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One of our favorite podcasts is The Accidental Creative, hosted by author Todd Henry and billed as sharing how to “build practical, everyday practices that help you stay prolific, brilliant and healthy in life and work.” (Prolific is a great word.) One of Todd’s...
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Rebecca is an alumna of The Collective and the founder and principal of Rebecca Lakin Consulting. She helps help companies navigate their business and risk landscape through in-depth research, translating the data into actionable plans and solutions, and managing the resulting plans from start...
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The Confusion of Calling

What makes work meaningful for us? What does it mean to “have a calling?” This was the central question at this year’s National Career Development Association conference held in Chicago last week. Of course, the topic had our ears perk up: we’re obsessed with...
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Getting Unstuck Begins with V

So much of what we do at Flank 5 Academy involves community – authentic career community, at that. Building spaces like The Collective to have real conversations about what our Big Hairy Audicious Goals, our BHAGs, are or envisioning what our perfect day would look like...
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Throughout the past couple of weeks, we’ve had the opportunity to be in front of many career changers and leaders encouraging a conversation about generosity. Using Adam Grant’s Give and Take as a guide, we learn about how giver’s gain and why. One reason is...
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Q&A Monday – How Can I Help?

According to Wharton’s highest-rated professor, Adam Grant, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. In the first two chapters of his book, Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, he goes on to explain that leaders and individuals who practice giving...
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Starting is hard (and “re-starting” is even harder). There’s good news, though! Chances are, if you want change in your life – in career, relationships, financial freedom – you’ve ALREADY started. What you’re not doing is noticing, documenting and then sharing your progress. And...
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Procrastination is one of those words that has a “less than” or “negative” connotation. In other words, people who procrastinate are not as good as people who don’t – people who procrastinate are deficient or inferior and people who don’t are superior. Tim Urban,...
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