The April 12 launch at Pad 39A of STS-1, just seconds past 7 a.m., carries astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen into an Earth orbital mission (STS-1. 1981). NASA

Best Secret For Succeeding When You’re “Smart”

E. Forrest Christian Careers, Coaching, Overachievers, Underachievers 2 Comments

t being August, I thought it a good time reiterate the most useful piece of coaching I can give you: do you what you’re good at doing.

It seems so simple that feels almost insulting to receive as advice: Do what you’re good at. It seems like such a truism.

Except that so many high potentials just don’t see it.

Smedberg: Illustration from "Boy who was never afraid"

Reduce Career Risk By Moving Closer To Danger

E. Forrest Christian Careers, Coaching, Overachievers, Underachievers Leave a Comment

There’s a reason why I talk about so many different ways of looking at your career, things like Levels of Work, the 7 Languages of Achievement, domains of work, and even personality differences. It’s all about helping you stop making career decisions that have almost no chance of working. For you. Because, you see, what’s risky for most people is …

The British Museum Reading Room. A panorama of 2x5 segments. By Diliff. CC BY SA 3.0.

Even in the Library, Biggest Person Takes the Heat

E. Forrest Christian Careers, Coaching, Overachievers, Underachievers Leave a Comment

Did you know that if you have more capacity to do work than the people you work with, they’ll oftentimes respond by addressing things to you even though you’re not the boss? I’m busy putting the finishing touches on the launch of a new program Overachievers or Adult Underachievers, people who are not doing a role that is big enough …

No Flooding at Requisite Writing Central

E. Forrest Christian Overachievers Leave a Comment

As some of you probably know, some of my partners have been washed out in Cedar Rapids and southern Indiana. Thus far we at The Manasclerk Company headquarters have been able to escape these 500-year rainfall events here in Indiana’s North End. But I’ve still been very busy with a new program that I’m rolling out. Stay tuned.

Sand bucket on the beach of Punta del Este, Uruguay. David (CC BY 2.0)

What You Might Do vs. What You Can Do

E. Forrest Christian Coaching, Overachievers, Underachievers 2 Comments

I have been muddying up the difference between what you can now do and what you could do now, say with the right training; between the size of your capability bucket and how much is in it. One is current capability while the latter is your current capacity. Glenn Mehltretter of PeopleFit reminded me in a comment he left on …

New York Public Library's Business in iTunes U

E. Forrest Christian Overachievers Leave a Comment

TUAW reported that the NYPL joined the iTunes U pages. What’s incredible is that this includes some of their business presentations and audio, including such things as “Accounting and Bookkeeping Essentials” and “Credit Management and Credit Repair for Entrepreneurs”. A worthwhile look for those of you who are starting up new businesses in this awful environment.

Advertisment design study for Pierce Arrow automobiles (1915). By Edward Penfield. Via Library of Congress collection.

What Makes a Good Ontology

E. Forrest Christian Overachievers 2 Comments

Since we’ve been talking about naming, and Glenn Mehltretter posted such a great example in his comment, it’s a good time to consider Ontologies. Since Kinston’s Taxonomy is what the knowledge management people would call an ontology, I’ve been looking at them. Barry Smith of the Basic Formal Ontology project at Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science (IFOMIS) …