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Hi, I'm Mike!

I've helped thousands of people connect with meaningful Career opportunities and build lives of purpose as a Higher Ed Exec, while side-hustling as a consultant and creator. Since leaving Higher Education, I've learn way more about the Creator economy and started doing Twitter/Solopreneur coaching (which I never expected) and a Podcast - The Actualized Self. As a Coach, my strengths lie in helping clients uncover their unique strengths, overcome their own mental hurdles/blocks, and systematize practices. I love helping clients transition from 9-5 to the Creator Economy; and have been doing more work in that space.

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Higher Ed Innovations: From Data Visualizations to Boundaryless HR to Free Speech Advocacy

Hi there Reader, Hoping your week is unfolding into a story worth sharing! In the spirit of curiosity and forging ahead, I've stumbled upon a few gems at the fridges of the Higher Ed Landscape. Here's the lowdown: HR Without Borders: The evolution of work nudges HR from its traditional silos into the realm of boundaryless collaboration. This transformation isn't just about talent attraction but about weaving people expertise into the very fabric of our institutions, fostering a culture...

about 22 hours ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader, How's your week shaping up? I've rounded up some intriguing snippets/resources on the edge of Higher Ed innovation—just for you. Polymath Insights Samantha Postman, an authority on Polymaths, champions a liberal style education and the value of lifelong learning. Her insights are worth a watch. The Power of Positioning Dive into a fascinating discussion with author/consultant Sebastian Hildago on strategic positioning. In this clip, he explains how Lamborghini can charge nearly...

10 days ago • 1 min read

Hi there Reader, How are things, really? I'd love to hear from you (seriously, hit reply!). Have you heard of the "Paradox of Choice"? It’s the notion that while a few options are good, too many leads too: Anxiety Decision paralysis Dissatisfaction with choices A grocery store study showed that customers bought more jam when offered 6 varieties rather than 24. An abundance of choices doesn't just make us indecisive - but unhappy. This paradox extends to careers too.... Excessive...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Hi there Reader, Ever felt like you're in a never-ending loop of chasing goals? Let me share a snippet from my world: My recent focus: Snagging those elusive high-ticket consulting clients. For weeks, my cycle has been: Cold Outreach Sales Calls Proposals Post Thanksgiving, though, I found myself with throbbing abdominal pain... But let's pivot to you... What's causing your professional discomfort? In the consulting and creator realms, it's a labyrinth of decisions: Pinning down your...

3 months ago • 1 min read

Hi there Reader, Happy Thursday, F. Scott Fitzgerald once said: The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” Smart, right? But even the brightest among us can find this challenging. Count me in that bunch (minus the brilliant piece). So, let’s dive into this a bit. I’m a big believer in not complaining. Complaining fuels negativity and chips away at our sense of control. Yet–...

3 months ago • 1 min read

Hi there Reader, I hope you're having a great week... Taylin's Big Idea The story behind how Taylin Simmonds positioned Digital Identity - earning 138k in 4 days. Full episode here)​ Brushes with Fame The other day, I found myself working out next to Pauly Shore. For the youngsters among us, give him a quick “Goog.” He seemed so… ordinary. I asked him about his stand-up... We ended up talking Football. It felt like he wanted to be just another guy in the gym, rather than a...

4 months ago • 1 min read

Hi there Reader, I hope you're having a great week... How much fun are weddings? I had a funny thing happen to me two weeks ago… My amazing friend, Ryan, got married. His wedding was out of a storybook. Amazing food Beautiful weather Better looking couple Perfect Setting (Winery) Tears, tears, and celebration galore I’m having the time of my life on the dance floor when I see…. Someone dancing in a Panda Costume. Did someone spike my drink? 15 minutes go bye, and I’m still confused: WTF...

5 months ago • 1 min read

Hi there Reader, Happy Wednesday, my friend... Fanboying out... On Monday, I had one of the great treasures of my (short) Creator Career… I spent ~40 minutes with Dakota Robertson. For those of you who don’t know, Dakota is one of the world’s most prolific Ghost Writer’s. He has 1/4Million follows on Twitter alone, and earns over 50k/Month writing Tweets. But that’s not why I admire the guy. I love what he stands for. Dakota had a rough life growing-up… He grew-up in a Motorhome with...

5 months ago • 1 min read

Hi there Reader, As always, I'm writing with a resources I hope you'll find valuable. Finding Your "Niche"... My friend, Topher, on the Six Questions he asks every brand works with... Helpful advice whether you work for a brand or are considering your own venture) Full episode here)​ Unsolicited Career Advice The more I speak to my networks of talented friends working in/around education, technology, and the creator economy, the more I'm convinced that we are going through an...

6 months ago • 1 min read

Hi there Reader, I hope you're having a great week... Life Lessons from the Spectrum I had an incredible conversation with Milanie Grae, whose managed to channel her neurodivergence and fascination with brain science into a writing superpower. Full episode here)​ Unsolicited Career Advice Last week, a friend contacted me asking for some Career advice. After 10+ years working for the same University, she was passed over for the Senior role in her department... Feeling overlooked but...

6 months ago • 1 min read
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