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What great opportunities are you overlooking?

Sometimes you can want something so badly that you begin to hyperfocus on it to the point that you literally cannot see when the goal is within your grasp. In her excellent book, You are a Badass, Jen Sincero shares an example that illustrates this perfectly:

“There’s a great Hindu story about a lady who wanted to meet the god Krishna. So she went into the forest, closed her eyes,...

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More work, no raise? Strategies to come out ahead

Last week I wrote about how important it is to manage your stress level when you’re asked to take on significantly more responsibility for the same pay. Maintaining your energy is the first priority when you’re faced with this situation, closely followed by keeping your perspective.

It's always disappointing when you're asked to do more for the same (or even less). I'll share some...

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What's Career Santa bringing you this year?

When I was a little kid I got so excited when Christmas was coming. I would lay in the middle of the living room floor flipping through every page of the Sears catalog circling all the things that I wanted and then I’d faithfully transcribe each item into a letter to Santa. Some years, my parents would take me to the mall to visit Santa and I'd whisper in his ear the one big thing I...

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Lessons learned from a bad boss

Shelly* was a screamer. Through the wall I could hear her side of the phone call — at a very high decibel, she was berating the dry cleaner for allegedly losing the pants to her suit. Shelly's unhappiness was exceedingly evident to everyone in our tight-knit marketing department as her shouts echoed down the hallway.

This was not an atypical outburst brought on by vendor negligence --...

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The overachiever’s guide to overcoming self-doubt

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” ― William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
 
You’re smart, you’re accomplished, you’re confident in your problem-solving abilities. Let’s face it — you’re a success. And that makes sense. You’ve risen to the challenge your entire...
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Is your workplace toxic? What to do before you leave

A toxic workplace is defined as an environment where the work demands, culture and/or co-workers cause serious disruptions in the rest of your life. According to survey on workplace satisfaction more than 90% of employees surveyed say they’ve experienced a “toxic” work environment at some point in their career. That's truly astounding!

If you have a job where you...

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Overcoming the Superhero syndrome at work

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Your envy is trying to tell you something

Envy is an emotion that most people don’t like to admit to, yet it’s something that we all feel at one time or another. Envy arises when we wish we had something that someone else has. It happens frequently in the workplace. Sometimes it happens when a colleague gets a promotion or plum assignment that you wanted. Or the little green monster could crop up when a...

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We Are Our Stories: Andrew's Career Story

I'm sharing an excerpt from one of the "career stories" in my book Winning the Game of Work from Storytelling Entrepreneur Andrew Linderman. I hope you find it enlightening especially given the times we're living through.


Andrew Linderman is the founder and head storyteller of The Story Source in New York. Though he comes from a long line of entrepreneurs, he gave it a shot in the...

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Colette’s Career Story: My Time in the Old Boys’ Club

It was 2009, the middle of the financial meltdown, and I had just gotten out of an 18-year marriage to an addict. I had gone back to school to get a degree in Architectural Engineering – a degree that just two years before had a 98% placement rate – and with the real estate market in the toilet, absolutely no one was hiring.

I just needed to get a job to support me and my...

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