We All Feel Like Impostors: My Chat With Amy Cuddy

It was amazing to talk with Amy Cuddy last month about presence. She threw down the gauntlet almost immediately by telling her elevator pitch story about how she crashed and burned when in a high-pressure situation where she was asked to give her 30-second spiel in an actual elevator to rock stars in her industry. It was amazing, and encouraging, to hear from someone known for helping millions get grounded before important presentations in their lives, that she deals with the same issues as the rest of us! We discussed afterwit, the idea that it is so…

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What to do When You Feel Like a Failure

I’ve been thinking a lot about failure lately. It tends to be something that we don’t like to think about too much. It is easy to think that other people are perfect, that they don’t make mistakes. The reality is that we all fail sometimes. In fact, I can’t imagine how it would be possible to not fail because there is so much that were faced with on a daily basis—literally hundreds of micro-decisions to make in a day: what to eat, what to wear, what time to get up, whether or not to exercise, whether or…

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KC Carter

This Epic Life: Start from Where You Are with KC Carter

If you’ve noticed that maintaining presence is a key to enjoying the business, family or impact you’re building, you are in the right place. – KC Carter A Kriyaban yogi, meditation guru, and company culture expert, Kristoffer (KC) Carter is a living, breathing example of awake, on-purpose living. Quick to laugh and exquisitely present, KC has devote his career to helping people live epic lives by optimizing one’s experience, from the inside out. Intrigued? Please join me for: This Epic Life: Start from Where You Are with KC Carter  Tuesday, 4/26 @ 12:00pm PT / 3:00pm ET RSVP for this…

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Winning The Career Lottery: My Chat With Chris Guillebeau

“Live an unconventional life in a conventional world” – Chris Guillebeau Last week I sat down for a free-ranging conversation with Chris about what it means to find and enjoy work that you are were made for­ and to introduce his forthcoming book, Born for This, How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do. This inspiring man is carving a unique path through life and making a huge difference for others, on his own terms. Chris travels the world and has interviewed hundreds of people across the globe about their careers. He is fascinated by how…

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Born for This–a Chat with Chris Guillebeau

Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do with Chris Guillebeau, founder of World Domination Summit, World Traveler, and author of The $100 Startup Wednesday, January 27th, 2016, 11:30am-12:30pm PT / 2:30pm-3:30pm ET I still can’t believe he said yes! Chris Guillebeau is one of my heroes. I’ve spent the last few years being inspired by him from afar – whether reading his books The $100 Startup or The Art of Non-Conformity, following his blog, or sitting in the 3000-person audience at his annual World Domination Summit, where he encourages attendees to “live an unconventional life in a conventional world.”…

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Tess Vigeland: Rollercoaster or Merry-go-Round?

Rollercoaster or Merry-go-Round? My Chat With Tess Vigeland

I’d rather be on a rollercoaster than a merry-go-round. ~ Tess Vigeland My recent interview with Tess Vigeland is full of stories about the last three years of her life since leaving her dream job, voluntarily, without a plan for what was next. The quote about the rollercoaster followed a discussion about the inevitable ups and downs of any huge transition like a career change. She talked about being ecstatic some days and others when she could barely get out of bed thinking she had made the biggest mistake of her life. But, even with all the highs and…

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Full-Spectrum Leadership with Dave Logan

Chat With Mer: Full-Spectrum Leadership with Dave Logan

As leaders, how do we operate at full bandwidth, accessing both our light and dark sides? If that question intrigues you, please join me for: Full-Spectrum Leadership with Dave Logan  Wednesday, 11/18 @ 11:30am PT / 2:30pm ET RSVP for this no-cost presentation here. Dave spends his time transforming the cultures of organizations. Best known as the premier authority on “tribal leadership,” Dave will help us understand how to use the tension of light and dark forces inside ourselves – and our organizations – to truly make a difference and live a life of purposeful action. About Dave: As Founding Partner and President,…

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Leap: Leaving a Job with No Plan B

Join me for the next installment in my Chat with Mer series with Tess Vigeland, Author, veteran journalist & former host of public radio’s Marketplace: Thurs. 10/29, 12pm PT/3pmET What if not having a plan is key to having what you truly want? Tess has been on an incredible journey. A few years ago, she had achieved significant fame and success anchoring national public radio’s Marketplace Money. At the pinnacle of her career, she left her dream job to leap into the great unknown. For the first time in her life, she did not have a plan for…

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Manage Your Corporate Career Like an Entrepreneur

These days, your position at your present company is not assured. Stability, longevity, your loyalty to one company, and that company’s loyalty to you, are all things of the past. As a corporate employee you can build your career resilience by adopting the mindset – and practices – of an entrepreneur, even if you never intend to strike out on your own or join a fledgling startup. Here are some actions and strategies you can borrow from how entrepreneurs think to help you smooth the choppy waters of corporate careerdom: Be vigilant about your digital brand Keep…

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Chat with Mer: Crafting the Story of Your Personal Brand with Pam Slim

When people Google your name, what do they find? What message do you want to convey about yourself to employers, clients, and partners? To thrive in today’s world of work, you need a strong personal brand. It’s not a carefully crafted script: your personal brand is a living, breathing, dynamic interaction between you and the people you care about influencing. Pam Slim, author of acclaimed books Body of Work and Escape from Cubicle Nation, is both a mentor and one of my favorite people. Her prior interview with me was a huge hit and I’m fortunate to…

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