All Posts by Don Jones

10x Thinking and You

There’s a meme that’s been going around for a while now about “10x thinking.” Basically, it’s the idea of looking at something and figuring out a way that you could not only make it a little better, but make it ten times better. And it’s a kind of thinking that everyone should be going, although not in quite the way you might imagine.

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Stop Trying to Impress Your Heroes

It’s a natural human thing to want to please the people you look up to. We do that with our parents, and we also do it with our heroes. You know, the people in our profession or lives that we admire, and perhaps want to be like. We should stop that.

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Mentoring (ugh)

I do not love the word mentor. That’s because it’s actually a dude’s name. Mentor. So saying mentoring is a lot like saying “oh, I was rogered at work today,” which British people will assure you is not a desirable thing. But the activity that we all use the word mentor to describe is useful, and it’s bidirectional.

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Brainstorm Your Day

Do you ever wish you had more time in the day? You can’t, of course, but you can certainly optimize. Create better productive times, acknowledge needed breaks, and more. Let’s analyze your day and brainstorm some improvements!

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If You Can’t Be Confident, Learn How to Fake it

We all have crises of confidence. We can’t walk into every situation and feel completely confident. That’s normal. It’s especially true when we’re after something high-stakes, like a new job, and we let our nerves get the better of us. But in those circumstances, it’s still important to appear confident, even when you don’t feel it, so here are some tips.

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Why Community is Important

Most of us have some kind of opportunity to participate in communities. Maybe it’s the school PTA, maybe it’s a technology user group, or maybe it’s a book club. Whatever the opportunity, make sure you’re taking advantage of it, because there’s real value to be gained.

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Treat Your Company Like You’re the CEO

When you go to work int he morning, adopt a new attitude: pretend that you’re in charge. And do that every day. Now… wait a sec. That’s not the same as the typical, “if I ran this place, things would be different” thinking. Let me explain.

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Be Bold

When an opportunity or situation presents itself, you may find yourself struggling to work up the courage to tae advantage of it. Opportunities that promise reward come with risk, and the greater the reward, the greater the risk likely is. There’s a simple way to determine whether the risk is acceptable to you, and quickly come to a decision about the opportunity.

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Be the Person for the Job You Want

“I know. You’ve heard it a thousand times: Dress for the job you want, not the one you’ve got. But I think this message goes far beyond the clothes you wear every day: It’s how you present yourself in meetings and at office events, how you interact with staff both above and below you, and how seriously you take your work.” – Adrian Granzella Larssen, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Muse

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Take a Career Inventory

I often advise people to take a “skills inventory” from time to time. Knowing what skills you have – both professionally and otherwise – make it easier to spot upcoming opportunities and take advantage of them. But I also feel it’s important to periodically inventory your career.

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