Every now and then while striving for career success you brush shoulders with these tidbits of unintentional ‘attaboys’. What I mean by this is that someone who is in a position I respect, and whom I ultimately have to answer to, could merely mention they enjoy the same beer I do – well, I can extract that I’m on the right track for pallet development…

Recently, in a meeting with the highest level of leadership I have the privilege of interacting with, an individual strongly urged the department heads to seek out The Art of War – something I had already sought it. Especially since it was free on iTunes. What struck me though most though, was that this particular individual is decorated in education, experience, and results – but they went on to illustrate multiple forms of media including films that they drew influence from. This is absolutely a tactic I use – I’ve seen enough House M.D. (and grew up around actual MD’s – so calm down) – that I could rattle of diagnostic terms and function in a think tank without making up words.

If you haven’t embraced this method – or even if you have put the self sought learning to the side, I implore you to pursue it. It may even be a topic of business completely irrelevant to your current goals and plans – but if my experience is of any relevance, you might happily be in another position as your path develops.

Now go read that book – its only 98 pages

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