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.

Series

The Leader's Guide
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. If you're looking for a better way to enhance your professional career, this is the book for you. Stop wishing you had a better career and do something about it. Put an Executive Coach on your team today!

Books

Seeking a New Career? How to Change Careers Like Those Leaving the US Military
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 20,600. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Business Management
This book is about changing careers. Careers change for a variety of reasons: You’re unhappy with your current career path You’re leaving one career, like leaving the US Military You’re no longer physically capable of performing as expected If any of the above reasons apply to you, this book will be the best investment you’ll ever make.
19+ Simple Ways to Get Your Resume Direct to Hiring Managers: Learn 19+ Simple Ways to Get Your Resume Directly to Hiring Managers
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 13,580. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Business Management
This book is about getting your resume in front of the right hiring managers to make your phone ring. There are only 2 ways of getting called for interviews: First, create a resume compelling enough to generate a call. Second, get your resume read by the right hiring managers. This is why I wrote this book; to provide you with 19+ Simple Ways to get your resume in front of hiring managers.
Negotiating Salary With Confidence: How to Receive the Highest Offer the Employer Can Afford and How to Renegotiate Salary After a Performance Review.
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 8,440. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Business Management
This book is about negotiating the highest total compensation the employer can afford. It’s also about renegotiating your salary after your performance review. Do you know all the things you can negotiate, other than money? Do you know all the gambits to play to determine the highest total compensation the employer can afford, without pissing people off? After reading this book, you will!!!
Win The Interview! How to Interview So You Receive the Job Offer.
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 13,580. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Architecture and Engineering
What are the four things every employer is silently asking himself during your interview? And, if you don’t get a “Go” on all four, the interview is over-they just forgot to tell you. This book is about how to interview strong enough to receive a job offer.
How Good Is Your Resume? Executive Coach Reveals the SECRETS to Making Your Resume Compelling Enough to Make Your Phone Ring for Job Interviews.
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 10,830. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Business Management
What’s the purpose of your resume? I’ll bet you think the purpose of your resume is to get a job, right? Wrong! This could not be farther from the truth. The purpose of your resume is to make your phone ring, period! This is the ultimate test of your resume; if your phone doesn’t ring, your resume is worthless.
The Lost Art of Training: How to Become Absolutely Essential to Any Employer
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 10,970. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Training, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management and human resources
This book is about Training, both your training and the training of those you lead. Becoming a better trainer will make you more effective tomorrow than you are today, thus increasing your value added to any employer. If your goal is to increase your income and stand out above your peers, this book is the best investment you'll ever make.
Get It Done!
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 26,320. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Project management, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management
This book is about managing projects and what it takes to become a more effective tomorrow than you are today, thus becoming absolutely essential to any employer.
The Lost Art of Credibility: How to Enhance Your Career by Becoming Absolutely Essential to Any Employer
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 12,950. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management and human resources, Nonfiction » Career Guides » Business Management
This book is about Credibility, the byproduct of the 9 Core Competency of Effectiveness. This book reveals how to enhance your true career potential by making you absolutely essential to any employer. If you desire to increase your income and stand out above your peers, this book will be the best investment you'll ever make.
Finding Your Life's Work: Discover the Secrets to Finding the Career You Were Meant to Have.
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 26,220. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
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: $3.95 USD. Words: 24,470. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers / job hunting, Nonfiction » Career Guides » Business Management
This book is about finding a NEW JOB and includes all facets of Job Searching. Here you'll learn how to create a compelling resume strong enough to make your phone ring, how to get your resume to the right people, how to interview strong enough to be selected as the #1 candidate, how to negotiating strong enough to receive the highest compensation the employer can afford.
The Lost Art of Character: How to Enhance Your Career by Becoming Absolutely Essential to Any Employer
Series: The Leader's Guide, Book 9. Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 16,410. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management
This book is about enhancing and protecting your Character; the foundation of effectiveness, and is the aggregate of features and traits that form your nature. If your goal is to increase your income and stand out above your peers, this book is the best investment you'll ever make.
The Lost Art of Motivation: How to Enhance Your Career by Becoming Absolutely Essential to Any Employer
Series: The Leader's Guide, Book 8. Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 21,870. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management
This book is about Motivation, your ability to inspire and motivate yourself and your team members by providing a clear vision and direction of what’s possible, and by believing in (expectations), encouraging, recognizing, and serving your members to consistently produce excellent results. If your goal is to stand out above your peers, this book is the best investment you'll ever make.
The Lost Art of Awareness: How to Enhance Your Career by Becoming Absolutely Essential to Any Employer
Series: The Leader's Guide, Book 7. Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 22,670. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management
This book is about Awareness; your self, situational, and spiritual awareness . Enhancing your awareness will make you more effective tomorrow than you are today, thus increasing your value added to any employer. If your goal is to increase your income and stand out above your peers, this book is the best investment you'll ever make.
The Lost Art of Problem Solving: How to Enhance Your Career by Becoming Absolutely Essential to Any Employer
Series: The Leader's Guide, Book 6. Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 13,810. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management
This book is about Problem Solving & Decision Making, your ability to more easily resolve problems and make decisions with confidence, thus contributing to the accomplishment of your goals. If your goal is to increase your income and stand out above your peers, this book is the best investment you'll ever make.
The Lost Art of Communicating: How to Enhance Your Career by Becoming Absolutely Essential to Any Employer
Series: The Leader's Guide, Book 5. Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 15,800. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management
This book is about Communicating, a continuous process intended to produce clearer focus, assist collaboration, build consensus, build trust, relieve stress, reduce rumors, reduce confusion, ensure shared understanding, reduce misunderstandings, and most of all - to get things done!
The Lost Art of Organizing: How to Enhance Your Career by Becoming Absolutely Essential to Any Employer
Series: The Leader's Guide, Book 4. Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 14,370. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management
This book is about Organizing, your ability to synchronize all the human, physical, and financial resources for which you are responsible. Becoming a better organizer will make you more effective tomorrow than you are today, thus increasing your value added to any employer.
The Lost Art of Planning: How to Enhance Your Career by Becoming Absolutely Essential to Any Employer
Series: The Leader's Guide, Book 3. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 13,660. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management
This book is about Planning, your ability to achieve the optimum balance of needs or demands with available resources by identifying objectives, formulating strategies to achieve them, arranges or creates the means required, and implements, directs, and monitors all steps in their proper sequence.
The Lost Art of Delegating: How to Enhance Your Career by Becoming Absolutely Essential to Any Employer
Series: The Leader's Guide, Book 2. Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 13,040. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management
This book is about Delegating, your ability to get more accomplished by empowering others. Delegating is one of the 9 Core Competency of Effectiveness and enhances your true career potential by making you absolutely essential to any employer. Becoming a better Delegator will make you more effective tomorrow than you are today, thus increasing your value added to any employer.
The Leader's Guide: For When Its Your Time to Lead
Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 125,600. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management
This book is about Leadership, your ability to become more effective tomorrow than you are today, thus increasing your value added to any employer. If your goal is to increase your income and stand out above your peers, this book is the best investment you'll ever make.
The Essence of Leadership: How to Enhance Your Career by Becoming Absolutely Essential to Any Employer
Series: The Leader's Guide, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 12,990. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers
This book is about Effectiveness, your effectiveness at work and in life. This book is the introductory volume to The Leader’s Guide, which addresses the 9 Core Competency of Effectiveness, which includes Delegating, Planning, Organizing, Communicating, Problem Solving/Decision Making, Awareness, Training, Motivation, and Character.
The Lost Art of Followership: How to Enhance Your Career by Becoming Absolutely Essential to Any Employer
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 11,240. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers
This book is about Followership, your ability to support your leader and to contribute to the accomplishment of his goals. Becoming a better Follower will make you more effective tomorrow than you are today, thus increasing your value added to any employer. If your goal is to increase your income and stand out above your peers, this book is the best investment you'll ever make.

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