5 Entrepreneurial Lessons I Learned From Watching Shark Tank

Michael K Career Development, Productivity 5 Comments

Recently, I’ve become more and more fascinated with entrepreneurship. So it made sense that this past Friday, I sat down and joined in on what millions of Americans have been doing for years—watching ABC’s popular reality show “Shark Tank.” The show is interesting to say the least. It’s now even become a part of my regular DVR rotation at home. For those who have never watched an episode, here’s the show’s basic premise: Aspiring entrepreneurs get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of “sharks”—five self-made multi-millionaires …

Michael K5 Entrepreneurial Lessons I Learned From Watching Shark Tank

How To Maximize Your Creative Potential

Michael K Career Development, Personal Development, Productivity 12 Comments

We are all full of creative ideas… Untapped ideas… Ideas—that if we ever leveraged—could potentially be monetized. Yet the reality for many people is that they will live their entire lives and never tap into all of the creativity that laid dormant down on the inside of them. To help ensure that doesn’t become your reality, below are four suggestions that I believe can help you both identify and capitalize on your best creative thoughts: 1. Schedule regular periods of stillness. For many individuals, the biggest enemy to their creativity …

Michael KHow To Maximize Your Creative Potential

3 Reasons Why Your Team Member May Be Underperforming

Michael K Career Development, Leadership, Productivity Leave a Comment

As a leader, at some time or another, you will face a situation where an individual on your team is performing below supervisory expectations. What should you do when there is a gap between the level of performance that you expect and what is actually being produced? As a starting point, examine the set of metrics you are using to evaluate the individual’s performance. Are the metrics designed correctly? Are you measuring what ultimately matters? Assuming that you are indeed using the proper set of performance evaluation metrics, there are …

Michael K3 Reasons Why Your Team Member May Be Underperforming

3 Questions Your Next Proposal Should Answer

Michael K Career Development, Productivity 2 Comments

Do you have an idea that you believe could change things for the better? Are you frustrated with mundane routines that are producing mediocre results? Do you know of a better way? Submitting a proposal is a great way for you to showcase your ideas in ways that create value for your organization. Whether it’s for a project, a process, or a different type of proposal, the goal of any proposal is to convince your readers that they should choose your proposed choice. Learning how to write an effective proposal …

Michael K3 Questions Your Next Proposal Should Answer

How To Get A YES From Your Next Sales Pitch

Michael K Career Development, Productivity 5 Comments

Selling isn’t just a profession. It’s a way of life. Every day, whether we realize it or not, you and I are selling something. The person sharing links and ideas with others on Twitter is selling. The employee submitting a new proposal to their boss at work is selling. The person attempting to drive more traffic to their website is selling. The working professional who passes out their business cards is…you guessed it—selling something. Selling is all around us. Back in 2005, I worked in North Carolina for about a …

Michael KHow To Get A YES From Your Next Sales Pitch