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The Difference Between Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Confession: I have a tendency to use these terms interchangeably at times. Truth is, I shouldn’t. Knowledge, skills, and abilities (aka KSAs) are …

The Biggest Mistakes 20-Something Job Seekers Make

There was the young job seeker who showed up at his interview 15 minutes late, failed to apologize, and then asked if the interviewer had a garbage can so he could throw away his gum. There was also the 20-something applicant whose call to the hiring manager went dead in the middle of the …

10 Things To Do While You're Unemployed

If you’re unemployed and worried that employers will turn you down for taking on unimpressive work during the recession or for the large employment gaps on your résumé—you needn’t panic. A survey released by the careers website CareerBuilder.com last year revealed that the vast majority of …

6 Things You Should Quit Doing To Be More Successful

If you haven’t seen it, I’ll describe it for you. In a now viral video, writer Marina Shifrin turns the camera on herself at the office around 4:30 a.m. She then proceeds to dance herself out of a job. Throughout the video, words splash across the screen explaining her reasons, then at the end we …

How sleep makes your mind more creative

It’s a tried and tested technique used by writers and poets, but can psychology explain why first moments after waking can be among our most imaginative?<p>It is 6.06am and I’m typing this in my pyjamas. I awoke at 6.04am, walked from the bedroom to the study, switched on my computer and got to work …

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8 Questions That Will Improve Your Relationship with Your Boss

Think about it: You probably only hear from your boss when a) you royally screwed up, b) you majorly kicked ass, or c) it's performance review time. …

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How To Prepare For 2014 At Work

Whether you have a few days off or you’re working right through the holidays—there are a few things you’ll want to do around the office before 2013 comes to an end.<p>“Sometimes this depends on your industry or job, but I think all professionals–no matter their role–can use this time of worldwide …

The 7 Kinds of Power You Can Use At Work

Before we go any further, stop being modest and saying, “Who me?! I don’t have any power.” Yes, you do. In fact, it’s important for us to realize …

Why the 9-to-5 Day Is So Tough on Creative Workers

"Knowledge workers" tend to be more unfocused in both the early morning and mid-afternoon. Why force them to work when they're least productive?<p>Today, workers are putting in increasingly more hours—so much so that the 40-hour week has become a relic of the past. But pushing employees to clock up …

The Six Rules of Personal Success

Of all human abilities, one stands out, the ability to see the <i>Big Picture</i>, the things that are important in life, and not to be distracted by small, trivial, and irrelevant things; the intelligence to separate the message from the background noise.<p>‘The Big Picture’ is about the grand goals; the big …

Doing Less, Leading More

Our first accomplishments as professionals are usually rooted in our skill as individual contributors. In most fields we add value in the early stages of our careers by getting things done. We’re fast, we’re efficient, and we do high-quality work. In a word, we’re <i>doers.</i> But when we carry this …