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  • Five Ways to Transform Work Gossip Into Positive Communication

    By jennifer jennifer on April 11, 2017
    Redirecting the very traits that make gossip so enticing can help build trust among team members and foster productive, meaningful relationships.   Work gossip: We’ve all heard it, and some of us have spread it — whether that action took place around the water cooler, via text or through email.   There are mixed views about gossip: Some say that […]
  • How Do Terrible Managers Keep Their Jobs?

    By jennifer jennifer on April 4, 2017
    I graduated from college in May 2015. I worked at my first job for 20 months. It would have been a good job, but my manager was horrible.   “Laura” yelled at us and criticized us constantly. During my third week on the job Laura got mad at me about something that was not my fault in any way, and […]
  • How To Find Out If You’re Underpaid

    By jennifer jennifer on April 4, 2017
    It’s Equal Pay Day, that oh-so-unpleasant symbolic “holiday” that reminds us all just how long the average American woman has had to work into 2017 to earn what the average man already took home last year.   While this frustrating, seemingly intractable gender wage gap has many underlying causes, the fact remains that you can do all you can to […]
  • Why Most Leaders Are Not Qualified to Lead

    By jennifer jennifer on March 31, 2017
    Instead of promoting those who excel inside the box, look for the employees with the courage, the drive, and the influence necessary to lead your team.   I’ll never forget my confusion the first time I saw someone promoted to a senior management position who most people would never want to work for. I asked my manager why, and he […]
  • Simple Tips for Writing Emails That Get Read

    By jennifer jennifer on March 28, 2017
    Consider your audience.   If you’ve spent an afternoon (or 20) trawling through the muddy depths of a corporate inbox, you may be surprised to learn the original purpose of email was to build relationships, specifically within academia. Professors used early email to connect with colleagues, share data and collaborate more effectively.   We’ve come a long way since those […]
  • Three Subtle Ways To Ask For A Job That Are Better Than ‘Please Hire Me’

    By jennifer jennifer on March 22, 2017
    Spinach in your teeth is embarrassing, and talking about politics is always dangerous territory, but perhaps nothing shuts down a networking conversation faster than saying: “I’m here looking for job opportunities” or “Know anyone hiring?” That’s because focusing on what you’re looking to gain frames as you needy (and a little boring), instead of as the curious, caring and resourceful […]


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