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    Our Brains are Wired for Fairness

    Our Brains are Wired for Fairness
    Play this game with me: I have $100 that is owed to both of us. We're going to split it between us and I get to decide how. You get to decide whether to accept my offer -- but you cannot make any adjustments or comment on it. If you accept, we split the money as I suggested. If you decline, ...
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    Five Holiday-Break Activities to Advance Your Career

    Five Holiday-Break Activities to Advance Your Career
    You're done with exams, and now it's time for holiday break. Three straight weeks of couch lounging and video games sounds great when you're up to your eyeballs in coursework, but it isn't very productive long term. Why not devote some time and energy to one or more of these five low-key activities that will leave you in better career shape ...
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    6 Ways to Avoid Killing Workplace Productivity

    6 Ways to Avoid Killing Workplace Productivity
    In an attempt to increase morale and productivity, organizations will attempt anything. I recently read an article in The Wall Street Journal about how to liven up boring meetings. Leaders allowed crayons and water pistols for creating productivity. Such rote behavior is meant for recess, not productivity. The problem with organizations today is leaders that cannot lead and workers that have ...
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    Thrive in a Difficult Work Environment

    Thrive in a Difficult Work Environment
    Julie Jaqua has found herself in a rare situation: She and her coworkers love going to work each day at GCI Group, a public relations agency in Los Angeles. "The environment is warm and friendly, yet professional," she says. "Even as an intern, everyone treated me with tremendous respect. This creates such a wonderful environment that even with the stress and ...
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    Don’t Allow ‘Busy Work’ to Interfere with Selling

    Don’t Allow ‘Busy Work’ to Interfere with Selling
    Like many salespeople and small business owners, I find staying focused during prime selling hours to be difficult. As a sales trainer, coach, and consultant, my days are filled with activities that try to pull me away from selling. Yet, like every other company, selling is the life blood of my business—its what keeps the doors open and the company healthy ...
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    Ten Warning Signs of a Toxic Boss

    Ten Warning Signs of a Toxic Boss
    We've all heard stories about the nightmare of working for a toxic boss. Some of us have even had the unique displeasure of doing so ourselves. Red flags to such behavior often appear as early as the interview process. We've compiled 10 warning signs of a toxic boss. Watch for them in the interview and you might be able to avoid ...
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    Relocate Your Real Estate Career

    Relocate Your Real Estate Career
    Real estate is a people business. So what happens when a real estate agent moves to a new city as a trailing spouse or because the weather is better? The bad news: You start over again. The good news: It's easier the second time around. Just ask Mark Riley, a high-end property specialist in Cincinnati. Several years ago, he decided to ...
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    Asking for Help When You're New to the Job

    Asking for Help When You're New to the Job
    When you transfer to a new division or start a job with a new employer, it’s natural to want to demonstrate mastery of your position from day one. “You were hired to hit the ground running,” says Nora Klaver, a human resources consultant and author of Mayday: Asking for Help in Time of Need. “But you know that’s probably impossible, and ...
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    Promote Yourself Without Being a Brown Noser

    To get ahead, you've got to keep the spotlight on your projects and accomplishments. But how does an effective, ambitious manager walk that fine line between gaining visibility and appearing to be a shameless self-promoter? The key in differentiating between the two is your intention: The best managers focus on departmental accomplishments, not themselves. How managers gain visibility makes all ...
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    A Bucket Full of Holes

    A Bucket Full of Holes
    From time to time, my live chat staff passes me intriguing messages from visitors on our website. This is one came in from John last week: “I have a role play interview coming up on Tuesday. During the role play, I'm expected to make an appointment as a result of a cold call on the phone. My problem is, how do ...
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    10 Ways to Overcome Career Boredom

    10 Ways to Overcome Career Boredom
    If you've done the same tasks at the same job for a long time, you've probably experienced job burnout. If you're lucky, it occurs infrequently and can be alleviated by a favorite hobby or pastime. However, for many people, career boredom strikes more frequently and lasts longer. What's going on here? Psychologists tell us that the human brain needs constant and ...
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    Top 5 Keys to Mixing Work and Romance

    Top 5 Keys to Mixing Work and Romance
    The experts can warn you until they're blue in the face: Beware of office romances. But there that special someone is: So cute, such chemistry, so nice - this could be the love of your life, or at least the romance of your week. You don't want to just say no, but are you at grave risk of one day getting ...
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    10 Ways You're Annoying Your Coworkers

    Everyone has something (or someone) that annoys him or her at work. It could be faulty equipment or coworkers who don’t pull their own weight. But nobody’s complaining about you, right? Not so fast. Even though your mom, friends, or significant other may worship the ground you walk on, there could be some people you work with who are far ...
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    What Your Work Dreams Really Mean

    Most of us at some point have woken up in a cold sweat after a horrific nightmare about work. Whether about showing up naked at the office or missing a career-changing deadline, each of these dreams could have a deeper meaning about how you feel about your job. Wonder what your work dreams are telling you about your relationship with ...
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    Make Business Travel Work for You

    Make Business Travel Work for You
    If you travel on business more than a few times a year, you know it can be a grind. The drab airport lounges, cookie-cutter hotel rooms, expense-account restaurants and perhaps even the golf courses all blur together in a sea of sameness. At the same time, it’s ever more difficult to take a traditional solid week or two of vacation. Your ...
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    Moving Sales Out of the Dark Ages

    Moving Sales Out of the Dark Ages
    There was a time when marketing and advertising were viewed as seat of the pants processes, based on gut feeling, hope, and simply looking at the overall results to determine whether they were ‘working.’ Instead of trying to understand marketing as a quantifiable activity, the marketing department would simply generate a number of targeted activities such as direct mail pieces, radio, ...
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    Why and How to Start a Women's Network at Your Company

    Why and How to Start a Women's Network at Your Company
    A recent report from sociologists at Harvard, University of Minnesota and University of California, Berkeley showed that diversity training and networking alone are failing to help companies recruit or retain women and other minority groups. What works? Coalitions that actively engage women in the company’s present and future. At your company, you can start a women’s initiative: An organization that asks ...
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    Are You in a Rut?

    Are You in a Rut?
    You've always considered yourself a top-notch professional, but lately, it seems you're losing your touch. You don't feel like you fit in anymore. It's as if you walked into the office one morning and everything was different. These changes are probably much more subtle than you think, but you finally woke up to the fact that something's wrong. Is it ...
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    Business Etiquette You Should Know

    Business Etiquette You Should Know
    What's the difference between the rising star whose career is picking up speed and his counterpart who can't seem to get the engine to turn over? Often, the star has mastered the nuances of business etiquette - the subtle but critical behaviors that can make or break an important meeting, influence a first impression or impress a potential client. According to ...
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    Ignite Your Career by Changing Your Circumstances

    Ignite Your Career by Changing Your Circumstances
    If you ask human resources people how to get out of a rut, they may dutifully present you with a career ladder that demonstrates how - at least in theory and in due time - you'll be able to climb to the next rung in your company's petrified organizational structure. If you ask your friends, they're likely to tell you to ...
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