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  • Late Bloomers, Rejoice: The Big Breakthroughs Happen in Middle Age

    Einstein was wrong about at least one thing, according to a new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research: if you haven't made a major contribution to science by the age of 30, you might just need to wait a few more years. If the average age of Nobel Prize winners and other tech innovators is anything to go by, late 30s is primetime for creativity.

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  • 5 Tips for Managing Highly Sensitive People

    Highly sensitive people tend to invest deeply in their work, care a lot about the outcome of their decisions, and work well in a team environment. On the other hand, well, they're highly sensitive -- a fact that their managers would do well to take into consideration. So how do you empower the sensitive, without impacting the less attuned on your team?

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  • How to Promote Yourself, When You Hate Self-Promotion

    Nowadays, everyone has a personal brand -- even people who cringe every time they hear the phrase. So how can you show the world what you have to offer, without feeling like a spotlight hog? Get creative.

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  • 5 Ways to Beat 'Impostor Syndrome'

    Feel like a fraud, even when you know you're qualified to lead? If so, you have impostor syndrome. Fueled by an inability to internalize one's accomplishments, this psychological phenomenon appears to be fairly common among working women, and can prevent the afflicted from achieving their goals -- but it doesn't have to.

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  • When Can I Go to HR?

    Many employees dread going to Human Resources, seeing it either as an extension of their boss's authority or as a cost-center that takes away healthy productive time from employees for conducting training or surveys. As a result, a lot of employees are unclear on when and why they should reach out to HR.
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  • It's Easier to Be Moral in the Morning

    Have a job that depends on a high level of ethical decision making? You're probably better at it in the morning, according to a new series of studies at Harvard and the University of Utah. If, on the other hand, your job involves House of Cards-level deception and subterfuge, well, maybe in your case, the early bird does not get the worm.

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  • Write Emails That Actually Get Replies

    It's a sad fact of life that the volume of business emails seems to increase, just at the point in people's careers when they have the least amount of time to answer messages. As a result, it can be pretty hard to get answers from important folks, whether it's your boss's boss or some bigwig you met at a conference.

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  • 3 Easy Ways to Be Happier at Work

    When it comes to being happy at work, most of us have things the wrong way around: we think that when we find the perfect job, we'll finally feel good about coming to work. In fact, the opposite is true: become happy with your job, and you'll be more successful at it.

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  • How to Deal With Secondhand Stress

    You might have perfected your ability to deal with stressful situations -- deadlines, last-minute changes, the hustle and bustle of a busy office. But that doesn't mean you've mastered the most challenging piece of the stress management puzzle: handling the contagious kind of stress that you can easily catch from an anxious co-worker.

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  • The Do's and Don'ts of Business Attire for Women [infographic]

    In the olden days (pre-internet, and before the advent of jeans that cost about as much as dinner) people dressed up for work. Nowadays, we have a lot more freedom to choose what we wear. But for many of us, when it comes to dressing for work, too much choice is not necessarily a good thing.

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  • Should You Apologize at Work?

    It's one of the first things we learn in school: when you do something wrong, say you're sorry. But once we've put away childish things, apologizing can sometimes make us look weak instead of accountable. So should you say you're sorry at work, or maintain your power position?

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  • How to Deal With Passive-Aggression at Work

    There's plenty of information and advice out there for people who have to deal with outright jerks in the workplace -- the bullies, the bad bosses, the yellers and screamers who make each day fraught with tension. But what about the folks who don't make a big stink, but drive us crazy trying to guess what they really want, and whether or not it's in our best interests to give it to them? For workers toiling alongside the passive-aggressive, the trick is to identify the behaviors before they undermine your productivity, job satisfaction, and corporate culture.

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  • Be a Satisficer, Not a Maximizer

    When you're given a task to accomplish at work, do you insist on doing everything in your power to accomplish it in the best possible way, or do you work to get the job done so that it meets requirements, and move on?

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  • How to Deal With Conflict When You're a Nice Person

    Everyone knows that person at the office, the one who loves conflict: he's the one who's always butting heads with everyone, engaging people from the CEO to the summer intern on everything from the quarterly report to the outcome of last week's game. And then there's you -- the nice guy. The problem is, if you're too nice to deal with conflict at all, people are going to get Mr. Blowhard's perspective a lot more than they get yours.

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  • Are You Addicted to Stress?

    If you're one of those people who work best under pressure, there's good news and bad news. The good news is that today's stressful work environment certainly plays to your strengths. The bad news is that at least one expert thinks that it's possible to development a "neurochemical dependence" on stress. In other words, maybe you're addicted.

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  • 3 Ways to Cope With a Career Crisis

    Tough times come to us all, especially in these days of extended unemployment and dwindling job security. The good news is that how you deal with a crisis can sometimes make the difference between a disaster and a learning experience.

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  • Should New Managers Fire Underperformers Right Away?

    Let's say you've recently taken over a team of workers. Perhaps you've been promoted into the role, or perhaps you're a new hire. Whatever the case, suggests Ron Ashkenas in Harvard Business Review Blog Network, the biggest mistake you can make is to hesitate too long in getting rid of the people who just aren't making the cut.

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  • 3 Ways to Be Happier at Work

    Finding true happiness at work is tricky. After all, if your job was as much fun as your hobbies, they probably wouldn't pay you to do it. But the good news is that a few attitude tweaks can improve your perception -- which is the secret of feeling better about anything.

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  • What Do Successful People Read First Thing in the Morning?

    Want to be a billionaire businessperson some day? You can start first thing in the morning, by selecting a well-rounded collection of reading material. (No wonder CEOs and entrepreneurs tend to get up so early.)

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  • 3 Ways to Be Better at Your Job

    Whether you love your job or hate it, plan to stay until retirement or hope to have a new gig by Tuesday, it pays to be better at what you're doing right now. After all, you can't make the boss a better manager or your job title more impressive; the only thing you can change, all on your own, is you.

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