Gaming the System When Networking

If the thought of an evening spent “networking” makes you uncomfortable, you’re not alone. Despite understanding that networking is about building two-way relationships and that positive intentions (e.g., a willingness to help others) can make it feel more natural, many still struggle with motivating themselves to make meeting new contacts a part of daily life. …

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The BEST Time to Look for a Job

For those regular readers of my articles, you’ve likely already guessed where this is heading. Of course, the best time to be looking for a job is always. I don’t mean a full-on job search, but rather keeping yourself “job-change ready” just in case you need (or want) to make a shift. This way, you’re …

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Three People You Need in Your Network

I recently interviewed Carla Harris, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley on my SiriusXM radio show “Career Talk*” where she spoke about the three types of professional relationships you need to succeed. While each role overlaps in certain ways, there are also key differences that can have a major impact on your career. Advisors are those …

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Get Out Of Your Head!

Whether you’re a writer, soccer coach, job seeker, or self-employed, there will be points in your life where you’ll find yourself at a crossroads and just feel STUCK. When this happens, many rely on time-honored strategies such as drafting a pro/con list, free-association journaling techniques, or creating complex decision trees — processes that keep us …

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Optimize Your Annual Review!

Performance appraisals emerged during Frederick Taylor’s Scientific Management movement in the early 20th century. Despite 100 years, we haven’t made much progress. 60% of employees feel performance reviews are a waste of time 70% of employees have no idea how they’re being evaluated 95% of employees said they weren’t trained on how to complete the …

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The Cab Driver’s Dilemma

Pretend you’re a cabbie for a moment. Business has fallen due to start-ups like Uber and your boss stated yesterday that if you don’t bring in more money, you’ll soon be out of a job. Thinking about your family, you make a third loop around the block and luck is on your side when you …

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