Lessons in Leadership from Steve Jobs

He may have been HR’s worst nightmare, but I just finished Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson and am both moved and inspired by the brilliance of this thought leader. I highly recommend this compelling read for its rich historical narrative of one of the world’s great thinkers and leaders.


17 Ways Successful People Keep From Destroying Their Lives

17 Ways Successful People Keep From Destroying Their Lives

Working incessantly to achieve career success is  frequently prioritized above mental health and personal obligations.  

While balancing work and life might not be easy early in one’s career, figuring it out is necessary to lifelong satisfaction.We’ve rounded up ways CEOs and other leaders find balance, stay sharp, stay happy, and don’t burn out.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/tips-for-work-life-balance-2013-7?op=1#ixzz2ZSlqJM4R


How to Manage Your Early Career (In Sum)

Yesterday’s post comprised qualitative feedback from over 100 recent graduate school alumni on how to manage early career success and the transition from school to work. As I reflect upon the mass wealth of wisdom, I have gleaned 10 simple-stated axioms to help you manage your transition.

  • Network (relationships are EVERYTHING)
  • Take control of your brand (self-awareness is key)
  • Be flexible and learn to manage ambiguity
  • Ask good questions/be curious
  • Develop business acumen and an analytical mindset
  • Exude Confidence
  • Step outside of your comfort zone
  • Mentally and physically prepare for your transition
  • Relax


The Power of Vulnerability

Brene Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

Whether you are entering into a new job, a new role, or simply find yourself struggling to settle into your own skin in your present situation, this TED Talk can help you better lean into your vulnerability to emerge stronger.


Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

I want to start sharing books that have been helpful to me both personally and professionally. Let’s start with my favorite coffee table read: “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” by Dr. Richard Carlson. This 1990s best-seller is part psychobabble, part Zen, part common sense, and yet it contains countless vignettes to help keep you mentally and physically prepared for whatever life has to throw your way. This is a book I read over and over again to remind myself that “hey, it’s all small stuff!”