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As part of ExecuNet membership, I conduct a bi-weekly teleconference called Six-Figure Hotline where members call in to ask the questions keeping them up at night, and to gain market and trend insight from the career experts who join me in talking about issues that are important to executives today.

In one such teleconference, I was joined by Ken Cole, an executive search consultant, and a member asked us, "Every job I to apply to I see more than 100 applicants; how does one get to the front of the line to be noticed?"


New York City's South Bronx is traditionally associated with poverty and crime. But Bronx school teacher Stephen Ritz, as leader of the Green Bronx Machine, is driving a movement that is changing people's perceptions and more importantly transforming children's lives. Ritz believes transformation can occur though challenging assumptions and choosing to think differently.


Published on: Friday, August 08, 2014

Is Bigger Better? The Fallacy of Network Size as the Determiner of Success

Posted By: Judy Robinett
Filed Under: networking, judy robinett
Be honest: Do you ever brag about the size of your network?

I'm well aware that many social networks "rank" you more highly as the number of your connections increase. Certainly there are a lot of advisors telling you they have the "get rich quick" answer for building your business by increasing your email list or Facebook fans or Twitter followers.


Creator of the revolutionary Assumpt Strategy, Andy Cohen empowers global brands to think differently and challenge the assumptions that stand in the way of their success. Cohen's Assumpt Strategy is based on a counter-intuitive approach that assumptions are neither good or bad and produce both positive and negative outcomes. He teaches that what people do with their assumptions is the key to breaking through barriers in the mind.

Cohen said the power of assumptions can be used to spark innovation. "We start with our assumptions and then look for the data that fits it," he said. Because it is quicker and easier to accept assumptions as correct, we inadvertently limit our options and innovative thinking pathways.


Published on: Monday, August 04, 2014

Have You Considered Fishing in an Alternative Spot?

Posted By: Mark Anderson
Filed Under: mark anderson, job search, age bias, franchising, alternative careers
Last Monday, one of my employees came into the office telling us about the 18-inch pickerel he caught in a local state park over the weekend. Of course, he's one of those holdovers who still doesn't have a smartphone, so without visual evidence, the size of his catch was met with some skepticism around the office. After all, no one wants to be told a fish story!

But one look at the enthusiasm on Will's face when he talked about his catch and I was a believer. Not having much personal experience fishing, I was curious what went into landing the fish, so I asked him some questions. While I listened to his answers, I realized he very easily could have been talking about ExecuNet members looking for their next challenge. I asked him:


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