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'I've Lost My Confidence'

Theresa was a workplace rock star. For over a decade, it seemed like everything Theresa touched turned to gold. Her golden touch became legendary within her organization. Her company would routinely parachute her into a...

July 30, 2013
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WORKING: No Bosses!

There are companies out there that have no bosses. No middle-managers pushing the work through every day. Just people getting stuff done. “The idea behind it is this: if you’ve got committed, motivated people that take...

July 29, 2013
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WORKING: Fixing Your Screw-Ups

Saying “I’m sorry” is hard, no matter the setting. At work, it can be even more challenging. And the thing is, we all make mistakes at our jobs and have to fess up. It turns out, though, apologizing to your boss when...

July 22, 2013
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WORKING: Managing Your Peers

Promotions are great: you get a better title, more seniority, maybe even a raise. But now you also have to supervise your former colleagues and maybe even people who have been your work friends. “The probability that...

July 15, 2013
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The Past Is Not Fair

One of the most debilitating anchors for us in life can be the past. The heavy bags of our personal history can weigh us down if we let them, particularly if we choose to ruminate, sit and wallow in life’s inequities....

July 12, 2013
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WORKING: A Good Meeting

Meetings at work can be just dreadful – long, pointless and meandering. And when you’re in them, you’re not actually DOING anything. “A meeting’s job is to make decisions or to kind of wrestle with problems and kind of...

July 8, 2013
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WORKING: Reveal Your Potential

It’d be nice if your boss recognized your potential and helped you realize it. But that’s probably not going to happen. “When [potential] does get realized, it’s almost always because of the actions that individual took...

July 1, 2013
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Life Is Not Fair! QUIZ

In the prior post, we chatted about the unpleasantness of viewing work as not fair. From blaming one’s boss to resenting how one’s career has turned out, complaining that work isn’t fair isn’t fun for the complainer nor...

June 25, 2013
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WORKING: Women In Power

Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer has taken some shots from analysts and the media in her first year on the job. Many have criticized her decision to end the company’s long-standing telecommuting policy. They’ve...

June 24, 2013
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WORKING: Defusing Conflict Fast

Ever get into an argument at work? What about an all-out screaming match? You can’t leave your emotions at the door when you come to work everyday, so these conflicts are going to happen. And, in truth, conflict can be...

June 17, 2013