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The New F-Word: The Rise of Fine and How to Stop It

By Cally Martin / April 7, 2016

You know that Friday is our favorite F-word, but there’s a new one that is not only becoming increasingly popular, but is spreading mediocrity like a disease in the workplace.   Fine.   “I’m fine” or “That’s fine;” we are all guilty of saying it and it’s usually when it’s (we’re) not fine.   Fine […]

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All Apologies? Here’s How to Stop Being Sorry

By Kelly Love Johnson / April 6, 2016

Take a look at the last 10 emails you sent. See any phrases like “I’m not an expert, but…” or “sorry for the delay,” “IMHO” (in my humble opinion), or “I hope this makes sense?”   If so, you’re undermining your own message. Whether you’re emailing a recruiter or hiring manager when searching for a […]

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Sticks and Stones: Criticism In and Out of the Workplace

By Alexandra Hoeflicker / March 7, 2016

Criticism hurts. It can come from a superior at work or from a stranger on the internet with a keyboard and a loud opinion. It can be about your work, your looks, or even your personality.  It can ruin your whole day and topple your self-esteem for a lifetime. It’s easy to go on the defensive […]

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Hate Your Job? How to Find the Work You Love

By Kelly Love Johnson / February 1, 2016

The answer isn’t as simple as “follow your passion.” You have bills to pay, experience to gain, and adulting to do.  We love the realistic advice in this TEDx Talk by Scott Dinsmore, a career change strategist whose demoralizing experience at a Fortune 500 job launched his quest to understand why 80% of adults hate […]

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3 Reasons “Snowflakes” Lack Grit & Determination

By Travis Brown / January 12, 2016

3 Reasons “Snowflakes” Lack Grit & Determination   Of course, Booker T. Washington’s quote is assuming you weren’t the lucky winner of the, as of now, $1.4 BILLION Powerball.  For the rest of us, our success is usually determined by the amount of effort, self-improvement, and ingenuity we’re willing to expend to reach our goals.  What is unfortunate […]

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Managing Up: When You Have a Bad Boss

By Kelly Love Johnson / November 18, 2015

If you’ve been part of the working world for more than a few years, you’ve probably had one: The demanding, the irrational, the out-of-touch. The #boss that manages to bring down the morale of an entire office with one email. One person, especially one in charge, can take an entire office down a toxic road. […]

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9 Ways to Be an Amazing Employee

By Kelly Love Johnson / November 4, 2015

(Without Being Annoying…) We’ve all worked with go-getters, job-haters, complainers and fakers. Here are nine ways to be amazing at your job without annoying your coworkers (and position yourself for #success!).   Use active voice In all communication, internal and external, using active voice will exude confidence. “I will close five new contracts this month” […]

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8 Simple Ways to Climb the Corporate Ladder

By Kelly Love Johnson / October 16, 2015

From the starting block to the finish line, if you want to get ahead at work, we have eight easy tips for you. Whether you’re an entry level employee or middle management shooting for the corner office, these tips will give you a boost as you climb the ladder.   1. Manage your temper. Assertiveness […]