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John Stepper
Worked at Deutsche Bank
Attended Columbia University
Lives in New York City
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What was your big break? What big break would you like to create?
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Whatever your goal, I hope this helps you make the changes you want to make.
“Take this pill, every day, for the rest of your life,” my doctor said. I sighed at this obvious sign of decline, envisioning the 7-day pillbox that all old people seem to have. “Already?” I asked....
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How is it that your conversations with friends might be limited to small talk and yet you might deeply connect with a stranger sitting next to you on an airplane? 

Here's how - with a few adjustments, sometimes in a few minutes - you can forge more meaningful connections at work and in the rest of your life.
Even during some of the worst times in my life, I’ve responded to How are you? with Everything’s great!  I thought by showing people that I didn’t need help, that I was always happy, I could someho...
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Thanks, +Trisha Liu I'll take a peek in a bit.
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3 ways you can use feedback to make you awesome instead of defensive.
I usually suck at receiving feedback. Even a constructive suggestion from my wife about loading the dishwasher feels like a personal attack, as if my very self-worth is tied to whether the dishes s...
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Haha.  "There is no dishwasher."  The feedback I needed. 
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I did this exercise 4 years ago and was reminded about it this week while coaching people. In reading my own letter, it was fascinating to read what I wanted then and see what's happened since.

Perhaps my most striking memory from writing it was feeling anxious as I did it, as if I was afraid to even think about the possibilities.
  If you’ve ever wondered where you’re heading, or what your work and life is leading up to (if anything), then I have an exercise that might help you. This week, I suggested this exercise whe...
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The traditional ways to find a job were only good for finding traditional jobs. This story shows you how you can combine your aptitudes and passions to find work you'll love - or to have it find you.
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Yes, she's my daughter and yes, she's awesome. But what struck me recently was how she learns to do things - solve a Rubik's cube, play golf, play the cello - in ways that still elude people inside big companies. She naturally works out loud, focuses on getting better instead of competing, and joins communities of practice to share learning. By doing so, she's more effective more quickly at doing things she wants to do.

Companies can learn a lot from 9 year olds.
Work, even life, is a kind of Rubik’s cube. Allow me to explain. I’ve never solved a Rubik’s cube. I’ve tried, of course. I turned it this way and that till one side was the same color. Then, frust...
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Much of the management advice I received focused on putting people in their place, on letting them know who’s boss. I cringe now when I think of the management I inflicted on people.

It took me a long time to learn how wrong the advice was. And it turns out the best training I received wasn't from any manager or any company.
How do people learn to be good managers? For most of my working life, I’ve received terrible advice about management. All of it came from bosses who felt that becoming an effective leader necessari...
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John, they were just seeing if you had the core competencies for corporate leadership (AKA sociopath qualities). You failed the test ;)

http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2009/10/07/the-gervais-principle-or-the-office-according-to-the-office/

http://www.jarche.com/2012/09/first-we-shape-our-structures-and-then-the-sociopaths-take-over/
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How would you help millions of people to work out loud?
I’ve got a problem and I’m hoping you can help me. I know that working out loud - working in an open, generous, connected way - increases your chances of finding meaning and fulfillment in your wor...
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This Mother's Day, more than a decade after my mom died, I'm finally grasping all she gave me.
Growing up, my mother’s lack of education and limited worldview were infuriating and embarrassing. Though she raised me, she seemed so different from me. That led to a sense of detachment and indif...
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How I found great food and much more where I least expected it. 
        For many travelers, their best meal in Florence might be high on a hill with views of the Duomo. Or along the Arno river, overlooking the Ponte Vecchio. Or maybe in a pi...
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