On Careers

November 2009


What Good Bosses Hate to See

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If I walked into a room filled with good bosses and I asked them what they hate to encounter, this is what would be said:

“Surprises. Can’t stand them. I want to know what’s going on. The one thing that keeps me up nights is the fear that someone will suddenly reveal that what was once a small ...

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Does Thanksgiving Belong at Work?

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A job is a business arrangement. You give employers your work and, in exchange, they give you money. Simple.

So, in this season of giving thanks, do you think there's any room for gratitude in the labor-for-cash equation? Especially nowadays, when employers and employees alike are worrying about the ...

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11 Ideas for Obama's Jobs Summit

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I hear some of the folks in Washington talking about creating jobs and I just cringe.

Obviously, out here in the private sector one does not “create” a job. We create businesses that solve problems. Some of those businesses require people to run them, service accounts, and build stuff. While there ...

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Why Performance Reviews Deserve a Better Rap

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Performance evaluations often get a bad rap by people who see them as a bureaucratic waste of time.

And, yes, if you treat performance evaluations as a waste of time—each one an exercise you just have to get through so you can say it was done—that's exactly what they will be. But when done right, by ...

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7 Moves for Effective Meetings

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Management writer Lin Bothwell once said that it takes a darned good meeting to beat no meeting at all. Those of us who’ve sat through mind-numbing meetings would agree. When people stagger to the door and announce that “it’s time to get back to work,” they are revealing how they regard the time ...

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Why 'Going Rogue' Is a Good Thing

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The title of Sarah Palin's book reminds me of something I have known during my entrepreneurial career:

Every start-up needs a rogue.

Or a wild duck. Think of all those V-shaped gaggles of geese flying south right now. Now, picture one goose that is flying out of formation, making its own way against ...

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5 Habits for Creating a Career You Can Love

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The career you have today is the cumulative result of the choices you have made up until now. The career you have next year, or 10 years from now, will stem from the choices you make starting today.

Some of those choices will be conscious, while others will be the result of ingrained habits. And ...

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Hey, Bosses: When an Employee Resigns, Be Nice

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I know that the number one reason people leave a job is because they have a problem with their manager. Managers know this too, and as a result some of them take a resignation personally. They shouldn't.

But, wait! Didn't I just say that people quit because of their managers? So, shouldn't managers ...

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9 Ways to Overcome Being Overqualified

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Nothing is more frustrating than applying for a job you want and being told you’re "overqualified."  You figure that, "Hey, if I’m willing to take this work—work that my skills and experience clearly show I am more than capable of doing—then employers should be thrilled to have me."

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When Fear Grips Business Development

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I am a serial entrepreneur. I start companies. So far in my career—a couple of home runs, a double or two, maybe a single. Never a strikeout. A fly out maybe.

For the past three years, I have been working (nights and weekends) on a new company with a colleague. We have spent well into six figures,

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10 Career Mistakes I've Made

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Unless your career has been an unblemished rise to the top, you can probably identify a few mistakes (or maybe more than a few) made along the way. Here are some of mine:

1. Charting a path from A to B to C to D without giving much thought as to whether I'd like B and C. That is often a very bad ...

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7 Steps to Sustain a Career Change

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If it's time for a career change, to a path that energizes and inspires you, try this. Grab a magic wand (an invisible one will do), close your eyes, spin around three times, wave the wand and say, "Wobbity bobbity, fibbity fun, when I open my eyes, career change be done!" Really. Do it. I'll wait.

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20 'Rules for Radicals'

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My friend Nicholas Bate is a visiting lecturer at Warwick Business School in England. His minibooks are classics. His 14 Rules for Radicals was a nice jumping off point for me, and I wanted to point you toward his "rules." (Aside: Here in America, Nick, we always need a round number like 20, so ...

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