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Chicago Booth believes in life-long career development to help you maintain your professional edge. Through CareerCast, an online, audio recording series, we give alumni and students the chance to hear experts discuss topics such as crafting your story, making an industry or function change, managing employees, taking the entrepreneurial plunge and more. Because these talks are available online, you can access them anytime, anywhere and as often as you want. You will have the opportunity to ...
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Are you working through a (big or small) decision and have so much information that you are stuck? On top of this, which information is reliable, credible, and useful? Nuala Walsh, award-winning business consultant, behavioral scientist, independent non-executive director, ex-CMO, and author of Tune In: How to make smarter decisions in a noisy worl…
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Have you ever noticed that when a challenge, or even crisis, occurs, some people blame, complain, and run away while others lean in and take full responsibility? What is the difference between the two types of individuals? What is innate and what can be learned? Anita Mendiratta, a trusted and respected global strategic advisor, with a professional…
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Many people feel a future normal isn’t going to happen anytime soon. For those who believe that a future normal is possible, their vision is filled with pessimism, darkness, and hopelessness. Henry Coutinho-Mason, one of the world's leading authorities on consumer trends, Managing Director of TrendWatching, and author of The Future Normal, has a di…
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There is so much that goes into having a networking meeting – from finding the right person to connecting with that person to getting a time on the schedule. There is a lot of time, energy, and logistics that go into making it happen. Then the day comes, you have the meeting, and that’s it. It feels like a dud. Yet, it’s not clear what went wrong. …
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Have you been thinking about how AI will impact your life in the years to come? What about your career growth and advancement? Having devoted his career to helping others succeed as lead in education marketing at LinkedIn, heading marketing at Khan Academy, and as a best-selling author, with his latest book Career Coach GPT, Jeremy Schifeling is a …
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Some people believe that challenging times will stack the odds against you – and there is not a whole lot you can do about it. Polina Marinova Pompliano, founder of The Profile, author and editor of Term Sheet, Fortune’s industry-leading deal-making newsletter, and author of the book, Hidden Genius, would tell you to think differently and find a so…
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Would you like to build a career that leverages your strengths, offer opportunities for growth, and where you are appreciated? Clearly, the answer is yes. So how do you do this? According to Dr. David Burkus, a former business school professor, advisor to executive leadership from organizations including PepsiCo, Fidelity, Adobe, and NASA, and best…
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How do you create an authentic story that establishes your credibility, talents, and fit? While there is no easy answer, Kelly Parker, marketing professional trained at global enterprises like Sherwin-Williams and American Greetings, TEDx speaker, and host of “Business Storytelling Made Easy” Podcast, believes that a simple, well-told story can hel…
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Does it feel harder than it should to find a company where you can thrive? Are you wondering how we could make work, less work? André Martin, operating advisor, board member, ex-Chief Talent Officer for Google/Nike/Target/Mars, and coach to top founders and c-suite executives, would tell you the issue isn’t good or bad culture, but the fit between …
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When an entrepreneur makes it big, it can look like it was a smooth ride straight to the top. Of course, this doesn’t happen. There are many twists and turns that can end in a very different place than where things started. Mike Stemple, successful serial entrepreneur, bestselling author, and advisor to global corporates and startups, would tell yo…
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How do you build beneficial and enduring relationships? Douglas Conant, former CEO of Campbell Soup Company, New York Times bestselling author, and social media influencer with over 40 years of leadership experience at world-class global companies, would tell you to find the positive value in the other person, which he has done his entire life. In …
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Did you grow up being told that “practice makes perfect”? While there are definitely benefits to take actions that refine your skills, knowledge, and experience, in today’s world, it is not enough. According to Robert McLean, Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company, former Dean of the Australian Graduate School of Management, and author of multiple…
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The world is filled is with challenging people and situations and it’s easy to reach an impasse where forward progress stops. Roger L. Firestien, PhD, Senior Faculty and Associate Professor at the Center for Applied Imagination at SUNY Buffalo State, President of Innovation Resources, and author of several popular books including Create In A Flash:…
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Do you feel that you suffer from imposter syndrome and that it is controlling your success and happiness? While you may currently be experiencing the negative effects of imposter syndrome, it’s time to turn this around. In fact, licensed psychologist, executive coach, organizational consultant, recognized expert, and author of Own Your Greatness an…
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Did you know that at will employment is the standard for many geographies? While you may be aware of this, the vast majority of people who are presented with a separation agreement don’t know how to manage their initial reaction and what to do next. Jon Vegosen, founding member of Chicago corporate and litigation law firm Funkhouser Vegosen Liebman…
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Do you ever wake up in the morning and look around and feel that obstacles squash your energy, determination, and resolve to achieve your goals and dreams? You are certainly not alone. Since being forever stuck is not viable, what is the alternative? Ganel-Lyn Condie, advisor, author, and acclaimed speaker would tell you to become a steward. Here i…
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In a world that is strewn with obstacles of every imaginable kind, is it possible to achieve your goals and aspirations? As the daughter of a Puerto Rican mother and Yugoslavian immigrant father, Elisa Schmitz knows what it means to be an “outsider” learning to use her “differentness” to make a difference and succeed on her own terms as an Entrepre…
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Is it possible to apply the principles of self-care and still have a robust career? While the two may seem like in direct opposition to one another, Minda Zetlin, the author of Career Self-Care, The Geek Gap and highly popular “Laid-Back Leader” column for Inc.com, would say that putting self-care into your career is essential now more than ever. I…
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“Should I stay or should I go?” is a question many people ask themselves, now more than ever. Perhaps this sounds like you: do you stay in a role you know and where you like the team or do you explore a new opportunity? When you contemplate a move: are you seeking to escape a not-so-great situation, or is the new job something you really want? This…
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What is the role of your career story as you look to change careers, get promoted, or gain funding for a project or venture? Esther Choy, President and Chief Story Facilitator at Leadership Story Lab, would tell you your story should do the heavy lifting. With the proper story, you can gain credibility, open doors, and increase support for your goa…
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What are the benefits of working on a hybrid team? Some people believe they could do the work from home and save money on parking, gas, and more. Yet Cali Williams Yost, Founder and CEO of the Flex+Strategy, believes you can create a real and committed community with vision, focus, and an open mind. As author of Tweak It: Make What Matters to You H…
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In today’s world, can trust really be created, extended, and received? Stephen M. R. Covey, Global Practice Leader, Global Speed of Trust Practice, former President and CEO of Covey Leadership Center, and bestselling author of The SPEED of Trust—The One Thing That Changes Everything would say, “Absolutely YES”. While it’s not easy, it is essential …
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Leadership can be challenging in the best of times, so what about in an age of uncertainty? Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President, National Transformation Partnerships at Microsoft, believes that this is the moment to lead with hope, empathy, and a positive perspective, vision, and action. In this CareerCast, Jean-Philippe …
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Change comes in many forms and today it is happening at lightning speed. While change is inevitable, fighting against it or making it your ally is the difference between defeat and victory. Just ask Roger Crawford, who Sports Illustrated named as "One of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world." For him, change is has been…
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Career challenges can come from many places – some expected and others surprising. Sergeant Major Matthew R. Drayton is no exception. He faced more than a few obstacles during his 20+ years in the US Army (16 of those years working with elite Special Operations forces) and in his business experience in government and commercial commerce. His two bo…
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Loneliness is an epidemic across the globe for individuals of different backgrounds, ages, and professions. So what is the answer? For Ryan Jenkins and Steven Van Cohen, advisors, corporate consultants, and authors of Connectable: How Leaders Can Move Teams From Isolated to All In, the answer is creating genuine belonging. In this CareerCast, Ryan …
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How do you advance your career in a world filled with noise, banality, and people hoping to fit in? Roy Sharples, CEO of Unknown Origins, former Managing Director, Global Industry Product Marketing, at Microsoft, and author of CREATIVITY WITHOUT FRONTIERS: How To Make The Invisible Visible By Lighting The Way Into The Future, would tell you to act …
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Adaptability and agility are considered two of the top skills identified by LinkedIn in 2021 to help organizations grow, stay current, and compete in a business environment of insistent change. According to Marti Konstant, workplace futurist, former technology executive (who has worked in Silicon Valley), and best-selling author of Activate Your Ag…
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Do you sometimes feel that your colleagues don’t understand who you are and what are you saying? According to Devora Zack, global keynote speaker, leadership consultant, and author of several books, including, The Cactus and Snowflake at Work, we often work with individuals of different temperaments who can seem as different as the logical cactus a…
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Did you know that each offer letter, regardless of the length and formality, could be considered an employment contract? Do you understand the elements and implications of your salary, short and long term incentives, and even the terms and conditions of your leaving the company? Adam J. Greetis, JD and Partner Employee Benefits, Seyfarth Shaw LLP w…
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Opportunities are often “hidden” without having career advocates to facilitate them. Yet with those meaningful introductions, many career and entrepreneurial “big breaks” occur. The question is how do you create authentic and mutually beneficial relationships where the risk to help you is worth it to the other person. In this CareerCast, Susan McPh…
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Are you ready to make a move, or at least want to, and not sure how to bridge from your past to your aspiration? Kimberly B. Cummings, a leading career and leadership development expert, accomplished speaker, and author of Next Move, Best Move: Transitioning into a Career You’ll Love, would emphatically tell you to pivot with your strengths, values…
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Do you know how your personal brand and reputation impact personal and professional opportunities and success? Lida Citroën, CEO and founder of LIDA360, award-winning branding and reputation management expert, and author of CONTROL THE NARRATIVE: The Executive's Guide To Building, Pivoting And Repairing Your Reputation, would tell you that you must…
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Do you have a story that persuades others to take action that benefit both of you? Are you currently working to build a narrative that differentiates you in a positive way? According to Dr. Dennis Rebelo, professor, speaker, and creator of the research-based Peak Storytelling model, your story will largely determine whether or not you achieve your …
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Do you put things off that you know you should get done? As a coach, therapist and author of The Self-Sabotage Behavior Workbook, Dr. Candice Seti would tell you that you are not alone. The vast majority of working professionals procrastinate nearly every day. The cost is significant and yet, you can move past it. In this CareerCast, Candice shares…
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Powerful relationships are the currency of your career and life. Yet where do you start? Shawn Nason, founder & CEO of MOFI, the Nason Group ecosystem, author of Kiss Your Dragons: Radical Relationships, Bold Heartsets, & Changing the World, and host of The Combustion Chronicles podcast, believes you need to look at the relationships that might eve…
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Are you ready for the next disruption? According to Dave Knox, brand marketer, venture investor, startup advisor, and author of Predicting the Turn, even if you are an innovative, creative, disruptive organization today, you could be left in the dust tomorrow. In this CareerCast, David discusses the changing relationship between startups and Fortun…
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Depending who you talk to, the world is either filled with loss or overflowing with opportunity. Clearly, there aren’t two world. So what is the difference? Nir Bashan, founder and CEO of The Creator Mindset, award winner, Emmy nominee, and author of The Creator Mindset: 92 Tools to Unlock the Secrets to Innovation, Growth, and Sustainability, woul…
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There are so many problems these days that emerge on a near daily basis. Yet it is impossible to solve them all. So how do you decide which are the right problems to solve at any moment in time? Kristen Cox, former Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) for the State of Utah, university instructor and fellow at …
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Jobs have changed so much in the last decade and transforming at an exponential rate right now. In this age of uncertainty, staying in control of your professional life can feel overwhelmingly challenging. So what does it take to have, and be in control of, a successful and fulfilling career? In this CareerCast, Somi Arian, multi-award-Winning Film…
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Adversity seems to be everywhere – from home to work to society. According to strategist, coach and author of the bestselling book, The Empowerment Paradox, Ben Woodward, believe that now is the perfect time to accelerate your growth, advancement, and confidence by turning the challenges in front of you to your advantage. In this CareerCast, Ben br…
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Is it possible to choose the things to in your life and where you focus your energy with so many overlapping and conflicting demands? Gail Golden, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, MBA-holding entrepreneur, and author of Curating Your Life, would say, “Absolutely yes.” In this CareerCast, Gail shares how successful C-suite executives master both emotio…
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Do you ever have something you want to say – in a meeting, networking conversation, or even an interview – and your messaging loses its impact? You are not alone and the pressures of today’s workplace and job market only add to the stress. Caroline Goyder, advisor to executive leadership, speaker, and author of multiple books including Find Your Vo…
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Do your options seem to be shrinking? The question is: Do they need to be – even in challenging times? Joshua Spodek PhD MBA, three-time TEDx speaker, #1 bestselling author of Initiative and Leadership Step by Step, successful entrepreneur, and professor and coach of entrepreneurship and leadership at NYU and Columbia Business School, would say an …
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According to Keith Ferrazzi, Chairman of Ferrazzi Greenlight and its Research Institute and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Never Eat Alone and Leading without Authority, leadership no longer demands an office, an official title, or even a physical workplace. So, can an individual lead without authority? Keith would say “yes” and it’s an im…
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Is it possible to create an optimal outcome when you are in the midst of a really challenging time? If you ask, Dr. Jennifer Goldman-Wetzler, a leading expert on conflict and organizational psychology, founder and CEO of Alignment Strategies Group, and author of OPTIMAL OUTCOMES: Free Yourself from Conflict at Work, at Home, and in Life, she would …
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In today’s world, disruption is everywhere – at times to solve a new problem and other times because an industry or brand requires a big refresh to survive. According to Sean Pillot de Chenecey, brand expert and author of INFLUENCERS & REVOLUTIONARIES: How Innovative Trailblazers, Trends & Catalysts Are Transforming Business, the people who will th…
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Have you ever been told you are up for a promotion and it didn’t happen? According to Bonnie Marcus, sales and management executive, Forbes and Business Insider contributor, and author of The Politics of Promotion, this is an unfortunate and common occurrence. Yet there with knowledge, a strategy, and a plan you can give yourself an edge. In this C…
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Do you lose your focus and attention with each ping or ring from your device? Does this cause you to less efficient and effective that you would like? According to author, educator, and entrepreneur, Nir Eyal, you are not alone. He believes that this is not a new problem and goes way beyond your gadgets. It stems from our innate desire for escape. …
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Do you think that if you don’t succeed in your first startup, it’s unlikely you ever will? This is actually a myth. In fact, some people believe serial entrepreneurs are more likely to succeed, in part, because they build and exhibit persistence, tenacity, and resilience. Steve Kahan, serial entrepreneur himself and author of Be a Startup Superstar…
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