Now is the time of year where you're ready to reinvent yourself. 2018 is a fresh start.

That means you're likely most receptive to advice right now. Watch out. There's good advice and there's also plenty of bad advice out there.

I've been the recipient of both. Usually your inner radar helps you sift out bad advice, but sometimes not. And in those instances, the consequences range from bad to devastating.

The opposite is true of great advice. When the right words are said by the right person at the right time, the impact can be transformative. I've had many of these moments in my life. The whole idea behind Radiate is to make available great advice from great people at the right time in your life. I refer to them as "mentoring moments," a term I picked up from Kat Cole, one of the Radiate CEOs featured on our site.

Below are the top pieces of incredibly eye-opening advice I received this year from Radiate:

  1. On mental health: "I believe in being still. And what I mean by that: I don't care who it is, whether it's a CEO, a president, or a vice president, or...you should always be still in the morning to gather your thoughts and get ready for your day." - Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Chairman and CEO, Magic Johnson Enterprises.
  2. On developing trust with my teammates: "...at the very end of your one-on-one, that's a good time for you to solicit feedback. And so come up with your question. "Is there anything I could do or stop doing that would make it easier to work with me?" - Kim Scott, Author & Co-Founder, Candor. 
  3. On accelerating my productivity: "My best advice for saving time is to spend money getting help. This is something, actually, I've thought a lot about from when I was 22 years old. I think a lot of people overvalue money and undervalue time." - Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments.

  4. On understanding people dynamics: "Every time there [are] three people together you have politics. Two might not be, three might, two just disagreement, three is politics. You know, `I like this one better than the other one,' or "I told the other one that I like better,' ...I don't think to completely avoid politics in an organization is a really good goal. It's not going to be realistic." - John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. 

  5.  On building a personal brand: "I think the first tip for building a great personal brand is 'Do you.' Do you super consistently." - Kat Cole, Group President, Focus Brands

Published on: Jan 3, 2018
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