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.
There's no such thing as job security anymore, but you make yourself a little bit safer from the ax by making yourself as valuable as possible to your employers.
Wish your career was a bit more stylish? Learn from Levo League's profile of Coco Chanel.
Sometimes, the best career advice comes from unexpected places. For instance, the 2006 concert rider for Iggy and the Stooges.
How do you define success? If you're like most of us, it changes from day to day. Sometimes, it's seeing a certain number in your bank account; other times, it's being able to do what you love or give back to the world.
Media types frequently excoriate Generation Y for not picking up the phone, but anyone who has ever met an introvert knows the problem isn't isolated to folks born in the late '80s. Assuming that technology doesn't figure out a way to save phone-haters from having to speak into the microphone, what can they do to make calls a bit easier?
What you do today is the blueprint for what you'll be doing tomorrow, next week, and five years from now. If you're not working on something that will support your dreams in the future, now's the time to make a change.
Seventy percent of American workers are unfulfilled by their jobs, according to Gallup's 2013 State of the Workplace study. Research has shown that money doesn't buy happiness at work. So what does?
Leaders aren't necessarily the bossiest people in the room. True leadership springs from the ability to inspire people to do their best work, and then support them while they do it. Since these qualities aren't showy, it's not surprising that we sometimes overlook them, even in ourselves.
When it comes to dressing for success, following corporate dress code might be less important than paying attention to what the boss wears, and mimicking it -- just enough.
The process of figuring out what we want to do when we grow up lasts our whole life long. That's partly because building a career is something you should (and enjoy) over time, and partly because it's so easy to get lost along the way. No matter where you are in your work journey, it's a good idea to check in from time to time, to see if you're still heading in the right direction.
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