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Climbing the ladder

5 Reasons to Stop Working So Hard

A recent poll of 1,000 Americans by Good Technology found that 80 percent worked, on average, an extra seven to eight hours a week outside the office each week. Sure, the company behind the study, a provider of technology that makes our mobile...

My New Staff Resents Me — What Do I Do?

I recently started a new job where I manage a department of five people. One person on my team applied for my role but didn’t get it — and I’m getting the sense that he and the rest of the team resent me for it. How do I smooth things over and...

The 7 Biggest Mistakes Managers Make

Managers receive remarkably little training, given how important the role is to a team’s success and how many people managers interact with daily. In fact, the vast majority of managers end up in their jobs because they were good at something...

Create a Career You Actually Want

When I was working on my MFA at Emerson College, I looked at every person with a writing career the way some women in their 30s look at babies: Oh, look at that one! And, I want my own! I was in my 20s at the time, but I wasn’t dreaming about...

Build Networking Into Your Daily Routine

There’s something about the word “networking” that just turns people off. It sounds so clinical; so cold. Many people think of it as asking for a favor before they’ve gotten to know a person. But really, when people say “networking,” they’re...

How to Nail Your Next Job (Before You Even Apply)

Gold watches and pensions can be filed under “career fairy tales” these days. In fact, just surviving a round or two of layoffs is considered a happy ending. In a tough economy and an increasingly competitive job market, it may feel like you...

How to Prepare for a Spouse’s Death

I recently heard from a woman whose husband was just diagnosed with terminal cancer. Her question to me: “What should a woman do before her husband dies?” My heart went out to her, along with my admiration. Death is not easy to talk about, let...

How Do I Fire a Popular Employee Without the Staff Hating Me?

I need to fire our office manager. It’s a mix of issues all related to attention to detail and organization. I’ve clearly warned her and put her on a performance improvement plan, which she hasn’t passed, so I’ve got my documentation in order....

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