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When you listen to your inner voice, is it mean to you? If so, you're not alone. Many people go through their days hearing an internal litany of self-criticism. The problem, of course, is that it's hard to get anything positive done at work while you're tuned into negativity.
Think about your least favorite jobs. Odds are, your boss was partly to blame. Bad managers are the number one reason people leave their jobs. Of course, if you're not quite at the point where you can turn in your resignation, you'll need to figure out ways to make your situation more tolerable.
The fastest way to talk yourself out of a successful career is to hold fast to the idea that you're "not a math person," and yet many workers do just that. Why? Because they believe that people are either good at something, or they're not -- even though evidence strongly suggests otherwise.
What does it take to make an employee leave a job voluntarily, in a tough economy? A bad boss.
Confidence is important, whether you're interviewing for a new job or trying to get promoted at the one you already have. Even if you're completely happy where you are on the corporate ladder, being confident will help you persuade other people to support you, which is essential for getting buy-in for your projects and achieving your goals. But what if you're not a naturally confident person?
What would you change about your job, if you could? If you said that you wish you made more money, you're in good company: every age group in our Generations at Work survey, from Baby Boomers to Gen Y, agrees with you.
Forget wrath, sloth, and greed -- the workplace has its own deadly sins, according to career experts at The Sydney Morning Herald. Their list of unforgivable office transgressions is food for thought for any working person.
Today is National Boss's Day, which makes it a perfect time to ask employees which qualities they most desire in a boss. The Workforce Institute at Kronos is here to oblige. Through an online survey administered by Harris Interactive, they asked over 4000 workers in the U.S., Australia, and India what they wanted in a manager. Some of the results were surprising.
Books and talks about creativity might be more popular than ever before, writes Thomas Frank at Salon, but that doesn't mean society necessarily values true creativity.
If you've done time in a cubicle farm, you're familiar with Dilbert, the flat-topped, curly-tie-wearing avatar of white-collar drudgery. But what you might not know is that his creator, cartoonist Scott Adams, failed a lot on the road to success.
Amy Poehler is an inspiration for a lot of working women, based solely on her performance as the resilient government administrator Leslie Knope on the sitcom Parks and Recreation. But her professional life also offers plenty of insight for both men and women who want to be successful while also being true to themselves.
Seattle-based game developer Game It Forward is the creator of a bingo-trivia game for the iPad called Quingo. Game play is free and supports a variety of causes, including Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Kiva, and PAWS.
The problem with living by hard and fast rules is that so much of what makes life interesting happens in the gray areas. Nowhere is this more true than in your career, where flexibility is often more valuable than doing what "they" tell you to do.
Children of the '90s remember Bill Nye as the bow-tied host of "Bill Nye the Science Guy," an educational TV show that aired on PBS from 1993 to 1998, but he's also written several books, appeared on TV shows as diverse as "Back to the Future: The Animated Series" and "Dancing With the Stars," and now -- somewhat inadvertently -- he's going to help you manage your career better.
Bad managers impact our productivity as well as our attitude toward work, but a recent post on HBR Blog Network suggests that nice bosses might not be all they're cracked up to be, either.
The news for job seekers over 50 is often pretty grim, focusing on declining rates of pay and ageism. But every so often, we come across a story that shows that the best part of your career can be after you hit the big 5-0.
Early in her career, Julie Chen had plastic surgery to make her eyes look "less Asian." She didn't come to that decision in a vacuum: a boss at a local station in Ohio told her, "You will never be on this anchor desk because you're Chinese."
Sometimes, career wisdom comes from the oddest of places -- for instance, from the life and struggles of Obie, a dachshund who once weighed 77 pounds.
Conventional wisdom about female entrepreneurship is that women start businesses for women, often around fashion or beauty, and that those businesses operate on a small scale, often out of the home. But today's women entrepreneurs are building diverse businesses in areas ranging from personal finance to technology -- and they're going big.
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