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    Get a Job With a Leadership Role

    Get a Job With a Leadership Role
    A reader writes: I've been working since I was in high school - retail gigs, etc were the norm for me until I went to junior college and started temping in offices. It grew a bit from there, as I learned all the new programs, and because I was a fast keyer, was cast in roles like accounting. Finally, in 2006, ...
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    How to Speak More Assertively

    How to Speak More Assertively
    If you deal with daily meetings and interactions with coworkers, you know just how important it is to speak assertively. But what exactly does “assertively” mean and how do you speak your mind without coming across as rude? These are important questions, as communicating effectively — not to mention politely — is pivotal to your professional success. The last thing you ...
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    The Scoop on Being Vanilla

    The Scoop on Being Vanilla
    I love vanilla. My favorite milkshake is vanilla. Fave scent? Yep, vanilla. Every morning, vanilla creamer in my coffee. But I realize many people have the perception that vanilla is a bad thing. Vanilla is plain and boring. So I thought for all those people out there who might be thinking the last thing I want to be known as is ...
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    10 Mistakes Business Owners Make

    10 Mistakes Business Owners Make
    I've been in business for 13 years and have seen my share of mistakes made by business owners - many that certainly could have been avoided. Here is my top 10 list of common mistakes business owners make, along with advice on how to avoid following suit. 1. Failure to hire for fit. Think about a job that you worked in ...
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    5 Reasons We Love (Or Hate!) Our Jobs

    5 Reasons We Love (Or Hate!) Our Jobs
    More often than not, people are describing what they do as “just a job.” As someone who has always loved her job, I’ve found this sentiment surprising and decided to do a some research. What makes someone love their job, instead of hating it? More importantly, is there anything you can do to turn a job you hate into your dream ...
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    10 Notorious Workplace Hookups

    Workplace romances are hardly uncommon. After all, you're probably clocking in more hours at the office than at home. It's easy to develop close on-the-job relationships that can take a romantic turn. But what often starts as a titillating romp in the supply room can quickly turn into a train wreck, endangering your career and your future. Are you willing ...
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    10 Career Resolutions for the New Year

    10 Career Resolutions for the New Year
    Like the old saying, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life," it's never a bad time to start moving your career in a better direction. Here are 10 New Year's resolutions to help. 1. Pay Attention in Class Treat every workday like a school day. Be sure you learn something and use it to make yourself more ...
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    7 Motivational Quotes

    7 Motivational Quotes
    Today I want to talk about the seven most motivational quotes ever spoken (or written). Why? Because motivation is the key to success! I like what Zig Ziglar said about motivation, he said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” Motivation is something you need everyday. It's motivation that pushes ...
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    Dealing With a Non-Communicative Manager

    Dealing With a Non-Communicative Manager
    A reader writes: My boss is intermittently non-communicative and micromanaging, neither of which I can tolerate. We will go weeks without meeting to discuss a project and then at the last minute she will “fling” across very unclear direction to me to execute (usually in the same day). She typically talks to me about a project as if we’ve been planning ...
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    Refining Your Business

    Refining Your Business
    Are you letting business get away because of your processes and people? I received a call this morning from a large tire retailer, who wanted to offer my husband an additional 10 percent off the purchase of the four tires he tried to buy there yesterday. My response was, "Why didn't you offer him your best deal while he was there? ...
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    New Manager Struggling to Define Role

    New Manager Struggling to Define Role
    A reader writes: I'm a new manager in a very small team -- my office is about 6 people, including my boss (the self-proclaimed CEO). There's no HR, and generally we're all on the same playing field. Except, apparently, when it comes to me. I was unofficially promoted when my manager left -- my official job description and pay has never ...
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    Taking 'Office' Lessons from the World's Greatest (Inept) Boss

    Taking 'Office' Lessons from the World's Greatest (Inept) Boss
    Supervisors, middle managers and corporate executives — suits, if you will — tonight will be going to a frightening source for leadership lessons. Many will put down their copy of The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker and tune into the one-hour season premiere of NBC's (GE) comedy The Office. This borders on disturbing. After all, the show centers on a bumbling ...
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    Strategic and Tactical Planning: Understanding the Difference

    Strategic and Tactical Planning: Understanding the Difference
    Many small business owners and operators do not spend much time planning for their business success. The biggest reason, in my opinion, is that they are not aware how easy it can be. Most owners, when they hear the words Strategic Planning or Tactical Planning, get a glazed-eyed look on their faces. Actually, these can be rather simple tasks to manage ...
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    10 Best and Worst Bosses: Which One Are You?

    We’ve all had bosses that we’ve either loved or hated. The boss who helped you get that promotion, or the one who clipped his toenails at his desk. Some help us advance our career, while others seem to hold us back. Different leadership styles can lead to different results for each employee. But certain styles seem to be good or ...
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    How to Motivate Employees on a Budget

    How to Motivate Employees on a Budget
    With recession looming—or underway, depending on who you ask—corporate budget managers are battening down the hatches when it comes to expenses. One of the areas where spending is stingiest is employee raises; last year's average increase of 3.5% may look like a bonanza from the perspective of 2008, when many companies are likely to be giving raises of 2% or less. ...
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    Vision Statements That Confuse and Bemuse

    Vision Statements That Confuse and Bemuse
    Since the 1970's vision statements have adorned the walls of most organizations, being used to communicate the direction in which an organization is heading. Most are poor vehicles for that communication and serve mainly to confuse or bemuse the employees they are supposed to guide. The majority of vision statements are poor. At best these poor vision statements are not challenging ...
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    9 Secret Ways to Persuade and Influence People

    9 Secret Ways to Persuade and Influence People
    Persuasiveness is one of the most important skills anyone can learn because it is useful in countless situations. At work, at home, and in your social life, the ability to be persuasive and influence others can be instrumental for achieving goals and being happy. Learning about the tricks of persuasion can also give you insight into when they're being used on ...
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    Lead by Example

    Lead by Example
    It sounds so easy. Lead by example. We can't expect others to do something we don't do ourselves. This applies to any aspect of our lives. — If we aren't punctual, we can't expect others to be. — If we expect others to pick up their shoes around the house, then we need to pick up our own. — If we ...
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    10 Worst Time Wasters at Work

    Time flies when you're wasting it These days, no one can afford to waste time at work. Thanks to widespread downsizing, workloads are piling up. Unfortunately, extra hours in the day are not. Maximizing your time at work can mean the difference between leaving at a reasonable hour (i.e. holding onto your sanity) and staying late unnecessarily. You’ve got a ...
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    How Companies Develop Great Leaders

    How Companies Develop Great Leaders
    At first glance, Zappos.com, the online retailer, appears to have little in common with General Electric (GE), the multinational conglomerate. Hit hard by the recession, GE is in the throes of scaling down its financial services subsidiary, GE Capital, by an estimated 40%. Zappos, on the other hand, is tapping into changing consumer habits and ramping up for 30% growth over ...
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