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  • How Your Career Is Like Dating

    If you want to succeed at business, you need to develop real relationships -- not just casual flings.

  • 5 Things to Stop Doing in Order to Be Happy at Work (or Anywhere Else)

    Happiness, to a certain extent, is within our control. No matter how boring your job, or how difficult your boss, you have the power to make your life better by changing your own behavior.

    So far, so obvious. But a recent post on Lifehacker reminded me that when it comes to fostering happiness, sometimes, it's what we don't do that counts. (Their full list of ten things not to do is definitely worth your time.)

  • How to Give Your Boss Feedback and Not Get Fired

    Giving feedback to the person who usually gives feedback to you is never easy. Done correctly, it can improve work for everyone; done poorly and it's time to get that cardboard box.

  • How to Manage Up

    Want to be happy at work? Learn how to manage your manager. To do that, of course, the first thing you'll have to figure out is when he or she will be most likely to listen to you, especially outside of your regular meetings.

  • 3 Types of Tea to Keep at Work

    Even if you're a diehard coffee addict, there's something to be said for the soothing lift that a good cup of tea provides.

  • 5 Techniques to Increase Your Likeability at Work

    Work might not be a popularity contest, but some days, you wouldn't prove it by the environment in the office. Being more likeable can help you do everything from nab more interesting projects to get that promotion you've been longing for. And becoming more likeable might be easier than you think.

  • 3 Skills Every Entrepreneur Needs, According to Seth Godin

    Seth Godin is a master entrepreneur who has written 14 books and founded several companies, including Squidoo. He says every entrepreneur needs three skills that go beyond having drive and working long hours. Godin outlines these characteristics in his latest book, "The Icarus Deception."

  • Professional Influencers Tell You How to Win People Over

    Charm will get you everywhere, but it's an elusive quality. If you've got it, you're golden. Everyone knows a sales person who can sell anything to anyone, or a middle manager who seems equally beloved by both boss and staff. But what if you don't have it? Is there any way to develop the knack for getting people on your side?

  • Noise vs. Quiet: Which Is Better for Productivity?

    If you asked a random sample of people to describe their perfect office environment, you'd probably hear a lot about noise levels -- specifically, that even the most extroverted workers generally prefer a little peace and quiet, thanks, if they have to concentrate. But is it possible for a work space to be too quiet?

  • Listening to Unfamiliar Music Makes You More Productive

    Many of us spend the bulk of our working days listening to music, but which tunes we choose can make a big difference to our productivity.

    The goal is to pick artists and genres that you don't normally listen to, according to music service focus@will, a company that promises to enhance productivity through music choice.

  • 3 Tips for Managing People Who Are "Smarter" Than You Are

    One of the trickiest parts of being a manager in this tech-savvy age is that sooner or later, you're probably going to wind up managing people who know more than you do. Best case scenario, you can use your managerial skills to help everyone work more efficiently, protecting and empowering your people to do their best possible work.

    Worst-case scenario, you can wind up feeling kind of stupid.

  • Career Setbacks Got You Down? Here's How to Get Back Up Again

    Many of us take relatively minor disappointments seriously to heart. The result is that what could have been a small setback becomes a giant hurdle for future success.

  • 3 Productivity Tips for Lazy People

    Improving productivity is hard. We'd all like to be more productive, but the internet isn't going to read itself. Plus, the usual time management tips usually fail to take into account the fact that we're really fighting a battle against our own nature.

    Enter these tips from Lifehacker, which focus on fooling your brain into being more productive.

  • How to Deal With Criticism at Work

    No matter how you look at it, receiving criticism is never fun. Even though it is a necessary part of life -- especially your work life -- and can help you improve your skills, very few people out there can take criticism well. However, it is important to learn how to keep your ego in check and take the comments in stride.

  • 3 Pieces of Advice Everyone Needs for Their First Job

    "If only I knew then what I know now." There are plenty of milestones we look back on wistfully, but perhaps none more so than our first professional jobs. If only we could get in a time machine and tell our former selves what we're doing wrong!

  • Grammarly Can Help Make Your Work Documents Look More Professional -- for a Fee

    Everyone knows that grammar is important, especially in professional correspondence. If you don't want your colleagues to read your emails in a Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel voice, you need to make sure they're written in proper English.

    The problem, of course, is that many of us don't know what proper English is. As Alison Griswold pointed out on last year, our grip on the language has slipped, to the point where many of us no longer use the subjunctive (or know what it is) and frequently mix up homophones like there/they're/their. Assuming we don't have time to retake freshman English, what are we to do?

  • How to Persuade Anyone to Do Anything

    What's the number one way to get people to do what you want? Acknowledge that they don't have to.

    It's called the "But You Are Free Technique," and in a review of 42 psychology studies of 22,000 people, it was found to double the odds that a person would go along with what your plan.

  • Are You Undermining Yourself With Punctuation?

    Take look at the last ten work emails you wrote. How many exclamation marks do you see? How many smiley-faces, emoticons, LOLs? Be honest: Is there a YOLO floating around in there?

    I won't judge. (OK, just a little, but only for the YOLO.) Over-punctuation is a hazard most office workers face, and as Meredith Lepore at the Levo League points out, it especially plagues women, who use all those extra !!! and :) to make themselves look friendlier, to compensate for bad news, and to just plain make people like them.

  • Learning to Reinvent Your Industry

    Times change, needs change and businesses simply need to learn how to adapt and reinvent their vision. Take The Learning Channel (TLC), for example. The television network started off as an educational resource that used NASA satellites to get content to the Appalachian states. Nowadays, the channel is better known for "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" and "Sister Wives."

  • 9 Ways to Level Up as a Leader

    Can a bad boss ever become a good boss? The crew at Harvard Business Review's blog network think so, and they've got the stats to prove it. Even better, they can quantify exactly how to go from being a poor manager to being a good one.

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