Sean Johnson

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The Career Flywheel: 4 Steps to Runaway Career Growth

Don’t build a career ladder. Create a flywheel that builds momentum to dramatically propel you forward. Here’s how.

How to Remember Literally EVERYTHING You Ever Read

A simple three step process anyone can use to remember every book they read.

The Incredible Power of Working for Free

What almost nobody understands about the work for free debate, and why I think you should ABSOLUTELY do it.

13 ways to turn your career into an f-ing rocket ship

There are no silver bullets. But these are close.

Want to Get Ahead? Start Playing Politics.

21 Ways to Become The Most Effective Person in Your Company.

5/25/150: The Secret of the Best Networker I Ever Met

How a simple spreadsheet will make you the most connected person in town.

How ANYONE can make insanely better slides

Great presentation making skills can be an incredible force multiplier in your career. Here’s how to make them well.

You’re Not Working As Hard as You Can

11 ways to bring your A-Game to work (and life).

The One Metric That Matters In Life

What number are you using to define your life? And what number should you be using instead?

The Day You Stop Being Curious Is The Day Your Career Dies

The importance of creating and maintaining a creative habit.

5 Product Lessons from Building a Startup Factory

Over the last three years we’ve helped one third of our clients go from zero to funding. Here’s what I’ve learned during that process.

Why I asked to be removed from the Techweek 100

The difference between who you are and who you want to be.

How to Become a Mentor

You have something valuable to offer people. Here’s how to do it.

The Power of Framework Thinking

How to leverage the tools of million-dollar consultants to skyrocket your career (with 7 sample frameworks you can use today.)

The Career Ladder Isn’t In The Office

A dirty secret about getting ahead: half of it is about what you do when you’re not at the office.

How to be irreplaceable: replace yourself

Why you don’t want to be the only person in the company who does what you do.

Microvation and the radical transformation of your job

Why small innovations well executed can change your life.

Presentation: The Ultimate Guide to Funnel Optimization

Discover how smart startups are optimizing each step of the customer development funnel.

Don’t get an internship. Start a business.

The three essential skills you learn from entrepreneurship that you can’t learn from a traditional internship.

Why people shouldn’t love you for who you are.

Four reasons why you should want people to expect more of you.

Why you should burn your resume

A resume should be the least important tool in your career arsenal. Here’s what you need instead.

The 100 Words That Will Get You Hired Anywhere

Why you should show, not tell.

Why you need more margin in your life

Why lack of margin is hurting you, and how to fix it.

Why you can’t be anything you want to be

Why what you were told about work and life was probably a lie, and what you should do instead.

Why you should work for free

Why not getting paid is a great way to get paid.

How to become a deep person

Deep people aren’t the most clever or the most eloquent. They’re the most rooted.

Always hire the best candidate

How to build a simple, effective candidate filtering system in 7 minutes for less than $100.

Life is a race

“The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.” ~ Richard Foster

Why candor works

Why being open and honest, even about your faults, is a surprisingly good strategy in business and in life.

A Bright Red Package is now free to read online

Learn how any college student can position themselves to find a great job after college. The entire book is now free.

Entitlement and the rule of economic well-being

When life hands you lemons, remember that life didn’t owe you anything else. And then make the best damn lemonade you can.

5 lessons on pitching to venture capitalists

What I’ve learned in the last six months interacting with VCs.

The one-step servant leadership test

Many people talk a good game about servant leadership, but far fewer actually embody it. The one question to ask to find out.

Leaders, Followers, and Admirers

People often lament that there aren’t enough leaders in the world. But I wonder if the problem is really that there aren’t enough followers.

Recession-proof yourself, part two: care more

“If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” ~ Tom Watson

Eight Life Hacks

Simple things I do to “cheat the system”

Recession-proof yourself, Part 1: Work Harder

Part one in a series of posts on transforming your career to survive and thrive in good times and bad.

Maximize revenue in one easy step

Not all customers are created equal – two things to consider when identifying your target market.

Why it pays to leave money on the table

The strange paradox of positioning is that the more business you say no to, the better off you do.

5 things your dad can teach you about business

The new rules of business may be real, but they haven’t replaced the old rules entirely. Here are 5 easy ways to take your career to the next level by learning from your elders.

10 things I do to manage my time more effectively

Lots of books, blogs and seminars have been created to address the concepts of time management, and for the past year I’ve read a ton of them. I’ve been soaking up information on how others bring order to their lives, creating more time and taking better advantage of the time they have.

Why you should destroy your HR department

Why most HR departments, intentionally or not, take a philosophical approach that could become a major liability in a global, idea-based economy.

1040 Marbles

A jar of marbles can change a man’s life.

On the road to becoming a better manager

2008 is going to see yours truly try to become less of a managerial incompetent. Here’s what I’m doing so far towards that end.

How to make any resume better

Six suggestions for dramatically improving most over-scrutinized piece of personal marketing.

The 6 Week Blog Marketing Plan

How to create a blog, get inspired and get traffic in a little over a month.