least one or two in the past).

LOCATION: The intern will report to Machine Project in Echo Park on a full-time schedule, and work side-by-side with staff in Machine’s office, gallery, and classroom.

EQUIPMENT: A workstation with an Apple computer can be provided, though interns are encouraged to bring their own laptops.


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Look outside your industry for great new ideas – Podcast

April 10th, 2012 Comments off

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“That’s not the way we do things here. That will never work in our industry. It wasn’t invented here so it can’t be any good. Things will never change around here.”

How often do you hear phrases like this around your own workplace? If it is like most companies, you probably hear it quite often. Maybe it isn’t laid out so clearly or obviously, but it can be seen the in the action (and inaction) of management and therefore in employees. In the worst cases, it is something that is felt rather than spoken aloud. It is an undercurrent which no one can seem to escape. Instead of changing with the times — or economic necessity — companies plod along as they always have until the time when they —  seemingly suddenly — go out of business. Often afterwards people will stand around and wonder , “What went wrong?” “How could this have happened to us?”

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The answer, of course, is quite simple. Like many companies, they kept returning to the same well for ideas even though they knew that that well was running dry. They couldn’t conceive of a time when they would be out of great ideas, so they felt that the collapse happened suddenly when, in reality, it had been in process for years. If they had been paying attention and not wallowing in denial, they would have understood the importance of looking outside their own industry, their own experiences, their own store of knowledge for great ideas.

Often when I am talking with owners of small companies or employees of large corporations, I am met with the inability for them to see outside their own business or industry. They immerse themselves in white papers, reports and surveys detailing how everyone in their industry is performing and the methods they are using. While there is certainly something to be gained from knowing the “state of the industry” it can also be stifling if that is the only information you consider. As we have seen in the past several decades, it isn’t just individual companies that can go down the wrong business path, but entire industries. In these cases, looking at and following industry standards could be the worst thing you could continue to do. You are no longer thinking for yourself, you are simply following other companies down the road to ruin.

I have seen this demonstrated in conference and conventions I have attended over the years. When the conference is narrowly focused, “groupthink” seems to set in, with people simply agreeing with those around them or thinking the same old thoughts. For me, wide-ranging conferences like TED (and even more so, unconferences like BarCamp) always leave me overflowing with new ideas and thoughts, due to the energy that occurs when unlike ideas bump up against each other.

This scenario is why it is so important to look beyond your own industry, your own market, your own area of expertise for great ideas. You never know where the next great idea is coming from, so you must always keep your attention tuned for anything you might apply in unique ways in your own business. Maybe a new theory in process management has changed the textile industry. You might not be able to apply that theory in exactly the same way, but I can almost guarantee that you can find something within the new theory that applies directly to your own business. Has the banking industry figured out a new way to fund capital expenditures? Maybe you could use some version of that, too. Has a regional theater developed a new experience for their audience that is boosting attendance and revenue? How can you adapt that to dazzle your own customers.

Too often, I hear businesses and organizations talking about sharing information among their own, narrow, industry. They create a consortium or conference dedicated to their very specific market. In my eyes, this is exactly the wrong direction. For me, great new ideas spring up when unlike entities rub against one another. It is when you have the artist talking to the programmer talking to the banker, talking to the business owner talking to the teenager that sparks begin to fly. Out of such interactions come the great new ideas we all need today. I know that when I am talking with someone with a different life experience, a different life focus, a different expertise, it often generates many new thoughts and ideas in my own mind.

This process can seem quite random at times, — and it often is — but that is exactly what makes it so powerful. These random interactions cause new ideas to rub up against each other and spin off entirely new thoughts you would never have developed on your own. There is only so much you can do as you sit alone in your office. You can only dream up so many ideas. You need new input — new experiences, new thoughts, new technologies, new people — to give more fuel to your creative fire. In fact, your mind often gives you clear notice when it needs more input. You can feel stagnated, tired, burn out. You have used up all your internal creativity and need to go find some new input, some new fuel to get it burning again. Go to an art gallery. Listen to music. Go to a local technology meetup on a topic entirely outside your area of expertise. Get together with friends who work outside your industry. Do whatever it takes to spark new thoughts and actions.

You should see the concept of “Not invented here” as a clear sign of something you need to investigate. Instead of dismissing the idea as something unusable and unimportant, dig in and see what it might have to offer you. In today’s world, “Not invented here”, might just mean something even better.


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CareerCampLA is just 14 days away! – Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!

April 5th, 2012 Comments off

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I would like to personally invite you to CareerCampLA 2012 which is happening Friday, April 20, 2012 at LA Southwest College.

CareerCamp is a community organized, career-focused, unconference which calls upon local communities and people to share their knowledge, expertise and other important information on developing yourself and your career.

This will be our 3rd CareerCampLA and our 6th CareerCamp overall. You can find photos, video and audio from previous events on the CareerCampLA web site which can give you a small feeling of what the experience is like.

For more information on CareerCamp and a short explanation of unconferences in general, you can visit the CareerCampLA Wesbite at

For Recruiters and Employers:

I recently wrote a short blog post on “Why employers and recruiters should attend a CareerCamp event?” to specifically address some comments I received at the DoL event. I think there are significant advantages  for employers and recruiters to meet motivated job candidates in this casual and positive environment.

You can read this blog post at:

If CareerCamp sounds interesting and useful to you, please share this information with your organization and clients. I have attached a CareerCampLA flyer, in PDF format, to this email.

CareerCampLA 2012 is only 14 days away. CareerCampSCV (Santa Clarita Valley) is scheduled for July 14, 2012 and we will be setting a date and location for CareerCampSFV (San Fernando Valley) as soon as we can.

For information on future events, please subscribe to our mailing lists:
CareerCamp International (for information on all CareerCamps)

If you have any questions about CareerCamp, please feel free to email ( or call me at 818-804-5049.

Thank you for your time and attention! I look forward to seeing you at a future CareerCamp!

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Notes from #TChat on Talent Communities

April 4th, 2012 Comments off

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Thanks to @ilovegarick, I checked into this evening’s #TChat – “At the intersection of talent and culture”, as it says on their web page. There was lots of talk about communities of all sorts, but especially about talent communities — people of similar talents, jobs, work gathering together for mutual benefit. Here are a few things I had to say during the chat.

If you want to join in on the #TChat fun, it happens each Wednesday night at 7pm EDT/4 pm PST. You can use your own Twitter client or the service to aid you in your participation.

Tonight’s topic was Talent Communities. I must admit, the term wasn’t familiar to me. Before the chat I headed over to Wikipedia for more information.

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  • As much as we might like to have “terms” we can hang our hats on, I wouldn’t get so tied up in the terminology.
  • Communities require that you join them, not be a member by default. You have to engage.
  • Sometimes your community isn’t enough. You need to go out and join the communities that have the people you are seeking to recruit
  • i.e. If you are recruiting programmers, you better be on the programmer’s forums. That is where the talented people often are
  • Important to remember too that you are never just a member of one community. We all have multiples in our lives and work
  • For people, a community is yet another place to show people “what you do and how well you do it” which is so needed for all workers
  • In some ways, you entire life is your community. Just as likely to meet candidates at Starbucks as in an office or job fair
  • You need to be aware of talent no matter what you are or what you are doing. Your next placement could come from a fellow gym member
  • The best communities are already, by default, showing you who has the best “chops/skills/energy” You just need to listen to them.
  • Finding talent should be integrated into you life. Something you always do. Not limited to specific situations, times, communities
  • You need to be careful that you don’t create too many “silos” in your life, all compartmentalized. Let things blend and bleed together
  • I like to think I have one community — mine, but it has a lot of different neighborhoods, each with their own character
  • I’ve never been able to draw lines between personal and professional life. They mush together waaaay to much for that. I am me, period
  • So here is the rub, though. I don’t think you can form a talent community from the outside, I think those with the skills do it together
  • As a recruiter, I think you need to be more focused on finding useful communities than trying to create/recreate your own
  • You can’t force people to interact. That is for sure. It has to come naturally. They have to have something interesting to say.
  • You create your own personal community every day. Bring in those people who are interesting/useful to you and enjoy.
  • I would say that the manufacturing of a community can be very low key, though. Hey, come over to #tchat tonight and let’s talk for example. Give them a place to gather.
  • Your communities are a collection of overlapping and intersecting bubbles. They all effect each other as you bring info from 1 to other
  • I think I have come around to the fact that we should be joining other communities, not trying to create our own world. Go find them.
  • Go where people are already discussing their work – telling others “what they do and how well they do it” Why need our own – Is it control?
  • Smart folks treat every job as freelance/contract and shouldn’t stop networking, etc. More people need to do that.
  • Companies can use Talent Communities to develop collection of talented people they can turn to when in need. Need a programmer? Here are 30+ to choose from.
  • Companies shouldn’t wait for great candidates to send in a resume from an ad. They should be building a list continuously.
  • There is never really a lack of talent. More likely the company doesn’t know where talent is. Needs to go find it.
  • Major reason companies need to be reaching out/cultivating communities more, in fact
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Counteroffer discussion on Google+. What do you think?

April 4th, 2012 Comments off

We are currently having an interesting discussion about counteroffers in the workplace over on Google+. Stop by and chime in with your comments. I would love to hear what you think. To join in, click the link below or Circle me on Google+.

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I agree with their advice. If the company wanted to retain you, they needed to do the right thing first, without being faced with your departure.

It’s happened to most of us at one point or another: you turn in your notice at a job, and the company scrambles to make a counteroffer designed to make you want to stay.
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