5 Rules for Reaching Out to a Reference You Haven’t Talked to in Forever

5 Rules for Reaching Out to a Reference You Haven’t Talked to in Forever

You’re on the job hunt and you need to get your professional references together. And that means reaching out to a certain former boss who would be the perfect person.
 
There’s just one little problem. You’re not exactly in touch. It’s been months—or is it years?—since you last contacted him. The thought of suddenly jumping back […]

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5 Strategies That’ll Help Convince Your Team That a “New and Different” Way Isn’t Scary

5 Strategies That’ll Help Convince Your Team That a “New and Different” Way Isn’t Scary

Competent employees know how to get stuff done. They’ve figured out the systems, the processes, and the politics to achieve the outcomes you need to make your department successful. All good, right?
 
Yes. That is, until you want to do something differently. And then you find that your bright, capable group of employees, especially those that […]

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3 Times You Should Speak First at Work (and 3 Times You Shouldn’t)

3 Times You Should Speak First at Work (and 3 Times You Shouldn’t)

I took a class once that used a talking stick to facilitate conversation. If you’re not familiar, this is a tool used to make sure everyone’s voice is heard because you can only chime in when you’re holding it.
 
Oh, if only the workplace had such a clear-cut process. Sometimes it’s tough to know when to […]

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5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Future Recommendations Now

5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Future Recommendations Now

As a professional managing the trajectory of your career, one of the most important assets you have is your reputation: what other people think of you, your workplace performance, and how you behave around others.
 
Your character says a lot about your competence, likability, and credibility as a professional. I don’t visit a restaurant without looking […]

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4 Ways to Handle a Condescending Co-Worker

4 Ways to Handle a Condescending Co-Worker

Recently, a marketing firm called to solicit my business. They wanted me to sign up for their services, which included an online forum to produce and market classes based on my content. The young marketing rep was explaining all the features and benefits to me.
 
Among them was a commitment to help produce social media posts, […]

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8 Steps to Bouncing Back After Getting Fired

8 Steps to Bouncing Back After Getting Fired

 
Getting fired is the worst! Even if you were struggling in your position or were increasingly unhappy, losing your job suddenly can feel like failure personified. And the process of involuntarily being forced to leave your position can swirl you into a blizzard of emotion: embarrassment, shame, worthlessness, self-pity, and depression.
 
Your identity is deeply embedded […]

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