On Careers

May 2010


How Introverts Hide Behind Technology

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For many introverts, the work pattern is less one of "ready, aim, fire" than it is "ready, aim, ready, aim, ready, aim," then pretend to "fire."

It is so easy to slip into approaches that appear to take action and engage others but are really forms of decision avoidance and/or people avoidance. For ...

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How to Take (Smart) Risks

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We strive to build lives for ourselves that are safe and secure, but the fact is that life itself is inherently risky. You can’t completely avoid risk. What’s more, sometimes taking a chance on something new is the smartest move. Moving to a new city, going back to school, changing careers,

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Nobody Knows Anything

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Peter Lynch, who made an extremely successful career out of picking the right investments, once advised, “Go for a business that any idiot can run because sooner or later, any idiot probably is going to run it.”

All of the loud talk about managerial and governmental villainy often makes the ...

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How to Use Your Negative Thoughts for Good

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could just wave a magic wand and banish negative thoughts from your head? Most of us have more than our fair share of critical, pessimistic, or fearful thoughts banging around in our brains. Sometimes they’re merited. Often they aren’t.

But merited or not, when it comes ...

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5 Steps to Managing Outside Your Area of Expertise

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If you move up high enough in management, at some point you're going to be charged with managing work that's outside your area of expertise--such as IT work. If you're like a lot of people, you may be worried about how you could possibly oversee work that you couldn't actually do yourself. How are ...

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Why Most CEOs are Nice

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Although some people believe that any individual who has climbed to a chief executive position did so over the bodies of rivals, such behavior is the exception, not the rule. Executives may not always be competent. They may lack charisma. They may be short-sighted. But in most cases, they are nice.

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One Question That Could Change Every Average Day

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What if I had told you when you woke up this morning that you would have the opportunity to learn something today that could propel you towards success, but that you would probably ignore it? Would you have started looking at the day a little differently? Would you have started paying attention ...

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7 Little-Known Reasons You're Not Getting Hired

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If you’re job hunting you’re surely aware of the most egregious and common no-nos: showing up for the interview ten minutes late; answering your phone during the interview; handing over a resume riddled with typos; using a silly-sounding E-mail address; failing to demonstrate you’ve researched the ...

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How to Tell Whether It's a Bridge or a Pier

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Americans, being natural optimists, like bridges. Some bridges are big and impressive, others are mostly functional. They all inspire. Bridges get us to the other side, a better place than where we are now. Bridge financing helps companies get better organized for a subsequent round of equity.

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Why Job Seekers Should Volunteer

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One of the best things you can do as a job-seeker is also one of the things least commonly done: volunteer.

By volunteering in your community, not only will you be helping out organizations in need, but you'll also expand your network, add something to your resume, and come in contact with loads of ...

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8 Business Books for the Beach

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Let’s pretend that this summer you want to wander off to the beach or the mountains with a few books in hand that have a slight connection to the world of work. Granted, that is an odd thought--yet one worth exploring. Here are some books that provide indirect insights along with some needed ...

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