Career Management

A new idea for structuring your day

January 12, 2022
Talking to a friend last month after a long disconnect, I asked him if he had anything new he was into: hobbies, fitness routines, anything to cope with the stress of his job as the CFO of a printing company. “I discovered something interesting by accident,” he said.

What’s it all for if your health suffers?

January 12, 2022
In the book Dying for a Paycheck, Jeffrey Pfeffer delivers some straight talk: Don’t wait for public policy to address the social costs of excessive work hours and work-family conflict.

The two types of ROI: Return on investment vs. return on influence

January 12, 2022
While your return on investment is very matter-of-fact and measurable, this is not always the case with return on influence. This is categorized by the social media engagement factors that have a robust effect in terms of business visibility and a knock-on effect in generating leads, sales and awareness.

‘What do you do’? Respond strategically

January 12, 2022
It’s one of the most asked questions in small talk: What do you do? Still, few of us are prepared to answer that question beyond the merely required data: the company we work for and the title of our position. Reframe the question to make for more compelling answers. Here are a few ideas.

Argument tactics: How to undercut your opponent’s evidence

January 12, 2022
Let’s say you butt heads with a savvy negotiator who floods you with data that works against you. Don’t buckle under the weight of raw information. Here are some techniques to salvage your position in the face of overwhelming evidence against you.

Words of comfort for the late bloomer

December 8, 2021
Many of our best and most professionally valued characteristics improve as we grow older. Here are some big strengths of late bloomers to consider when you—or someone you’re thinking of hiring—didn’t necessarily cram all the glory days into the ages between 21 and 35.

Stop fearing all those yapping critics

December 8, 2021
On the subject of our excuses, fears and the negative things we tell ourselves, here are some liberating truths.

How to decline a promotion

December 8, 2021
The expectation is that if you have a job, your goal should be to climb the ladder and move into a leadership position. But what if you love your job so much that you want to stay exactly where you are? Take this advice.

Deal diplomatically with an opponent—and get even if you have to

November 10, 2021
When a colleague steals one of your big ideas, spreads rumors to undermine your credibility, bad‑mouths your managerial skills to your subordinates or engages in some other form of back-stabbing, the following strategies will help you reassert your position of power.

Do I dare get crazy with my life?

November 10, 2021
Q: At 45, I’m considering leaving the corporate life for a year, maybe even two, to travel abroad with my mind completely clear, just to learn and expand my horizons. In your experience, is it ever self-sabotaging to make a leap like this in the hopes my future will take shape afterward?