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  • Here’s Who You Can Turn to When You Can’t Count on HR (or Your Boss) November 12, 2018 - By Dana Hundley – theMuse You and your co-worker had a spat. Your boss keeps throwing you under the bus. You’re looking to make an internal transfer or want to ask for a raise, but you have no idea how to approach the subject. When your company doesn’t have a dedicated or reliable HR team... read more
  • The #1 reason people don’t succeed November 12, 2018 - By Benjamin P Hardy – Ladders Most people, if they are honest with themselves, want “success” because of some form of status it will give them. “When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.” — Marilyn Strathern There is a law in statistics known as Goodhart’s law, named after the... read more
  • The 3-step method to stop making careless mistakes at work November 9, 2018 - Career Contessa Editors – Ladders Mistakes. We’ve written about them over and over again here at CC. We’ve made them over and over again, too. We think about them, talk about them, obsess about them. They’re what make us human and help us grow, but they can also be devastatingly embarrassing, shameful, and costly to... read more
  • How to get a year-end raise November 9, 2018 - By Emilie Aries – Ladders A little preparation can go a long way to ensuring that you’re able to make the most of this year-end opportunity to make your case and land a raise. It’s the fourth quarter of the year and at many workplaces that means one thing: year-end reviews are coming up. This... read more
  • Wages and salaries jump by 3.1%, highest level in a decade November 1, 2018 - By Jeff Cox – CNBC Wages and salaries rose 3.1 percent in the third quarter, the biggest increase in a decade, according to the Labor Department. Overall compensation costs were up 2.8 percent, ahead of Wall Street expectations. Wages have been the missing piece in the economic recovery, though the Fed has been raising rates... read more
  • 3 simple habits to change your personality for good November 1, 2018 - By Michal Stawicki – Ladders Thus, to transform your personality, you need keystone habits – the habits that beget the creation of more good habits without much effort. Your personality is the conglomerate of your habits because your habits shape you into who you are. Thus, to transform your personality, you need keystone habits –... read more
  • What I saw in a coffee shop that broke my heart October 26, 2018 - By John P. Weiss – Ladders I’ve been thinking about that Eleanor Roosevelt quote lately. Especially the part about, “To handle others, use your heart.” It happened just the other day. I was in a local coffee shop, enjoying a decaf mocha and doodling in my sketchbook. There were two women seated across from me.... read more
  • How to know if you have executive presence October 26, 2018 - By Mary Lee Gannon – theLadders When you walk into a room you know who has executive presence and who does not. When you are in that high-stakes meeting, sales presentation, interaction, or conflict your executive presence is both emotional and physiological. Your thoughts are racing and your heart rate is escalating. People watch you.... read more
  • 4 Polite Ways to Tell Someone You’ve Actually Met Before October 25, 2018 - By Kat Boogaard – theMuse In my previous job, I used to see the same person over and over again at every single industry conference I attended. Let’s call him Forgetful Frank (you’ll soon realize why). We originally met at a trade show and engaged in what I considered to be a relatively lively discussion... read more
  • Introducing: The Email Template That’ll Get You a Meeting With Anyone You Ask October 25, 2018 - By Aja Frost – theMuse I’ve had the best time reading my email lately. Trust me, I know that’s a pretty rare thing to say—it’s just that I’ve been asking tons of awesome people to go on informational interviews with me, and they’ve almost all said yes. Wondering how to score some sweet informational interviews... read more
  • 30 Brilliant Networking Conversation Starters October 25, 2018 - theMuse When it comes to conversation, you’re a natural. You can chat up a storm with just about anyone, you’re a pro at listening, and you love meeting and connecting with new people. But when it comes to starting that networking conversation? That’s a different story. This is one of the most common concerns we... read more
  • 11 Lessons From Great Bosses That You Can Use Right Now October 22, 2018 - By Stav Ziv – theMuse   Some bosses really stick in your memory. Often, it’s two kinds that leave the most indelible marks: the horrible bosses and the amazing ones. The former teach you what kind of boss you want to actively avoid going forward (and the kind you never want to become yourself). The... read more
  • 20 New Ways to Measure Success October 9, 2018 - By Joshua Becker – becomingminimalist “Do not judge from mere appearances.” —Edwin Hubbel Chapin For too long our world has measured success incorrectly. We have championed, promoted, and followed some wrong people along the way. We’ve judged others on the symmetry of their cheek bones, salary package, neighborhood of residence, eloquence of speech, designer of clothing,... read more
  • Empathy: The Key To A Diverse And Inclusive Workplace October 8, 2018 - By Janice Gassam-Forbes   When trying to foster a workplace that is equitable and inclusive for all, it is imperative for leaders to be well-trained in inclusive strategies. There is one key trait that all great leaders should possess. Some may call this trait the crème de la crème of all leadership traits: empathy. Empathy... read more
  • Your Coworkers Are Leaving. Should You Do the Same? October 5, 2018 - By Maurie Backman, The Motley Fool-Glassdoor Having a group of great coworkers could spell the difference between enjoying your time spent at work and dreading the idea of going into the office every day. But what happens when your colleagues start leaving the company in rapid succession? Do you stick it out in the hopes their replacements... read more
  • 6 Mentors You Need To Have On Speed Dial October 5, 2018 - By Eileen Hoenigman Meyer-Glassdoor Seeking out coaches, professors, and advisors to help you hone skills and plan career steps is essential.  This need for guidance doesn’t dissipate after years in the workforce.  We benefit from the input of mentors who have been through what we’re grappling with, and who can foresee what we can’t yet... read more
  • 5 Ways a Mentor Can Help You Get a Promotion October 5, 2018 - By Jillian Kramer- Glassdoor Let’s start by getting one thing straight: a mentor can’t actually get you a promotion. The hard part of impressing an employer and sealing the deal is all up to you, dear. But a mentor can help you snag the job you’ve only been dreaming about, according to Fredda Hurwitz, chief... read more
  • How To Know If You’ll Get Along With Your Boss October 4, 2018 - By William Arruda – Forbes This summer, American unemployment rates dropped below 4% — lower than businesses have experienced in at least a decade. As a result, the tables have turned in favor of candidates. After all, today’s market is flush with position announcements and opportunities. In an employees’ market, job seekers have the luxury of... read more
  • You Can’t Please Everyone (and the Sooner You Realize That, the Happier You’ll Be) October 2, 2018 - By Kat Boogaard-theMuse   I’m a people pleaser. I like when other people are happy with me—when they’re satisfied with my work, think highly of what I accomplish, and just generally like me. That’s why my stomach was in knots when—at the ripe age of seven—I was trying to decide what sort of treat to... read more
  • How to Tackle Something You Have No Idea How to Do September 26, 2018 - By Avery Augustine-theMuse My career has been filled with daunting tasks. I graduated with a degree in the all-too-general category of business, which didn’t exactly prepare me for any one specific industry. So, when I settled into a career with a healthcare technology company—knowing absolutely nothing about healthcare or technology—I was faced with a tough... read more
  • The Smart Approach to Take When a Big Project Overwhelms You September 26, 2018 - By Abby Wolfe-theMuse At my previous job, my team delivered regular data reports to our clients. We showed them a ton of different stats about their wellness program and how their company compared to others. Executives loved it! But there was one huge problem: It took hundreds of hours to assemble these beloved reports because... read more
  • A Bad Boss can Destroy Everything! September 25, 2018 - By Brigette Hyacinth – LinkedIn Employees don’t leave organizations, They leave bad bosses. The worst place an employee can be, is stuck in an organization with a micro-manager who doesn’t care about their development and there are no opportunities for growth and advancement. In my early career, I worked for a bad boss who put profit before... read more
  • 6 practical reasons why you are not a strong leader September 24, 2018 - By LaRae Quy – theLadders A reporter once asked me whether the FBI provides textbooks for an agent to study so they can become a strong leader. The answer is no; FBI agents are expected to face their challenges head-on — no one sugarcoats the reality of their situation. My fellow agents and I learned... read more
  • 3 signs you’re on track to being a strong leader September 21, 2018 - By Cheryl Grace – theLadders Self-Assessment Quiz ─ TRUE or FALSE: I understand that leadership begins with trust and having good character traits. Being a leader goes beyond being the first to raise my hand for something. Confidence and having a positive attitude are core values of a great leader. Okay, newbie, if you answered... read more
  • 8 Ways To Make More Powerful Excel Models September 18, 2018 - By Brett Whysel – Forbes “So, Brett, what does GALOP say?” During my days as a quantitative investment banker, my colleagues would often ask me to convey the results of my financial models so they would know what product or strategy to offer a particular client. Programmed in Excel, my GALOP models (which stood for “Global Asset-Liability Optimization... read more
  • 6 qualities that will get you noticed in the workplace September 18, 2018 - By Kat Boogaard-theLadders When it comes to work, the last thing you want to be is another cog in the wheel — you’d much rather stand out. You want to be the first person your boss thinks of when she needs someone to spearhead a challenging project, and for everybody in your office to think... read more
  • The 10 Major Causes of Failure in Leadership. September 17, 2018 - By Gifford Thomas – LinkedIn In 1937, Napoleon Hill wrote his book Think and Grow Rich as a personal development and self-improvement book. This book is a must-read for anyone who aspires to great leadership because the philosophies in this book is really eye opening and it can help anyone succeed in any line of... read more
  • Here’s How to Gracefully Sunset an Initiative You’ve Worked So Hard On September 14, 2018 - By Alyse Kalish – theMuse Recently, I shut down a project I’d been working on for the last several months. It was a sentimental moment for sure—no longer spending my time on something that had been a big part of my day was certainly a tough pill to swallow. However, it was an experiment from... read more
  • The New Networking Norm: Keys to Making Social Media Connections Count September 13, 2018 - By Jennifer Chandler -theMuse Networking ain’t what it used to be. Hand shakes, hand-written notes, and a Rolodex sound like ancient history. But with all the obvious advantages of email, LinkedIn, and social media connections come one major downside: the risk of coming off like a creeper looms high at every turn. It’s important to send... read more
  • 7 ways to make yourself indispensable to your boss September 13, 2018 - By Alli Hoff Kosik – theLadders Being a good employee is one thing. You show up on time and complete tasks successfully, and are generally pleasant to work with. Your performance reviews are satisfactory, you’re well-liked around the office, and you wrap things up at exactly the moment your workday officially ends so you can go... read more
  • 5 ways to save yourself from burning out September 13, 2018 - By Gwen Moran -Fast Co. You feel it coming—the malaise, fatigue, irritability, and lack of interest. It’s tougher to motivate yourself to do what you need to do. You’re heading toward full-fledged burnout. But the bad news is that you have zero flexibility to take time off to deal with it. “When you’re talking about... read more
  • 4 phrases that make you sound less confident (and what to say instead) September 12, 2018 - By Linda Le Phan – theLadders   Not everyone is born a charming extrovert … and that’s a good thing. If everyone was the same, life would be boring. And especially in the workplace, it’s mainly when you have a variety of different personalities – including the quieter and introverted personalities – that workdays are... read more
  • 5 Unexpected Ways to Deal When You’re Overwhelmed at Work September 11, 2018 - By Erin Greenwald – theMuse When you’re overwhelmed and overloaded at work, it can be easy to feel trapped. After all, what can you really do besides continue to crank away at your massive to-do list until it all gets done? Well, a lot. In fact, putting your nose to the grindstone from morning to... read more
  • 7 totally normal ways to set boundaries with your work friends September 11, 2018 - By Leah Thomas via Fairygodboss – theLadders   Having friends at work can improve your overall office experience. Just having someone to eat lunch with or talk to before a big meeting can make your days seem shorter and more meaningful. But regardless of how well you get along with someone at work or how... read more
  • 11 signs you’re going to be successful, even if it doesn’t feel like it September 10, 2018 - By Shana Lebowitz – theLadders   If you’re pursuing your passions, if you’re learning, and if you’re forging solid relationships, you’re probably on track to do great things — even if you aren’t extraordinarily famous or wealthy. Below, we’ve listed a series of signs — based on research and expert opinion — that you’re doing... read more
  • 4 Incredibly Simple Ways to Boost Your Career This Fall (That Anyone Can Take On) September 6, 2018 - By Christie Mims – theMuse What are you doing right now? Are you sitting at your desk, whiling away the time ’til happy hour? Are you recovering from the summer (while you simultaneously daydream about the upcoming long weekend?). Either way, my guess is that you probably aren’t thinking that hard about your career. But,... read more
  • 3 Expert-Backed Tips for Achieving Your Biggest Goals September 6, 2018 - By Joy C. Lin – theMuse This year, instead of just setting goals, I resolved to meet more of them, and I eagerly went on a quest to narrow down the best tips. If you, too, are wondering how to achieve goals you set for yourself, know this first: It isn’t an exact science. However,... read more
  • 5 ways body language impacts leadership results September 6, 2018 - By Carol Kinsey Goman-theLadders   Effective leadership depends on the ability to inspire and positively impact people. In preparing for an important meeting – with your staff, leadership team, or clients – you concentrate on what to say, memorize crucial points, and rehearse your presentation so that you will come across as credible and convincing.... read more
  • 3 mindful steps to connect with your employees, loved ones, and clients September 6, 2018 - By Mary Lee Gannon-theLadders   You’ve read the Gallup data – 70% of the workforce is not engaged or actively disengaged in their work. So how do we connect with employees and customers so they feel we care about their careers, their business, and their future? 1. Care about what they care about Your employees... read more
  • 7 ways to boost your imagination at work September 6, 2018 - By Sarah Landrum via Fairygodboss-theLadders You’re so used to performing the same tasks day in and day out. Where’s the fun? Has your mind wandered elsewhere? There’s a difference and a connection between “wandering” and “wondering.” When you brainstorm, your mind goes on a vision quest of its own, but when you feel stuck and stagnant, your... read more
  • 4 phrases that make you sound less confident (and what to say instead) September 6, 2018 - By Linda Le Phan-theLadders   Not everyone is born a charming extrovert … and that’s a good thing. If everyone was the same, life would be boring. And especially in the workplace, it’s mainly when you have a variety of different personalities – including the quieter and introverted personalities – that workdays are more colorful... read more
  • 10 Traits of Someone With True Integrity September 5, 2018 - By songhanhphuc.org   Integrity, as defined by the dictionary, is “the quality of being honest or having strong moral principles.” People with integrity are generally known to be trustworthy, honest, and kind. This is a quality that everyone should strive for. Additionally, everyone should also strive to surround themselves with people who have true integrity.... read more
  • 8 success quotes that will upgrade your thinking August 31, 2018 - By Kyle Young – theLadders Do you have big goals you long to achieve? Do you feel like you’re behind schedule? Fear you might not have what it takes? You’ve been tricked by a bogus lie. That success is reserved for a chosen few. The truth is … normal people who consistently make winning choices... read more
  • How to effectively remove departmental jargon from your work communication August 30, 2018 - By Alexa Lemzy – theLadders In today’s fast-paced, streamlined workplace, buzzwords permeate the landscape … value-add, deliverable, leverage, take it to the next level, it is what it is. And when you get deeper into workplace departments, the jargon gets even more confusing: internet of things, return on investment, total quality management, bleeding edge, capacity... read more
  • 5 things to do when you have too many ideas and never finish anything August 29, 2018 - By Mayo Oshin – theLadders What do you do when you’re overwhelmed with too many ideas? Do you abandon them, or do you finish what you start? Juggling multiple ideas and goals — to write, exercise, read more, wake up early and so on — is a tough gig that often begins with excitement, but... read more
  • The best closing lines for 5 critical work emails August 29, 2018 - By Danny Rubin – theLadders Do you speak “Millennial”? Taco Bell does. Or at least, the company hopes it’s become fluent in the language of its biggest fan base. The Associated Press has previously reported that Taco Bell execs feature a “Millennial Word of the Week” at their headquarters in Irvine, Calif. For instance, they... read more
  • 6 Ways to Manage Stress at Work August 27, 2018 - By Karen Hertzberg – GlassDoor Workplace stress touches most of us at one time or another. In fact, according to the American Institute of Stress, 80 percent of us feel stressed at work. Deadlines loom. Bosses make unrealistic demands. Restructuring means anxiety over job security. Although stressors may be an inherent part of work life,... read more
  • Why smart people never bring smartphones into meetings August 23, 2018 - By Travis Bradberry – theLadders You are annoying your boss and colleagues any time you take your phone out during meetings, says research from USC’s Marshall School of Business, and if you work with women and people over forty they’re even more perturbed by it than everyone else. The researchers conducted a nationwide survey of... read more
  • How to improve your networking skills at big events August 23, 2018 - By Sarah Landrum – theLadders In business, it’s all about who you know. That’s why networking is such an important skill to master. Whether you’re chatting with someone in an elevator or attending an industry conference, you never know who you’ll meet — and that’s precisely why you start the conversation. You might be new... read more
  • Give your communication style a reality check August 23, 2018 - By Cheryl Grace – theLadders Self-Assessment Quiz ─ TRUE or FALSE: 1. I think I’m a good listener at work, and that’s really the only skill I need to work well with my co-workers. 2. I feel like my co-workers don’t know how to relate to me, and it makes me enjoy my job less... read more