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]

Score a Meeting with Just About Anyone

By: Berit Watkin - CC BY 2.0

  We’re all inundated with meeting requests these days. It’s easy to say no to the egregious ones, like the stranger who recently emailed me to suggest that I meet with him on a specific date so I could provide him with free career coaching. But — though I know better than to ask for… [Read More]

Reframing Your Way To Happiness At Work

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  Does an overflowing inbox stress you out? You’re not alone – but according to Shawn Achor, author of Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change, some subtle shifts in mindset can dramatically increase your happiness and productivity: “An overflowing email inbox could be a soul-draining activity, but… [Read More]

How to Cultivate Junior Talent

By: Rosana Prada - CC BY 2.0

Cultivating junior talent is one of the most important responsibilities of a middle market leader. You want to give employees of lesser experience the opportunity to try new things, learn, and grow in their roles, but it’s a delicate balancing act. While we all know that failure is part of the learning process, setbacks can… [Read More]

Maximizing Your Time While Helping Others

By: Brenda  Anderson - CC BY 2.0

The more successful you get as an entrepreneur, the more precious your time becomes. Not only are you trying to run a business and scale it, but you are also trying to have a social life. So, when aspiring entrepreneurs ask for some more of your time to “pick your brain,” you may, unfortunately, need… [Read More]

How To Become A Top Business Thinker

By: Robert Couse-Baker - CC BY 2.0

The business world is changing fast, and companies need guidance to help them thrive. “Managers are looking more widely for bright ideas – anything that will give them a competitive advantage,” says Stuart Crainer, co-founder (along with Des Dearlove), of Thinkers50, a biennial ranking of the world’s top business thinkers. In the past year, the… [Read More]

How to Rebrand Yourself as an Entrepreneur

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All entrepreneurship begins with rebranding. Maybe you’re leaving a corporate job to launch your own business. Or you were a tech entrepreneur and now want to start a retail venture. Or you’re trying to establish yourself as a businessperson after staying home with the kids for a few years. In all of these cases, the… [Read More]

Developing Your Brand as a Leader

By: Link Humans - CC BY 2.0

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 A Power Connector

By: Jared Tarbell - CC BY 2.0

Anyone who’s read Malcolm Gladwell’s seminal book The Tipping Point has wondered about connectors – how can you get more of them into your life, or even become one, yourself? In her new book How to Be a Power Connector, angel investor Judy Robinett shows the path. “A power connector is someone who can make… [Read More]