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John Stepper
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Do you view what you do as a Job, a Career, or a Calling? 

It turns out you don't need to find your dream job to find fulfillment at work. Even in your current role, you have more control than you think.
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I finally know the answer to "What would I do if I wasn't afraid?" But it took a long time for me to learn how to deal with common fears at work. Fear of my boss, of speaking up, even of asking myself some hard questions.

Are you afraid at work? What would you do if you weren't afraid?
For most of my career, I’ve been afraid. As I approach 50, though, that fear is being replaced by something else. Not quite confidence and certainly not peace. It's more a sense of fuck-it-I-need-t...
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Great post, John.
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When I was 11 years old, I saw a made-for-TV movie with William Shatner that was emblazoned on my young brain. It was a dramatization of Milgram's experiments on obedience (though I had no clue about that then). 

Like the volunteers in Milgram's experiment, managers also do things to employees they'd never do to family or friends. Here's why that is - and how to fight back.
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A difficult conversation with someone who cares about you can help you confront an uncomfortable truth. I’ve been writing a book for the past 18 months. My friends will ask “How’s the book coming along?” I’ll respond with some vague reply and they’ll…
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That's really generous of you. When it comes to your contributions at work, you already have a global influence. As you look for motivation to use it, think of the 1000+ people in the Manila office whom you can lead by example.

Will send you that draft!
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Imagine you’re afraid of snakes. You don’t just dislike them. You’re so afraid that you can’t even walk on grass for fear a snake might be there. Like other phobias, the fear paralyzes you and the paralysis affects other parts … Continue reading →
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Awesome stuff as usual +John Stepper :)

And thanks so much for the new word. As usual, another word that I intuitively understood for some time but didn't know that there was an actual word to describe it. Seems to be the story of my life. Intuitive understanding first and then logical articulation later. :)
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Finding meaning & fulfillment in your work and life is something no career counselor or personality test can help you do.

There's a better way.
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Simply railing against management doesn't do much good for anyone. Although I bristle at common management practices, bad behavior by managers, and even the way authority is doled out at corporations, I myself am <ahem> a manager. 

Instead, here are 5 ways you can help your boss by working out loud. After all, your manager is one of the most influential people in your network. Help them and you'll be helping yourself.
A lot of the rhetoric about management, including my own, can come across as pitting us against them. But I’m actually a manager, too. And my boss has a boss. So who’s us and who’s them? Okay, mayb...
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oh yes it does.. it lifts my mood.. for half an hour ;) and sometimes that's all it needs.. 
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Do you need something from someone? When you present your request in the right way, asking for help can be its own special kind of gift.

In asking for help on my book ("Working Out Loud") and other things, I've found these 5 things ensure my requests feel more like an invitation than an imposition.
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Building trust with clients takes a long time. But there's a way you can accelerate things. 

Recently, I met with some good friends of mine who are in start-up consulting firms. And we talked about how Working Out Loud could help distinguish them while earning the trust of their clients more quickly.
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Trust is the pivotal building block to any successful relationship. Once you know someone on the human level it is amazing what can be accomplished compared to just doing business as usual. I believe doing business with deep human relationships is essential for the future success of business. #human_efficiency
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I was walking by myself on a pristine beach in Mexico. It was early morning and the sun hadn’t quite made it’s appearance yet. Looking out to where the expansive gray-blue sky met the grayer, bluer ocean, I could feel … Continue reading →
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it's NOT me who is generous! ;) 
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