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Joshua Stewart - Friday, August 3, 2012 - 6:10am

I’ve talked before with our workplace guru Brandon Smith about how to find a new job and then how to gracefully exit your current workplace. But what about when your boss is the one who’s leaving, you’re now faced with...

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WORKING: Stack Rankings

Joshua Stewart - Friday, July 27, 2012 - 5:12am

A “stack ranking” employee evaluation system forces managers to pick a few high achievers, a bunch of average workers, and a few shape-up-or-ship-out employees every year. That last category of folks are told to improve...

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WORKING: Introverted Leaders

Joshua Stewart - Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 11:36am

Quiet. Shy. Timid. Reserved. All could be terms you’ve heard to describe someone who’s just introverted – in other words, they get energy from small groups or being alone instead of from interacting with others. On its...

How To Say 'No'

Brandon Smith - Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 10:06am

One of the biggest hurdles to work/life balance is the inability to set proper boundaries. Simply put, it is our inability to tell others “no” that is often the culprit behind our unbalanced and out of control lives. To...

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WORKING: Internal Vs. External

Joshua Stewart - Friday, July 13, 2012 - 11:28am

Sonja recently wrote to our career guru about a leadership position she’s about to take at her company. She’s worried that her compensation will be lower because she’s an internal hire instead of a new employee coming...

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Time To Be Honest With Yourself

Brandon Smith - Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 12:27pm

I’m not going to beat around the bush. This is not a post for the lazy reader. If you are looking for something light, sweet and fluffy you may need to sample something else off of my proverbial menu. This post is...

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WORKING: The Boss's Email

Joshua Stewart - Friday, July 6, 2012 - 8:21am

It’s safe to say we’re constantly in touch. That means sometimes we’re sending work emails outside of work hours. And sometimes we’re getting them. From our bosses. Does that mean we’re expected to be working and...

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Signs You've Lost Work/Life Balance

Brandon Smith - Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 6:13am

Have you lost work/life balance? Maybe you never had it in the first place. Fortunately, there are some telltale signs that you’ve teetered over the edge. Review the following list and make a mental tally on how many of...

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Joshua Stewart - Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 7:42am

We’ve probably all taken an IQ test at some point in our lives. Intelligence has long been considered crucial to success in life and even a predictor of how far we each can go. Now, more and more studies (like the one...

'I Don't Have Work/Life Balance'

Brandon Smith - Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 10:43am

Ah, work/life balance… We all want it and very few of us actually have it. To make matters worse, the strain of the economy has forced most of us to “do more with less.” Many of us are underpaid and overworked. In the...


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