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    10 Subtle Ways to Sabotage Your Interview

    We all know that showing up late to an interview or dressing inappropriately can ruin your chances for a job. But what about the more subtle ways that could make you unexpectedly sabotage your job interview? Don’t let it happen to you! Keep in mind these 10 common subconscious mistakes that you probably don’t even know you’re making. NEXT | ...
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    Changed Mind After Accepting Offer

    Changed Mind After Accepting Offer
    A reader writes: In August 2008, I relocated for work and a boyfriend (we don't live together through) and ended up with a job in an industry in which I've been doing the same type of work for 10 years. The company and environment ended up being horrible and thus my job search began. I was so burnt out, in fact, ...
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    A Career Development Trifecta – Part 1: Terminations

    A Career Development Trifecta – Part 1: Terminations
    I received the following note recently: I fell into a human resources position several years ago by accident. I found that I love all aspects of HR, except terminating employees. I’d like to pursue a career in HR, however, I also love sales, being on the road, and need flexibility. Can you recommend the right career path and programs focusing on ...
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    A Career Development Trifecta – Part 2: Career Paths

    A Career Development Trifecta – Part 2: Career Paths
    On Monday, I mentioned I received a letter from a reader. You can read the full letter here. One of the things the reader asked about was career paths in human resources. Specifically, they said: I’d like to pursue a career in HR, however, I also love sales, being on the road, and need flexibility. Can you recommend the right career ...
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    A Career Development Trifecta – Part 3: Certifications

    A Career Development Trifecta – Part 3: Certifications
    This week, I’ve been responding to comments/questions from a reader’s letter. During this last installment, I want to discuss the topic of certifications. In the original letter, the reader asked about programs focusing on the PHR/SPHR – which is a certification for human resources professionals. But before I answer that part of the question, I’d like to talk about certifications in ...
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    The ABCs of Handshake Etiquette

    Ahh, the shaking of hands. It sounds simple enough: Two hands meet and greet and do a little shake. Easy, right? Not so fast. Unfortunately, there are quite a few ways a handshake can go south. From an overly moist hand to a bone-crushing grip, handshakes come in all shapes and sizes — and only the best will hit the ...
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    Help! Manager Won't Listen to Feedback

    Help! Manager Won't Listen to Feedback
    A reader writes: I work at a fast food place. I took the job because it was literally the only one I could get: I have a college degree and some professional experience, but not much, and I really needed a job. I've been promoted here, and that's good, and up until now the place has been very tolerable and even ...
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    How to Deal With a Lazy Boss

    How to Deal With a Lazy Boss
    A reader writes: I believe that my boss sets a poor example. Our offices are adjoining and during the day I hear her playing video games on her iTouch, making phone calls about mortgage refinancing and car loans, using Rosetta stone software. Sometimes when I stop by her office she has her kindle or ipad open to the latest book she ...
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    Deathbed Advice for Managers

    Deathbed Advice for Managers
    Back in November 2007, someone challenged me to list five pieces of advice I'd give to managers on my deathbed. I'm re-running that post because I like it. 1. Look for trouble. Assume things will go wrong and poke around to find out what they might be. You'll often uncover problems this way and have an earlier chance to fix them. ...
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    Playing Fair in Business

    Playing Fair in Business
    When you're a little kid, everything is unfair. The fact that I had to go to bed before the end of a basketball game on TV. Or that my sister got birthday presents on her birthday but not me. Or that I couldn't ride my bike out to the lake with my friends. It wasn't fair. So because it was unfair, ...
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    5 Business Lessons from Watching MythBusters

    5 Business Lessons from Watching MythBusters
    Mr. Bartender and I really enjoy the show MythBusters on the Discovery Channel. If you're not familiar with it, two special effects experts – Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage – recreate "myths" (read: urban legends, Hollywood effects, idioms, stuff) to see if they are true or not. To give you a flavor of the show, some of the things they've tested ...
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    How to Deal With an Absent Boss

    How to Deal With an Absent Boss
    A reader writes: Our department suffers from absenteeism and my boss is one of the biggest offenders. She just called in sick again today. Her habit of calling in sick regularly (not to mention coming in late and leaving early) means that the staff in our department feel entitled to do the same. This is a state agency and a union ...
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    Managing an Employee Who Was Passed Over for Your Role

    Managing an Employee Who Was Passed Over for Your Role
    A reader writes: There are lots of posts online about "how to deal with being passed over." I am looking for perspective from the other side of the coin. I was awarded a GM role and have to work with someone who was passed over for my role. What is the best way to deal with this person? I am an ...
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    5 Reasons Why Nothing Has Changed in Your Organization

    5 Reasons Why Nothing Has Changed in Your Organization
    Business leaders complain all the time that nothing seems to have changed in their organizations, despite their best efforts to make things happen. Yet they continue to do the same things and receive the same results. Well, it's no wonder why nothing has changed! Here are five reasons why your progress may have stalled. 1. You have people on board who ...
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    Signs of a Selfish Boss

    Signs of a Selfish Boss
    If you've ever worked in an office environment, you've probably dealt with some breed of bad boss. Micro-managers, control freaks, and selfish tyrants lurk at all levels of organizations, their destructive powers wreaking havoc in the workplace. In fact, employee-employer relations are major stressors for even the savviest businesswomen. According to a Gallup poll, supervisor problems surpass most other areas of ...
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    Can You Be a Good Manager if You're Shy?

    Can You Be a Good Manager if You're Shy?
    A reader writes: I'm shy. Sometimes people misinterpret this as aloofness or snobbery. Being outgoing and making friends with everyone I meet has never been a part of my personality. I just have a hard time making casual conversation (which is necessary for good relationships with coworkers), and I have a hard time in difficult/important professional conversations (which are necessary for ...
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    My Boss Acts Like I'm On-Call Day and Night

    My Boss Acts Like I'm On-Call Day and Night
    In response to an earlier post about calling coworkers at night or over the weekend, I wrote that (a) it can be okay if you know they're fine with it, which some people are, (b) you should avoid doing it if you're a manager, even if you know/think they're fine with it, because most people will be less comfortable telling you ...
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    The Business Case for Managing Ourselves

    The Business Case for Managing Ourselves
    The Harvard Business Review published a post by Vineet Nayar on Who is the New CEO? The article is a well-thought out vision that, in the future, successful CEOs will focus on building decentralized organizations and enabled employees. This makes total sense to me. I'm sure businesses right now don't want to build extra layers and structure. That can be very ...
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    My Manager Wants to Be My Best Friend

    My Manager Wants to Be My Best Friend
    A reader writes: I have great relationship with my manager and we used to be peers before she became my boss. When we were peers, we used to tell each other everything about our personal life outside work. The problem is she still wants me to tell her everything that I do in my personal life, like how I spent my ...
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