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When Performance Reviews Become Political

Brandon Smith - Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 9:36am

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...

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WORKING: Learning From 'Linsanity'

Joshua Stewart - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 7:51am

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....

Performance Reviews

Brandon Smith - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 9:54am

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,...

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WORKING: What Superhero Would You Be?

Joshua Stewart - Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 11:08am

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...

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WORKING: Before You Click 'Send'

Joshua Stewart - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 9:03am

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...

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WORKING: Moving Sideways, Moving Up

Joshua Stewart - Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 10:07am

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...

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WORKING: Handling Criticism

Joshua Stewart - Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 9:20am

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...

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WORKING: Explaining A Layoff

Joshua Stewart - Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 8:16am

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...

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WORKING: When 'Nice' People Lose

Joshua Stewart - Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 11:00am

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...

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What To Do When Your Boss Doesn’t Like You

Brandon Smith - Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 6:03am

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...

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