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Michael got caught talking about The Pope- OMG!

“Thank you for your friendship and for your affection,” Pope Benedict XVI said in his final address Thursday. “I am no longer the pope.”

At 85 years old, he may not seem like the most entrepreneurial of men, and yet Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has become the most upstart figure in the Catholic Church. His decision, announced February 11, to step down due to his advanced age, shocked believers and Papal officials. But it also forced the ancient institution to do what every startup has been doing for generations: adapt or fade.

Career consultant Michael D. Brown applauds the pope emeritus’ move. “I applaud him for having some “steel” in his spine, humility, humanity and making the unconventional decision. I think this will pave the way for other clergy to fill OK with stepping aside when they feel it is no longer something they can be passionate about or give 100 percent. You can’t give 100 percent of something you are not passionate about—it’s best to move on a connect back to your passion.”

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A couple of weeks ago I laid out 13 tips for wrapping up 2012 and preparing for the new year at work. My expert sources suggested that you complete outstanding projects; establish new goals; reflect on accomplishments; get organized; and tie up loose ends–among other things.

Now, as you return to the office in 2013, there are a few things you can do to ensure you start the year off right.

forbes“A new year is a brand new beginning,” says Anna Sidana, VP of marketing at Simply Hired. “If we take the time to step back from our day-to-day and hit reset, it is a chance to look ahead with a new perspective and make every day count.”

She suggests you take a moment to reflect on your life–both professional and personal–and kick off the new year with renewed energy and a fresh focus. “Close out any small, nagging projects and focus on the big ones that can accelerate your career. Reach out to colleagues and strengthen those dusty relationships. A new year offers this unique opportunity to step up the game and become laser focused.”

Michael D. Brown, a career consultant, author, and motivational speaker, adds: “In this continuing economic tsunami of 2013, you must be clearly purposed and focused on success with a well-defined and proven game plan to transition yourself from a generic to a fresh and powerful personal brand,” he says. Companies and organizations can no longer afford to invest in generic employees with anemic or non-existent ROIs; and they’re not able to be competitive if they don’t have a fresh, branded and competitive workforce.

“The best success navigation plan you can have is to turn yourself into a clear, compelling, and competitive personal brand,” Brown says. “You can’t wait to do this in August; you must do this now. As such, you will be seen as someone who can add and deliver value in these turbulent times.”

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