Career Tip Archives

Cameron-Brooks Tip Archives
provide valuable advice to guide in your military transition and business career.

Become the Most Interesting Leader in the World

Dos Equis’ ad campaign for the Most Interesting Man in the World encourages us to “Stay thirsty my friends.”  Changing the campaign to the Most Interesting Leader in the World and the tag line to, “Stay curious my friends,” makes it excellent advice for a high potential leader. Roger Cameron set a great example for […]
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The Art of Good Coaching

I love giving advice.  I have been at Cameron-Brooks for almost 18 years now, so I have lots of advice for military officers, our alumni and Cameron-Brooks team members.  My oldest daughter is headed off to college next year.  Question on how to fill out a college application?  No problem. I read applications every day […]
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Choosing Mentors: 6 Tips to Making the Ask

Roger Cameron, founder of the JMO recruiting industry and Cameron-Brooks, used to say in his introductory Information Meetings, “You will not reach your potential and move up within an organization…”and then he would pause for effect (he was really good at this), and say, “unless other people want you to get there.” If you want […]
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What is the Best Advice You Ever Received?

What’s the best advice you have ever received?  When did you apply it?  Who did you share this advice with and what kind of impact did it have? I interview thousands of people every year and I need to create new questions to keep interviews interesting, otherwise it can seem like “Groundhog Day.”  My “best […]
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Don’t be a Perpetual Critic

Roger Cameron originally wrote this Career Tip.  I rewrote it and published it to the Cameron-Brooks Blog in December.  I received such positive feedback and comments that I wanted to share in this quarter’s career tip. Critical thinking skills are an important part of being an effective leader.  A good leader has to be able […]
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A Successful Transition Requires Perspective, Patience, and Performance

Many military officers who transition from the military to business find the career exploration, interviewing and recruiting process exciting.  Like starting a new relationship, traveling to a new destination, or beginning a new book, the fresh change and future possibilities create so many positive emotions.  During the recruiting process, companies will put together an on-site […]
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Why Routine Matters

I heard Olivia Fox Cobane, executive coach and author of The Charisma Myth, on a podcast recently discussing uncertainty thresholds and the importance of installing and protecting daily routines. Her ideas were new to me and inspired me to evaluate some of my daily routines. She said everyone has an uncertainty threshold. That is a […]
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Become a Better Listener and Make the World Better

Many people make New Year’s resolutions or set goals.  More articles now come out about how it is not even worth it as most people by now have started the process of quitting on them.  This seems like such a waste of good intentions.  However, what if more people set a goal to be a […]
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Make Life Easier – Less Stressful

As I write this career tip, I am in the air, maybe 30,000 feet or so, on my way to Dallas and ultimately on my way to San Antonio. I have already officially missed my connection in Dallas because of lousy weather in Denver, which had nothing to do with me considering I wasn’t even […]
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Make Life Easier – Less Stressful

As I write this career tip, I am in the air, maybe 30,000 feet or so, on my way to Dallas and ultimately on my way to San Antonio. I have already officially missed my connection in Dallas because of lousy weather in Denver, which had nothing to do with me considering I wasn’t even […]
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Speaking When it is True, Helpful and Positive

This may date me a bit, but in high school, I remember the cheerleaders used megaphones so their cheers and chants projected loudly out into the stands for all the fans to hear.  Megaphones made their cheers and chants louder, resonating and reverberating throughout the stadium.  If you are a leader, you may not realize […]
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Want to be a Leader? Shhh! Be quiet.

Retreat. Let the dust settle. Solitude. Leader. You might be asking how the above concepts relate, and that is the point of this Career Tip – “Want to Be a Leader?  Shhhh!  Be Quiet.”  Taking time to reflect, think and become quiet, and spending time in solitude are keys to becoming a more effective leader. […]
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Do What You Love

Is “Do what you love” Good Career Advice? Career advice is all over the internet, TV and newspapers lately because of graduation and commencement speeches. Yet, some of the advice I find to be off base and misguided based on reality. Unfortunately some people make poor career decisions based on this advice, especially on the […]
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Avoiding Burnout by Roger Cameron

Roger Cameron wrote this career tip during the recession of 2002. As we approach the end of the year, I thought this was a good tip to “recycle” and share with you as you close out 2012 and begin 2013. As you read this tip, remember he is referring to the recession in 2001 and […]
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5 Small Ways to Set the Example

When I ask candidates to describe their leadership style, quite often I hear, “I set the example.” The military and many business books describe the importance of setting the example, and it has become cliché in my opinion. I question if we – yes, I mean “we,” which includes me – set the “example” as […]
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“Overcoming the Wall”

I want to build off of the last Career Tip I sent you in January where I discussed the importance of being mindful and staying in the present. Continuing my work on being better about mindfulness, I have continued to read, study and practice methods to pace myself this year. However, I still occasionally hit […]
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Staying in the Present

I finished 2011 exhausted and about as close to burnout as I have been in my short professional career. I took time over the holidays to read, reenergize and reevaluate. Through my reading, I learned that I am completely responsible for how I felt at the end of the year, and if I wanted to […]
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Finding Meaning in Work

This past week, I met with several JMOs in Germany listening to their career and professional goals as they develop courses of action for their future career decisions. A common theme I heard from them was the need to find meaningful work where they felt they were serving others. Time Magazine recently ran a feature […]
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“Managing Your Weaknesses” by Joel Junker

If you ask a professional to name their three biggest strengths, they usually come up with an answer. However, if you ask them to list their three biggest weaknesses, they struggle so much that you would think they were solving a quantum physics problem. Why do people find it so hard to discuss weaknesses? After […]
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Mental Toughness

When it comes to success and leading a winning organization, there are no substitutes for determination and mental toughness. It is easy to demonstrate mental toughness when things are going well, business is up and accomplishments come easily. However, the true test of mental toughness is what one does when the chips are really down. […]
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Interpersonal Skill

In 11 years in business, I have noticed the critical link between interpersonal skill and career success. The biggest stumbling block to achieving your career potential has more to do with your ability to work effectively with people than it does with your technical business knowledge (i.e., product launches, supply chain management, technology or finance). […]
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Learning from Failure

I admit I am an overachiever, and in fact, I remember my high school guidance counselor wrote in my college recommendation letters that I was an overachiever.  While this is mostly positive, one downside is that I fear failure and in fact this fear fuels my internal fire for success.  Since I am only in […]
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Setting New Limits by JMO Recruiter Joel Junker

Dan Gable was a legendary wrestler at Iowa State University winning the NCAA wrestling title in his weight class each year he competed, and achieving an amazing 182-1 record. He also dominated the 1972 Olympic Wrestling event, winning the gold medal in his weight class without a single point being scored against him. After retiring […]
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Performance Management Sessions by JMO Recruiter Joel Junker

In the book, The 8th Habit, the sequel to the best selling book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey sites a Harris Interactive poll that asked 23,000 US employees working across a broad set of industries about their ability to focus on and execute their companies’ highest priorities. The poll concluded that 37% […]
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Winning isn’t Everything

This is a career tip that Roger Cameron and I wrote together close to 8 years ago.  I recently read this as I was working on updating our website.  It really resonated again with me and I wanted to share with those of you who have not previously read this. In the last month, I […]
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