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  • 3 Tips for Communicating With the Boss

    Ever feel like you and the boss are speaking a different language? It might not be your fault, or hers. Sometimes, people just have different communication styles. However, since your success is dependent on being able to communicate with your manager, it behooves you to figure out a way around the impasse.

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  • What If You Hate Your New Job?

    The problem with taking a new job is that no matter how diligent you are about researching the company, asking thoughtful interview questions, and getting a sense of the job and the corporate culture you're entering, you can still find yourself stuck in a bad fit. In this case, is it ever worth it to try to go back to your old job?

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  • We See Work the Same Way Our Parents Did

    When it comes to how we feel about work, we fall into three categories, say researchers at the University of Michigan: job, career, or calling. Furthermore, your point of view has a lot to do with how your parents felt about their jobs.

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  • 3 Ways to Be a Better Listener

    After a lifetime of waiting for our turn to speak, it can be hard to close our mouths and open our ears. Which is too bad, because listening, although rarely mentioned in the skills section on a resume, is one of the most important things we can do to get ahead at work.

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  • What to Do When Your Job Is Boring

    There are thousands of articles on how to cope when you absolutely hate your job. But what about when your job isn't awful, but it isn't exactly great, either?

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  • Want to Be a Success? Learn to Say No

    After a few years of building our careers, many of us learn to be fairly accommodating, in order to get along with our colleagues -- and bosses. The problem with learning to say yes, readily, is that it becomes hard to say no when you have to. And if you can't say no, you sometimes can't advance your career to the next level.

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  • 5 Ways to Be More Thankful for Your Job

    If you have any presence on social media this Thanksgiving season, or friends with good attitudes, you're probably already familiar with the idea of gratitude journaling, the practice of listing things for which you're grateful. But what if you're feeling less than grateful about your work situation this year?

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  • 5 Things Mentally Strong People Never Do

    Mental strength goes by a lot of different names: determination, tenacity, even confidence. But true toughness goes beyond all these terms. It's a quality of believing in yourself and your goals that can't be undone by obstacles (or obstructive people).

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  • How to Take Constructive Criticism

    No one likes hearing less-than-positive things about themselves, but if you work at a company that does performance reviews, sooner or later, you'll have to hear about your "opportunities for growth" as well as your shining achievements. If you want to get promoted or get a raise, you'll have to learn to take what you hear and make it work for you.

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  • 3 Things You Should Never Do at Work, Courtesy of Mayor Rob Ford

    Sometimes, knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what to do. For an example of how not to behave in the workplace, we need look no further than embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

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  • Where Do Early Birds Get All That Energy?

    Read any profile of a successful entrepreneur or executive, and eventually you'll find some reference to the fact that they get up early. The folks who start multimillion-dollar businesses, write bestselling business books, and do TED Talks all seem to get up at the crack of dawn. So where do they get the get-up-and-go?

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  • 3 Career Lessons From Batkid

    By now, everyone with an internet connection and need to restore their faith in humanity has read the story of Miles Scott, better known as Batkid, the pint-sized cancer survivor who saved San Francisco from evildoers, with a little help from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. But what you might not know is that Batkid can also help save your career.

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  • 3 Ways to Get Over 'Nice Girl' Syndrome

    When is being nice a liability instead of an asset? When it gets in the way of your career. Meredith Lepore at Levo League wrote a recent post about the dangers of being too nice at work -- and what to do about it.

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  • 5 Small Changes That Will Make You Better at Your Job

    The internet teems with ideas on how to improve your performance at work, but most of the time, the advice focuses on big changes: taking a class or an entire degree, adopting an entirely new system for dealing with emails or tasks, or just plain changing your nature. Fortunately, there are plenty of little things you can do to be better at what you.

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  • The Importance of Reviewing Your Boss

    If your company has recently started doing 360 reviews -- where the managed offer feedback to the manager -- you might be a little nervous. After all, even if it's anonymous, isn't it dangerous to review the boss?

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  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Be Nicer to Yourself

    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.

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  • 3 Ways to Deal With a Difficult Boss

    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.

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  • How Sharing Mistakes Can Strengthen Your Company

    Most of us spend our careers trying to avoid making mistakes -- and failing that, trying to hide them. The problem with this way of doing business, of course, is that it makes it hard to fix errors, and even harder to learn from them.

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  • Become a 'Math Person' and a Success at Work

    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.

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  • Bad Managers Are the No. 1 Reason People Leave Their Jobs

    What does it take to make an employee leave a job voluntarily, in a tough economy? A bad boss.

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