Edward J. Murphy

Biography

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 Germany as a Battalion Commander. I wanted to give my soldiers something of real value - something that no one could ever take away.

After 24 years as a US Army Officer, from Viet Nam to Desert Storm, I retired in 1992. I then decided, with a little help from Anthony Robbins, that my second career would be as an Executive Coach. For the next 20 years, while working for four of the largest 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, find meaningful careers.

In 2011, I retired a second time and decided to document everything I learned from all those I willingly followed over the past 50+ years, in both the US Military (as a US Army Officer) and in Corporate America (as an Executive Coach), before their lessons were lost forever. I wanted to pay tribute to them because many of them aren’t here today to tell their stories.

My greatest joy comes from writing books that help others avoid or overcome the problems I’ve faced during my lifetime.

That same year, I created The Career Maker, a site dedicated to providing career advice to those who want to enhance their career by becoming absolutely essential to any employer, have just lost their job, are changing careers (like those leaving the US Military), or are stuck in a dead-end job just trading time for money.

Today, I’m privileged 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. When I count my blessings, I always count her twice.

Where to find Edward J. Murphy online


Videos

Lesson 1: What matters most to the survival of Private Sector Corporations.
Lesson 1: What matters most to the survival of private sector corporations. Step 1 of the five step formula of how to maximize your true career potential by identifying, measuring and increasing your value added to your leader.

Lesson 2: What matters most to the survival of Public Sector Organizations.
Lesson 2: What matters most to the survival of Public Sector Organizations. Step 2 of the five step formula of how to maximize your true career potential by identifying, measuring and increasing your value added to your leader.

Lesson 3: How to Identify, measure and increase your value added.
Lesson 3: How to Identify, measure and increase your value added. Step 3 of the five step formula of how to maximize your true career potential by identifying, measuring and increasing your value added to your leader.

Lesson 4: How to use your value added to enhance your career.
How to maximize your true career potential by identifying, measuring and increasing your value added to your Leader/Employer.

Lesson 5: How to use your value added to enhance your Leader's Goals.
Lesson 5: How to use your value added to enhance your Leader's Goals. Step 5 of the five step formula of how to maximize your true career potential by identifying, measuring and increasing your value added to your leader.

Books

Finding Your Life's Work: Discover the Secrets to Finding the Career You Were Meant to Have.
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 27,750. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers
Here you'll learn how to find the career you were meant to have, what is a TRUE Career, what you really control, the 44 TRUTHs about finding your TRUE Career, how to explore different careers, the benefits of having a career, how to use the Road to Career Success, how to determine your Career Resiliency, what are the worst career liabilities, and how to determine your future career direction.
Job Loss? No Problem: Discover the Secrets to Getting the Call for Job Interviews and Offers.
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 25,040. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers / job hunting
Here you'll learn how to identify, measure, and increase your value added to any employer, how to make your phone ring for job interviews by creating a compelling resume and by getting your resume to the right people, how to interview strong enough to be selected as the #1 candidate, how to negotiate strong enough to receive the highest compensation the employer can afford, how to change careers,
The Lost Art of Character
Series: The Leader's Guide, Book 9. Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 18,770. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers
This book is about CHARACTER, one of the 8 Core Competency of Effective Leadership. In this 70+ page book you'll find all the tactics, techniques, and tools employers expect you to know, but are not taught anywhere but here. This knowledge will enhance your CHARACTER, thus increasing your value added to any employer.
The Lost Art of Motivation
Series: The Leader's Guide, Book 8. Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 16,760. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers
This book is about MOTIVATION, one of the 8 Core Competency of Effective Leadership. In this 70+ page book you'll find all the tactics, techniques, and tools employers expect you to know, but are not taught anywhere but here. This knowledge will enhance your ability to MOTIVATE yourself, as well as those with whom you work/serve, thus increasing your value added to any employer.
The Lost Art of Awareness
Series: The Leader's Guide, Book 7. Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 19,690. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers
This book is about AWARENESS, one of the 8 Core Competency of Effective Leadership, and includes self-awareness, situational awareness, and spiritual awareness. In this 70+ page book you'll find all the tactics, techniques, and tools employers expect you to know, but are not taught anywhere but here. This knowledge will enhance your AWARENESS, thus increasing your value added to any employer.
The Lost Art of Problem Solving
Series: The Leader's Guide, Book 6. Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 15,560. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers
This book is about PROBLEM SOLVING & DECISION MAKING, one of the 8 Core Competency of Effective Leadership. In this 70+ page book you'll find all the tactics, techniques, and tools employers expect you to know, but are not taught anywhere but here. This knowledge will enhance your ability to RESOLVE PROBLEMS more easily and MAKE BETTER Decisions, thus increasing your value added to any employer.
The Lost Art of Communicating
Series: The Leader's Guide, Book 5. Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 17,240. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers
This book is about COMMUNICATING, one of the 8 Core Competency of Effective Leadership. In this 70+ page book you'll find all the tactics, techniques, and tools employers expect you to know, but are not taught anywhere but here. This knowledge will enhance your ability to COMMUNICATE, thus increasing your value added to any employer.
The Lost Art of Organizing
Series: The Leader's Guide, Book 4. Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 16,420. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers
This book is about ORGANIZING, one of the 8 Core Competency of Effective Leadership. In this 70+ page book you'll find all the tactics, techniques, and tools employers expect you to know, but are not taught anywhere but here. This new knowledge will enhance your ability to ORGANIZE, thus increasing your value added to any employer.
The Lost Art of Planning
Series: The Leader's Guide, Book 3. Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 15,500. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers
This book is about PLANNING, one of the 8 Core Competency of Effective Leadership. In this 70+ page book you'll find all the tactics, techniques, and tools employers expect you to know, but are not taught anywhere but here. This knowledge will enhance your ability to PLAN, thus increasing your value added to any employer.
The Lost Art of Delegating
Series: The Leader's Guide, Book 2. Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 14,640. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers
This book is about DELEGATING, one of the 8 Core Competency of Effective Leadership. In this 70+ page book you'll find all the tactics, techniques, and tools employers expect you to know, but are not taught anywhere but here. This knowledge will enhance your ability to DELEGATE, thus increasing your value added to any employer.
The Leader's Guide: For When Its Your Time to Lead
Price: $39.95 USD. Words: 116,880. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers
This book is about Leadership, Followership, and Management; what it takes to become a more Effective Leader tomorrow than you are today, thus becoming absolutely essential to any employer. This guide includes all 8 Core Competencies of Effective Leadership, which are Delegating, Planning, Organizing, Communicating, Problem Solving/Decision Making, Awareness, Motivation, and Character.
The Essence of Leadership: How to Become Absolutely Essential to Any Employer
Series: The Leader's Guide, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 16,310. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Business Management
This book is about Leadership, Followership, and Management, and the 8 Core Competency of Effective Leadership. In this 85+ page book you'll find all the tactics, techniques, and tools employers expect you to know, but are not taught anywhere but here. This book will help enhance your basic understanding of Leadership, thus increasing your value added to any employer.

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