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WORKING: What Superhero Would You Be?

Joshua Stewart - Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 11:08am

Job interviews usually include questions like “Tell me a time when you faced a significant obstacle and how you overcame it,” or “Describe a time when you led a team.” But some companies are flipping the script and...

Performance Reviews

Brandon Smith - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 9:54am

Performance reviews. Need I say more? There is nothing as dysfunctional and as predictable as the annual performance review. From vagueness to politics, from personal attacks to overall managerial disinterest,...

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WORKING: Learning From 'Linsanity'

Joshua Stewart - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 7:51am

Remember “Linsanity”? Last month, New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin became the talk of the sports world (and really pretty much everywhere else, too) after an electrifying performance against the New Jersey Nets....

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When Performance Reviews Become Political

Brandon Smith - Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 9:36am

Years ago, I was a young manager working for a large global financial services company. During my time there, the economy plummeted into a recession (sound familiar?). As a result, raises were few and far between. As a...

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WORKING: No Resume Needed

Joshua Stewart - Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 9:41am

A big part of a job search is polishing and fine-tuning your resume so it best reflects who you are, where you’ve been and where you’re headed. For some companies (mostly tech or marketing firms, but a few others), that...

When Performance Reviews Become Unpleasant Surprises

Brandon Smith - Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:08am

When it comes to performance reviews, perhaps nothing can be more frustrating than to be “surprised” during the conversation. However, before we go much further down the path, it is only fair that I share my personal...

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WORKING: Finding A Mentor

Joshua Stewart - Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 10:36am

People often through around the phrase “he’s my mentor.” What does that really mean, though? Developing a useful mentoring relationship is more than just learning new skills and approaches from an older co-worker or...

When Performance Reviews Become Personal

Brandon Smith - Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 7:09am

It has been my experience that when performance reviews turn dysfunctional, 50% of the time the issue lies with the content itself (its inaccurate, vague, political, etc…). However, for the other 50% of the time it has...

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WORKING: Finding Work While Working

Joshua Stewart - Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 9:11am

The truth is, it’s easier to find work when you already have it. Seems counterproductive, especially for the long-term unemployed, but recruiters agree that’s the way it works. Balancing the job search with your daily...

Prescription - How To Deliver A 'Dysfunction-Free' Performance Review

Brandon Smith - Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:41am

More often than not, workplace dysfunction is a sneaky and unpredictable thing. Your boss flips out without warning simply because your report is an hour late. Your co-worker smiles at you in the break room only to be...

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