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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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Personal Brand

Posted by Marcus Fan Jul 8, 2013

Life is a collection of events.  Do you ever wonder about where you are at in your life or career?  …the sequence of events that have landed you here?  …or where do you go from here?  Where you are in your life and your career can be a result of planned and unplanned events.  As we entered summer, many of you have been asking about career changes and how to ...

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Delivering Impact

Posted by Marcus Fan May 27, 2013

When it comes to work, I care about delivering quality results.  I believe we all should strive to achieve something great and deliver impact to those it touches.  It doesn’t always have to be work related; it can be the sports you play, the relationships you’re in, the certifications you seek, etc.  As someone very dear to me says; be the bomb dot com.  We should ...

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Balancing Priorities

Posted by Marcus Fan Apr 24, 2013

How do you manage conflicting priorities?  Recently I’ve been asked for advice on how to deal with personal and business goals that may not align.  This is a great question and one that I feel needs a lot of in-depth evaluation.  We can look at so many things when it comes to personal needs, but I’ve identified and summarized them into two main components below.   ...

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You’re new – enough said!    I’ve recently received several emails as how to shine or stand out as the new hire on a team.  Well, like it or not, your newness factor is going to make you stand out, but how do you create positive visibility?   This is not just for folks new on a team, but those who have been on a team seeking exposure.  Overtime, many of ...

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Love What You Do!

Posted by Marcus Fan Feb 22, 2013

So we’re well into February now –  How are you doing on your New Year’s Resolutions?  We often talk about love during the month of February primarily because of Saint Valentine’s Day, so… what do you love about your job, technology, certifications or about Cisco?   Many people chose jobs for different reasons… growth potential, security, ...

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Seize the Opportunity

Posted by Marcus Fan Jan 10, 2013

Another year has come and gone and for me, this past year was a one of things to end and new beginnings.  As I returned from Asia, my inboxes contained several private messages and emails asking about careers.  I’m very happy to see so many write to me during the holiday season, as it really shows that they are thinking about their futures.  I totally understand the desire ...

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Greetings from Asia!  I recently had the opportunity to spend a good amount of time in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Manila, Cebu and Boracay.  During my time abroad, I visited many of the local Cisco offices and met with my international colleagues to understand the competitive employment landscape overseas.  Although it seems that many of the challenges are the same as the US; ...

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Since many of you always ask me about finding jobs, career changes and career advancement, I thought I’d take some time to share some of the things I do for my own future.  Today we’ll talk about job shadowing.   When I was in high school, I didn’t really know what I wanted to get into, but I liked drawing.  My parents, being “practical” didn’t ...

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About two months a friend was concerned about her life's career decisions as she hit a fork in the road.  To one side was her dream job and to the other side was her dream life.  "Follow her heart - No one will blame you for following your heart", I said to her.  Turns out norms can cause other to point blame and make judgment, but only when others don't know the underlying factor ...

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