On Careers

September 2008


When You Are Down, Depressed, and Angry

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I am with you ... sometimes "it all" makes me want to kick a small animal. (Jk, PETA, jk. A figure of speech.)

Here's what to do instead:

Don't wallow in it. Maybe you are the kind of person who loves to stand around and play: "Ain't it awful, ain't it awful?" or, worse, its cousin: "(insert names ...

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Help! I'm Being Micromanaged!

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One of the most common complaints that people have about their boss is that they're being micromanaged—their work is being overly scrutinized, the boss is checking up on things they don't need to check up on, and they generally feel they're not trusted.

First, let's define micromanagement. There's a ...

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How to Overcome the Voice of Judgment

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When you think about pursuing your dreams, do you ever hear the "voice of judgment"? It's that snide little voice saying, "yeah, right," and giving a negative spin to whatever you're looking at.

That voice is far too common, and it can be a huge obstacle to creating our dreams. Most of us have it ...

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Is Telecommuting Risky?

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It's a dicey economy. And if you are a telecommuter, you may be at special risk.

Fact 1: In these days of economic uncertainty, everybody is looking for ways to cut back. That everybody may include your employer.

Fact 2: Employers are only human. Humans tend to take the easy way out. And it's easier ...

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What to Do About a Bad Reference

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One of the most common questions I receive over at Ask a Manager is what to do about a previous boss who is likely to give you a bad reference.

First, yes, it's legal for an employer to give a negative reference as long as it's factually accurate. It's true that some companies have policies that ...

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Seduced by Job Title Glitz

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It has been said that much more pleasure can be found in being the one who tells the lawyer to prepare the necessary papers than in being the one who has to prepare them. That hard truth is acquired, often too late, by many a young attorney who entered law school with visions of being the next ...

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How to Write Performance Appraisals

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I hate performance appraisals with a burning passion. I hate giving them—I hate receiving them. I just hate them. When they involve me, that is. For everyone else, I think they are fabulous and should be done more often.

I think I'm not alone in my feelings. Many people face performance appraisal ...

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The Enormous Upside of Risk

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If there's one way to make sure the energy in your life seeps away in ever-downward spiral, it's to always play it safe.

When you play it safe, you stick with what's known. You don't venture outside your current comfort bubble, because "out there" lurks uncertainty and doubt. You don't want to risk ...

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How to Destroy a Job Interview

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You arrive on time, dressed to fit in, thoroughly informed about the company and armed with answers to questions such as, "What are your greatest weaknesses?"

However, there is still one big thing you can do to destroy your job interview.

You can talk too much.

It's a real interview killer. Babbling ...

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They Will Talk About You When You're Gone

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His name echoes throughout the hallway at work, spoken as if he were a celebrity, royalty, infamous. Even though he put his two weeks' notice in two years ago, he is spoken about as if he were still part of the team. Yes, it's fair to say that Ant, a former programmer at my current gig, sewed ...

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The Leader

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He always joked that if you glanced into a room where he was meeting with his associates and were asked to guess which one was the department director, he'd be the last person you'd pick.

That was true. Although he didn't look the part, he was an extraordinary leader who operated with the rule that ...

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leadership
management

What Reality-Based Management Looks Like

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I don't buy into any trendy management theory, but I have my own, which I'm starting to think of as "reality-based management."

Reality-based management means that you commit to seeing and dealing with reality, as opposed to living in some hazier alternative. Period. That's it. The rest stems ...

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How a Question Can Change Your World

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Want a surefire way to make your world more interesting, stimulating, and energizing? I can sum it up in one little word...

Curiosity.

Next time you're around small children, watch how they engage the world around them. It's inspiring. It really is. There's a discovery around every corner, and ...

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A Foolproof Way to Cure Job Boredom

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Summer's over. (Sigh.)

Are you back at work? And are you bored silly?

If so, you're not alone. According to a Gallup Poll cited in the Washington Post, 55 percent of all U.S. employees are not "engaged" at work.

Boredom can lead to fatigue, overeating, chronic pain, and, often, job loss. But fear not!

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Copy Football Coaches for Work Success

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It's September, and football season is now officially underway. The first high school and college games were played over the weekend, and it's about time.

I want to talk about coaches today. You can insert your own memory of your favorite sport and coach, beginning now.

Here are seven things that ...

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sports
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Help! My Project Is in Quicksand

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What happens when a project drags on and on and on? I'm not talking days, weeks, or even months. I mean years.

That's what has unfolded at my current gig, where a major project that I am ultimately responsible for is constantly put up on the shelf. Oh, there's plenty of talk about it. Just no ...

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