Why You Should Be Less Responsible at Work

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An overstressed friend told me recently that her boss had counseled her to “be less responsible” at work. On the surface, it’s a ridiculous thing for a supervisor to say. Who would want an employee that overlooks details, or who casually wraps up an assignment because “it’s good enough”? But here’s why her boss is… [Read More]

3 Ways to Create Your Own Job Security

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What does success look like? At the high end, it might be vacation homes and luxury cars. But when it comes to a comfortable, middle-class life, 86% of Americans say it’s about having a secure job. Unfortunately, since nearly 40% of Americans will be freelancers by the end of this decade, according to an Intuit study, “job security” is… [Read More]

Five ways success will look different by 2020

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What does it mean to be successful? The answer used to be obvious: a regular paycheck from a reputable employer. But rapid social and technological change hasn’t just disrupted industry, it has also disrupted our definition of what a meaningful and successful professional life looks like. Here are five ways we’re likely to view the… [Read More]

Developing Your Brand as a Leader

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Do you have leadership potential? If you want to advance successfully in your career, it is essential to understand how you are viewed in your organization and in your field. But too many of us still hold onto the idea that hard work is enough and that keeping our heads down will surely lead to… [Read More]

The Professional’s Guide to Networking

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All professionals know that networking is critical, but it’s hard to make time to do it strategically. Maybe you stop in at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast or have lunch with an old contact once in a while, but few of us are deliberate when it comes to our connections. That’s why we can all… [Read More]

How to Become More Disciplined

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An aspiring author friend recently wrote me a plaintive note. “Discipline has been a big topic on my mind lately,” she said. “I’ve seen a pattern recently of starting something and not finishing the project and I’m fearful this is what will become of my book.” There are plenty of people more productive than I… [Read More]

How To Get Noticed – Job Hunting Secrets For Career Changers

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Anyone who has been job searching using traditional methods – applying online, submitting resumes, responding to advertisements, etc. – knows you rarely even get an acknowledgment. There’s a reason people joke about a resume black hole. Employers are seeking something that simply doesn’t exist: “perfect” candidates, ideally someone with direct experience in the role they’re… [Read More]

What To Do When You’re Not the Best

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When I was a teenager, my mom did a really nice thing for my birthday. I had a favorite band, and it turns out the aunt of one of the musicians lived in my town. As a surprise, my mom arranged for this woman to join us for lunch and regale me with stories about… [Read More]

Four Ways to Get Started as a Professional Speaker

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This post by Dorie Clark originally appeared at LinkedIn. Last April, my book Reinventing You was released from Harvard Business Review Press. In the intervening year, I’ve had the opportunity to speak about it more than 70 times on three continents. As a result, I’m now getting multiple requests per week for advice about how… [Read More]