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Bud Bilanich, Ed.D., The Common Sense Guy


Bud Bilanich, Ed.D. is a management consultant, executive coach, motivational speaker, bestselling author and influential blogger. He has worked with executives in a variety of companies and industries in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Bud earned his EdD (Doctor of Education) with a concentration in Adult Education and Organization Behavior and Intervention from Harvard University; a MA in Organizational and Interpersonal Communication from the University of Colorado and a BS in Human Development from Penn State. Dr. Bilanich may be Harvard educated but has a no nonsense approach to his work that goes back to his roots in the steel country of Western Pennsylvania.

Posts by Bud Bilanich, Ed.D., The Common Sense Guy:

  • Being Tenacious In Your Life

  • November 25th, 2019
    Have you accomplished your goals? We’re in September now.  The end of the year is rapidly approaching.  How are you doing with your 2012 goals?  You can still accomplish all of them.  All you have to do is be tenacious. Tenacious [...]

  • Podcast: Creating a Successful Life and Career

  • Creating a Successful Life and CareerSeptember 19th, 2016
    Listen Here: Bud Bilanich is a management consultant, executive coach, motivational speaker, and bestselling author with tips to create the life and success you deserve. Creating a Successful Life and Career What are [...]

  • Training + Discipline + Hard Work = Success

  • July 3rd, 2014
    I send a career success quote to my subscribers every day. If you would like to start receiving these daily success quotes log on my website http://www.BudBilanich.com and enter your name and email address in the box [...]

  • Better To Burn Out Than Rust Away

  • June 11th, 2014
    I collect motivational quotes. And I send them to members of the My Career Mentor site. Here is one from Voltaire, the French philosopher. Check it out… “Shun idleness. It is the rust that attaches itself to the [...]

  • We All Need Someone Who Occasionally Kicks Our Butt

  • June 10th, 2014
    I send daily life and career success quotes to subscribers and members of my career mentor site. If you’re not receiving them, just go to www.BudBilanich.com and enter your name and email in the box on the top right [...]

  • Build Your Personal Brand On Integrity

  • May 16th, 2014
    Here’s another post detailing my thoughts on one of the success quotes I sent to my career mentor subscribers. It’s from Dwight Eisenhower, Allied Supreme Commander in WWII and former US President… “The supreme [...]

  • Just Do It — Advice Not From Nike, But From A Musician

  • May 11th, 2014
    I’m a career mentor. I offer career advice to my subscribers. I send daily success quotes to them. Annie has finally convinced me that I should do some blog posts in which I explain the quotes and what they mean to [...]

  • Obstacles Actually Help You on Your Career Success Journey

  • April 28th, 2014
    I’m an online career mentor. I send my subscribers daily success quotes. I don’t explain the quotes. Instead, I ask readers to think about the quote and how it applies to their lives and careers, and then to [...]

  • How To Hit Those Interview Curveballs Out Of The Park

  • January 28th, 2014
    Job interviews can be stressful. You’re likely to get thrown a few curve balls, so it is best to be prepared.  I read an interesting article in Bloomberg Business Week that mentioned the favorite questions eight senior [...]

  • Eight Ideas On How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

  • December 31st, 2013
    It’s that time of year again – new year’s resolution time. Most people begin the year with good intentions, that’s why they make resolutions.  Sadly, too many of these resolutions go by the board in January. Here [...]

  • Be Kind This Holiday Season

  • December 6th, 2013
    I’m pretty active on social media.  I have a particular fondness for Pinterest. You can check out my boards at www.pinterest.com/budbilanich.  My Inspiration board has almost 1,300 pins.  Recently, I’ve noticed [...]

  • Conversational Intelligence And The Government Shutdown

  • October 25th, 2013
    A couple of things happened on October 1 that I want to discuss here. First the US government shut down due to a budget impasse over the Affordable Care Act.  Second, a book called Conversational Intelligence by my [...]

  • Podcast: Success Tweets

  • September 17th, 2013
    Listen Here: JenningsWire blogger, Leadership Consultant & Career Coach, Bud Bilanich Ed.D. “The Common Sense Guy,” is the author of Success Tweets:140 Bits of Common Sense Career Success Advice All in 140 [...]

  • Jettison The Negative People In Your Life

  • September 6th, 2013
    The other day I was asked to write a blurb for Peter Vajda’s new book, Becoming a Better You. Peter’s preface rocked me.  Check it out… In one of the first jobs I held after graduate school, my boss, John, took [...]

  • The Importance Of Surrounding Yourself With Positive People

  • August 27th, 2013
    I was feeling a little lazy this morning. Last night our friends took Cathy and me to my favorite Mexican Restaurant here in Denver – the Brewery Bar II – to celebrate my birthday. We had a great time, but this morning [...]

  • Do The Right Thing

  • August 16th, 2013
    Tweet 62 in my career advice book Success Tweets says, “Your personal brand should be unique to you, but built on integrity. Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is looking.” I saw a great example of this [...]

  • How To Climb The Corporate Ladder

  • August 7th, 2013
    In my book Climbing the Corporate Ladder, I list seven steps to creating a successful career inside a large organization. Clarify the purpose and direction for your life and career. Commit to taking personal responsibility [...]

  • Surround Yourself With Positive People

  • July 26th, 2013
    I saw the new movie “The Way Way Back” over the weekend. It’s a coming of age film and a nice summer diversion.  But as I often do, I found some life and career success advice in it. Duncan is the main character [...]

  • Be S.M.A.R.T. About Your Goals

  • July 23rd, 2013
    Cathy, my wife, had big time back surgery on February 28. She had a laminectomy, a fusion of two disks, a stabilizing cage attached to her lower pelvis and 8 screws to hold the whole thing together. She was advised by [...]

  • Backup Singer Or The White Hot Spotlight? You Need To Decide!

  • July 18th, 2013
    I grew up in the 60’s. Among other things that means I’m a rock and roller.  So when a new rock and roll documentary called “20 Feet From Stardom” opened, I was on it.  “20 Feet From Stardom” is a film [...]

  • Deluded? Audacious? Not Necessarily Bad Things

  • July 1st, 2013
    The other day I saw the movie Before Midnight. If you like dialogue and character development movies, it’s a great flick.  It takes an unflinching look at relationships: the bad, the mundane and the good. Ethan Hawke [...]

  • Lots Of Laughs & Some Great Career Advice: The Internship

  • June 21st, 2013
    I saw “The Internship” with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson over the weekend. No, it’s not a sequel to “The Wedding Crashers.”  It’s even better.  It’s a buddy flick set on the Google campus. It also incorporates [...]

  • A Career Success Lesson From Carole King

  • June 13th, 2013
    I saw a great show on PBS this week. Carole King was awarded the prestigious George Gershwin prize for lifetime achievement in popular music, recognizing her achievements in music spanning the last six decades. This [...]

  • Career Success Lessons From An Impressionist Painter

  • May 27th, 2013
    Recently I saw a film about the later years of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, the great impressionist painter. It was a beautiful movie visually.  And, I found some life and career success advice in it. There is a scene in [...]

  • What A Necktie Can Teach You About Success

  • May 22nd, 2013
    Yesterday I was visiting clients. At my first stop, my client looked at me and said, “You’re wearing your UVA (University of Virginia) tie today. ” His son is graduating from high school and enrolling at UVA [...]

  • Stay Focused On Your Goals

  • May 13th, 2013
    Henry Ford once said, “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” Good one, Henry. I have a great story about this.  It involves a trash can and a hair dryer cord. In our [...]

  • Career Success Lessons From The Boston Bombings

  • May 6th, 2013
    I have been thinking about the Boston bombings and how many people stepped up to help without thinking about their own safety. It made me feel good to see people willing to do for others without being asked, or without [...]

  • 10 Ways To Brand Yourself As A Polished Professional

  • April 26th, 2013
    Little things mean a lot. I had a colonoscopy last week. Unfortunately, I’m at the age, where I need to get checked out every five or so years.  As strange as it may sound, I found some great life and career success [...]

  • Say Yes To Your Success

  • April 16th, 2013
    Saying “Yes”. I was reading the novel “Things Fall Apart” by the great and recently deceased African author Chinua Achebe on a plane the other day.  I came across this passage… “His chi, [...]

  • My Two Cents On Sheryl Sandberg And “Lean In”

  • March 28th, 2013
    Sheryl Sandberg’s new book “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Win” is getting quite a bit of attention these days. I decided to see what all the fuss was about.  I bought Lean In and downloaded it to [...]

  • Be Humble Enough To Learn Something Every Day

  • March 22nd, 2013
    Become a lifelong learner. Sam Parker, founder of GiveMore.com, has a lot of great ideas on how to create your life and career success.  I really like what he has to say about the importance of lifelong learning.  [...]

  • Career Success Advice From The Sequester

  • March 6th, 2013
    Well here we are in the Sequester. No matter what your political position on this, one thing with which most people agree is that our leaders haven’t done such a great job leading.  Positional bargaining is the culprit [...]

  • Nurture Your Network Before You Need It

  • March 4th, 2013
    I had dinner with an old friend the other evening. He head recently gone through a pretty tough time.  His company was downsizing and he lost his job.  This was on December 20.  He landed a new job by the end of January.  [...]

  • Self Esteem And Career Success

  • February 25th, 2013
    February is National Self Esteem month. It’s a good time to reflect a bit on how confident you are.  Your self-esteem and confidence are directly related to how optimistic you are. Tweet 42 in my book Success Tweets [...]

  • Presentation Lessons From The GOP Response To The State Of The Union

  • February 19th, 2013
    Did you watch the State of the Union address and the Republican response the other night? I watched for two reasons: 1) to hear what each side had to say, and 2) to observe the presentation skills of President Obama [...]