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6 Common Beliefs That Can Sabotage Your Career Success

“I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.” Life in the workplace would be so much easier if we all followed English essayist Charles Lamb’s lead, wouldn’t it? Instead, many of us still believe that you have to...

How Do I Manage People in Areas I Don’t Know Well?

I’ve been put in charge of overseeing four different departments, including two in which I have no expertise at all (IT and communications). Luckily, those departments both have competent managers (who each report up to me), but what should my...

Build Your Own Business (Without Quitting Your Job)

Almost 18 million Americans identify themselves as independent workers, earning regular income without working as a regular employee, according to a study by MBO Partners. Countless others own small businesses. In fact, some experts say that...

Help! My Employee is Flirting With Me

I was promoted to management in a small business fairly recently. I'm female in my early twenties and most of my staff are males in their thirties. Most of the guys have gone through a phase where they casually flirt with me then move on.   One...

5 Common Habits That Can Hold Your Career Back

After my former co-worker Kaley had worked in the business world awhile, something funny happened. She started to become complacent. Then, without even realizing it, Kaley lapsed back into her younger self’s way of managing stress, which was to...

Damage Control: 5 Social Media Mistakes to Avoid

Last spring, at the start of baseball season, a manager friend called and asked if she should fire one of her direct reports. He had called in sick, and she’d heard through the grapevine that he was tweeting from a Cubs game. In 2013, I wondered,...

Could You Be in the Wrong Career?

When’s the last time you asked yourself if you’re (still) doing what you love? Often, just getting through the daily workload keeps your mind occupied enough that wondering whether your career is really making you happy becomes an afterthought....

Is Crying at Work Ever Okay?

How should I react to someone who cries in a meeting where I'm giving potentially difficult feedback? I come from the corporate consulting world where crying would be a huge sign of weakness, but now I'm in the nonprofit sector, where (at least...

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