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Seven Leadership Insights From West Point

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0500

After speaking at West Point, one leadership expert realized that the traits making us strongest have less to do with what we know than who we are.



Honesty Without Compassion Is Cruelty

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0500

By being compassionate and constructive, you will spot talent that others miss. You will become a person who others trust and seek out.


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The Business Case For Paid Family Leave At Your Company

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:15:00 -0500

Data shows that it makes sense to offer paid parental leave.


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Three Easy And Painless Ways To Network

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:59:00 -0500

If networking feels intimidating and draining, try these painless approaches to building the strength of your network.


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The Most Dangerous Things To Tell Your Boss

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:09:00 -0500

Trace has a secret that he'd rather not share with his boss. Here are nine things you probably don't want to tell your boss, either!


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How I Broke The Rule 'Don't Contact Managers Directly' -- And Got The Job

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:19:00 -0500

Curtis tried to follow the rules and it didn't work, so he took matters into his own hands -- reaching his hiring manager directly. It worked!


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No -- I Won't Hire The CEO's Nephew

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:29:00 -0500

Rashad manages a digital marketing department. He was under pressure to interview the CEO's nephew for a job in Rashad's department -- but the CEO's nephew wasn't qualified! What would you do in that situation?


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What To Do When You've Really Screwed Up At Work

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:05:00 -0500

At the 89th Academy Awards, someone messed up in a really big way. Here, career experts weigh in on what to do when the error at work is yours.


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SAS Institute's CIO Brings R&D Mentality To IT

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:28:00 -0500

Keith Collins has been an R&D leader and CTO at SAS Institute before becoming CIO. He has brought some of the value propositions of those roles to his current role, and in the process transformed the IT department into "customer zero" for the company.


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3 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Job Hunt

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:26:00 -0500

Are you holding yourself back with these three thoughts?


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When A Co-Worker Tries To Sabotage Your CareerWhen a Co-Worker is Trying to Sabotage Your CareerDon't assume bad intentions.Be alert.Confide in a co-worker.Take notes.Confront the culprit.Don't sabotage the saboteur.Take it to your manager or HR.Keep your options open.

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:26:00 -0500

If you suspect a colleague is trying to sink your career, here’s what you’ll want to do.

“I believe that we should be extremely careful and never assume bad intentions from the start,” says Alexander Kjerulf, an international author and speaker on happiness at work. “If that co-worker is ignoring you, he could be sabotaging you–or maybe he’s just really busy or he’s having a bad day” 

Give people the benefit of the doubt. If we all run around mistrusting others, we end up creating a miserably unhappy business culture. You’ll want to be absolutely sure that your colleague is trying to hurt your career before you go any further.

If curious things are happening at work—like you didn’t get that raise you were promised or colleagues start acting differently around you—you’ll want to think about whether someone might be out to get you (or your job). 

“Sabotage is usually a calculated, strategic methodology,” says David Parnell, a legal consultant, communication coach and author. “Gossip, an evolved method of safely leveling the power of alpha leaders, is usually the weapon of choice for a saboteur. Unfortunately, due to unwritten social contracts in the workplace, the subjects of gossip are usually the last to hear it. So if sabotage is at your doorstep and you’re not actively looking, you can easily miss it. The best way to remedy this is to set your radar for signs of you-centric gossip.”

“Talk to some co-workers you trust,” Kjerulf says. Without vilifying the co-worker you think is trying to harm your career, explain how you see things and ask for their opinion. “Maybe you’re completely off base and hopefully they’d be able to tell you so.” Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio, a career coach and co-founder of SixFigureStart, agrees. “Having an objective ear is vital here.”

Keep notes on what is happening so things are clear, in case you end up talking to your boss or HR about the situation, Thanasoulis-Cerrachio says. Also save all related e-mails.

Once you’ve discovered that you are a target, consider yourself warned and take action to mitigate any damages, Parnell says. “One of the best ways to protect yourself is ingratiation. Guilt, empathy and sympathy are powerful motivators and the most direct way to extract them is by befriending your saboteur and gaining a position within their camp. While on the face this may seem weak, some of the most powerful nations in the world use this very method to infiltrate and overcome an enemy.” In the words of Michael Corleone, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”

Kjerulf suggests you say something something like: “I’ve noticed that whenever I send you an e-mail asking for help, you never reply. Also, in our department meetings you criticize my ideas very harshly. It’s been making me feel pretty bad. Can we talk about this?”

If you suspect someone is trying to sabotage your career, be the bigger person. “Don’t be that person who sabotages others,” Kjerulf says. “Make it a priority to be there for your co-workers[...]


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One Millennial's Case For Continuing To Accept Money From His Parents

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:15:00 -0500

One Millennial shares why he's OK with occasionally relying on the bank of mom and dad to help him fund his life.


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5 Signs It's Time To Get A New Job

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:06:00 -0500

"She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom." - Scarlet Letter


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5 Kinds Of Freelance Work Worth Quitting Your Job For5 Kinds Of Freelance Work Worth Quitting Your Job For1. Copywriting and Editing2. Subject and Test Tutoring3. Development and Design4. Freelance Life Coaching5. Freelance Animators

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:06:00 -0500

Interested in leaving your 9-to-5 and striking out on your own? Here are 5 kinds of freelance work that are in high demand.

While a freelance lifestyle lacks the consistency of a 9-to-5, some quality freelance writers make up for it by charging well over $100 per hour. More experienced freelancers make a killing, sometimes getting paid as high as $1 per wordfor blog posts.

The top tutor in the world is paid $1,250 per hour.That’s more than most people make in an entire 40-hour work week. But even regular tutors can make a good living—anywhere from $65-$100 per hour.

Demand for freelance developers and designers has exploded in recent years, thanks to the surge of mobile-first products and services that show no signs of letting up. Even Java devs, some of the most common types of programmers, make nearly $100,000 per year.

As with every other freelance gig on this shortlist, in-demand life coaches make more than $100k per year.

This is one of the few jobs where you get paid by the second for work you produce. How much per second? Depends on the quality—but rates can range anywhere from $300-$2,000 per second.


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Ask A Career Coach: Help -- I'm Not Getting Interviews, But I'm Doing Everything Right

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:01:00 -0500

Applying for jobs online, even when you're 100% qualified, often leads you to a dead end. Here are tips from a career coach to help you get an interview.


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Lessons On Leadership Transitions: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Both stepping down and stepping up have their challenges. Here are three lessons to guide you in either situation.



How To Turn Your Bad News Into A Career Win

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:40:00 -0500

Bad news doesn’t have to be bad news for your career. Use these 7 tips as an opportunity to lead and shine.


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6 Honest Mistakes That Will Get You Fired1. Over-Promising And Under-Delivering2. Negativity3. Solicitation4. A Lack Of Emotional Intelligence5. Misusing Company Supplies Or Resources6. Speaking On Behalf Of The Company

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:40:00 -0500

You made an implied promise when you accepted your job. You implicitly promised that you were capable of fulfilling all of the job’s responsibilities. Accepting a job when you know you’re not qualified catches up with you. Even when you are qualified, telling your boss you’re making great progress when you aren’t or committing to a deadline you know you can’t meet makes you look bad. Don’t be surprised if you get fired for failing to do everything you said you could do.

Tips from Travis Bradberry's6 Honest Mistakes That Will Get You Fired.

You were hired to make your boss’ and your team’s jobs easier, not harder. People who constantly spread negativity through their department, complain about others, and whine that the work’s too hard or isn’t part of their job description complicate things for everyone else. Those who make their boss’ life harder are usually the first ones to go. Having to tiptoe around you so as not to dislodge that massive chip on your shoulder isn’t something he or she is likely to be willing to do for very long.

Whether you’re sending out emails inviting co-workers to your party or hanging up an order form for your child’s school fundraiser, you could be violating company policy. Don’t assume that you’re in the clear just because other people are doing it—this type of policy violation is what managers hang their hats on when they’re unhappy with an employee’s performance.

Everyone knows that you can get fired for being unable or unwilling to play nicely with others, but what trips up a lot of people is having a poorly developed poker face. If everyone can tell when you’re bored or irritated or that you think something a colleague is saying is stupid, this will catch up with you. Emotional outbursts, belittling others, shutting co-workers down when they speak, and just generally being a jerk are other ways a lack of emotional intelligence will leave you looking for work.

Many people don’t think twice about taking a pack of printer paper home when they’ve run out or using the company’s FedEx account to mail a last-minute holiday gift. However, in the eyes of your employer, this is stealing. Abusing company resources is a serious offense, even if the monetary value of the item doesn’t add up to much. Catching you in the act can also be a good excuse if your boss is looking to fire you. It’s a lot easier to document and justify firing someone for stealing than it is to fire them because they are just OK at their job.

This isn’t just about sending out an unauthorized press release or venting on the company Twitter account, because most people already realize that these types of things will get them fired. I’m talking about answering a question when a reporter sticks a microphone in your face or identifying yourself as an employee of the company when sharing your personal opinions online. This creates the perception that you’re speaking as a representative of the company, even when you aren’t trying to, and that’s definitely something that can get you fired.


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Moonlight and La La Land Mixup Aside, Winning Watches and Jewelry Also Starred at the Oscar

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:28:00 -0500

Putting aside the confusing mix up at last night's 89th Academy Awards, wherein the Best Picture Award erroneously at first was given to La La Land, and then subsequently given to Moonlight, it was a star-studded event that also saw a host of watches and jewelry on stage.


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Five Must-Haves for Every LinkedIn Profile (Whether You Are Job Hunting Or Not)

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0500

These five simple elements are easy to improve and make a world of difference on LinkedIn.



The Limit Does Not Exist: Kate Fehlhaber Puts Neuroscience In Focus

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0500

Kate Fehlhaber, this week's guest on The Limit Does Not Exist, is a neuroscientist, photographer, pianist, and science communicator. She talks with us about walking on a tightrope, balancing art on one side and science on the other.


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Job Scammers Are Getting Better, But You Can Protect Yourself

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0500

Recently, scammers have improved their creativity. Increasingly, they are interested in collecting personal information that may be used for identity theft, with social security numbers and birthdates among the most important bits of personal data sought.



9 Millennials Share What Work-Life Balance Means To Them

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0500

Headlines about millennials wanting work-life balance have consistently hit top publications. Leaving many employers, and even millennials, scratching their heads wondering what this elusive “work-life balance” even looks like to today’s largest workforce. Nine successful millennials speak out...


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Tempted To Move Out Of The U.S.? New Zealand Wants To Help You Escape

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0500

Wellington, New Zealand —a utopia that has been nicknamed “Silicon Welly" — is recruiting tech-world candidates from around the globe. One expat tells why she made the move.


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What Do You Do? 'I Cook, I Eat, I Make TV Shows, I'm Just Me'

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:56:00 -0500

The rambunctious chef and Vice personality explains the importance of buckling down and really learning a craft well.


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5 Ways To Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 03:00:00 -0500

Friday, March 3 is Employee Appreciation Day – here are ways you can show your thanks.


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Sharpen Your Analytics Skills With These 5 Free Book Sources

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:44:00 -0500

Here are five great sources for free textbooks on analytics-related topics.


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Are Emma Stone And Mahershala Ali Worse Off For Winning Oscars?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:17:00 -0500

We all crave recognition for our achievements and, for actors, there’s no greater recognition than bagging an Oscar. While I’m sure Emma Watson et al felt on top of the world when delivering their acceptance speeches, how career-changing is winning an Academy Award for an individual performer?


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I Got Demoted -- How Do I Explain That On My Resume?

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:32:00 -0500

How would you explain a demotion on your resume -- without getting your resume tossed in the wastebasket?


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Take The Quiz: Does Your Job Still Deserve You?

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:47:00 -0500

2017 is still new -- but it won't be a new year for long! Take the quiz to find out whether or not your current job deserves your talents for another year. Don't let 2017 slip by without asking the question "Does my job still deserve me, or am I wasting my talent here?"


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