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Phoenix Focus : Five ways to kill your career success

Who needs enemies when you’ve got yourself? If it ever seems impossible to achieve a professional goal that should be well within your grasp—whether it’s a plum assignment, promotion or the corner office—you may be committing career self-sabotage without even realizing it. For every blown deadline or botched job interview, it’s easy to be unaware that you’re hitting the self-destruct button.
Here are five common ways we sabotage our careers—and how you can finally get out of your own way.

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May 5, 2014
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The Huffington Post : It’s Fiesta Time!

Today is the fifth of May and that means Cinco de Mayo gatherings are in full swing. The day, to commemorate the freedom and democracy during the beginning of the American Civil War is now observed as a celebration of Mexican culture and hertigage. No other theme is more vibrant and festive. Transform any space into a Mexican sala de fiesta. Here are some creative tips to host your own Cinco de Mayo fete.

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May 5, 2014
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The Huffington Post : 5 Things Entrepreneurs Need From Their Cities

Every city hopes to attract the next Facebook, Google, Instagram or Twitter. To lure such entrepreneurial startups, they follow the same route that city leaders of their grandparents’ generation did — cutting taxes, easing regulations, and in general trying to create a business-friendly climate. But what are entrepreneurs really looking for in a city?

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April 21, 2014
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The Huffington Post : Made In Detroit

Detroit’s fall from grace–from its ruins porn to its obesity rankings, from its crime rate to its bankruptcy–has all been exposed in the lurid glare of publicity. But I am constantly defending the Motor City. No campaign has captured the spirit and soul of the everyday people who live and work in the city –until, that is, the Detroit-based watch, bicycle, and leather goods manufacturing company Shinola choose the legendary photographer Bruce Weber to capture the essence of the city for it’s newest campaign.

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March 10, 2014
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The Huffington Post : Girl Up!

March 8th marks International Women’s Day, a time to celebrate the tremendous gains that women have achieved, whether in access to reproductive health care and education or in their increasing visibility in the executive suites of corporations and at the top levels of governments. But it’s also a day to acknowledge how much still needs to be done.

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March 5, 2014
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The Huffington Post : MBAs are for Managers, Not Entrepreneurs

The MBA used to be a pre-requisite for a corporate job, a ticket to a high salary, more or less for life. But our economy has shifted; corporate loyalty has waned and those once coveted jobs, are both harder to come by and far less secure. The MBA remains more or less the same but a new kind of MBA is required to prepare students for these new volatile, uncertain economic currents. The emphasis needs to be less on getting a job and more on creating jobs for yourself and others.

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February 20, 2014
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The Huffington Post : Host An Award Winning Grammy Party

As thousands of industry execs and hundreds of headliners gather at the Staples Center in Los Angeles this Sunday evening for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, over 26 million of us will be tuning in. What better time to host a viewing party for friends and family? In this latest Creative Entertaining video, here are some simple tips to make this star studded affair shine at home.

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January 24, 2014
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The Huffington Post : Art in the Jungle

The Institute for Human Activities is a research project that is located on a tributary of the Congo River, in the Democratic Republic of Congo hoping to create an international arts center and call attention to and study the gap that exists between the benefits that art production confers on the places where it is created and on the big global cities.

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January 17, 2014
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The Huffington Post : It’s Time to Get Rid of all Bosses

Zappos, the Internet shoe retailer is eliminating job titles, replacing their traditional corporate bureaucracy with a holocracy, an organization that revolves around the work that needs to be done rather than the people who do it. The goal of team members and colleagues is to add value, skills and expertise. Managers can and should enable and even unleash their people, but they cannot control them.

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January 8, 2014
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The Huffington Post : Don’t Think Outside the Box; Think Outside the Universe

More than half of all startups fail within five years. And it is a well-known fact that failure is constant in entrepreneurship. The fashion business is highly competitive; so how do women’s clothing designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong of the fashion label Greta Constantine ensure success? “Think global but always act like a startup.” Their company got off the ground in 2006 and can be found in far-flung locales such as Dubai, Paris, London, Moscow and Madrid.

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December 3, 2013
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The Huffington Post : Creative Entertaining: Gobble Gobble

The traditional of Thanksgiving dinner has been celebrated since 1863. The annual feast may be fun for the guests, who get to kick back and watch the game on TV, but for the host who is preparing the turkey, the stuffing, and all the fixings, the day can seem like an endless chore. But even though the idea of planning, designing, buying, cooking, and serving may seem overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be.

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November 26, 2013
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The Huffington Post : Buy Experiences, Not Stuff This Holiday Season

The frenzy of the shopping season kicks off this week, with up to 140 million people shopping over the Thanksgiving weekend from Thursday through Sunday, according to Forbes.No matter how much or how little you’re planning to spend this year, I’m urging you to buy experiences rather than things. As I wrote in my book, Upgrade, most of us have more possessions than we need or want anyway.

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November 25, 2013
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She Knows Parenting : Make room for a new kind of working mom

Interview with Rana Florida. In her new book Upgrade, she discusses why the work force needs to change to accommodate accomplished and determined mothers who merely need flexibility and understanding in order to live the kind of life they want while raising a family and still working. Too much to ask? Impossible to have it all? Not necessarily.

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November 6, 2013
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Brain Sex Blog : Upgrade

It’s time for an upgrade. In Rana Florida’s latest book, she outlines what she considers to be the new imperative- integration of business and personal life strategies to improve the quality of our lives. In a recent interview with Rana, she shared her motivation for writing this book and the inspiration and insights drawn from the leaders she interviewed.

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October 16, 2013
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The Globe and Mail : Rana Florida’s five tips for success: ‘Failure is just the beginning’

The CEO of the Creative Class Group consulting firm has spent the past few years soliciting advice from visionaries across the board – PhDs and pop stars, CEOs and celebrity chefs. The accumulated wisdom appears in her new self-help book Upgrade: Taking Your Work and Life from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Here, Rana Florida shares some of her favourite strategies for success.

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October 1, 2013
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Artefact : Rana Florida: Creativity, Innovation, and the Future of Work

Rana Florida is the CEO of the Creative Class Group, an advisory firm that works with premier organizations on building economic competitiveness, cultural and technological innovation. Florida is also one of the leading thinkers on trends that are shaping the future of work and recently published Upgrade: Taking Your Work and Life from Ordinary to Extraordinary, in which she explores what makes innovative thinkers, creative leaders and CEOs successful.

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October 1, 2013
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Business News Daily : Redefining Career Success Starts With Passion

Rana Florida — CEO of Creative Class Group and author of the Huffington Post column “Your Startup Life” — believes that there’s a more meaningful way to define success, both at work and in every other aspect of life. True success, as she sees it, is all about balancing productivity with passion and having a good time while you’re at it.

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September 26, 2013
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The Huffington Post : How to Market Your Book

Most people believe that writing is the hardest part; once their book is published, they think, it will fly off the shelves. The reality is that they will be lucky if their book even gets any shelf life. The most important lesson that an author can learn is that the work doesn’t stop after you’ve turned in the manuscript. That’s when the hardest work begins. If you want your book to be bought and read by the widest possible audience, you have to start marketing it long before its publication date. Here are some simple tips on marketing that every author should take to heart.

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September 23, 2013
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Fashion : Inside the Upgrade launch party: 20 photos of Toronto’s social set toasting Rana Florida on her latest book

Is there anything more enticing than a promise to make your regular old life extraordinary? It was this premise that inspired Rana Florida to write her latest book, and the reason why a very swishy crowd gathered to celebrate the launch of Upgrade on Tuesday night. Held at the home of Suzanne and Mark Cohon, the party attracted a mix of Toronto’s most stylish and most social. It was certainly a who’s who of the city’s creative set—a group more likely to be featured as an Upgrade case study than those in need of the book’s advice.

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September 20, 2013
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10,000 ft : Interview with Rana Florida

Rana Florida, CEO of the Creative Class Group and one of the key thinkers on the future of work, has just launched her first book, Upgrade: Taking Your Work and Life from Ordinary to Extraordinary. After interviewing some of the world’s most innovative thinkers, creative leaders and CEOs – such as Tim Brown, Dan Pink and Zaha Hadid – Florida’s research concluded that there are 7 key principles that make these people so successful.

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September 13, 2013
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Success Magazine : Reading List: Upgrade

Upgrade, 4 out of 5 star rating from Success Magazine. For this book, Rana Florida, CEO of the Creative Class Group and a columnist for The Huffington Post, interviewed impressive friends, acquaintances and colleagues, including Daniel Pink, author of To Sell Is Human; Zaha Hadid, an architect and one of Forbes magazine’s World’s 100 Most Powerful Women; John Noseworthy, M.D., CEO of the Mayo Clinic; chef Mario Batali; and singer Nelly Furtado.

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September 12, 2013
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Silicon ANGLE : Why Businesses Are Either Creative Or Irrelevant: Q & A with Creative Class Group CEO, Rana Florida

It’s a well understood expression in business: Stagnation is regression; businesses either advance or fall behind. Creativity does not just give businesses the competitive edge, according to Rana Florida author of Upgrade and CEO of the Creative Class Group (CCG), it is the competitive edge.

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September 5, 2013
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Objekt Magazine : Miami Beach with Biscayne Bay View

The brief was to track down a unique condominium in Miami Beach,
beside the water and preferably near Lincoln Road.Rana Florida,Huffington
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Life from Ordinary to Extraordinary, and her husband called in NewYork
architectural designer Chris Benfield to assist them in their search.
They were looking for a spacious, light home in Miami with a large
terrace and sufficient room for their emerging art collection.
They found it, a modern, light condominium in a walkable urban
neighborhood with a spectacular view of Biscayne Bay.

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September 4, 2013
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The Huffington Post : Risky Business Is Good Business

Excerpt from Rana Florida’s new book, Upgrade on risk taking. For most people, assessing and accepting risk takes a severe emotional toll; it causes fear and confusion and it can lead to stress and fatigue. Life is already risky, many of us think — why ‘rock the boat?’ But most successful leaders, thinkers and innovators understand that new opportunities and rewards come only after taking risks.

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September 3, 2013