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Prior Experience Is a Signal, Not a Requirement for a Job

Experience is great in a candidate but don’t let it limit your options; you’re hiring someone for the future not the past.

December 6, 2022
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Tech CEOs Don’t Owe Their Laid Off Employees an Apology

Companies are inherently volatile; employees must take responsibility for navigating their careers and industries.

November 29, 2022
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When and How to Draw a Line in the Sand for Your Employees

Twitter’s idea of asking for commitment from employees is actually the right thing to do; unfortunately, how it was executed was the exact opposite of the way to do it.

November 22, 2022
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Lessons from the Recent Tech Layoffs

The uptick in tech layoffs have people in the industry worried. A deeper look provides lessons for all of us as we think about jobs, whatever our industry may be.

November 15, 2022
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Open Source Your Mastermind Group

Mastermind groups are very popular, but they may not be the most cost-effective way to learn. This article breaks down their value components and alternatives.

November 8, 2022
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Why We Need to Remember the South Korea Halloween Crowd Surge

Unfortunate incidents like this quickly fade from memory. We need to remember them to help us find the right balance when it comes to regulations.

November 1, 2022
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Ears Don’t Always Ring, So Ring Their Phone Instead

A few seconds of effort can make some feel appreciated and keep your network warm.

October 25, 2022
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What to Do When Leaving a Job

There are checklists when leaving a job to make sure work goes smoothly. This checklist will make sure your relationships go smoothly.

October 18, 2022
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Last Impressions Matter, Too

We’re taught to make a good first impression. Our last impressions can be just as important to our success.

October 11, 2022
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Brain Bump Is the Professional Development Tool We Always Wanted, but Didn’t Know Existed

What if there was an app to help you remember books and podcasts that you didn’t even have to open to use?

October 4, 2022
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HR Trains Your Sales & Marketing, but Do Your Sales & Marketing Train HR?

Sales and marketing techniques are applicable to HR functions like recruiting and retention. Applying existing knowledge in your team HR unlocks additional value with no additional cost.

September 27, 2022
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Networking: If You Get to the Right Floor, You Can Open Most Any Door

You're not climbing a career ladder but rather floors in a building. Networking with the others on your floor efficiently expands your network.

September 20, 2022
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You Are a Natural at Negotiating

We all have an innate ability to negotiate, but many of us lose it along the way. It can be regained with just a little effort.

September 13, 2022
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What Does It Mean to Use AI in Our Work?

Is AI a digital hammer, a digital peer, or something more? The line is blurry.

September 6, 2022
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Uncovering Corporate Culture Prior To the Interview

While you should explicitly explore corporate culture during the interview process, knowing something about it beforehand can help you interview. Learn how.

August 9, 2022
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Your Background Is Your New Office Attire

Erasmus quipped, “Clothes make the man.” In today’s virtual world, your video background is your virtual outfit.

August 2, 2022
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The Skills You Need to Succeed at Work . . . and in Your Marriage

A marriage counselor recently shared a common complaint about husbands; the lesson is equally applicable to the workplace.

July 26, 2022
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The Ultimate Guide to Attending a Conference - Part 2 of 2

Most people go to conferences and spend most of their time on the least valuable activities. Learn the secrets of what to do and how to be extremely effective at it.

July 19, 2022
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The Ultimate Guide to Attending a Conference - Part 1 of 2

Many people go to conferences and spend most of their time on the least valuable activities. Learn the secrets of what to do and how to be extremely effective at it.

July 12, 2022
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What to Say at a Conference or Networking Event

Opening lines to talk to strangers at a conference.

June 28, 2022
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Make Sure Your Job Creates Value for Yourself

We often think of the value of a job being in the paycheck or other compensation in our contracts. We can learn to create value beyond what’s on paper.

June 21, 2022
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Your Mentor Doesn’t Have to Come from Your Field

We often look to find a mentor from within our company or field. Taking a broader view can unlock a larger, better set of mentors.

June 14, 2022
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Why Your Boss Is Less Excited about Remote Work Than You Are

The impact of being in the office isn’t the same for everyone; the needs of workers and the needs of managers may be quite different, driving different levels of desire for in-office work.

June 7, 2022
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Even if the Seat is Empty, Look Before Sitting

Stepping up to fill an empty role seems like a good way to ger ahead. It can be, but it’s not without risks.

May 24, 2022
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Networking in a Hybrid Workplace

Managers are excited to get employees back in the office a few days a week to work. It’s important that some of that office time be used for socialization, too.

May 17, 2022
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Why You Need Two-Part Feedback Sessions

Many people get defensive when getting feedback, creating a barrier to change. This simple change removes this impediment and makes feedback sessions more effective.

May 10, 2022
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You Can’t Hire Candidates with Money Alone

Companies are struggling to recruit talent in a competitive market. As marketers have known for years a compelling pitch isn’t one-dimensional.

May 3, 2022
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What Japanese Murders, Ice Cream, and the Space Shuttle Can Teach Us about Leadership

There are often pressures, implicit and explicit, to ignore reality. As leaders we need to face the truth, no matter how difficult it may be.

April 26, 2022
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What Do Scammers and Startup Founders Have in Common?

Many startup founders and certain types of scammers often have a similar mentality.

April 19, 2022
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Be Explicit about the New Rules as We Return to the Office

As companies move into a hybrid office the rules, written and unwritten, will be different. Leaving them unwritten creates risk; by addressing them as a team you create engagement and reduce employee frustration.

April 12, 2022
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Will Smith Redux: Why Major Outrage for a Minor Incident Matters

The Will Smith incident seems like a minor skirmish that got blown out of proportion because he’s a celebrity, but in fact this is exactly the attention such behavior needs, and it signals an important shift in society and our workplaces.

April 5, 2022
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Why Will Smith’s Behavior Cannot Be Ignored

Holding celebrities, politicians, or executives to a different standard undercuts the goals of society.

March 29, 2022
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Are You Giving the Right Type of Feedback to Your Employees?

We’ve been taught about constructive criticism and positive feedback, but there’s another dimension to feedback stemming from a person’s motivation.

March 22, 2022
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Permission to Network

A tiny change can drastically increase the amount of networking people do at conferences and other events.

March 15, 2022
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How Long Will the Great Resignation Last?

The effects of the Great Resignation will be felt in the labor market for years to come. Understanding when and how effects will appear can help you better navigate a volatile labor market.

March 8, 2022
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How Much Commitment Does Your Career Path Require?

We often face choices where it's hard to know which is right, especially if we can’t see very far down the path. Understanding the level of commitment required for a path can help you explore career options at minimal cost.

March 1, 2022
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How Do You Know When It’s Time to Leave a Job?

It’s easy to quit a job you hate, but how do you know whether it’s time to go before you get to the point of hatred and burnout? This process can help you decide if it’s time to quit.

February 21, 2022
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Should You Quit Your Job Before You Have Another One Lined Up?

People say you should never quit until you have a new job. Instead of a hard and fast rule a clear rubric will lead to better decisions.

February 15, 2022
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Not Sure How to Ask about Corporate Culture during an Interview? Blame Me.

It’s critical to learn about corporate culture before you accept a job offer but it can be awkward to raise such questions. Learn what to ask and how to ask it to avoid landing yourself in a bad situation.

February 8, 2022
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Leadership is Not Atomic

The question “What’s the one tip you would give aspiring leaders?” isn’t just a bad question, it’s fundamentally the wrong way to think about leadership.

February 1, 2022
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The Entrepreneur’s Prayer

The Entrepreneur’s Prayer guides you to find the balance between ego and humility allowing you to see a path to success while avoiding the traps others have fallen into.

January 25, 2022
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A Barrel of Bad Apples from the Tree of Knowledge

The University of Michigan illustrates why organizations must be more thorough when there are multiple claims of harassment.

January 18, 2022
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The Bechdel Test Applied to Companies and Conferences

The Bechdel test is a quick lower bound on helping us make sure we haven’t totally ignored equality in movies. We can use it in events and organizations, too.

January 11, 2022
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3 Simple Steps to Move Your Career Forward

Investing just a few hours per year will help you focus and advance in your career.

January 4, 2022
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Non-Competes in a Virtual World

We need to rethink how non-competes operate as people work from anywhere.

December 14, 2021
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How to Be Compelling at Your Annual Review

A tiny effort will help you impress your manager and get better results at your annual review.

December 7, 2021
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The Secret to Answering: Why Should I Hire You?

Most people blow it, but when answered correctly, this question will give you an opportunity to stand out from the crowd and impress your interviewers.

November 30, 2021
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Why You Need to Bring Croissants to Your Next Networking Event

A simple change can help make networking much more effective for yourself or even for everyone at your event.

November 23, 2021
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Let’s Be Honest, This Job Isn’t Going to Last Forever

Honest career planning conversations between an employee and manager need to recognize that at some point the employee is going to leave the company.

November 16, 2021
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Why HR Recruiters Need to Think like Marketers and How to Do It

In today’s war for talent you’re not just recruiting, you’re selling jobs to candidates. Make sure you know how to market and sell effectively.

November 9, 2021
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How Workers Can Make the Most of the Great Resignation

There’s a reason you’re leaving your job. Make sure you don’t jump out of the frying pan and into the fire. Better yet, with a small change we can extinguish the fire altogether.

November 2, 2021
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Why Private Groups Are Better for Growth

Groups with a high barrier to entry and high trust are often the most valuable groups to join.

October 26, 2021
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Why You Need a Corporate Dictionary

Corporate dictionaries help define the terms and acronyms used through an organization. They can be made in minutes but save countless hours of confusion.

October 19, 2021
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Offices for All

We have a chance to resign offices to best optimize for different styles of work.

October 12, 2021
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8 Tips for Effective Lunch and Learns

Lunch and learns are a way for companies to promote less formal learning and knowledge sharing. While they are straightforward to run mechanically, a few things can make or break the success of the program.

October 5, 2021
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Don't Ignore Your Internal Network

Networking isn't just for finding new jobs. Your network within an organization can often be even more valuable than your external network.

September 28, 2021
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Creating Engaging Conferences Your Attendees Will Love

Over the past twenty years the internet has increased the amount of content available online while decreasing its cost. Covid blew the doors off the event industry showing us that most content could be effectively delivered online. Going forward conferences can no longer be simply a series of talks, but instead must provide additional value justifying the time and money attendees spend. When done right, it can lead to better experiences and more loyal attendees.

September 21, 2021
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How to Earn $30,000 in 30 Minutes or Less

How learning to negotiate can add five or even six figures to your lifetime career earnings. Once you read this, you’ll be kicking yourself as to why you didn’t learn to do this sooner.

September 14, 2021
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If This Is So Important, Why Didn’t They Teach It to Me?

Have people told you networking is important? What about communication, teamwork, and leadership? For all the lip service given them, how much formal education did you have on such essential skills? Probably little, if any. What are these skills and why haven't they been taught to students?

September 7, 2021
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