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  • No Upward Mobility Needed? Making the Case for Individual Contributors in the Workplace

    Getting a promotion to a high level management position seems like it would be a dream come true for some folks trying to get ahead at work. After all, we’ve all been programmed to climb the corporate ladder to success, right? Yeah, not so much. Here's why remaining in an individual contributor role may be your best option.
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  • 8 Tips for Surviving Your First Week as a Temp

    In a tough job market, many folks are turning to temporary and contract assignments in order to land work in their fields. This is especially helpful for those who are new college graduates or career changers. Temping also has multiple benefits for job seekers.
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  • 5 Lessons from Tabatha Takes Over

    To some people, Tabatha Coffey is a demonic elf who enjoys berating hardworking hairdressers for their sloppy work and poor attitude. To others, she's more like the elfin queen who has the magical ability to pull a failing business back from the brink.
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  • 10 Valuable Lessons to Learn From Warren Buffet

    The guy became an investor at 11 years old, paid his way through college with profits from his childhood business and later became one of the greatest billionaire moguls and philanthropists of all time. Warren Buffet knows what he's doing.
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  • Are You Being Too Nice at Work?

    When executives sit down to write their memoirs, they generally focus on their achievements: which products they created, which companies they made successful, which mistakes they learned from, and so on. They very rarely spend much ink on how nice they were during their time in the sun. The problem, of course, is that women are raised to be nice -- something that can hold them back later on, should they decide to become big figures in the business world.

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  • Tina Fey's Tips for Working Women (Hint: Wear a Bra)

    Tina Fey is so beloved at this point, she could probably give up show business and start her own cult. Why does she inspire such fervor in her fans? Well, partly, it's because she uses her powers for good.

    Witness her recent appearance on Inside the Actor's Studio. When host James Lipton asked her "How does a woman, like you, make her way through a man's world?" she offered some very actionable (and hilarious) advice:

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  • 3 Ways to Stop Second-Guessing Yourself

    Lots of people have a tendency to second guess themselves, but it's particularly common in young women who are just starting out in their careers. In a recent post on Women 2.0, career coach Ellen Ercolini offered advice for folks who are still learning how to trust their instincts.

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  • The Only 3 Reasons to Have a Meeting

    Most people claim to hate meetings, which is why it's so strange that we seem to spend such a high percentage of our lives in conferences rooms, drooling quietly while a PowerPoint flickers away on a far wall.

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  • 3 Ways Your Beauty Routine Can Affect Your Job

    Do women spend more time getting ready in the morning, and if so, is it affecting their careers? Kelsey Cruz at Levo League argues that the answer is yes on both fronts, and provides some tips for streamlining the beauty process to boost our success at work.

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  • Building Your Life's Board of Directors

    Here's a potential self-help concept that will appeal to business types more than planets or love languages: your life's board of directors.

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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.

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  • 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.)

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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."

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  • 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?

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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