Our Founder: Ed Murphy
“I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
– Stephan Grelle
I was lucky! From age 7, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to be a Soldier.
In 1964, four days after graduating from High School, I joined the US Army and found myself in Basic Training and Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. A year later, I became a Cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point. In 1970, I graduated as a 2d Lieutenant headed to Airborne and Ranger School, then off to Viet Nam for a year.
In 1978, I returned to West Point to teach Military Science and earned my Master’s Degree from Long Island University in night school.
My greatest achievement during my time in the military was helping 1400 soldiers begin their college education during my last two years in West Germany as a Battalion Commander. I wanted to give my soldiers something of real value – something that no one could ever take away. After 23 years as a US Army Officer, from Viet Nam to Desert Storm, I retired in 1993.
I then decided, with a little help from Anthony Robbins, that my second career would be as an Executive Coach. For 21 years, I worked for four of the largest consulting, outplacement and e-cruiting companies in America from Seattle, San Diego, to Kansas City. I helped hundreds of people, from recent college graduates to CEO’s, to find and build the careers they were meant to have.
In 2012, I retired a second time and decided to document everything I learned from those I admired and willingly followed for the past 44 years in both the US Military as an Army Officer and in Corporate America as an Executive Coach. Since many of them aren’t here today to tell their stories, I wanted to pay tribute to them before their lessons were lost forever. Thanks to them, I have collected thousands of small and simple things (tactics, techniques and tools) that you’ll need to know to assist you throughout your career.
That same year, with the help of my two partners and co-authors Lee O. Lacy and Jason Bowne, we created The Effective Leader’s Guide. In 2014, I created TheCAREERMaker.com, a site dedicated to providing you with the best in class wisdom, knowledge and advice on how to maximize your true career potential by teaching you three things; how to become absolutely essential to any employer, how to become a better Leader and Follower tomorrow than you are today and how to find and build the career you were meant to have.
In 2016, I finally completed The Effectiveness Guide, which focuses on helping young people in today’s job market to maximize their true career potential and become more effective tomorrow than you are today by teaching them how to become absolutely essential and irreplaceable to any employer, consistently produce excellent results, treat others with dignity, respect, and kindness; and to identify, measure, and enhance their value added to their career, company, team, and community.
Today, I get to live in Lee’s Summit, Missouri (near Kansas City), where I enjoy writing, eating sushi, and watching movies with family, friends and my best friend – my wife, Diana.
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Let’s make a difference together – one person at a time.
All the best!
Founder of TheCAREERMaker.com
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