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  • 6 Career Mistakes to Avoid in 2019 January 14, 2019- By Maurie Backman – Glassdoor (originally on The Motley Fool) The beginning of a new calendar year is a good time to reflect on the previous 12 months and devise a plan to improve things going forward. Whether you experienced a few career mishaps this past year or progressed as expected, it never hurts to strive... read more
  • 8 Signs You Should Quit Your Job January 14, 2019- By Lindsay Tigar – Fast Co. Many professionals examine their career in a harder, more critical way as the New Year starts, prompting them to reconsider how they’re pacing. Most of the time, this includes determining whether they should stay loyal to their employer—or start the process of applying elsewhere or going freelance. Most Americans... read more
  • If your boss does these 3 things, they have a personal problem with you January 7, 2019- By Taylor Tobin via Fairygodboss – Ladders But what if you suspect that your boss just straight-up doesn’t like you? In many cases, these fears can be dispelled by observing your boss’s behavior. Plenty of professionals at all levels have walked away from a less-than-perfect conversation with their supervisors believing that their bosses must have... read more
  • 6 honest mistakes that can get you fired January 7, 2019- By Travis Bradberry – Ladders People get fired all the time for seemingly innocent mistakes. There are so many things that can get good, hard-working people fired. Honest mistakes often carry hard-hitting consequences. A recent study from the ePolicy Institute surveyed more than 300 companies and found that a third of them have fired employees... read more
  • 12 expert tips to make 2019 your most productive year yet January 2, 2019- By Lydia Dishman – Fast Company As a nation, we’re obsessed with getting stuff done. There is an endless supply of advice from time management experts, productivity evangelists, and thought leaders who have managed to hack their way into the 24-hour day and wring out the maximum output into each waking moment. Productivity software alone... read more
  • Want to sound smarter? Master these 7 grammar tips January 2, 2019- By Kelly Laffey – Ladders Poor writing can make others think you aren’t intelligent. Don’t get caught up in miscommunication. Master these simple tips. As the executive editor of Avenue Magazine, a luxury lifestyle publication based in New York City, I see the importance of proper grammar every day. But you don’t have to work... read more
  • 4 ideas for becoming a mentor in 2019 December 21, 2018- By Lindsay Tigar – Ladders There’s never a wrong or right time to become a mentor—but January might be a great starting point since many people are in the mindset to make moves. While, truly, helping other people has never gone out of style, one of the biggest trends in the workspace currently is mentoring.... read more
  • The secret of successful teamwork: Forgiveness December 21, 2018- By Gustavo Razzetti – Ladders A culture of forgiveness promotes self-awareness, vulnerability, and empathy – it promotes experimentation, not perfectionism. Those three simple words define a successful team, according to LinkedIn’s co-founder. “We are allies” is more than a motivational team motto — it’s a reminder of the need for a true partnership. Each team... read more
  • A bad job with a Good Boss is Better than a Good Job with a bad boss December 20, 2018- By Brigette Hyacinth – LinkedIn My boss made a mistake on a project we were working on and instead of owning his mistake, he said it was my fault. I sat through that meeting feeling shocked and disappointed. Although this happened a couple of years ago. I remember the details quite well. When we left... read more
  • How you might unwittingly be making your bad boss even worse December 20, 2018- By Stephanie Vozza – Fast Co. No one can be a bad boss on their own. Here’s how you might be unknowingly enabling destructive behavior, and what you can do to make a change Dishonesty, disagreeableness, and carelessness are not traits you want in a boss, but a collection of research published in Frontiers in Psychology... read more
  • Lessons in Leadership: Learning from a bad boss how to be a great one… December 20, 2018- By Rachel Bloom-Baglin – LinkedIn There were some early red flag warnings, even during my new boss’ three-month onboarding process, that lovely honeymoon period when everyone thinks you’re great. Calling to chat on weekends for no apparent reason, commenting on a colleague’s age, questioning the competencies of people two levels down, bypassing supervisors. The niceties and... read more
  • The secret of successful teamwork: Forgiveness December 20, 2018- By Gustavo Razzetti – Ladders A culture of forgiveness promotes self-awareness, vulnerability, and empathy – it promotes experimentation, not perfectionism. Those three simple words define a successful team, according to LinkedIn’s co-founder. “We are allies” is more than a motivational team motto — it’s a reminder of the need for a true partnership. Each team... read more
  • New managers: Avoid these 5 costly mistakes December 20, 2018- By Tim Hird – Ladders How you handle yourself in your first days, weeks and months as a manager sets an early tone to your team. Avoid these five mistakes. The time has finally come: You’re the boss. But leadership also comes with its share of challenges, especially if you’re new to it. How do... read more
  • 5 ways to build powerful relationships December 18, 2018- By Christopher D. Connors – Ladders Many people are unsuccessful at building relationships because they’re only in it for themselves. This is narrow-minded. Meaningful, mutually beneficial relationships are what lead to growth and tremendous opportunities. As much as we seek to advance our own cause or profit, we learn in life that we elevate ourselves... read more
  • How to get what you want in your performance review December 13, 2018- By Caileen Kehayas – Ladders Let’s reframe how we think about reviews—and how to make sure you get what you want out of your next one. Here are some tips. It’s the most wonderful time of the year — and I’m not talking about the holidays. I’m talking about your annual performance review at your company. The... read more
  • 4 Ways to Become Indispensable to Your Boss December 11, 2018- By Amy Elisa Jackson – Glassdoor One of the best ways to remain employed and climb the professional ladder is to become an indispensable employee. Becoming the go-to problem solver or the person who can be relied on to execute any task successfully is a sure-fire way to get your boss to notice you and fight... read more
  • 5 Key Ways to Grow Your Career December 11, 2018- By Yolanda Walker – Glassdoor We all want to expand our knowledge, learn something new, prove our worth and move up the ladder. How do you get started? Knowing the right company that fits your culture, passion, and industry is the first step. But once you find the right company, how do you work your... read more
  • 3 Better Ways to Tell a Co-worker “You Screwed Up” December 11, 2018- By Kat Boogaard – the Muse One of your co-workers brings you a completed project for a once-over. You give it a quick glance, and your stomach immediately plummets into your shoes. This is wrong. Not an “oopsies, you’re missing a comma” sort of wrong, more of a “whoa, you need to re-do this” type... read more
  • Product Management Takes Courage December 11, 2018- By Brian de Haaff – LinkedIn Job descriptions represent an ideal. I have often wondered how people might rewrite the description of their own role — with brutal honesty. A product manager might write the following: “The product manager will ultimately be responsible for defining and building what is most important to the business. This requires reviewing... read more
  • 6 things that kill morale December 11, 2018- By Travis Bradberry – Ladders Managers must understand what they’re doing to kill morale. These are the worst offenders and must be abolished if you want to hang on to good employees. What makes you happy at work? Maybe you have a great boss who gives you the freedom to be creative, rewards you for... read more
  • Judging employees on results could reward luck over skill, argue top psychologists, and there’s a better way to do it December 11, 2018- By Shana Lebowitz – Business Insider In most workplaces today, you don’t earn an “A” for effort. If you failed to make a sale even though you sat at your desk for hours every day calling clients, it’s hard to believe you’ll get a pat on the back — or a promotion. Results matter. But... read more
  • Three Ways To Keep Your Productivity High At The End Of The Year December 6, 2018- By Karyln Borysenko – Forbes With the holiday upon us, vacation time scheduled, and a new year right around the corner, it’s not uncommon for productivity at work to take a nosedive at the end of the year. However, you can empower yourself to stay on track by making simple shifts in your day. Here... read more
  • Creative Keystones to Building the Best Team December 6, 2018- By Matt Dodgson – RecruitLoop Good marketing comes from building great teams. Honestly, good creative work — marketing or no — relies on both talent and teamwork. In a world where freelancers, gig-style deals, and online help are all too easy to come by, why even fuss over assembling your own crew anyway? The answer... read more
  • How Aesop got it right: 6 reasons stories can motivate your team December 4, 2018- By Paul White – Ladders From Aristotle, Plato and Socrates to Jesus and Confucius. All used stories grounded in daily life rather than just stating principles. John was struggling with how to handle a difficult situation with a key vendor for the company. He went to his supervisor, Stephanie, and asked her advice on what he should do. Rather than... read more
  • Why feedback makes us anxious (and how to help) December 4, 2018- By Ladan Nikravan Hayes – Ladders If feedback gives you anxiety — or at a minimum, butterflies — you’re likely looking for ways to alleviate that dreadful feeling. For some, the end of the year is a dreaded time — performance review season. Even if you don’t work in a professional setting that holds annual... read more
  • The 2 things that kill careers and happiness November 30, 2018- By Mary Lee Gannon – Ladders Here are two things that can be really harmful to both your career success and overall happiness as a human being. Watch out for them. We continually strategize on the things we need to do to advance our careers, close the sale, be happier, have better relationships and get... read more
  • How Warren Buffet’s Words Can Shape Your Purpose November 28, 2018- By Patrick Leddin, Ph.D., PMP – LinkedIn For all too many organizations and teams many purpose statements are looked at by employees as backroom jokes. Why? Because of the tremendous irony in trying to engage people’s passions and talents in a mission they have no passion for and no involvement in creating. At the same... read more
  • 3 Ways to Recharge When You Can’t Just “Take a Vacation” November 28, 2018- By Kat Boogaard – theMuse You’re burnt out. Every day you sit down at your desk with an overwhelming sense of dread and exhaustion. You’re barely treading water, and you just can’t shake the feeling that the monotony and stress is about to swallow you whole. “You need a vacation!” people tell you, as if... read more
  • Secrets of 13 of the world’s most productive people November 27, 2018- By Fast Company You’ve never been busier, and the demands on your time have never been greater. Here’s how some of 2018’s most driven people get the most out of every day, plus insider tips from experts in the field. 1. Janelle Monáe CEO, Wondaland Ask Janelle Monáe how she gets everything done—the critically acclaimed... read more
  • Why rejection hurts (and 3 ways to dust yourself off) November 27, 2018- By Ashley Laderer – Ladders While rejection is pretty much inevitable, it still hurts. It’s painful to get shut down for something you want, whether it’s a date or a job. Nobody is immune to rejection. Even the most beautiful and talented people have been rejected in one way or another. When you take risks... read more
  • Ten silly things you do that make you less likable November 20, 2018- By Travis Bradberry – Ladders Likability is so powerful that it can completely alter your performance. Here are 10 ways you make yourself less likeable. Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few—the good looking, the fiercely social, and the... read more
  • Not doing this activity regularly can be worse for you than smoking November 20, 2018- By Meredith Lepore – Ladders According to new research published in the journal JAMA Network Open, not working out regularly can be even worse for your health than smoking. Don’t feel like exercising today? May as well pick up a cigarette it turns out. According to new research published in the journal JAMA Network Open, not working... read more
  • You’re losing out on a lot of money by not doing these 11 things November 20, 2018- By Hilarey Wojtowicz – Ladders From not starting a side hustle to not taking time off from work, you’re losing out on a lot of money by not doing these 11 things. When it comes to money, most of us want to spend less and save more. There are easy, everyday ways to do both, but there are... read more
  • The 10 things confident people won’t ever do November 20, 2018- By Travis Bradberry – Ladders Embracing the behaviors of confident people is a great way to increase your odds for success, which, in turn, will lead to more confidence. The science is clear; now you just have to decide to act on it. In The Empire Strikes Back, when Yoda is training Luke to be... read more
  • 8 body language mistakes that can make you seem like a real jerk November 20, 2018- By Jeremy Brown – Ladders A simple body language gesture can sink you without you ever having to say a word. Ever get the feeling that people find you to be cold, defensive, or unapproachable? Or that, your spouse finds you to be combative when you’re simply trying to hear them out? Your body language might be to blame.... read more
  • What to do when you don’t appreciate your colleague November 14, 2018- By Paul White – Ladders although you may have a colleague that rubs you the wrong way, resist putting them in the “Don’t Appreciate Them” basket Let’s be honest, some people are more difficult to work with than others. There are weird people; angry, irritable colleagues; people with a lousy work ethic, and people we... read more
  • 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