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  • 5 Leadership Styles Good Bosses Avoid Like the Plague July 13, 2018 - By Abby Wolfe – theMuse It’s not crazy to think that you’ll become a leader in some capacity within your lifetime, whether a middle manager, senior director, or even a CEO. This advance is likely to be accompanied by the following: a bump in salary, a title change, and most importantly, increased responsibility. People often... read more
  • 3 Hard Truths About Moving Up the Ladder (and How to Handle Them) July 13, 2018 - By Marietta Gentles Crawford -theMuse Early in my career, all I ever wanted was to become a manager. I had my fair share of jobs outside my field, but landed my first “real” job as an editorial assistant after graduating college. It was my foot in the door to kick off my career, and all... read more
  • 5 Signs Your Personality Is So Strong It’s Intimidating Others (Never Tolerate #2) July 13, 2018 - By Kiddy First “The lion doesn’t turn around when the small dog barks.” – African Proverb. Have you been often accused of being intimidating? People might judge you for what you are without knowing about you or your life. Your personality today, is a result of the experiences you have gone through in the past.... read more
  • Need A Break? 8 Warning Signs That You’re Mentally And Emotionally Exhausted July 13, 2018 - By Kiddy First Sometimes life starts to spin out of control and it’s tough for us to keep up. Things that once seemed insignificant are suddenly annoying and we find ourselves snapping at others even when they’ve done nothing wrong. This may be a result of mental and emotional exhaustion, and identifying the key warning... read more
  • Four Alternatives to the Team All-Hands June 25, 2018 - By Darren Chait – RecruitLoop All-hands meetings (or ‘town halls’) are part and parcel of Silicon Valley. You would be hard pressed to find a tech company where this regular meeting isn’t ingrained in process. It’s a well accepted way to build and reinforce company culture, increase employee engagement and achieve alignment with company goals... read more
  • How to Get Over “Vacation Guilt” and Actually Enjoy Your Time Off June 25, 2018 - By Suzanne Gelb – theMuse Forty percent of Americans leave unused paid vacation time on the table every year. Why? People are afraid of being replaced or they’re afraid of their work piling up while they’re gone. These fears are understandable, but most of the time, they’re not grounded in reality. They’re what psychologists like... read more
  • The 8 Best Things You Can Do for Yourself When You Return From Vacation June 25, 2018 - By Bill Murphy jr. – theMuse As an American, you legitimately could spend every day of your life on vacation and still make a good living. But the truth is, few of us actually do this. Instead, we work hard, take time off when we can, and face the inevitable letdown when it’s time to... read more
  • 9 signs you’re successful even if it doesn’t feel like it June 25, 2018 - By Travis Bradberry – Ladders If you’re ambitious, you’re bound to feel like a failure from time to time. Lofty goals lead to inevitable moments when you aren’t yet living up to your expectations. We live in a world that reinforces this feeling. Though most people won’t admit it—other than the guy with the ‘He... read more
  • How can you focus in an open office? June 20, 2018 - By Anisa Purbasari Horton – Fast Company An open office is supposed to have many benefits: fostering collaboration, creativity, and reducing unnecessary digital communication. But as many Fast Company readers pointed out, the layout brings a set of problems. “Nonstop distractions. I can hardly ever work uninterrupted for more than a few minutes at a... read more
  • How to Catch and Keep a Quality Mentor June 20, 2018 - By Sara McCord – theMuse It used to be that you only had to dodge questions about whether you had a significant other at family gatherings, but nowadays you get to work and everyone wants to know about the status of that other must-have relationship. Do you have a mentor? What kinds of things do... read more
  • What to Do When Your Boss Won’t Advocate for You June 20, 2018 - By Nicholas Pearce – Harvard Business Review Having a great boss is a potentially life-changing gift. On the other hand, many of us know firsthand that having a bad boss can cause a lot of drama, headaches, and stress. While it’s easy to love the great bosses and flee the bad ones, there’s one kind... read more
  • 4 Easy Things You Can Do to Show Your Co-workers You Care June 18, 2018 - By Kat Boogaard – theMuse Whether you consider this fact disheartening or motivating, you can’t deny its truth: You probably spend more time with your co-workers than you do with anyone else. When you’re in the office at least 40 hours per week, the people you work with become a big part of your life.... read more
  • How to Beat Procrastination: The Value of the Personal Check-In June 14, 2018 - By Liz Alton – ADP How can you help your employees beat the potential for procrastination? The leader of every organization has more than likely wondered at some point how to beat procrastination — not just within their organizations, but personally as well. In “Eat That Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get... read more
  • How to spot a covert narcissist June 11, 2018 - By Lindsay Dodgson – theLadders Narcissists can be difficult to spot, especially if they are older and more sophisticated. Over time, they learn how to optimally manipulate their victims, and get by with their schemes without anyone questioning them. What makes it even more confusing is that they don’t all act the same way. Certain... read more
  • 3 Crucial Ways To Avoid Burnout June 7, 2018 - By Dede Henley – Forbes Working a 70-hour week isn’t cool. It means that you have sacrificed something important – exercise, time with family, downtime. I cringe when a client tells me they work a 60- to 70-hour workweek. Overwork can take a toll on you in ways you may not even realize. I’m not... read more
  • 5 Fears That Even High Achievers Have To Face June 7, 2018 - By Jeff Boss – Forbes High achievers are comfortable being uncomfortable. It takes a high threshold of guts, smarts and heart to press on when others quit. Some people get it. They understand that life isn’t a straight line and when they’re stuck in a rut, they’re gritty enough to weather the storm of uncertainty... read more
  • Study Reveals That A Bad Boss Can Make Employees Sick June 6, 2018 - By APost   For 75% of Americans, bosses are a major cause of stress at work. A Linkedin article published by Quartz magazine reveals that a bad boss can be as harmful to employees as passive smoking. The article also says that the longer you stay in a job working for someone who stresses you,... read more
  • The Formula to Performance Management Success June 5, 2018 - By Michael Heller – Social Hire Without the right plan in place, performance management can be quite the bear to tackle. Studies by Deloitte report 75% of organizations believed performance management was a key issue in their organization, and 89% were either in the process of changing their system or were planning to do so within the... read more
  • Five Habits of Great Managers June 4, 2018 - By T Paul Thomas – LinkedIn Flagstaff Business News – Ask the CEO – May 2018 – T Paul Thomas Managing is truly one of the hardest responsibilities of any executive, regardless of whether the number of employees is one or 1,001. Throughout my career I have witnessed awesome examples of management, while also seeing truly horrible managers.... read more
  • 10 Things To Do When You’re Furious At Work June 4, 2018 - By Prudy Gourguechon – Forbes   On the surface, a business can seem to be about profits, strategies, products, innovations, capital, investments—all the processes and goals of an operation.  But behind all those core components of an ongoing enterprise are individuals in relationship with one another, trying to think, create, make decisions and make things... read more
  • Culture Is the Secret to Employee Retention June 4, 2018 - By Graham Templeton – BOOST ADP Workplace culture is one of the most powerful factors affecting employee retention — and that’s great news for managers and HR professionals. According to “Fixing the Talent Management Disconnect,” a new research study conducted by the ADP Research Institute®, positively influencing retention requires a detailed understanding of that workforce’s... read more
  • 7 politeness mistakes you could be making at work — even if no one’s broken it to you yet May 29, 2018 - By Jane Burnett – theLadders   When a bunch of people work together in a shared space, team dynamics can shift at the drop of a hat because of one person’s behavior. That being said, here’s roundup of seven ways you could be annoying your colleagues, even if no one’s told you yet. Not responding to... read more
  • 9 awesome work situations that make you say YES May 29, 2018 - By Linda Le Phan – theLadders   We all want to be compensated well at our jobs. But, as we covered in our previous post, work can make us miserable even with a fat paycheck. There are workplace situations that, for some, come by so rarely that they are worth their weight in gold, and... read more
  • Make Your Meetings Productive: Ask These 5 Questions May 24, 2018 - By Jerry Weissman – Forbes When business people hear “Let’s schedule a meeting,” they react the same as they would when they hear “Let’s schedule a root canal.” Meetings have long been—and continue to be—the Bermuda Triangle of business. In 2004, Patrick Lencioni offered his advice to make meetings more productive in his bestselling book, Death... read more
  • Get Creative To Reach The C-Suite: Explore Alternate Paths May 24, 2018 - By Cassandra Frangos – Forbes The majority of executives I meet and coach have reached the C-suite in one of two typical ways. The first, internal promotion, has forever been the most common path to the top team. (Insiders account for 77% of all CEOs appointed as part of planned successions between 2012 and 2015.) The second... read more
  • The Right (And Wrong) Way To Complain At Work May 24, 2018 - By Adi Gaskell – Forbes   It’s well known that the modern employee is often a stressed employee.  Indeed, official government stats suggest that 40% of workers believe their job is extremely stressful, with 25% regarding it as the main stressor in their lives. Having a bit of a grumble with a colleague about something so stressful... read more
  • Ask an Honest HR Professional: How Do I Ask a Former Boss to Be My Mentor? May 23, 2018 - By Shannon Fitzgerald – theMuse   Dear HR Professional, I think my former boss would make a great mentor. How do I go about asking him in a way that isn’t awkward? Signed, Modest Mentee Dear Modest Mentee, First things first, congratulations! You’re taking a great step forward on your path of self-improvement by considering... read more
  • 6 career goals you should meet by ages 30, 40 and 50 May 23, 2018 - By Lindsay Tigar – theLadders In most companies, every quarter — or at least twice a year — you’re tasked with setting goals for yourself. As a way to manage your responsibilities, help you prioritize the most important deliverables and keep you tracking toward something, goals are often used as benchmarks of progress. If you... read more
  • 5 Things You Need To Know Before Asking For A Raise May 23, 2018 - By David Strut & Todd Nordstrom – Forbes   According to some psychologists, “the fear of rejection is one of our deepest human fears.” Without a doubt, most of us can remember times in our lives and careers when we’ve feared rejection—asking someone out on a date or applying for a new job. But, there’s something even... read more
  • These are the 47 unhealthiest jobs in the United States May 16, 2018 - By Andy Kiersz & Rachel Gillett – theLadders Some jobs intrinsically have more health risks than others. A flight attendant working in close quarters with passengers is more likely to catch an infectious disease than a lawyer working in an office, for example. Factor in the greater exposure to cosmic radiation, abnormal sleep patterns, and... read more
  • How to manage your boss – and yes, it’s a thing May 16, 2018 - By Linda Le Phan – theLadders   If you’re a working adult (of any age!), you’re probably used to managing your own schedule, priorities, and workload. But have you ever thought about the need to manage your boss/manager? Because believe it or not, it’s a real thing and it’s referred to in business management as managing... read more
  • 39 questions to make small talk with anyone May 9, 2018 - By Sarah Landrum –    theLadders   There’s nothing quite like breaking the conversational barrier with a friend or co-worker. In order to reach that level of chummy rapport, though, you have to endure a bit of small talk. Lots of people find it difficult to make small talk, and it’s no surprise why: You’re... read more
  • These are the uniquely human skills that employers say robots can’t do May 9, 2018 - By Lydia Dishman-Fast Company Fear not, robots aren’t coming for your work. Ninety-one percent of employers in the U.S. say they’re keeping their workforce as is, or plan to hire more people in the next two to three years as a result of automation. This is according to a new report from ManpowerGroup that surveyed 19,718 employers... read more
  • 11 Reasons to Work With a Business Coach May 9, 2018 - By Ben Fewtrell-RecruitLoop   As a business owner, it can get lonely and frustrating at times. Very few entrepreneurs have someone they can lean on when times get tough. A business coach is a great way for you to get non-biased help from someone who has the experience of building businesses. It is becoming commonplace... read more
  • Warren Buffett says you should ask this question to become the best version of yourself May 8, 2018 - By Glenn Leibowitz-LinkedIn   Warren Buffett is well known for his finely honed ability to spot immensely profitable investment opportunities. Besides his sage advice for investing in companies, though, Buffett has been known to share some of his time tested advice for personal development, like when he recently hosted a group of 20 students from China’s prestigious Peking University. The students... read more
  • How Can I Bond With My Team When I’m Remote? May 8, 2018 - By Kat Boogaard-theMuse   Dear Remote Worker,   I love working remotely. But, I’ve found that it can be challenging to bond with my boss and my team members when we don’t have the luxury of things like  lunches and happy hours.   How can I forge a solid, somewhat personal relationship with my manager... read more
  • What things should I stop doing at work immediately in order to succeed? May 7, 2018 - By Bernie Klinder – theLadders It’s hard to know what to advise you to stop doing, without knowing what you are doing, but let me start with this list: Stop wasting time We all have the same 1,440 minutes in our day. Once spent, they are lost forever. Successful people are ruthless about their time... read more
  • 4 Reasons to Automate Employee Onboarding May 4, 2018 - By Claire Wiggill – HR technologist Think back to your first day at your current job. Even if you knew a colleague or two, getting acclimated to the new role was no small task. Were your essential office items – access card, phone, laptop – ready when you arrived? More importantly, were you empowered to... read more
  • How to Get More Out of Your Job (Than Just a Paycheck, Of Course) May 2, 2018 - by Bill McCool – theMuse Any company can make a charitable donation to a good cause, but a business that can inspire their employees to give back or volunteer is truly leading by example. Plus, it’s an incredibly valuable recruiting tool. You want to work for a company whose values line up with your own,... read more
  • How to work with an incompetent boss where the end product is subjective? May 2, 2018 - theMuse I work in the advertising industry in the creative department, where everything we do is mostly subjective. I’ve worked for exceptional bosses in the past. But now, I work for one who is not qualified to be in the position he is in—makes decisions/mistakes that students make in their early years, doesn’t have good... read more
  • How To Train Your Brain To Go Positive Instead Of Negative May 1, 2018 - By Loretta Breuning – Forbes Our brain is not designed to create happiness, as much as we wish it were so. Our brain evolved to promote survival. It saves the happy chemicals (dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin) for opportunities to meet a survival need, and only releases them in short spurts which are quickly metabolized. This... read more
  • No, Really: It’s Never Too Early to Get Ready for Retirement April 27, 2018 - theMuse “Really wish I had saved less for retirement,” said no one, ever. Also never spoken: “That was quick and easy, building up my retirement nest egg!” And for good reason. Amassing enough wealth to coast comfortably through your sunset years is no simple feat. So here’s why both saving and careful planning are necessary:... read more
  • A Reminder That Behind Every Awesome Accomplishment Is a Lot of Less Glamorous Work April 27, 2018 - By Stav Ziv – theMuse Eve L. Ewing’s first book, Electric Arches, was named to best book lists by the Chicago Tribune and NPR. It won the 2018 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, the 2018 Alex Award from the American Library Association, and the 2017 Chicago Review of Books... read more
  • Five Ways To Set Yourself Up For A Promotion April 26, 2018 - By Maynard Webb – Forbes Want to get promoted? It seems counter-intuitive, but the fastest way to do so is to obsolete yourself. Sure, there’s a natural fear that comes with rendering yourself unnecessary. Often, people believe they have to be needed; I even know some control freaks who believe they have to be center... read more
  • 10 unmistakable habits of utterly authentic people April 23, 2018 - By Travis Bradberry – theLadders Oscar Wilde said, “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” Wilde made it sound so simple, but living with authenticity is a real challenge. To live authentically, you must own your actions and ensure that they align with your beliefs and needs. This can be a difficult thing to maintain... read more
  • Science says: Complaining about your bad boss will make it worse April 23, 2018 - By Elise Sole – theLadders There’s nothing more cathartic than a proper bitch session when your boss is being unreasonable, but the coworker you confide in has the power to hurt your career — and not in the way you’d think. According to a recent study in the Academy of Management Journal, slamming your boss... read more
  • How To Train Your Brain To Go Positive Instead Of Negative April 23, 2018 - By Loretta Breuning – Forbes Our brain is not designed to create happiness, as much as we wish it were so. Our brain evolved to promote survival. It saves the happy chemicals (dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin) for opportunities to meet a survival need, and only releases them in short spurts which are quickly metabolized. This... read more
  • 9 clear signs it’s time to quit your job April 23, 2018 - By Travis Bradberry – theLadders If you’re like most people, you spend more of your valuable waking hours at work than you do anywhere else. It’s critical that you spend your time at the right company, pursuing the right opportunity. Bad management does not discriminate based on salary or job title. A Fortune 500 executive... read more
  • 10 habits of mentally strong people April 23, 2018 - By Travis Bradberry – theLadders Despite West Point Military Academy’s rigorous selection process, one in five students drop out by graduation day. A sizeable number leave the summer before freshman year, when cadets go through a rigorous program called “Beast.” Beast consists of extreme physical, mental, and social challenges that are designed to test candidates’... read more
  • Five Ways To Have More Fun At Work April 23, 2018 - By Christine Comaford – Forbes How much fun are you having at work? Our brains need passion, play, and release at work. They’re essential to keeping us emotionally connected and engaged, to feel part of the tribe, to blow off steam and to create experiences. Here are five ways to have more fun at work.... read more