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6 Rules That Should Be Guiding Your Career

Why? Though Pink doesn't bog the story down with academic research, all of his core ideas are backed up by plenty of studies, many of which I've posted about in the past.<p>So what does he have to say? Six simply-stated concepts:<p>So let's break these down and explore what they mean and why they're so …

Self-improvement

Thatcher’s Greatest Strength Was Her Greatest Weakness

At her funeral ceremony tomorrow, we will remember Margaret Thatcher as much for her leadership style as for her polarizing politics — in fact, the two are almost identical. The essence of Thatcher’s leadership was her steadfast, tenacious, and determined style which is more often associated with …

Improve Your Leadership Presence

What Job Candidates Really Want: Meaningful Work

What talented people want has changed. They used to want high salaries to verify their value and stable career paths to allow them to sleep well at night. Now they want <i>purposeful</i> work and jobs that fit clearly into the larger context of their career. And that means they want jobs that are sensible …

To Be Authentic, Look Beyond Yourself

Authenticity — what is it, who has it, and how do you get it? Most people associate authenticity with being true to oneself — or “walking the talk.” But there’s a problem with that association; it focuses on how <i>you</i> feel about <i>yourself</i>. Authenticity is actually a relational behavior, not a …

What to Do When You’ve Made Someone Angry

I was running late. My wife Eleanor and I had agreed to meet at the restaurant at seven o’clock and it was already half past. I had a good excuse in the form of a client meeting that ran over and I wasted no time getting to the dinner as fast as possible.<p>When I arrived at the restaurant, I …

How to Influence People with Your Ideas

One of my young clients, let’s call her Julie, is on a mission. Julie has an idea, one that has been gestating in her mind for quite some time, but now she realizes that for her idea to have any impact at all she will have to “go public” with it. Julie believes there are countless intelligent, …

Leadership Is More than Interpersonal Skills

Most of the 89,000 leadership books offered on Amazon.com focus on traditional interpersonal leadership: the relationships between leaders and followers. Interpersonal leadership sets up an expectation that leaders must be in dialog or at least in view of their followers. Yet this style of …

Find Success Your Own Way

How to Brand a “Useless” Degree

Graduation season is upon us — and that means approximately 700,000 U.S. students will be receiving master’s degrees and another 150,000 or so will be getting their doctorates. For some, the path forward is clear: the math experts will be snapped up by hedge funds, the software engineers will have …

Two Terms Marketers Need for Today’s Media Landscape

We knew that the Internet would bring with it a whole wave of new media disruption. We were unprepared for just how massive the disruption has been. You needn’t look any farther than this one staggering statistic to understand the scale of change: Google’s advertising revenue is larger than that of …

Be Selfish. Be Very Selfish.

Here is a leadership lesson: Be selfish. Be very selfish.<p>For this message to be an effective leadership tip, we need to understand what selfishness is. Selfishness is typically defined as “concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself.” If someone hears that the CEO is being selfish, the …

Are You Considering a Job with Two Managers?

If you are sitting in a job interview and hear the words “dotted line reporting,” you have just encountered the world of matrix management. In these organizational structures, you typically have two bosses: a “straight-line” direct boss, who is the person who prepares your performance review and …

To Attract New Grads, Hire Like a Start-Up

Something astonishing is happening to the market for young, smart labor. The luster of big prestigious firms, particularly on Wall Street, has dimmed: “The End of Wall Street as They Knew It,” goes a recent New York Magazine headline. A few months ago at Davos, CEOs complained about the brain drain …

For Entrepreneurs, Failure Isn’t Always a Good Teacher

Much has been said about the virtues of failure — it’s a learning opportunity, it happens to everyone, it’s character-building. Failure is becoming some romanticized rite of passage, invoking images of young entrepreneurs burning the midnight oil and yelling “Eureka!” I can say from experience that …

Establish Credibility in a New Job

No One Likes to Be Changed

Listen to the language that any leader, consultant, or HR professional uses, and you’ll hear them expound at length about how “we” need to change “them.” That says it all: the fact is, no one likes to be changed, even if the change is ultimately beneficial.<p>In his recent HBR blog post, Ron Ashkenas …

What Value Creation Will Look Like in the Future

Organizations have nearly perfected implementing the industrial model of managing work — the effort applied toward completing a task. For individuals, this model ensures that we know what we’re supposed to do each day. For organizations, it guarantees predictability and efficiency. The problem with …

Mobile Marketing: How to Get Started

Do you use mobile marketing for business?<p>Are you wondering how to get started?<p>To learn how mobile marketing and social connect, I interview Jamie …

Marketing

How to Become a Content Marketing Expert - Copyblogger

You hear everyone talking about online content marketing, because with today’s Internet-empowered prospect, content marketing is <i>what works</i>.<p>And yet, …

Marketing

Why We Still Need to Write, Even When We’re Scared - Copyblogger

Writing is scary.<p>Sometimes when we publish something, it makes us feel like our insides are hanging out, for all the world to see. We feel …

Why Your Social Content Strategy Sucks (and How to Fix It)

39<p>SHARES<p>For the world to be interesting, you have to be manipulating it all the time. <i>- Brian Eno</i><p>We've all heard someone say "Let's make it social!" …

15 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

It has been another busy week as summer approaches, and everyone gets restless for the warm weather. If you've been too preoccupied soaking up some …

Why Can't Millennials Find Jobs?

Your inability to land a job might be blamed on the economy, your chosen college major or just the fact that you're not a code-happy engineer.<p>For …

In Content Era, What’s the Role of Agencies?

Brands have the content bug. They’re building out media assets, even going so far as to create “brand newsrooms” that loosely mimic what real news …

Just When You Thought You Knew Every Way Your Credit Report Could Be Used Against You (A Case Study)

Whether we are talking about mortgage loans, credit cards, auto or student loans, most people know that credit reports play an important role in our lives.<p>And they, like you, understand that having poor credit can impede our efforts to gain financing at competitive rates and terms.<p>However, as was …

Here's How Apple Is Spending Its $145 Billion Pile Of Cash

This is why the Cupertino-based company chose to fund its recently expanded capital return plan with a $17 billion bond offering. This also allowed Apple to increase its quarterly dividend by 15 percent in the second quarter. Apple now pays approximately $11 billion in total annual dividends, …

Here's What You Need To Earn To Buy A Home In 25 Cities

To find out, HSH.com took the National Association of Realtors' 2013 first quarter data for median home prices as well as our 2013 first quarter average interest rates for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages to decipher how much money homebuyers in 25 major metros would need to earn in order to purchase …

Real Estate