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The Old (But So Important) Adage

Well Begun Is Half Done In her insightful new article Forbes.com contributor Jacquelyn Smith lists a number of things experts insist are essential for making your day at work most productive. Whether you are a manager or an employee, having a good start to the day where you have greater control is critical in achieving […]

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A Stress-Free Vacation: The Stuff Of Dreams?

In our minds, a future vacation is often like a quiet oasis at the end of the rough desert of a busy year, beckoning from afar with visions of worry-free … (insert some activity here – beach-lounging, mountain-climbing, etc.) – till it’s actually vacation time. Then the oasis often turns to be not so quiet. […]

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The Great Morale Dampener

All work, no recognition makes Jack a dull boy This variation on the old proverb should be made a workplace motto. My recent Psychology Today article deals with a bad boss trait that at first glance seems relatively innocuous, more a nuisance that a threat – bragging. Well, if your boss just self-promotes by exaggerating […]

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Is Your Bad Boss Trainable?

You can thrive by managing up When under stress or frustrated, most bosses aren’t on their best behavior. Nor are most mortal beings. Your boss may morph from a virtual charmer in the morning to a raging bull in the afternoon. They can lose sight of their goals in the midst of emotional turmoil – […]

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A Graduate’s Biggest Challenge

Landing a good job when you have no experience It’s that time of year again – a new batch of college graduates, their hopes high, spills out from the nation’s campuses. They are eager to join the workforce, but as they start interviewing for a position, many of them encounter a seemingly insurmountable obstacle – […]

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How to Land the Job

Use your unique selling proposition to stand out from the crowd. When you search for a job, getting an interview is just the first step – it only makes you one of an unknown number of other applicants. You now need to stand out from that crowd. You can’t assume – or hope – that […]

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How to Tame a Whiny Boss

Don’t Let Your Boss Sap Your Energy The office is quiet, yet buzzing with the low hum of hard work. The mood is serious when your boss makes an appearance and starts to whine: “Aren’t you finished yet? But whyyyy? I’ve been waiting forever. What’s taking so loooong?…” Sounds familiar? In the latest issue of […]

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Help a Self-Centered, Bad Boss Change His Tune

It’s not that bad or childish bosses— “TOTs” (Terrible Office Tyrants)—are intentionally out to sabotage your career. Many are just “me-focused.” They believe the world really does focus around them in the workplace. Unfortunately, employees who don’t stand up for themselves (diplomatically) can get trampled in their desire to please. I address the issue of […]

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Managing Mood Swings

Wouldn’t it be nice to start the New Year in an office that is a sea of calm rather than an ocean of nauseating ups and downs? A moody, bad boss can make your job and workplace constantly turbulent. As I explain in my latest Psychology Today blog, How To Manage Your Boss’s Mood Swings, […]

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Five Things Not to Do in a Job Interview

In my latest article for Psychology Today I talk about winning in that high-stake game – the job interview. Seemingly insignificant mistakes can lead to a job opportunity slamming shut in your face. But putting attention on a few key things and keeping a positive attitude will help you to get through. Here is a […]

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