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The following is excerpted from The Compass Solution: A Guide to Winning Your Career.  This is the definitive manual for navigating the greatest investment of our lives - our careers. Now available on Amazon.   “A leader is admired, a boss is feared.” – Vincente Del Bosque Live...

Average cost of a theater ticket - $8.64 Average cost of a box of popcorn $4,75 Average cost of a medium soda $5.50 The average person will spend the above up to a dozen times per year. But never invest one dime in themselves. They will remain average. It’s YOUR career....

  A number of years back – as my company braced for a coming downsizing – I joined a large group of fellow employees for a major meeting. Not surprisingly, the topic that dominated every side conversation that week had little to do with the task...

  I stumbled into a career a long time ago – relatively ill prepared but anxious to learn. I had no real plan – certainly no strategy.   My goals were equally unsophisticated.   Work hard – make some money. Oh, and there was a company car thrown in too…a...

  A few years back I sat down with a tenured employee to discuss his career – and his goals for the future. He was frustrated by the lack of opportunity – at the time – with our company and wanted to know if he should consider...

Reminded again where the foundation of truly outstanding companies comes from. Now on twitter – please follow me @officialtimcole...

  The chances of investing a career with one company effectively went away in the nineties. Oh, there are still a few out there but the reality is most will invest a big part of their lives with multiple companies – and the average amount of...

I’ve walked the corporate trail a pretty long time. Somewhere along the way I began to appreciate there were a few KEYS that distinguished really effective Career travelers.   I refer to them as part of the Master Class in the book The Compass Solution: A Guide...

When I started in the corporate world a long time ago I labored under the assumption that every hour of every day was created equally. Boy, was I wrong. I had no concept of the importance of the “pivotal moments” – the ones that sometimes distinguished careers...

    A few months back I had occasion to sit down with a colleague who had grown bitter over the company, their career, and the future in general.   Not uncommon – in fact, it happens everyday in the corporate world.   That point when our dreams collide with reality...