Creating Your Career Advancement Blueprint

CareerCast - Life-long Career Development

Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. “This is absolutely true,” says Karim Ismail, serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, and CEO of Avidium Inc., an international management consulting firm. He is also the author of Keep Any Promise: A Blueprint for Designing Your Future, which expresses his philosophy that “without goals and a solid plan, very little achievement is possible in the long run.” In this CareerCast, Karim shares his vision, insights, and hard-fought lessons after a near-tragic personal and professional event.

Aired June 17, 2011

Karim H. Ismail is a management consultant and thought leader in helping both organizations and individuals achieve accelerated growth in business and personal success with their goals. A serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, Karim is the CEO of Avidium Inc., an international management consulting firm that was created after Karim’s own dramatic transformation following a challenging personal struggle balancing great accomplishments at work with difficulties outside the office. Afflicted with a severe back injury and unable to easily walk to the end of his driveway, Karim put many of his goal-setting techniques to work. In less than two years he had effectively applied successful business principles to create life changes that culminated in his summiting of Mount Kilimanjaro.

What began as a desire to help others find greater success has spawned a lifelong journey focused on ensuring that as many people as possible have the tools necessary to exceed their dreams. Based on the story of his turnaround and the thinking, tools, and techniques he developed in his more than 20 years of managing multimillion-dollar real estate projects, Karim authored the best-selling book, Keep Any Promise: A Blueprint for Designing Your Future.

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