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How Formal Should You Be in an Interview?

Interviews have gotten less formal over the years, but finding the right level of formality is still important to make a good impression. This applies to behavior as well as dress.

February 27, 2024
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How and Why to do Root Cause Analysis on Hiring

While engineering departments are trained to understand why there was a mistake and how to prevent its repetition, many hiring teams lack a similar process and often make bad hires. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix.

February 20, 2024
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The Problem with Rose Colored References

No one likes to give a bad reference; many want to make their former colleagues look good, but stretching the truth has negative consequences for everyone.

February 13, 2024
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Is AI Just a Tool for Lazy People?

With each new technology the question is asked whether it will make us lazy and lower overall quality. While AI is a shortcut, it’s not the garden path some fear.

February 6, 2024
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Case Study: A New Coach’s Negotiation

See how an executive coach negotiated a deal to keep a client using negotiation trade-offs.

January 30, 2024
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If You Have to Fire Someone, Do It with Respect

Badly executed layoffs have become more visible thanks to social media. Cloudflare’s recent termination gone viral is a good example of what not to do.

January 23, 2024
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How Many Job Rejections Are Too Many?

Many job hunters experience frustration and depression after receiving many rejections (or no responses at all). This is more a reflection of the job market than it is of you.

January 16, 2024
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Get Your Career Off to a Good Start in 2024

As the year begins many people plan forward progress in their careers. This article provides an overview based on my most useful advice from the past few years.

January 9, 2024
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Don’t Wait to Be Promoted, You Can Promote Yourself Today

We often think we need our managers to get us the raise or promotion, in truth, it's mostly under our control to make that happen.

December 12, 2023
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The Perfect Moment to Ask for a Raise or Promotion

Asking for a raise or promotion is technically and emotionally challenging. Doing it the right way greatly increases your chances of success.

December 5, 2023
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What Are “Normal Working Hours” for a Job?

It can be hard to tell when you need to be in the office, or even if you’re expected to respond to emails nights and weekends. A simple approach can help you navigate the uncertainty.

November 28, 2023
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Industry Associations Need Job-Hunting Sub-Groups

Trade and industry groups have a low-cost way to create a win-win scenario by offering job search support as a community service offering.

November 14, 2023
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Why Companies Ghost Candidates and What To Do About It

There are a myriad of reasons why companies ghost candidates; often it’s more about what’s happening at the company than a reflection on the candidate.

November 7, 2023
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Leaving a Job Before Your Annual Bonus? Here’s How To Negotiate

Many people hesitate to leave a job during bonus season. Here’s how to decide what to do and how to not leave money on the table.

October 31, 2023
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Don’t Accept Candy (or Social Media Connections) From Strangers

Connections to strangers on social media isn’t really networking. Worse, it opens you up to other risks.

October 24, 2023
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We’re All Prompt Engineers

While there may never be actual jobs paying people to work as prompt engineers, the thinking and approach of prompt engineering is a key skill we all employ already, and have, in fact, used for decades.

October 17, 2023
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Prompt Engineering Jobs are a Mirage

Despite the hype these jobs do not and will not exist. Understanding why can help you avoid other dead-end career paths.

October 10, 2023
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Overcoming a Fear of Answering Questions on the Spot at Work

While speaking coaches often focus on formal presentations, many people struggle with being put on the spot at work. Simple techniques can help you quickly overcome anxiety it creates.

October 2, 2023
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Improv and the Art of Conversation

Many people struggle to lead a conversation, business or social, to where they hoped it would go. We can employ a technique from improv comedy to be more nimble when conversing.

September 26, 2023
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The Ethics of Ransomware

Paying the ransom in cybercrimes crates a vicious cycle in which we embolden attackers. The best option for society is to remove this option for society.

September 19, 2023
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SAG-AFTRA & WGA Are Going to Win the Battle and Lose the War

Striking actors and writers have the advantage today, but history tells us that they are fighting an uphill battle against technology.

September 12, 2023
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Why AI Isn’t (Yet) Ready to Take Your Job

Recent advances in LLMs helped AI make a quantum leap forward in capability, but many tasks in our jobs will be beyond its capabilities for years to come.

September 5, 2023
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What Restaurants Teach Us about Hiring

The right ingredients are the key to success but most people working in a restaurant aren’t experienced enough to select the right ones. Who is selecting your ingredients?

August 22, 2023
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Industry Associations are Dropping the Ball on Career Development

Industry associations and trade groups are in a unique position to provide cost effective training for their members at scale; unfortunately, few of them do.

August 15, 2023
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As a Manager You Need to Play the Cards and Play the Man

Individual contributors focus on solving domain problems, but as you move up the ladder personality management becomes another aspect of the job.

August 8, 2023
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Sometimes Management is about Letting Go of the Reins

Leaders and managers like to be in control, but sometimes the right path forward means giving up some of that control to those who can make better decisions.

August 1, 2023
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No, AI Isn’t Going to Kill You, but It Will Cause Social Unrest - Part 2

Despite fear mongering, AI isn’t going to kill us all, but in the near future it will cause a lot of societal disruption for which we are ill prepared.

July 25, 2023
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No, AI Isn’t Going to Kill You, but It Will Cause Social Unrest - Part 1

Despite fear mongering, AI isn’t going to kill us all, but in the near future it will cause a lot of societal disruption for which we are ill prepared.

July 18, 2023
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How to Re-Apply to Your Job

As companies implement layoffs employees are sometimes pitted against each other to fight for their jobs. A little preparation can go a long way in saving your job, and setting you up for your next role.

July 11, 2023
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The Root Cause of the OceanGate’s Failure is One of Ethics

The Titanic and OceanGate both failed due to the same ethical dynamics.

June 27, 2023
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The Downside to Commuting by Plane

Flying into the office a few days a week seems like the best of both worlds, but there are some hidden downsides.

June 20, 2023
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And You May Find Yourself Trapped Like a Frog in a Pot

Employees often shift expectations when faced with small job frustrations. Overall time the small changes add up, leading to an unhappy employee who doesn’t consciously realize it’s time to move on.

June 12, 2023
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The Rise of Fractional Executives (and Managers)

There has been a rapid rise in the supply and demand of fractional executives the past few years. We look at the what, why, and how of this trend.

June 6, 2023
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Why Your People Won’t Leave If You Teach Them to Network

Rapunzel's godmother locked her in a tower to hold on to her. Companies employing the same strategy will face a similar fate.

May 30, 2023
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If You’re a Manager, Dealing with Drama Is Your Job

When it comes to workplace conflicts many managers tell employees to “work it out themselves.” On the contrary, it's specifically the manager's job to solve it.

May 23, 2023
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How Managers Can Bound Uncertainty

Business by its nature has risks, but evaluating those risks is usually easier for more senior and more experienced workers. Managers and leaders need to help more junior employees understand and manage their exposure to risk.

May 16, 2023
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AI Researchers Can’t Escape Moral Culpability

All researchers, including AI, and all workers more broadly, need to accept responsibility for their actions. Seeing yourself as a cog in a machine does not remove your moral obligations.

May 9, 2023
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How to Implement AI at Your Company

Everyone is talking about the impact of AI, but how to best use it at your company, especially in a way that doesn’t make your employees feel replaceable, can be tricky.

May 2, 2023
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Andi Owen Demonstrates the Principal Agent Problem All Managers Face

Recent CEO missteps illustrate a trap many managers can, and do, fall into when it comes to motivating and relating to their teams.

April 25, 2023
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Why Would This Be Good for Me?

During negotiations, asking the other party to explain the rationale for a proposal from your perspective can provide key insights to help you gain a better deal.

April 18, 2023
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Advice for College Students Struggling to Find Internships

Not having a summer internship as the semester wanes can be scary. Fortunately there are many paths to finding a summer job.

April 11, 2023
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What If I Don’t Believe in My Product?

Is it ok to work for a company if you think the product or service is bad? Is it fair to the company? Is it fair to the customers?

April 4, 2023
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Why Entrepreneurs Need Career Plans

People think career plans are only for employees; not having one limits founders and entrepreneurs as well.

March 28, 2023
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The Path to Hell Is Paved with AI

AI has been created to benefit society, but like seafaring, industrialization, and nuclear power, the side-effects of well-intentioned innovations can be consequential.

March 21, 2023
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Silicon Valley Bank Offers Many Moral Lessons

Moral hazard rears its head again, only to be shouted down by an angry mob with pitchforks (or the modern equivalent, tweets).

March 14, 2023
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Are the People in Your Network Also Your Friends?

The line between professional connection and personal friend isn’t always well defined. Is someone in your network automatically a friend?

March 7, 2023
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How Do You Define Leadership? How Does Your Boss?

Simple questions often have the most complex answers. A small discussion can have huge ramifications for your likelihood of promotion.

February 28, 2023
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Teach your Kids to Program, but Don’t Teach Them to Be Programmers

Software engineering is a great job to have—today. We can see the future by looking to the past and recognizing that a good option today may not be tomorrow.

February 21, 2023
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Don’t Blame CEOs for Layoffs, We Asked Them to Do It

Tech CEOs are incentivized—by us—to take risks, and layoffs are a consequence of them.

February 14, 2023
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ChatGPT is Just a Calculator . . . Crossed with a Nuclear Reactor

The good news is our careers are safe, even if our jobs are not. The bad news is society may bear some consequences even as we reap the benefits.

February 7, 2023
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The Art of Managing a Sales Pitch

Whether you’re selling a product to a customer or an idea to your manager you need to know how to manage the pitch. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time.

January 31, 2023
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You Can’t Just Bring Underperforming Employees into the Office More Often

Some companies are starting to bring underperforming employees back into the office to improve their performance. Unfortunately, the challenge is much more complex.

January 24, 2023
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Chances Are, You’re a Nepo Baby, Too

There’s been criticism of late about nepo babies. Who benefits and where the line should be drawn isn’t as clear cut as we might think.

January 17, 2023
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The Rise of the Returnship

There’s a (not so new) trend of providing internships for returning workers. This allows workers and employers a better path for modern, wiggly careers.

January 10, 2023
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Do You Know How to Get Promoted?

Most people want to be promoted but what needs to be done is often unspoken. Learning how to address this, as an employee or manager helps everyone.

January 3, 2023
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Should You Job Hunt over the Holidays? Yes, but Not the Way You Think

It’s a good time to take a break from sending out endless resumes and cover letters, but it’s an ideal time to make use of your network.

December 20, 2022
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You Put the Wrong Rock In First

When it comes to career planning most people focus on the wrong priorities, dooming their chances at happiness.

December 13, 2022
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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

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