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12 Leadership Qualities Of An Often Overlooked President

I’m a big fan of author and historian David McCullough. His writing has a way of transporting me back in time like few other authors can. Recently I have been immersing myself in his account of America’s second president John Adams. McCullough’s portrayal of John Adams has made no small impact on …

The 1 Thing You Must Do In Every Job Interview

I recently interviewed an excellent candidate for a position at our growing startup, Likeable Local. The woman had an incredible resume, an …

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter--And How to Make the Most of Them Now

Our "thirty-is-the-new-twenty" culture tells us the twentysomething years don't matter. Some say they are a second adolescence. Others call them an …

Build a Career Worth Having

We live in a time of chronic dissatisfaction in the workplace. Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace study found that as many as 70% of working Americans were unfulfilled with their jobs, 18% to such an extent that they are <i>actively undermining</i> their co-workers. This is a marked increase in …

Successful Founders Share 4 Must-Have Skills To Bolster Any Career

Every career is different. But some skills cut across all of them. Here are four.<p>Some skills may be awesome but not in demand: While a sonnet might take your breath away, iambic pentameter doesn’t have a high market demand. But some skills by any industry are wanted just as sweetly–and as founders …

How To Turn A Job You Hate Into A Job You Love

<i>This is a guest post by Nisa Chitakasem, co-author of the book,</i> <i>How to Get the Job You Want. She blogs at</i> <i>Career Blog</i>. Her other articles for FORBES include, “How To Work A Room Like You Own The Place.”<p>Even people who are relatively happy at work go through periods when they hate their jobs—for days, …

How To Turn The Job You Have Into The Job You Want

You don’t have your dream job, but the position exists at your company. What do you do? Learn the basics of job crafting and get on the path to doing what you love. It’s not as hard as you think.<p>My first gig after college was a year-long internship on the op-ed page of <i>USA Today</i>. My official job …

Billionaire Scorecard: Winners Include Zuckerberg, Pera And Schulze

<b>WINNERS:</b><p>Mark Zuckerberg<p><b>+$980 million*</b><p>Net worth: $19 billion<p>Facebook‘s founder has been on a roll. His company’s stock shot above $40 a share for the first time ever, 15 months after the IPO. Wall Street has lots of love for Facebook these days as shares are up more than 50% year-t0-date. The stock …

Best worker I ever hired

I try not to be biased, but I had my doubts about hiring Stevie. His placement counselor assured me that he would be a good, reliable busboy. But I …

17 Ways To Be Indispensable At Work

Job security is a serious concern for so many employees in today’s workforce. Knowing that so many positions are being outsourced, cut, or revamped, for instance, makes it especially difficult to believe that anybody’s job is completely safe, says Rita Friedman, a Philadelphia-based career coach …

Summer: Time For Teaching Your Kids About Money

For many children, summer holidays mean the chance to earn and spend summer cash. This article will look at how to get the most out of your child’s summer cash by sneaking a few financial lessons into the spending spree.<p><b>Summer Work</b><p>The best way for your child to earn summer cash is to find a job …

11 Impossibly Difficult Job Interview Questions

Ever had to sit through a 5-hour interview filled with team projects, skills tests and a question-and-answer period in front of five company managers? If not, be grateful.<p>For while many job interviews can be rough, there are a select few so difficult that applicants should be excused for any …

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Ten African Internet Millionaires To Watch

Africa may not yet have an Internet billionaire, but there are a handful of savvy African entrepreneurs who’ve built 7- and 8-figure fortunes by identifying and taking advantage of the opportunities on the continent’s web space.<p>Here’s a basic truth: In the next five to seven years, there’ll be an …

XTO Energy Inc.

Sept. 25 — ExxonMobil and XTO Energy announce enhancements to efforts to reduce emissions associated with oil and gas operations.

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Best Ways To Give Your Heirs Money While You're Alive

<b>By Lynn Ballou, Next Avenue Contributor</b><p>Several years ago, a new theme emerged in our wealth advisory firm’s meetings with clients. They were beginning to truly worry about their children’s financial futures.<p>Increasingly, we’ve been asked to help them find ways to assist their kids now, rather than …

How To Earn More Using The Skills You Already Have

Once upon a time, I was 23 years old and miserable only 18 months into my public relations job.<p>The work was interesting and I liked my boss, but I was young and resentful about my $28,000 salary.<p>I’d tell myself that I was just starting out, that it was part of paying my dues. At least I <i>had</i> a job! …

Why You Should Mentor -- And How To Do It

Many successful people credit one or more mentors who made a big difference in helping them achieve early success. So my question for you, if you’re in your 50s or 60s, is: If you’re not mentoring someone, why not? It should be part of your legacy.<p>A mentor may not be what you think.<p>Generally, …

The Secrets Of 'How To Retire Happy'

One of the best parts about being a reporter is that you’re constantly learning.<p>And over my years, I’ve learned as much – if not more – from my fellow journalists as I have researching stories I’ve written.<p>Among my best teachers is Stan Hinden, a former financial writer for The Washington Post …

New Grads, Here's How To Negotiate Your Salary

<i>This is the last in a four-part series for new grads on managing your finances. (Read the first article</i> <i>here</i><i>,</i> <i>the second</i> <i>here</i> <i>and the third</i> <i>here</i><i>.)</i><p>When it comes to doing better with our money, many people often think first of redoing their budget or spending more wisely.<p>But what will affect your …

Three Questions That Will Change Your Retirement Plans

So much of retirement is focused on the dollars and cents; but money can’t buy happiness, good friends, or great health. Which is why it’s important that new and soon-to-be retirees prepare for the equally important factors associated with everyday life in retirement … the mental, the social, and …

Why I Support My Son's Decision To Put College On Hold ... To Surf

<i>In our LV Moms’ Money Mic series, we hand over the podium to people with controversial views about money and parenthood. These views are theirs, not ours, but we look forward to opening the floor for discussion.</i><p><i>In the past we’ve featured writers with ideas on everything from how to earn cash while</i> …

6 Ways Mentors Elevate Your Career

Finance professionals looking for ways to elevate their careers have a variety of sources to turn to that provide career-enhancing information. These sources include television, websites, magazines, journals, newspapers, friends and colleagues. These various channels provide tips and insights on …

Words Of Wisdom To Anyone Eager To Start An Encore Career

<b>By Marci Alboher, Next Avenue Contributor</b><p><i>I recently had the honor of delivering a commencement speech, but this wasn’t your typical college graduation. The students were 23 people in their 50s. They’d just completed Encore! Hartford,</i> <i>a University of Connecticut workforce development program designed</i> …

'A Person Is Smart; People Are Dumb'

There are certain movies I can watch over and over again. One of them, which was on the other night is Men In Black and one of my favorite lines “A person is smart; people are dumb” Agent K says to prospective Agent J. I love that line, as Tommy Lee Jones dead pans his explanation to a frustrated …