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How Unlearning Will Change Your Life

By David Harder on the March, 21, 2018

In a world where change grows every day, it is vitally important that we become athletic active learners. Over the last two decades, the acceleration of change has impacted each and every one of us. For many, the experience has been stressful and even damaging. New behaviors and outlooks are vitally important. We find them through curiosity and action, characteristics that are wise to develop in ourselves and our children. In other words, we commit to new learning all of the time. The payoff for this behavior is security. How different that is because during the Industrial Revolution we derived […]

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How Do You Make A Wildly Successful Career Transition?

By David Harder on the February, 18, 2018

Mel Spiese devoted his entire life to doing the right thing. He grew up in a very loving and supportive family and yet, they didn’t push him to excel. So, he didn’t. As college approached, he walked into an ROTC office and realized they offered the possibility of becoming someone and stop being disappointed in himself. He loved the Marines and over time, received several degrees, rose through the ranks, and eventually became a Major General in charge of all training and development.   When someone grows up professionally in one organization, they often leave with a unique set of […]

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How to Avoid the Boss From Hell

By David Harder on the February, 15, 2018

“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.” Theodore Roosevelt   The single most important piece of information you need to know before accepting a job is, “Who’s the boss?”   Many people don’t give it much thought because they are so eager to take the job. If that is the case, the real problem is they do not have enough leads and consequently are also not being selective. For example, if someone had the opportunity to choose between Oprah and Harvey Weinstein, which one would be a better choice? In […]

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Self-Help – Built By Cheats, Charlatans & Used-Car Salesmen

By David Harder on the February, 13, 2018

When my first book was published, I had a struggle with my publisher because they wanted to put The Truth About Work into the self-help category. I don’t know one truly successful person who practices self help. In fact, when a talented individual tells me they are failing, it is usually because of isolation.   Self-help is a big industry. It is filled with brilliant and loving people. My literary agent Lisa Hagan specializes in self-help and you would never find someone with greater integrity, love, and smarts. But let’s begin by examining the definition. Are we marketing to a truth or […]

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Don’t Ever Go to Single Friends for Relationship Advice!

By David Harder on the February, 12, 2018

Years ago, I came down with a minor illness that required my hiding at home. It didn’t kill me but at one point I told God, “I wouldn’t mind.” While I was at this low point, my office sent over the mail and on the top of the stack was a package from Jack Canfield. Jack was one of the first big deal leaders to endorse my work and he actually orchestrated my first publishing contract. Inside was his newest book, Success Principles. Jack included a generous note and said, “I so admire the courage that it takes for you […]

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Why Pitches Don’t Work on LinkedIn

By David Harder on the February, 2, 2018

“You cannot underestimate people’s ability to spot a soulless, bureaucratic tactic a million miles away. It’s a big reason why so many companies that have dipped a toe in social media waters have failed miserably.” – Gary Vaynerchuk   Social media is today’s single greatest marketing resource for building a business or a career. But, for many, that kind of impact remains in the realm of potential rather than day-to-day results. We accept connections only to never hear from them again. Another starts showering us with lengthy sales pitches.   The purpose of social media was to build relationships, not […]

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Does Your Tribe Support You or Own You?

By David Harder on the January, 22, 2018

We were delivering an especially large Inspired Work Program. After the first lunch, a group of men came walking in together. They were laughing. They had come up with the “Jewish Mother’s Hierarchy of Acceptable Career Choices.”This narrow range of possibilities was based on how one mother’s eyebrows responded when the other revealed what her son did for a living. A minor rise was a CPA. Halfway up the forward was an attorney. Of course, those eyebrows reached the hairline for a physician. A specialist added a natural facelift. But, what happened when one of these young men came home and […]

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The Five Steps All of Us Use to Kill Off Change

By David Harder on the January, 20, 2018

Business media sends out articles every single day about the acceleration of change, about changing technology impacting each and every one of us. But, little is said about how to change ourselves.   Learning how to change ourselves is one of the single most valuable of life experiences. For many, the learning process is uncomfortable and perhaps even frightening. However, when an individual clearly defines her or his unique purpose in life, when they design that work that is meaningful, many finally have to motivation to change. More pointedly, if work is “just a job,” why deal with any discomfort? […]

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How One Tech CEO Created Talent Stability

By David Harder on the January, 16, 2018

The technology industry tends to be very good at hiring people, keeping them is an entirely different matter. Gourmet lunches, pool tables in the break room, gyms, and onsite daycare are certainly nice perks but the tech industry has the highest turnover within all industry categories. Average tenure hovers around three years. Amazon and Google, while characterized in the press as wildly different cultures, actually are within .1% of each other with their turnover.   According to David Harder, author of The Workplace Engagement Solution(Career Press), here’s why:   “The tech industry is filled with both employers and employees committed to […]


Fear of Success is a Big Fat Ugly Lie

By David Harder on the January, 12, 2018

Early this morning, I woke up and thought of how frightening it would be to pay all my bills, buy a spectacular beach home in the Malibu Colony and purchase a brand-new Azimut 77S foot yacht with a crew of two. My mind wandered towards getting up and visiting Amazon book reviews on my new book which include, “It sets a new bar in the creation of iconic business books” and “David Harder does it again.” Tomorrow, perhaps we would fly in our private jet to Milan with an afternoon shopping in the Fashion District and an evening at La […]