Unlock! Kindle Edition Launch

"Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them."

Today, the Unlock! Launch Team and I share the product that we have been working on for a while. 

Unlock! launches today in 18 online stores and in 15 countries.

If someone were to ask you to describe Unlock! in one sentence, here it is: "Unlock! is a modern and practical career leadership guide for navigating disruptive times".

Here is everything you need to know to get copies for your friends and yourself (links included):

Watch the Unlock! launch event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/723716441531403

Links for social sharing: Please go to our Facebook page and LinkedIn page for posts that you can share on your page. For more sharing and gifting options, please visit our Unlock! Media Kit page that includes detailed information about the book, how to buy, and how to share on social media. 

Link to buy: As you know, the reason I run CareerTiger is to make an impact....

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Episode 18 | Career Nation Show with Brian Lillie

“When you’re passionate about getting to the right answer or doing a great job, you’re not there to just get by. You want to approach it with energy and passion. Otherwise, that’s not a life worth living.”

– Brain Lillie, Career Nation Show, Episode 18.

Brian Lillie is a U.S. Air Force veteran; he has been the Chief Product Officer, Chief Customer Officer, and Chief Information Officer at leading tech companies like Equinix. He has led Sales Operations, Program Management, and IT organizations at Verisign, Silicon Graphics. 

He is an innovative thinker and created a program for the Executive Education program at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, the predecessor of their current best-selling Innovative Technology Leader program.

He is a Board member at two public companies, Lumentum (LITE) and Talend (TLND), one private company (Advocate Insiders), and advises multiple startups and private equity firms.

He is a...

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Apply Design Thinking to Your Jobs and Area of Work

If there were no problems, we wouldn’t need leaders. 

As a leader, one of your major jobs is to solve the problems and challenges around you. You need to become the visionary who is able to find the best possible solutions in a cost-effective manner. 

The New Problem Solver

Solving problems requires creative and non-restrictive methods of thinking. The same old approaches don’t work mostly because the times are new and the challenges are new. An innovative approach to problem-solving is the need of the hour.

This is where design thinking steps in.

Design thinking is a human-centric approach to problem-solving. You can even call it an empathetic approach towards solutions because it ultimately has the consumer/end-user at the heart of it. Design thinking is applied by making sure that we create solutions closely aligned to problems. This is especially effective when the problems are less defined and are less structured, or for ongoing problems that have remained...

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How to update your resume – 10 easy changes you can make right now to stand out + the 25 best templates for your resume in 2020. [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Let's go over the best templates for resumes to get your resume in the best format possible. Before choosing the best template for your resume, it is important to first choose the format and then make strategic edits to make your resume shine!

It is actually easy and let me walk you through the process to edit your resume and then we we will go over choosing the perfect template for your resume.

Ready? Let's go.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST RESUME FORMAT

In a nutshell, the purpose of your resume is to tell a (short) story about who you are, what you’ve done, and what you can do. And your personal story better impress recruiters / hiring managers, otherwise, no job for you.

Need a great resume

Don’t worry, I will help you to build your profile with the right resume format. Also, I will share the amazing 10 easy changes you can make for your resume which would help you to find career opportunities.

If you’re wondering how to create a resume, you’re in the right...

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Clarity of Purpose Drives Productivity

As a leader, you’re trying to create an impact by striving for exceptional results. 

During this journey, your team members should understand the purpose of your team. Why does this team exist? Or, if you want to go macro, why does this company exist? 

Surprisingly, many leaders are unable to answer this question. A recent survey found that 55% of corporate employees cannot answer the question ‘why their team exists?’ clearly.

Unclear Purpose Cause Problems

If team members are not clear on the purpose of their team, they will invent their purpose. They will end up planning and doing the work according to their purpose, which may or may not be in sync with the broader plan. As a result, the team, as a whole, ends up with directionless work and low productivity. 

Being the leader, you owe it to yourself, your immediate team, and to your broader team to articulate your team’s purpose.

Clarity of Purpose is the Leader’s Responsibility

Clarify...

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The Best Time to Find Your Next Opportunity

There are two different scenarios for you to move to a new career opportunity:

  1. When you want to make the change.This happens when you understand that this is the right time to move on in order to learn new opportunities.
  2. The other scenario is when the market wants you.In this scenario, the market is valuing your skills, expertise, and experience. The companies might be pinging you on LinkedIn, and recruiters might be calling you. 

In the second scenario, there is a chance for you to feel like you are not really ready for your next jump. If you ever feel like that, always rethink that. Think twice or thrice.

Opportunities are always created in the market. Market forces decide when certain skills are going to be in demand. So, when the market is calling you, you must pay attention. Because when the market is calling you, it means that your skills and experience are in demand. 

And, when the market forces call you, it might be your big leadership break. You can...

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Establishing Currency Will Build Your Professional Network

One of the ways to build your brand within the organization is by creating currency. No, we’re not talking about the Federal Reserve. Let’s say you help executive A and provide some value. Then you’ve built currency with that person, and you’ve made a small currency deposit.

Building Network Internally and Externally

Over time, you can build currency with many people within as well as outside of your organization. Here are some ways for you to create that currency with others. 

  1. Respond to requests for help. You may come across emails, text messages, or IMs across your organization, asking for help. They may be asking, “Hey, can you help me with this task / this activity / this project?” That’s your opportunity to throw your hat in the ring and say, “Yes, I would love to help with that.”
  2. Help even if you are not being asked for help. Sometimes you can ask the question, “How can I help?” Your colleagues will...
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What are the Best Investment Plans?

Where should you invest now? 

The stock market is touching all-time highs, which makes it an expensive area to enter into now. Real estate is already expensive and Bitcoin is still very speculative. With their low rate of returns, savings accounts in banks are also out of the picture.

So, where should you invest that extra money in your hand? $2K, $5K, $50K, or $100K, it really doesn’t matter. The question is where to put this money to get maximum returns? 

The best investment you can make right now is in yourself. There are many ways to accomplish this.

Take that training you’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Attend an industry conference or go ahead and pursue that MBA or any other university education. 

Better yet, invest in your health – hire a trainer, create a diet plan, and join a gym. 

Maybe start a side hustle? Chances are, over time, this side hustle could become your main hustle.

If you don’t feel like doing any of the...

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Driving Change

The only constant in our work lives today is change. Leaders are going gaga over driving change – creating something new, improving existing things, making things better. 

As a leader, if you are not driving change, that means you are maintaining the status quo. The longer you maintain that status quo, the higher the risk. If you become a legacy or more obsolete, something could be disrupted down the road. 

Instead of maintaining the status quo, it is far better and far more valuable to figure out what can you improve. What can you create something new? What can you build? And once you figure it, make it happen for the environment around you, for your teams, for your stakeholders, and for your customers.

What are you planning to do today? What are you planning to change today? And how are you going to make that happen?

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Pattern Interrupt – to Solve Work Repetition

Imagine your typical workday. 

You get ready, commute to work, and you walk into the office. You got meetings, assignments, work, projects, products, customers, employees, colleagues, and so much more to take care of. And once you get done with the day, you commute back, rinse and repeat for the next day.

This pattern continues and over a period of time, it probably becomes repeatable. And if it becomes too monotonous, then atrophy sets in, and your creativity starts to diminish. 

What should be done when you detect this?

Be prepared for a pattern interrupt when you see these symptoms appear for the very first time. A pattern interrupt is a way to disrupt the repeated nature of your work with an activity or an event. It must be something so extreme that it will break you free of those repeated work cycles. 

These activities could be anything from going on a long hike to something way more adventurous. Or at work, you can have off-sites that involve...

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