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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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The Problem With Business & Metaphysics

By David Harder on the February, 7, 2018

Years ago, we were leading an Inspired Work Program for a large group of spiritual coaches. At the first break, members of my team came over and told me how lovely the the participants were. I responded, “By the time we have lunch, many of them will be homicidal.” This was a particularly advanced group because they continued with their kindness and evenness until later in the day.   Much of the metaphysical community is dirt poor. It was ironic to be working with spiritual coaches who were trying to pay their utility bills. Unfortunately, participants responded to the problem […]

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The Five-Minute Engagement Booster

By David Harder on the February, 6, 2018

“Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we’re too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone.” Steven Spielberg   Take a moment to think of the people who stay organized while getting enormous quanties of work finished, and others who look busy but are not producing results. One of the significant contributors to employee disengagement is frenzy. Busy-ness does not equate […]

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Is Information Overload Making Us Nuts? It has for thousands of years.

By David Harder on the February, 2, 2018

People don’t run out of dreams – people just run out of time. Glenn Frey – The Eagles   In 1970, my hero, the brilliant futurist Alvin Toffler predicted that by the turn of the century, we would be in continual information overload. This has come to pass. Today, we consume 34 gigabytes of content or about 100,000 words of information per day. We encounter enough information to fill 174 newspapers. We tend to get overwhelmed but perhaps it is the quality of the information that is causing the stress. For example, the brain processes 400 Billion bits of information per […]


The Great Political Failure of Work

By David Harder on the January, 29, 2018

There has never been a more important time for the workers of America to discover the vast opportunities to make new and better livings. Today, it is easier to start a business, find the “dream job,” and to do work that is far more interesting. In fact, for many, doing so is a necessity.   Unfortunately, too many workers are not keeping up with change, which is directly linked to employee engagement and employability. The numbers speak for themselves. According to Gallup’s latest global survey, only 13% of the world’s workers are engaged. Last year, the New York Times published […]

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The One Truth That I Know For Sure

By David Harder on the January, 26, 2018

For years, Oprah Winfrey featured an annual episode where leaders would share the one thing they knew with certainty.   Here’s mine:   Every single one of us comes into this world with a unique purpose. Until we find that purpose, to varying degrees, we suffer. Our unique role in the world cannot and will not be defined by others. In fact, until we engage in the kind of self-examination that leads to the truth, we are typically living someone else’s life, someone else’s idea of who and what we ought to do for a living or how we ought […]

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No Matter Where You Are, This Will Make Your Day Better

By David Harder on the January, 25, 2018

We all have them. Life is sailing along and then we encounter a real clunker of a day.   There is a solution that doesn’t require leaving one’s computer.   As the owner of Inspired Work, the recession introduced quite a few difficult days. I began evaluating ways to rebuild our company. Eventually, the way we did that was to reinvent how social networking is used. All too often, it is used to sell our products and services. But, the spirit of social networking is to build relationships. When we make any type of a sales pitch with new contacts, […]