Career Fuel

This page pulls together my top articles, resources, and podcasts on developing and fueling a career.

There are pieces on going out solo as an independent consultant or freelancer; positioning yourself; building resilience; which labels to use in your work; and much, much more.

Below are some of my most popular articles by theme, or keep scrolling to access every Career Fuel article.

Thirsty for more? Got a topic in mind you’d like me to write about? Just drop me a line.

Top 10

  1. How to find portfolio/audience fit
  2. A simple recipe for working independently
  3. Undertaking a 2019 Annual Life Review (Guide & Template)
  4. Life’s a Pitch…but for who?
  5. Learnings from the other side of an accelerator program
  6. Freelancer to Entrepreneur: The Forest, The Mountains, and the Water
  7. Overrated Mentors, Underrated Coaches
  8. Battle Scars
  9. How to build your network in a new city, country or culture
  10. Be Like Bowie

Entrepreneurship

  1. The Dollar Bill and The Golf Ball
  2. Learnings from the other side of an accelerator program
  3. Workshop Slide Deck (guided): Lifecycles in products, companies, and careers
  4. Hiring? Look out for the goalkeeper

Freelancing

  1. How to find portfolio/audience fit
  2. A simple recipe for working independently
  3. Switching to Annual View
  4. Freelancer to Entrepreneur: The Forest, The Mountains, and the Water
  5. Employee of the Month

Positioning

  1. Serious Fun
  2. Positioning: Get Uncomfortably Narrow
  3. Be Like Bowie
  4. The Microscope & The Telescope
  5. Lowercase skills

Storytelling

  1. Thinking in Bits
  2. Life’s a Pitch…but for who?
  3. How to articulate your vision in 4 post-it notes
  4. The Gallery

Resilience

  1. Pre Game / Post Game
  2. Two types of role model
  3. Keep it boring
  4. 3 circles for managing control, influence, concern, and anxiety
  5. When you’re not killing it

All Career Fuel posts

  1. Finding your edge February 15, 2021
  2. Now Obvious January 31, 2021
  3. How to find portfolio/audience fit January 31, 2021
  4. “This call may be recorded for quality & training purposes” January 28, 2021
  5. A departure point for innovation January 18, 2021
  6. How I do Morning Pages January 15, 2021
  7. Frames and Lenses December 14, 2020
  8. Free or full price November 24, 2020
  9. Do you remember your first 10? November 24, 2020
  10. The Rust November 19, 2020
  11. 30 degree days November 18, 2020
  12. Zenith & Nadir November 3, 2020
  13. Pareto in a pandemic November 3, 2020
  14. The $15m unbranding November 1, 2020
  15. The flipped fortune cookie October 14, 2020
  16. The Rough Edges October 12, 2020
  17. The cycles of alchemy October 5, 2020
  18. Do you like dogs? September 21, 2020
  19. A simple recipe for working independently April 26, 2020
  20. Pre Game / Post Game April 26, 2020
  21. The Entertainers April 2, 2020
  22. The Dollar Bill and The Golf Ball March 26, 2020
  23. Opening Credits January 10, 2020
  24. Thinking in Bits December 28, 2019
  25. Undertaking a 2019 Annual Life Review (Guide & Template) December 11, 2019
  26. Serious Fun December 10, 2019
  27. Life’s a Pitch…but for who? November 26, 2019
  28. The Tension: Chaos / Order October 29, 2019
  29. The Tension: Time / Energy October 22, 2019
  30. The Tension: No One Cares October 15, 2019
  31. The Tension: Natural / Rounded October 1, 2019
  32. The Question: ‘So, what do you do?’ September 24, 2019
  33. The Tension: Microscope / Telescope September 17, 2019
  34. Overwhelm, Skateboards, and a new podcast August 27, 2019
  35. The Secret August 27, 2019
  36. Stories around the fire August 22, 2019
  37. On Stage August 6, 2019
  38. Talking to Humans: Go anonymous July 30, 2019
  39. Talking to Humans: No intro, no get-go July 30, 2019
  40. Fear, Envy, and Contempt July 24, 2019
  41. Group Dynamics: Sitting in Circle July 16, 2019
  42. What was it like? July 10, 2019
  43. Learnings from the other side of an accelerator program June 27, 2019
  44. Alchemy before Chemistry June 24, 2019
  45. No Reply = No Interest? June 22, 2019
  46. Work labels: word salad and connotations June 19, 2019
  47. Switching to Annual View June 19, 2019
  48. Lucky Number 7 – and a 40-degree day June 17, 2019
  49. Two types of role model June 17, 2019
  50. Positioning: Get Uncomfortably Narrow June 15, 2019
  51. The Vessel & The Lens June 15, 2019
  52. KPIs: The slide snap June 14, 2019
  53. Dominant Design May 29, 2019
  54. A simple way to get unblocked May 25, 2019
  55. 22,000 songs in your pocket May 21, 2019
  56. Back to business school: the new case study May 18, 2019
  57. Freelancer to Entrepreneur: The Forest, The Mountains, and the Water May 15, 2019
  58. Labels In, Labels Out May 15, 2019
  59. Going Solo? You’re still in the Rat Race May 10, 2019
  60. Why we need to get rid of ideas May 10, 2019
  61. Becoming a wizard May 8, 2019
  62. Overrated Mentors, Underrated Coaches April 30, 2019
  63. The Rotation April 26, 2019
  64. Two Tunnels April 24, 2019
  65. Keep it boring April 16, 2019
  66. Bonus Content April 15, 2019
  67. Signposts and Surprises April 6, 2019
  68. Cultivate your questions carefully April 5, 2019
  69. Game Time: History Repeating April 3, 2019
  70. A lot can happen between now and never April 2, 2019
  71. Over Indexing March 30, 2019
  72. Question time: Getting booked to speak at conferences March 26, 2019
  73. Gateway Drugs March 26, 2019
  74. Cross Training: The ChefTender and The KitBar March 23, 2019
  75. Natural or Rounded? March 21, 2019
  76. Idea Fuel: The Creative Observer March 1, 2019
  77. Battle Scars February 28, 2019
  78. How to build your network in a new city, country or culture February 27, 2019
  79. Beyond the 1 hour meeting February 25, 2019
  80. 7 Lessons from Jim Collins on The Tim Ferriss Show February 25, 2019
  81. Suggestible, Susceptible? February 22, 2019
  82. The Portfolio Career Podcast February 22, 2019
  83. The Prestige February 21, 2019
  84. Be Like Bowie February 20, 2019
  85. Tension February 20, 2019
  86. The Crier, The Glue, The Word, and The Arrow February 19, 2019
  87. How to articulate your vision in 4 post-it notes February 19, 2019
  88. Bringing the Essential Mix to work February 15, 2019
  89. Pressure brings performance – or does it? February 13, 2019
  90. 5 x Why, 5 x Who February 13, 2019
  91. The Action & The Juice February 12, 2019
  92. The Gallery February 5, 2019
  93. From the Magpie to the Hummingbird February 4, 2019
  94. A simple way to overcome nerves and anxiety in a first meeting February 4, 2019
  95. Why we should think more like Detroit’s techno pioneers February 4, 2019
  96. Managing the feeling of being scattered February 4, 2019
  97. Employee of the Month February 1, 2019
  98. Should you be Standing Out, or Fitting In? January 31, 2019
  99. Rules of the Game January 30, 2019
  100. Finding mentors & advisors: 1:1 or a roster? January 29, 2019
  101. Trade-offs January 29, 2019
  102. Trust, Lock-in and Switching Costs for Coaches, Consultants, and Advisors January 28, 2019
  103. What do they remember you by? January 25, 2019
  104. When is it hard to do, or easy to finish? January 25, 2019
  105. Workshop Slide Deck (guided): Lifecycles in products, companies, and careers January 22, 2019
  106. Why Penn & Teller ignored the audience January 19, 2019
  107. Navigating Uncertainty: Climbing the Ladder, Going out to Sea January 17, 2019
  108. It’s hard to tell other people’s stories January 17, 2019
  109. Hiring? Look out for the goalkeeper January 15, 2019
  110. The trouble with saying No January 14, 2019
  111. Trend Spotting: How to identify what’s coming next January 11, 2019
  112. Be the person you needed when you were younger January 1, 2019
  113. Undertaking an Annual Life Review (a Guide & Template) December 28, 2018
  114. What kind of artist are you? December 27, 2018
  115. The Microscope & The Telescope December 17, 2018
  116. Two quick tips on Trend Spotting December 17, 2018
  117. Being Typecast December 14, 2018
  118. Demo Night December 14, 2018
  119. The Quick No December 11, 2018
  120. If Jobs were Houses December 11, 2018
  121. Lowercase skills December 11, 2018
  122. The fissures on your path December 2, 2018
  123. How to create your own personal investment thesis November 26, 2018
  124. Pressing pause on Tetris scheduling November 26, 2018
  125. Life Advice from Underground Resistance & Marcus Aurelius November 25, 2018
  126. 3 elements for making deals as a freelancer or consultant November 21, 2018
  127. Untangling Time & Energy November 14, 2018
  128. 3 elements of a successful entertainment venture November 13, 2018
  129. From Code School to Podcast School November 9, 2018
  130. Company Name* (required) October 30, 2018
  131. Shipping, Unshipping and the Creative Handbrake October 23, 2018
  132. Mind the Gap: A primer on Biases and Mental Models (slide deck) October 23, 2018
  133. Intensity or Technique? You choose September 18, 2018
  134. 3 circles for managing control, influence, concern, and anxiety September 17, 2018
  135. 5 lessons from Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola September 10, 2018
  136. Forcing Mechanisms August 28, 2018
  137. Connecting different dots May 23, 2018
  138. Here’s your perfect brief April 25, 2018
  139. Are you built for the big company? Take a tip from Ripley April 25, 2018
  140. Enjoy the silence April 18, 2018
  141. Career Fuel: signal vs ability, illicit activities, and the future of work April 6, 2018
  142. What’s your circle of competence? March 27, 2018
  143. Advisor, Mentor, Coach, Counsel: what’s in a name? March 22, 2018
  144. Career Fuel: Portfolio planning for the full stack freelancer March 7, 2018
  145. Get paid like a DJ March 7, 2018
  146. Harness your curiosity. Beware the Magpie. January 2, 2018
  147. When you’re not killing it August 7, 2017
  148. Note-taking, creativity and 80s action movies May 22, 2016
  149. So you wanna be a boxer? March 24, 2016