What Time Management and Customer Support Skills Do I Have?

(Note: This is based on one of the questions asked in Ron Elsdon’s book How to Build a Nontraditional Career Path: Embracing Economic Disruption.) As important as I thought both time management and customer support skills were when I was full-time in agency life, they’ve proven to be even more so since entering the world … Continue reading What Time Management and Customer Support Skills Do I Have?

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What Experience Could I Gain to Improve My Value?

(Note: This is based on one of the questions asked in Ron Elsdon’s book How to Build a Nontraditional Career Path: Embracing Economic Disruption.) “What can’t I do?” is a question I’ve asked myself fairly often over the last 18 months or so. Since being laid off, as I’ve searched for full-time jobs and worked … Continue reading What Experience Could I Gain to Improve My Value?

What Content Expertise Do I Possess?

(Note: This is based on one of the questions asked in Ron Elsdon’s book How to Build a Nontraditional Career Path: Embracing Economic Disruption.) If there’s one thing the last year and a half has been good for, it’s taking stock of my abilities. At this point I have a pretty good idea of what … Continue reading What Content Expertise Do I Possess?

The Support Necessary to Succeed

(Note: This is based on one of the prompts from Robert S. Kaplan’s book What You’re Really Meant to Do.) I haven’t lacked for support throughout my career. My wife has been an amazing source of that, particularly in the last year and a half of job instability, income unpredictability and other trials. My bosses … Continue reading The Support Necessary to Succeed

How Can I Better Provide Support and Counsel?


(Note: This is based on one of the prompts from Robert S. Kaplan’s book What You’re Really Meant to Do.) There have been countless times in my career where I’ve been in the position to offer my guidance, advice, counsel or recommendations. Sometimes that’s been to a client, sometimes it’s been to a supervisor in … Continue reading How Can I Better Provide Support and Counsel?

Daily Prompt – Deny


(NOTE: Based on today's The Daily Post writing prompt) Denial has played a strong and constant role in my life. I was pretty much raised on the idea that anything enjoyable must be, if not “bad” for me than certainly less ideal than whatever hard work there was that needed to be done. That’s not … Continue reading Daily Prompt – Deny

What Keeps Me From Speaking Up?

(Note: This is based on one of the prompts from Robert S. Kaplan’s book What You’re Really Meant to Do.) Years ago I served on my church’s Board of Elders alongside nine other laymen and the two pastors. Every other week we would sit in one of the meeting rooms of the church and discuss … Continue reading What Keeps Me From Speaking Up?

Creating an Ownership Mindset For Myself

(Note: This is based on one of the prompts from Robert S. Kaplan’s book What You’re Really Meant to Do.) When I was still working for Voce, I would often refer to the programs I managed as “mine.” Sometimes that was awkward when I said it in the presence of the client and I had … Continue reading Creating an Ownership Mindset For Myself

How Fast and Loose Do I Play The Game?

(Note: This is based on one of the prompts from Robert S. Kaplan’s book What You’re Really Meant to Do.) Pretty darn fast and loose, if you ask me. Of course, that’s assuming I’m interpreting the question correctly. That’s driven by an innate desire to keep things fresh. I like to iterate, I like to … Continue reading How Fast and Loose Do I Play The Game?

Daily Prompt – Penchant


(NOTE: Based on today's The Daily Post writing prompt) I have a penchant for finding the most annoying take on a situation. Ask anyone who’s worked with me, particularly in the last 15 years, and I think they’d agree that my perspective on an issue or question is most likely to make them smack their … Continue reading Daily Prompt – Penchant