Book Brief: Creative Careers by B. Jeffrey Madoff

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Creative Careers: Making a Living with Your Ideas B. Jeffrey Madoff Hachette Go, 2020 The Idea Creative Careers pulls from interviews with more than forty experts–notable entrepreneurs, artists, and business leaders–as well as from Madoff’s own decades of experience. Born from Madoff’s popular seminar Creative Careers at Parsons School of Design in New York, he draws from interviews with huge names in creativity as well as a lifetime career in fashion and film. Creativity can often feel sporadic and unfocused, coming in bursts and peaks. That’s why Madoff focuses your professional path by asking vital questions that will ultimately help you. […]

An American Intervention

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Photo: The author inside a human cage at The Whitney Plantation, the only American plantation restored to honor the memory and plight of enslaved African people. Welcome to the week of waking up. I am watching the stream of Official Statements from various organizations from the back of the room, leaning against the wall with my arms crossed, side of my mouth turned up and brow furrowed. This week of black squares on social media has been what the rainbow logo is to Pride week: easy, convenient, trendy. Meaningless unless followed by tangible, measurable action. Businesses that declare support for […]

My Career Story: Heidi Busche, Relationship Coach

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Name: Heidi Busche Current Job: Speaker, Author, Relationship Expert.  Founder of Heidi B Coaching. Current Place: Portland, OR by way of Iowa, Pittsburgh, Denver, and Ireland. Hometown: Bettendorf, IA Age: 40 What I wanted to be when I grew up: Madonna – I can remember being like, I want to major in music with a minor in Madonna. College degree: Bachelor of Science (BS); Political Science, University of Pittsburgh.  Masters of Science (MS); Political Science, Portland State University What do you love about what you do? I love all of the PR that comes with owning a business and marketing […]

June 2020: Career Stories

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Watching President Obama’s virtual commencement addresses in May, I was inspired to do something to support this year’s grads. If I could give them one gift, what would it be? The answer: self confidence. Not in the swagger sense (although I wish them some of that too). I’d wish them that centered, calm state that they’ve got this, that things will work out fine, that it’s all good, and that a sense of “it’s all just a game” can relieve the anxiety of feeling like you have to have it all perfectly planned out from the kickoff. The best way […]

Join Pregame: Virtual Membership Now Open!

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Pregame is all about helping you achieve your goals with the support of a team. We’re excited to open Pregame Membership to players everywhere. [learn more] Virtual membership has always been part of our long term game plan, but thanks to the coronavirus, we stepped up and moved everything online overnight. The silver lining? Now we can welcome you to our team, no matter where you are. For the past four years (plus five years of events before that), we’ve exclusively held our daily workshops in person. Nothing matches the magic of live interaction… or so we thought. It turns […]

Can You Learn to Be Lucky? Karla Starr Says Yes.

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How’s this for luck: leaving PDX Airport, I happened to select a shared Lyft at just the right moment and found myself on the ride with a smart, savvy, NYC-based journalist who would quickly become a good friend: Karla Starr. Karla’s first book, Can You Learn to Be Lucky?, was a smash success, named as one of the Top 10 books of the year by Fast Company and hailed by every nonfiction business-psychology author you’ve heard of as a must-read. In our conversations, I’m always impressed with her curiosity, thoughtfulness, and research-backed assertions. And, lucky us!, she’s coming to Pregame […]

What If I Have Nothing to Offer?

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In almost every class I’ve ever taught in the relationship-building space, there is a question that comes up more than any other when I talk about reaching out to people at higher levels for things like mentorship, advice, etc. What If I have nothing to offer that person because I’m just a ______________?  Before I get into the weeds with this, let me first say that everyone deals with this on some level. We all have people who we see as doing such great things we imagine anything we could suggest or offer them would pale in comparison to what […]

Maria Grzanka: Getting Organized Using the Principles of Lean

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Maria Grzanka is a continuous improvement instructor, facilitator, and coach with 20 years’ experience practicing Lean, primarily focused on business processes. She designs and facilitates custom workshops for organizations and coach leaders in developing a continuous improvement culture. On February 27, Maria will lead a project management workshop at Pregame – here’s a preview! What is Lean? My definition goes like this: Lean is a collection of principles, values, and tools pointing toward a common goal: to create an environment where it is safe to do the work; where we continually learn to solve problems and to progress as a team. […]

Goal Clarity: 10 Questions to Ask Yourself

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Need clarity on your goals, your direction, your next steps? We talk a lot about setting goals at Pregame and in my book Game Plan. The Game Plan workbook is a great way to get clarity for your New Year – create a little goal retreat on your own or with a friend. To pregame that work, start with our Clarifying Questions. I try to do them a couple of times each year and it gives me clarity on what my goals should be right now. It’s like being on a really long road trip and taking a rest stop; […]

Accomplishments & Accolades

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As I was scrolling the Book Of Faces the other night I was struck by all of the end of the year posts that came up. It seems many times when you check out the socialz there are posts where someone will mention how excited they are about all of the things that happened in this past year and what’s to come for the new one and then there’s usually a long thread of comments below saying “congratulations” or “good job!” etc. And if you’re one of the entrepreneurs who had a not so good year, this can sometimes make […]