Career Management

Add new dimension to your game

February 8, 2012
NFL Hall of Famer John Mackey, as a tight end for the Baltimore Colts, made his mark on professional football. He used his outstanding speed to add an extra dimension to offensive play, taking the tight end position—until then mainly a vehicle for blocking and short passes—and turning himself a constant threat for the long touchdown pass.

Leadership Tips: Vol. 212

February 3, 2012
Garrett Camp, co-founder of the Internet utility StumbleUpon, which helps discover websites that match your interests, tweeted his approach to new product development. He says not to get hung up on potential problems: “When in doubt, proceed.”

Leadership nuggets for budding leaders

February 2, 2012
TV producer Stephen Cannell, who created iconic characters and won Emmys for “The A-Team,” “21 Jump Street” and “The Rockford Files,” offers these tips for leaders:

The benefits of baring it all in a 360

January 18, 2012
A growing number of U.S. executives are voluntarily sharing their 360-degree reviews with direct reports. In considering whether transparency is worth trying, at least two advantages jump out:

How to ask for feedback

January 6, 2012

Executive coach Joel Garfinkle quotes Peter Drucker as noting that past ­leaders knew how to tell, while future leaders would know how to ask. Here’s how Garfinkle advises asking others for feedback on your performance:

Leadership Tips: Vol. 112

January 4, 2012

Make time to think. Rodin’s sculpture “The Thinker” depicts a man deep in thought. His right elbow rests on his left knee, which is hard to do. Thinking is hard, even painful, but it’s crucial for success.

5 ways to boost your brain power

December 23, 2011

Knowledge still confers power. Five things you can do to maximize it: 1. Follow up immediately. 2. Let yourself learn. 3. Focus. Now. 4. Explain what you learned. 5. Ask.

8 ways to restore civility at work

December 8, 2011
If you’ve ever been hung up on or interrupted, you’ve been the victim of a loss of civility in the workplace. Bring back courtesy and build a kinder workplace with tips from Tom Terez of WorkplaceNow.com:

Social media for beginners

November 30, 2011

The trouble with Facebook, Twitter and the lot is that they’re constantly changing. This is wearisome to those who use them and off-putting to those who don’t. That said, you know you should take the plunge for the sake of your career. Here’s a primer:

Al Davis: ‘Just win, baby’

November 24, 2011
A great reason for failure won’t save one dollar for your investors, one job for your employees or win you one new customer. It won’t make you feel any better when you declare bankruptcy. Just win.