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Make Yourself Uncomfortable!

I learned an invaluable life lesson from a speed reading course. The average reading speed of people is about 250 wpm with 60% comprehension. So in order to improve myself, I’ve taken 3 speed reading courses. At my best (a long time ago), I could read at 2000 wpm with 90% comprehension.  (A very long … Continue reading

Got A Degree, Now Want a Job Too !?!

You snagged your sheepskin; dibbed your diploma, posed for pictures, justified the financial investment of your parents and now you want a job too? Ok. Life rewards actions, so take these actions and be among the top 4% of job seekers.   Discover what you want to do. No consultant, prospective employer, recruiting firm or … Continue reading

Everything You Want to Know About Psychometrics (But Were Afraid To Ask!)

It was 444 BC when Empodocles noticed that people seemed to act in 4 distinctly different ways.  Ever since, we’ve been trying to figure out – and predict– how people behave. For 26 years I’ve used psychometrics to predict performance.  So whether you’re a candidate taking one or an HR professional administering one, here’s everything you … Continue reading

The Only Management Advice You’ll Ever Need

He went from playboy to poster boy for the US Treasury. He was a superstar (with drugs and groupies!) of his time. He was a renowned scientist and famed diplomat (and boudoir legend during his time as US Ambassador to France). He was also chubby, bespectacled, balding and ineloquent. So how can a dude who … Continue reading

Be Like Bond… James Bond (in 4 Ways at Least)

Manage like Bond… James Bond 4 Ways Any Business Person Can Be Like James Bond                           Comparisons between James Bond and me are endless. Ok, maybe not.   Spot the real James Bond (hint:  look for the gun).           … Continue reading

If Managers Were Scientists: 8 Things I Learned in 20 Minutes with Don Peppers

Don Peppers is: a “Top 50 Business Brains” by The Times of London “Top 100 Business Intellectuals” by Accenture 50 “most influential thinkers in marketing and business today”; UK’s Chartered Institute for Marketing Hall of Fame, Direct Marketing Association (US; 2013) Here’s 8 things I learned in 20 minutes when interviewing him for the business … Continue reading

What Your Shoes Say About You

“ Ain’t you glad shoes can’t talk,” sang blues guitarist Ry Cooder, because they might tell where you’ve been.   Ahhh, but shoes do talk. Your feet lie outside your perceptual field and therefore get less conscious attention.  Result:  they subtly reveal your inner attributes and attitudes.  These self-disclosures are received and interpreted—rightly or wrongly—by … Continue reading

War, What is it Good For? — 8 Combat Lessons For Your Career

 8 Battle Tested Lessons To Boost Your Career War, what is it good for?  Absolutely nothing!—sang Edwin Starr, Motown legend (view here:  War)   Well, not exactly, Ed. Love them or hate them, the military knows how to solve big, tough problems, plus they’re experts in teamwork.   So whether you’re in the corporate trenches or … Continue reading

Good Management = Good Habits

We already know the 7 habits of bad management (Learn From The Worst: 7 habits of highly unsuccessful leaders) but what are the behaviours patterns, tendencies and dispositions (ie, habits) of good management? Good habits are just the flip side of bad habits. So just acquire these 7 personal attributes of good management: 1. Get real, … Continue reading

5 Fictions About Recruiters

   1. Recruiters are always looking for candidates.  False.  Recruiters are always looking for clients not candidates.  You’re more likely to get hit by a piece of Halley’s Comet than to get a job by sending your unsolicited résumé to a recruiter.  Avoid cosmic long shots, take earthly action.   2. “Head hunters” will help.  A recruiter’s … Continue reading

Client brief vs. Client budget- illustrated

Dr. Duff Watkins

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