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7 'Soft' Skills You Need for Career Success

Want the secret to career success? Hint: It’s not just the mastery of a specific software program, excellent writing or organizational skills, or anything else that might show up on the list of must-haves on a typical job description. Rather, how...

It’s Not Just Business

Conventional wisdom tells us It’s Not Personal, It’s Just Business, but I would venture to say the opposite. All business is personal — especially small business. If you are a solopreneur or own a small business, it’s in your best interest to be...

Are You Sure You Want to Wear That to Work?

As long as you’re adhering to the office dress code, does it really matter what you wear to work? If you’re telecommuting, does it make a difference if you’re wearing pants or pajamas? Maybe. Researchers have found increasing evidence that how we...

How Can I Lead My Team Through Crisis?

In the last month, my team has been reorganized and cut by 25 percent as part of overall company layoffs. My staff members are, understandably, freaking out and wondering if more cuts are coming. It’s more important than ever that we keep...

One Word That Led to My Business Success

A few years ago, over one of those casual weekday dinner parties where the wine and candlelight combine to almost make you believe it’s the wee hours of Saturday, my friends and I chanced upon a trail of discussion: What should our “Word of the...

Are You Ready for These Tough Talks?

It doesn’t matter how much you love your job or feel fulfilled by your career. You’ll still have to deal with some difficult discussions at the office. In fact, a whopping 85 percent of Americans say they’ve faced work-related conflicts,...

Leadership Lessons from the World’s Most Dangerous Places

Alison Levine’s background is enough to make your head spin. The avid extreme-sport athlete is one of a handful of American women to achieve the Adventurers Grand Slam — climbing the highest peaks on each continent and skiing to both the North...

What I’ve Learned as a 33-year-old COO

At only 33, Gwendolyn Floyd is the founder, president and COO of a cutting-edge e-commerce fashion and style enterprise, SOKO, which helps global artisans connect directly with international consumers. (Think: Etsy for emerging African artisanal...

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