Well hello there!!

Welcome to my page.  This is me.

I just loooooove bios, don’t you? LOL. (eyeroll)

How about a fun fact instead?

When I graduated from college with a degree in Philosophy, I had two job offers: One working with a reputable market research firm that consulted big companies on consumer insights, and one teaching English to three-year-olds in South Korea.

I chose the latter.

It made no sense to friends and family (nor even, at the time, to me completely), but it reveals everything you need to know about me:

  • I am much more interested in working with actual humans than with ideas about them.
  • I care more about helping people grow than about helping companies sell them more stuff.
  • I favor adventure and the unknown over the predictable and stable.
  • I am willing to go to the ends of the earth to help someone improve themselves.
  • I love kimchi.

The kimchi part I would learn later.

I hadn’t tried Korean food yet, nor did I speak a single word of Korean when I boarded my very first international flight to Seoul.

The journey to discover what all this meant for my life, my career, and my life’s purpose would take another decade and bring me through several incredible organizations:

         

Until one day, I was in a screenwriting class with the great Story guru, Robert McKee, and I experienced a kind of meta moment. You know those times when you feel like you are yourself, but you can also see yourself like an objective observer?

I was learning how to tell a story, and I had a critical epiphany about my own story. I could finally see the single factor that unified all my seemingly random choices up to that point (including studying screenwriting!)

It was communication.

Suddenly, my life made sense. As a student of human nature, I had been learning how to help people communicate better – with others and with themselves. This insight altered the trajectory of my career.

I was managing BCG’s Women’s Initiative at the time, but with this new awareness, I left to start my own company, squarely focused on helping people use the powerful tools of communication to create more success, more connectedness, and more joy in their lives.

I’ve been doing that for nearly 10 years now, and this website is the culmination of all my learnings and very best tools.

No more questions?

If that answers all your questions and you want to consider working with me, check out our consulting services

Wanna read what OTHER people have to say about me? Go here.

But if you are like most people, you probably have a few more questions. Here are some I get a lot.

Why Should I Listen to You? 

You really shouldn’t ever listen to anyone.

Or rather, you should. You should listen to anyone who seems credible to you.

But you shouldn’t do what they say or internalize their advice until you’ve tried it on for yourself, experienced it, and figured out if it fits you. In the end, we really only learn through experience, not by being told stuff.

OK fine, then are you credible?

That’s for you to decide. Here is some info that will help you do that:

Here is more about my experience and education:

Some stuff I’ve studied

Some companies I’ve worked for

Some places I have delivered training:

Some of the business schools I have helped my clients gain admission to:

Some of the companies my clients have worked and gotten jobs at:

Here is a burping unicorn.

Here is some of the most relevant and recent content I have created. Start here and here and here.

Here is what some people have said about working with me.

On LinkedInGMATClub, or Career Protocol.

You decide if I am credible or not.

I see!!! So that means I should take your advice?

Like I said before, don’t take my word for it. Take one of my ideas or frameworks or tips and try it on.

I’ve put a crap ton of content out there, so you’ve got lots to work with.

Then check and see: Does it make your life better? Does it help you advance your career? Does it make you happier? Then keep it. If it doesn’t do at least one of those things, then chuck it and try another one.

Whaddaya mean, “framework”?

Ah yes, sorry. As a former management consultant, I forget that not everyone is obsessed with them like I am. A framework is just a way to simplify a complex issue, idea, decision, or process into an intuitive diagram. Frameworks facilitate clearer thinking, better insights, and more confident decisions.

Here’s one I created that I really like:

Now you’ve probably wondered before how to beat the Sunday blues and dread Mondays less, but you might not have known where to start.

If you take a moment and reflect on this framework, you will probably already have an insight or two about what you might want to change to make yourself happier at work. And if you are already happy at work, this framework probably gives you a better idea of why and how to talk about it.

You don’t even have to agree with the framework for it to be useful. It’s meant to give you an easier way to see the big picture and make confident choices.

Why is communication so important?

Think about it, what are you always doing in every moment of your day apart from breathing? If you’re awake, you’re communicating: you’re talking with other people, or you’re talking to yourself.

That little voice in your head? That’s you communicating with you.

Even if you aren’t talking, you’re listening. Even if you’re not doing either, you’re communicating with people through your body language, your facial expressions, your clothing.

And even when you’re asleep, for that matter, you are communicating: dreams are stories you’re telling yourself.

In a world with even one other person in it, everything that happens boils down to communication. And far from one, there are 7 billion other people on this planet. That means that if you can communicate effectively, there is nothing you can’t achieve.

It makes anything possible.

So you focus ONLY on communication?

Yes.

But it extends to everything.

If you work backwards to yourself, then self-awareness is essential. Self-awareness is just being aware of the stories you tell yourself and then choosing ones that you like.

If you work outwards towards others, then you realize that communication is the essence of your relationships. If you look at what a friendship actually is, you will find just a series of conversations and shared experiences. That’s communication.

 

Communication makes the world go ‘round. It’s happening now and all the time. It never stops.

If you want to improve your life, improve the way you communicate. It’s the highest leverage solution to any problem.

It is also what makes life more fun.

Without it, you’d be bored and alone.

Why do you want people to have more successful careers?

I don’t. I don’t really care at all about your career. I care about the world being a better place. I care about the fabric of human connection. I care about love.

And I know that if you fulfill your potential, create impact that matches your values and aligns with your purpose, and build genuine human connections and community based on affinity and trust, then I will get what I want, and you will get what you want. Everybody wins.

So what does Career Protocol mean?

Protocol = a system of rules and acceptable behavior

Career Protocol = the system of rules and acceptable behavior that make for an awesome career.

It includes all three core aspects of communication:

  • self-awareness
  • communication skills
  • relationships

It’s not a secret formula. There’s tons of research out there telling you that cultivating self-awareness, communication skills, and relationships are your keys to long term success.

All we’re doing here at Career Protocol is creating frameworks, courses, processes, and experiences so that you can play with your own skills and uplevel yourself.

Your articles don’t seem like the typical career advice stuff. I mean,  you use the word “douche”…

Yeah, I mean, as a human, I talk like a human. I use emojis because they capture emotion better than words, and I think gifs are part of what make the internet worth looking at.

That doesn’t mean I won’t teach you how to write a formal freaking email, cover letter, or kick ass resume. It just means I understand that suits are for the board room.

Life it too short to take everything so seriously. Let’s laugh a little more.

So you think you’re pretty funny, huh?

Funny looking, maybe. 

But srsly, I don’t think we can ever laugh enough.

In college, I wrote for the humor magazine. In grad school, I produced Follies (a hilarious burlesque show) two years in a row. And when I was the Secretary of National Junior Classical League (the club for Latin super nerds, if you’ve never heard of it), the minutes I typed up were sprinkled with jokes and verbatims from meetings to inspire people to actually read them.

If communication is everything, then shared laughter is probably the most sublime form of communication there is.

I try.

And long winded, I see.

Yeah. True dat.

What’s this email list thing?

It’s the one place I try to be more concise. I aim to delight and entertain while stealthily educating.

I know you got email brain. Me too. Do I have to read ONE MORE frickin’ newsletter about how much harder I should be working to be a better person?

Uff.

If you join the Insider’s list, you can let me know how well I am entertaining and inspiring you. I read all responses I get, so give it a shot.

Sign up here.

Does your name mean “Angel Guide”? That seems a little on the nose, doesn’t it?

Hmmm, you’re right, I never thought about that. We have my mom to thank for that prophecy. You should hear my middle name!

So Guido is your real last name?

Yeah. Thanks, “Jersey Shore” for ruining my life.

You On Social?

Facebook: Best place to reach me.

Instagram: By request only.

Twitter? I hate twitter, but yes. Sort of.

What’s your Myers Briggs type?
INFP. I used to think it was ENFJ. Man, was life difficult then. Long story.

And your top 5 Strengthsfinder® strengths?

  1. Activator
  2. Connectedness
  3. Strategic
  4. Learner
  5. Ideation

And your spirit animal?

Hmmmm, really? Frog probably. Or maybe fruitbat.

OK, I’m sold. Where do I start?

Here.