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    11 Writing Mistakes Even Smart People Make

    11 Writing Mistakes Even Smart People Make
    Professional writers often worry that their work is unnecessary. After all, can't anyone with even a basic education write? The answer: no, they can't. Even college graduates don't seem to be learning composition basics. Of course not everyone is going to be the next Mark Twain, but career success does depend on looking professional. Sure, some clients, coworkers, or resume readers ...
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    Why Fun at Work Matters

    Why Fun at Work Matters
    Excerpt from The Levity Effect: Why It Pays to Lighten Up: If people are having fun, they’re going to work harder, stay longer, maintain their composure in a crisis and take better care of the organization. Here’s one example. An excited Kirt Womack of the Thiokol factory in Utah sprinted into his manager’s office on the first day of spring and ...
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    Signs of a Selfish Boss

    Signs of a Selfish Boss
    If you've ever worked in an office environment, you've probably dealt with some breed of bad boss. Micromanagers, control freaks, and selfish tyrants lurk at all levels of organizations, their destructive powers wreaking havoc in the workplace. Don't let a lousy leader knock you off your career ladder. Steer clear of costly consequences by recognizing ways a self-centered boss keeps her ...
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    13 Types of Bosses and How to Make Them Love You

    Along with paychecks, deadlines, and overtime, bosses are one of the things you just can’t avoid in the workplace. But how to identify these strange characters and deal with them? Don’t go it alone — it’s a jungle out there. We show you how! [page] The Robot Distinguishing characteristics: An empty desk, no family pictures. What they do: All business, all ...
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    Dining Etiquette: Don't Network With Your Mouth Full

    Dining Etiquette: Don't Network With Your Mouth Full
    No matter where a meeting takes place, it is still a meeting. If a potential client decides to interview you over a meal at a restaurant, your table manners must be up to par. The following etiquette guidelines will help get you through your next dinner interview. Long before you enter the restaurant, make sure you turn off your cell phone ...
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    Pinnacle-Itis: How Do You Stay on Top of Your Career?

    Pinnacle-Itis: How Do You Stay on Top of Your Career?
    Have you ever noticed that most people who have reached the top of a profession only stay there for a little while? I call it “pinnacle-itis.” Box-office bombshells usually have a few years of massive celebrity, and then they fade into the background of other working actors. High-profile CEOs spend a bit of time leading the charge in Corporate America, until ...
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    Keys to Building Lasting Workplace Relationships

    Keys to Building Lasting Workplace Relationships
    When people ask me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Or “What do you want or like to do?” I can’t give a straight answer. I mean, I don’t even know what I’m going to have for breakfast tomorrow or where I will be in a year, but I do tell them with certainty, “I love people. ...
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    Outside Your Comfort Zone? How to Tell and How to Deal

    Outside Your Comfort Zone? How to Tell and How to Deal
    I have written about the importance of going outside of your comfort zone as an entrepreneur as long as my blog has been around. I could wax poetic about how or why we need to get uncomfortable for an entire post, but this quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. sums it up so much more eloquently: "Man's mind, once stretched by ...
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    The Leadership Test: Do You Have What it Takes?

    The Leadership Test: Do You Have What it Takes?
    According to Hinterhuber and Popp, there are 10 questions would-be leaders should ask themselves. Ask yourself these questions and score yourself somewhere between one and 10 (One being not really, and 10 being very much so) on each question. Then figure out what you might do to move closer to a fully positive and broad-based answer. One of the best ways ...
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    Can Looking Too Young Hurt Your Career?

    Can Looking Too Young Hurt Your Career?
    Pamela LaTulippe still recalls the day 10 years ago when she walked into a client's office and got a stinging reminder that she looked much younger — and to some, less credible — than her 25 years. "The general manager looked at me, and the first thing he said was, 'How old are you?'" says LaTulippe. "I didn't answer with my ...
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    Women in Leadership: The 20% Rule

    Women in Leadership: The 20% Rule
    Look around your workplace, and calculate the percentage of women. Now look at top management. How many of those corner offices are occupied by women? For the vast majority of U.S. workplaces, the answer is, 20% or less, even though women make up 48% of the total workforce. As Newsweek columnist Anna Quindlen writes in The Leadership Lid: “One of the ...
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    How NOT to Start a Business

    How NOT to Start a Business
    I own a business. Over the years, I have owned several businesses. To me, they were all successful, depending on your definition of success. I like to think of each attempt as a stepping-stone to finding my true purpose. I am entrepreneurial by nature and always yearned to be in control of my destiny. I have probably earned a few million ...
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    There’s No Such Thing as a Boring Assignment

    There’s No Such Thing as a Boring Assignment
    Have you ever received an assignment that you thought was busy work? Have you had to convince your team of the value of a mundane project and motivate them to complete it? If you’re not working on your company’s current hot project or are leading an internal support function you may be struggling with how to excite and motivate yourself or ...
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    3 Management Tips From a Pre-Schooler

    3 Management Tips From a Pre-Schooler
    This is true: My 4-year old is gifted at managing up. Does she work? No – but as I see it, right now, I’m the boss and she’s an employee in our family firm. And I’ve noticed that she’s become quite adept at getting what she wants from upper management. Please know, I’m no push-over. I stand my ground on the ...
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    5 Lessons Failure Taught Me About Success

    5 Lessons Failure Taught Me About Success
    Failure has become a faithful friend throughout the years. Early on in my life I thought failure was my mortal enemy. But life’s experience has taught me that Professor Failure is on the academic staff of my personal University Of Success that I attend. He is a vital necessity for my training, in order to become someone who will reach his ...
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    How to Survive a Bad Team Leader

    How to Survive a Bad Team Leader
    For almost everyone, having a job means working on teams. But not all team leaders know how to create successful teams--by building consensus, setting agendas, meeting deadlines, encouraging good ideas, and so on. In fact, many team leaders are thrown into the role without training in any of these areas. If your leader seems to be less than fully competent, there ...
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    Great Companies Don't Diss Their Workers

    Great Companies Don't Diss Their Workers
    I was reading Twitter tweets this morning and I came across one that directed me to a story about the Ten Characteristics of Great Companies by a venture capital investor in Hoboken, N.J., named Fred Wilson. It was a solid list of virtues that make for solid companies, everything from “constantly innovating” to “having a global mindset.” But there was one ...
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    How (Over)Working Women Can Conquer Perfectionism

    How (Over)Working Women Can Conquer Perfectionism
    Do any of these sound familiar? • You have a great idea but you aren’t telling anyone because it still needs work. • You stay up late to redo the presentation you have already spent 20 hours on. • You won’t tell anyone about the job you have applied for, just in case you don’t get it. • You have more ...
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    How to Survive the First Week at Your New Job

    How to Survive the First Week at Your New Job
    Starting your first job, changing positions, trying a new career, moving to another department or location — all of these can be frightening experiences. You’ve left where you were comfortable and successful and now you have to establish yourself all over again. You go to the new area, and your first day is a disaster! Surprise! You are not alone. Your ...
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    3 Important Things You Can Learn from Your Superiors

    3 Important Things You Can Learn from Your Superiors
    When you first start a new job, one of the most important things for you is making all the right decisions and impressing those above you. As you progress through your career, there are many things you can learn from your superiors that will help you when you get promoted or switch jobs. 1. What Type of Manager You Want to ...
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