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We are now one month into the new year.  Where are you with your goals?  My focus in January was to simplify existing processes, create efficiencies and implement new strategies that would increase productivity.  I’ve successfully managed to remove ambiguity and eliminate redundancy resulting in additional cycles of engineers and peers.  I’m pleased with the ...

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Happy 2015!  The new year is the perfect time to start putting together your development goals.  Like last year, I want you to think about your 2014 new year’s resolutions and how you did against them.  Did you meet your goals?  What made you successful?  If you didn’t meet your goals, what were your shortcomings and how can you overcome them?  Are last ...

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Are you ready or are you just saying you’re ready? There are many things in life that we will never be ready for and certainly there will always be things that will catch us by surprise, but knowing these things shouldn’t stop us from planning ahead and being as prepared as possible.  When it comes to studying for an exam, completing a project or goal setting I have to give ...

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Career transitions aren’t generally easy – they take time, but you can do it with some proper planning.  You may know what you want to do with your career and you might not, but regardless of where you’re at… you gotta start somewhere.   I know very few people who are content with where they are in their lives, relationships, careers, etc.  I don’t say ...

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We’re always told that change in inevitable and that is true, but let’s face the facts; change isn’t always welcomed nor is it always for the better.  We see this all the time… governments imposing change, businesses changing rates or policies, features being removed from products, etc. There is a delicate balance of knowing when to embrace change and when ...

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Yourself, Reinvented

Posted by Marcus Fan Sep 21, 2014

We are often our most brutal critics.  We pick on the things we feel we could have been done better... from the decisions we've made to the words that come out of our mouths to the actions we take.  A mulligan, a do-over, a second chance is what we're wishing for.  In the certification world you'll likely get that second chance, third chance, etc. if you need it, but what we really ...

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Chasing Dreams

Posted by Marcus Fan Aug 17, 2014

Greetings from Singapore!  Following up with my last blog; I parted with many of my own “anchors” and relocated to Singapore.  This was no easy transition and one that required my mindset to change.  While I start to get settled in my new environment; I will be preparing a webinar series that will go over some pointers on how I prepared to make such a radical change and ...

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Certifying with Purpose

Posted by Marcus Fan Jun 16, 2014

As we look at certifying or recertifying, we all have our reasons or purpose behind it.  This may be an employer directive, needed for a job, personal fulfillment, to make yourself more marketable, to gain skills for your next job, etc.  What’s your reason?   Our reasons for achieving goals, regardless of what our goals might be, are usually our motivating factors, but ...

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Would you believe that you have everything you need to be successful?  Maybe… maybe not.  Well, would you believe that you could find everything you need to be successful?   For many of us, we have an idea of what success means and this usually means different things to different people.  It can be fame, fortune, power, work/life balance, happiness… you name it and ...

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We live in an age where technology changes faster than many of us can afford it.  Cars, mobile phones, cameras, computers, tablets, software, portable music players, video game consoles, networking equipment, etc. – the list goes on and on…  As the technology around you, including your network, is evolving; shouldn’t you?  It goes without saying that some ...

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As I’ve traveled the world, I’ve seen many work disciplines from honor and loyalty to jobs being jobs, from countless hours to relaxing paces, from what can I do? to WIIFM, etc.   Is one better than another?  I’ll let you decide, but consider this… don’t look at it from the view of the employee, but rather the employer.  Why?  Because as an ...

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Being that we’re in February, I hope you’re all doing what you love. J  With that said, I’ve recently been asked about approaches to certification.  More specifically, how I approached my own certification.   I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll go into greater details.  When I joined Cisco IT, I supported the production and engineering ...

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As most of you have finalized (or are close to finalizing) your New Year’s resolution; I’d like you to think about what you accomplished in 2013.  While the last several years I’ve kicked off my blog with goal planning (and this year will be no different); I want you all to take the time to really reflect on how far you got last year with your goals and if they are still ...

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We often neglect what is closest to us.  It could be for many reasons – comfort, distractions, competing priorities, laziness, etc.  It’s important sometimes that we take a step back and prioritize our goals.  Over the last several months, many of you have asked about the job market, relevant certifications, applying for jobs, tailoring resumes and creating ...

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Skills that Matter

Posted by Marcus Fan Sep 26, 2013

It’s so funny to me that every time I set out to create a new blog, something comes up that coincidentally is related to the subject matter – without fail; this was another of those times.  One thing I love about being at Cisco is not only the impact I have in the industry, but also initiatives I drive throughout the company related to career development and coaching.  As ...

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