Category Archives: Linchpin

It used to be

It used to be that you could go to a meeting, or a job interview, without having really prepared in advance: without looking up the details of who someone is, what they’ve done, and where they’ve worked; without checking out … Continue reading

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33 voices

Moe Abdou runs a site called 33 voices and he recently posted an interview we did there.  It was a far-flung conversation and Moe does the heavy lifting of boiling that down to 10 maxims – in addition to posting … Continue reading

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And suddenly it’s up to you

I distinctly remember the first time I had this feeling in a professional setting.  I was three years out of college, three years into my stint in management consulting, working for a client who wanted us to do a bunch … Continue reading

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If only that job were…

…bigger here and smaller there, just a bit more senior, with more (less?) supervisory responsibility, had a bit more of this and a smidge less of that, and it paid a bit more…well then it would be the perfect job. … Continue reading

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Above and beyond

No one’s going to tell you that now’s the moment.  

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What do you know?

“Who are you to be spouting all of these ideas?” “What do you really know about this?” “You’re not an expert.” “There’s nothing new here.” “Who cares what you think, really?” And on and on. No, that’s not what your … Continue reading

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ionPoverty with Anne-Marie Burgoyne

I thought I’d share Jonathan Lewis’ ionPoverty interview with my friend Anne-Marie Burgoyne. Anne-Marie’s portfolio of totally incredible social enterprises is a sight to behold: she funds amazing early-stage social entrepreneurs, and over the course of her three year engagement … Continue reading

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Doing what you want

Even today, there’s so much griping about the opportunities we don’t get, the hierarchy and the job titles and all that nonsense. Here’s an idea – why not be so darn valuable that you can write your own ticket?  Take … Continue reading

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The list makes no sense without you

Try this: write down everything you currently do in your job.  Make a good, clear list with step-by-step instructions.  Imagine someone’s really going to read and use and follow this document. Could they do it?  Could they follow all the … Continue reading

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Confidence and Abilities

A woman I’ve gotten to know has had one of the most incredible professional trajectories I’ve ever had the pleasure to witness.  In six years she’s gone from an off-the-street volunteer/intern into a key player in a global organization.  It’s … Continue reading

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