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When Performance Reviews Become Political

Years ago, I was a young manager working for a large global financial services company. During my time there, the economy plummeted into a recession (sound familiar?). As a result, raises were few and far between. As a...

March 21, 2012
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WORKING: Learning From 'Linsanity'

Remember “Linsanity”? Last month, New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin became the talk of the sports world (and really pretty much everywhere else, too) after an electrifying performance against the New Jersey Nets....

March 15, 2012

Performance Reviews

Performance reviews. Need I say more? There is nothing as dysfunctional and as predictable as the annual performance review. From vagueness to politics, from personal attacks to overall managerial disinterest,...

March 13, 2012
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WORKING: What Superhero Would You Be?

Job interviews usually include questions like “Tell me a time when you faced a significant obstacle and how you overcame it,” or “Describe a time when you led a team.” But some companies are flipping the script and...

March 7, 2012
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WORKING: Before You Click 'Send'

Sometimes sending a quick an email makes sense: you need to acknowledge receipt of something or try to work out logistics for a meeting. And it’s so easy to type a couple of lines and move on. But there are times when...

February 29, 2012
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WORKING: Moving Sideways, Moving Up

Any number of reasons might prompt a job-seeker to consider a lateral career move: family obligations, lifestyle changes, simply a desire for new scenery and challenges. Taking a job at the same level as your current...

February 22, 2012
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WORKING: Handling Criticism

We usually call it “constructive,” but criticism at work often doesn’t feel all that helpful. Maybe it’s because we were blindsided by the feedback or because it felt unjustified and the conversation turned into an...

February 15, 2012
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WORKING: Explaining A Layoff

Scenario: you’re fresh out of college and you get your first “real” job. But after a few months, you’re laid off. Now it’s time to start interviewing and finding another job. How do you handle this on your resume and in...

February 8, 2012
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WORKING: When 'Nice' People Lose

The old saying goes that nice guys finish last, whether it’s romance, business, whatever. It seems a bit counterintuitive, but a string of studies and surveys in the last six months or so have demonstrated that when it...

February 2, 2012
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What To Do When Your Boss Doesn’t Like You

This entire month we’ve tackled an all-too-common dysfunction – “I don’t think my boss likes me.” Think back to the glory days of middle school or high school when you had a crush on that special someone. Remember that...

February 1, 2012