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Five Ways Job-Seekers Sabotage Themselves

I talk with job-seekers all day long. Before I hear their stories, I see their resumes. Most resumes are boring. They all sound alike. They are full of business jargon like “Motivated self-starter with superior communication skills.” You would never know that behind the awful resume is a funny, …

Employment

The Art of Crafting a 15-Word Strategy Statement

In the January issue of HBR, Roger Martin sets out some rules for avoiding common mistakes in strategy making. As he writes in “The Big Lie of Strategic Planning“, the first rule is “keep the strategy statement simple.” Rather than a long, often vague document, the company’s strategy should …

7 Ways Leaders Maintain Their Composure in Difficult Times

Leaders need to show more composure than ever before in the workplace. With the change management requirements, increased marketplace demands and intensifying competitive factors that surround us, leaders must have greater poise, agility and patience to minimize the impact of uncertainty. How …

6 Reasons Leaders Make Bad Decisions

Employees are growing noticeably more frustrated with their leaders. Employees want their leaders to have their backs and listen to their concerns; to provide clarity of purpose and performance expectations; and to chart a roadmap for the future. They expect leadership from their leaders – but …

Final Cut: Words to Strike from Your Resume

If you’ve applied for a job recently, you’ve probably looked over that 8½ x 11” summary of your career more times than you can count—and tweaked it just as often—in pursuit of the perfect resume.<p>But before you add another bullet point, consider this: It’s not always about what you add in—the best …

How Women Can Get Ahead At Work: A New Manual

I felt exhausted just reading through the press materials for <i>What Works for Women at Work</i>, the new book by feminist law professor Joan C. Williams, 61, and her daughter Rachel Dempsey, 27. The 365-page volume aims to be a new manual for women who want to follow Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s …

Go Where You Believe You Can Do Your Best Work - Career Advice For An Uncertain Job Market

(MBA50.com) What is the best career advice you can give for an uncertain job market? Each morning after the first class of the day, Bob Bruner, the Dean of the Darden School of Business meets with MBA students, staff and faculty for First Coffee, a half-hour long tradition that dates back to the …

What The Private Sector Can Do For Your Social Enterprise

You have an idea you think can change the world. You put together a team with the skills and smarts to turn your ambition into action. You hustle, you lose sleep, you launch. You get boots on the ground, make a little change—things are going well. Time to scale-up. But how?<p>Instead of trying to do …

Self-Evaluations: The Key To Career Development

After the end of the fiscal year, many companies ask employees to complete self-evaluations. These self-evaluations are then reviewed by the employee’s manager and, often times, included in the employee’s annual performance appraisal and personnel file in HR.<p>While many people scoff at this process …

His Other Spaceship Was a Shuttle: Former Astronaut Helms Boeing Space Capsule

HOUSTON — Two years after climbing out of the last ship to launch him into orbit, Chris Ferguson was back in a spacecraft on Monday (July …

Space Exploration