Outcome Obsession (Part 2)

  Success signposts, like rank and pay, generally come from others, and the precise timing of their arrival may be subject to numerous external factors well beyond your control. But the glowing satisfaction of contributing your utmost is created by you alone. It assuredly lies within your grasp, as does the recognition that will follow. I am not preaching the joy of sweating on a treadmill for only the feeling of sweat. By proceeding with the philosophy I outline, you are e...
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Identify Your Best Qualities (Part 2): Your Weak Points Are Distractions

Every process in life can be plagued by distractions, those seductive avenues that lure you outside the framework of viable action, and march you down some futile or non-productive course. The process of identifying the best of your true self and your personal virtues can be derailed by side paths that lead you to focus on your weak points instead of your strengths. In all of the thinking about yourself that I encourage, never do I ask anyone to define or dwell upon his or her weak po...
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Identify Your Best Qualities (Part 1): Build from Within

As we search for ways to increase our chances for success and career fulfillment, society and the media steep us all in the makeover movement, preaching at every turn that we are not good enough.  Like crawling caterpillars, we are in desperate need of some remarkable transformation. ("And just by fortunate chance," we are assured, "we happen to have your transformation kit for sale right here!") Ironically, much of the makeover impetus comes from the popularization of business concepts. Th...
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Injecting a new culture — and quickly

Originally posted for SmartBlog on Leadership: http://smartblogs.com/leadership/2014/12/22/injecting-a-new-culture-and-quickly/ When I took over ACAM Advisors in early 2003, investment returns had been below average for several years, and two important clients had recently defected. The majority owners hinted to me that, in their view, layoffs might be in order. From my perspective, the firm’s client list had enough A-list names still on it, and the CVs of the professional staff looked impr...
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Tough Is Easy

Originally posted for SmartBlog on Leadership http://smartblogs.com/leadership/2014/11/21/tough-is-easy/ “Are you a tough boss?” asked an interviewer of John L. Weinberg, senior partner and de facto CEO of Goldman Sachs. A former Marine, Weinberg was a blunt-speaking, unabashed, and self-driven man who knew that most of Goldman’s employees sought to work as hard and as wisely as he himself did. During the period of his leadership, Goldman furthered and consolidated its rapid ascent as a glo...
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Welcome

Within Your Grasp is an original and thoughtful philosphy of conduct and attitude that leads to an enriched life, employing the strengths we already possess. Banishing the distractions of futile comparison, competition, and attitude makeovers, Author Keith Danko invites individuals to manage the processes surrounding them - and guess what? You already hold the tools you need. All of us who seek more out of our careers and life will want to listen and learn from these insights.
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