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The Road to Champagne: 13 Principles to Drive Career Success

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It does not matter what stage of you career you are in, one thing is clear: you must be in control of it. Yes, we need the guidance and support of others, but we can't let others drive. It is our road to success; not theirs. Although it is temp
Although I’ve had many guests who migrated to another country to maximize success, it is until now that we openly discuss the additional career challenges faced by minorities and/or immigrants. The 13 Principles apply to us all, but if you are
The application of 13 Principles determines how smooth a ride we will have in our journey to success. It is fascinating to hear how each has played a role in the success of our guests, who happen to be my friends or ex-colleagues from different
What is in the mind of someone just getting started in his or her career these days? Are you in that situation? I wonder if they had the same questions I had. Let’s talk to someone just starting their journey. Such professionals can maximize th
So, have you wondered who do these 13 principles apply to? Do they apply to you? I want to tell you they apply to all professionals trying to grow in their career and trying to find new successful stages in their career journey. It does not mat
Our journeys are all different, but the success principles are not. It is the effective application of each principle that helps us maximize the probability of success in our journey. Cliff was not predestined to be a Senior Vice President and
In this series, we will explore the application of The Road to Champagne’s 13 principles to the careers of various professionals. They will share insights and lessons from their journey so we can learn from real-life examples of the principles
This episode is a recap of the 13 principles, worth listening even if you already heard all 13 episodes.  In series 1, we explored one principle at a time, but this episode ties it all together. Additional insights about the framework and what
You must refine your leadership style as you grow in your career, so when you get to a position of visible leadership you can be effective. You must deepen your emotional intelligence as well—it is no longer just about results and performance a
If you are on your journey to success, you must be steering your own wheel. Don’t wait for others to manage it for you—it’s totally on you. Grabbing the wheel is about driving your car on the road to Champagne and deciding the speed, when to ch
Building relationships and constructing a well-designed network is critical to advance in your career. But many take networking lightly—and their career growth rate suffers. Depending on your personality and context this might be easy and enjoy
Bad news: good performance is not enough. You need to convince others your proposal is highly attractive for it to get implemented. Without a certain level of power and influence, you will fail at it—especially true the higher up in the organiz
Defining your professional brand helps you convey to others what value to bring to the table and helps differentiates you from your crowded field. It should reflect today’s reality, not an aspiration, and is composed of three elements: strength
Besides strengths and values, a key component of your professional brand is expertise. To differentiate from the pack, you need to excel at a few topics and be proficient in other topics of relevance within your field. We explore the concept of
Values seem to be undervalued (pun intended) but their importance is tremendous. They help us understand if we are acting according to the beliefs we hold dearly and play a key role in our career and life; they help us understand if we are abou
Having strong self-awareness is key to having high emotional intelligence, being an admired leader, and making effective decisions impacting your career. Many professionals don’t grow because they ignore their existing blind spots—and therefore
Being adaptable is the 5th step in shaping your mindset, and it is very important for one simple reason: your road will not be a straight line. You will have unexpected twists, turns, forks, and potholes. How you react to such events on your ro
Saying “yes” is about how you react when opportunities come your way (related to your job, career, or personal interests), that you didn't expect. Because many times, opportunities come our way when we aren’t expecting or pursuing them. Saying
WIP means work-in-progress, a product that is not yet finished. You need to constantly learn and stretch your knowledge boundaries to unlock professional growth. This thirst for being a non-stop learner will act as fuel for the drive to success
So how much more should I want? How high should I aim? If you want life-changing career moves you have to aim higher than what’s “normal.” Let Plan A be a way into a new league that accelerates growth and let Plan B be “normal.” Joining us is D
3-min summary of what to expect in series 1 of The Road to Champagne: 13 Success Principles podcast.  Why should this series be of huge interest to you? Explore how to activate each powerful principle from the upcoming book The Road to Champagn
The first step in positioning your mindset for an effective drive to success is to want more out of your career and life. More of good stuff, like impact or fulfillment. Not "wish" but "want"...wanting with hunger will lead to action. There is
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