Are you (or someone you know) having ongoing career challenges that to go beyond, “It’s a tough business environment these days and everybody feels stressed”? Do you feel as if you have so much work you can never get even the important things accomplished? Worse yet, does it seem you can’t get those around you […]
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Mike Brown is an award-winning marketer and strategist with extensive experience in research, market analysis and planning, communications, and sponsorship marketing. His blog, Brainzooming, combines lateral thinking techniques, strategic planning processes, humor, and a DIY sensibility to give readers a steady stream of highly engaging and practical ideas for success.
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We had lunch last weekend with friends we had not seen for quite some time. My former co-worker’s spouse looked at me, as I was now more than 20 months away from the corporate world in which she’s still immersed, and said, “You look so calm.” Her comment was both a surprise (since I do […]
I received a career-oriented email recently featuring an article for introverts on overcoming challenges in job seeking and career advancement. Two days later, I attended a regional conference on innovation where a presenter remarked that Midwestern entrepreneurs are generally uncomfortable touting their business ideas to potential investors. The same week, someone I know was asked to write […]
How are you feeling about your job and your career? Finding it boring and unfulfilling? As your organization has cut costs and corners, do you have more, but unfortunately, less rewarding work? Are you back to doing things you’ve already accomplished earlier in your career because you’re the only one left who has done them […]
We’ve all been there before. A business leader has our attention – and quickly loses it because the perfectly-titled keynote speech has no relevance. To engage an audience, consider these tips…
Strategies for expanding your professional growth by cultivating diverse relationships…
How can you be more effective in the future, both professionally and personally? Take time to reflect, learn and reprioritize…
It’s all pretty contrived, thus “Work of Art” doesn’t yield major revelations about creativity as much as refreshers worth considering in your creative and innovative pursuits, especially in the workplace. Here are five that stand out:
Throughout my career, I’ve heard many managers complain about the need for their teams to be more creative and to demonstrate innovative approaches. The conversations usually moved quickly to the topic of deficiencies of team members and what to do to get them to be more innovative.
For a long time, a large corporation provided the context for my career. Even amid dramatic change and outright chaos, relationships between me and just about everything in the big company – work variety, pace, people, meetings, surroundings, interpersonal interaction, moral support, etc. – remained very familiar. Now though, having ventured out to build my […]