Jewelry boxes and Cheeseburgers: A chance encounter that helped me take back my life


My wife and I were committed to spending Saturday cleaning out a small, white storage building that we acquired many years ago when we purchased our property.  As we opened the door to the decades-old building, the first thing that we noticed was the smell. If you’ve ever been in the basement of an old library you will remember the smell too.  It was old, stagnant air. The kind of smell that reminds you of how long the contents have been undisturbed and waiting for someone to rediscover the forgotten treasures buried within. As we started to sift through the old building, we found many interesting artifacts that included things like antique chairs, crystal glasses, a saddle, and even a well-tarnished rifle bullet.  As we made our way through the stacks of aging boxes, I noticed something unusual on a corner shelf. It appeared to be an old jewelry box tucked away and now forgotten by its owner. 

I have to admit that my heart raced a little...

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I Went For a Walk This Morning And What Happened Next Taught Me a Valuable Lesson

Today started off like any other day. I got up, got showered, made my coffee, and headed out the door to start my favorite activity of the day. I recently started walking to prove to myself that I had control over one of the most important parts of my life, my own health

As I set out for my morning walk, I don't have any specific health metrics in mind like the time or the distance that I walked. In fact, I don’t even listen to music so I can hear the birds (and sometimes the sound of cows and other wild critters). I’ve even set a rule that I can only carry my mobile phone to take pictures like the ones I use here. Ultimately, each step takes me closer to one, super important objective of my daily walk… the windmill.



There is an old windmill out in a farm pasture that I can see off in the distance during my daily walk. With each step, I occasionally notice things like leaves swaying in the wind, the birds singing around me, the rise and fall of the...

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SARAH can help you move forward in difficult times

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Introduction to Career Compass

career compass Feb 09, 2018

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Career Compass with Greg Duckworth. After more than 20 years as a HR professional for several leading global companies, I take you behind the curtain and show you how companies attract, hire and recognize their most precious resource, The People.

In the first show, I share information about my own career and how I can help anyone that's looking for a better job or to build a wildly successful career.

Listen To Episode 1: Introduction to Career Compass HERE

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3 Things Every Employee Needs to Know

Uncategorized May 03, 2017

For over two decades now, I've been teaching companies and people how to flip their thinking and approach the world of work a completely different and more profitable way. Now, after a successful career with really great companies like AT&T, Eastman Kodak, Microsoft, Capgemini and others, I can conclusively say that employee "happiness" and longevity is best answered by three questions every employee wants to know from their employer.

  • Does anyone know I’m here?
  • Does anyone care about me?
  • What’s next for me?

These three questions address the basic human need to belong and to have someone care about them. Relationships and purpose are two, key factors that often determine how happy, productive, and profitable people can be. Granted a big paycheck helps pay the bills but the "psychological paycheck" is even more powerful. Unlike the salary cost that impacts a company's profit and loss statement, the "psychological paycheck" is backed by unlimited resources and...

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Want a company to pay attention to you? Prove you create value.

About 95% of the resumes that I review have the same "fatal flaw". This fatal flaw can also impact the ability for an employee to earn an outstanding performance rating or be promoted. By adding 3 words to your resume or review, you can change how a company views your performance and potential and will transform you from average to extraordinary in no time.

Why Should I Care?
Early in my career, an executive recruiter shared some advice with me that I still use in my own career and the coaching that I provide to thousands of people around the world.  If you want to stand out from the multitude of voices that are screaming “Pick Me!” in today’s war for talent, you have to prove you understand how you create value for an organization.  Nowadays it is important, scratch that… it’s an irrefutable fact, that you are able to prove you are more than just a cog in a corporate wheel that can show up and do the same thing, the same way, every day....

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Resume Scoring: How to Beat the Resume Robots

Have you ever spent hours and hours applying for jobs online but your phone never rings and your inbox only fills with spam and Facebook notifications?  One of the most consistent reasons is that your resume didn't make it past what I call the "resume robots."

When you click on "Apply Now", your resume is typically uploaded into an applicant tracking program like Taleo.  Once in the applicant tracking system, your resume is broken into separate fields and then "scored".  Just like a credit score, the higher the score the more "worthy" you are to be considered.  Using as an example, the closer you get to a perfect "10" score, the more likely you are to show up on a recruiters search and get a call to begin the interview process.

Don't believe me, check it out for yourself using the "Power Search" Test Drive on  You can find it by going to: Power Search Trial


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