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How to Take More Risks in Your Career


(a guest post offered by thezebra.com) If you’re working toward that next promotion or maybe just trying to excel at your current position, you know that complacency can be your enemy. Being simply “satisfied” with your situation shouldn’t last long or else you may miss out on new opportunities. Taking risks in your career can … Continue reading

How to Get Very Good at Being Pretty Good at Everything


In a previous post, I wrote that generalists are more marketable, more employable, and maybe more happy than specialists. Pat Flynn, author of How to Get Better at Almost Everything, says that becoming a generalist has made him both successful and happy. “When I specialized in guitar, I was always comparing myself to others and … Continue reading

In Praise of Generalists


Which are you: a generalist or a specialist? Generalists tend to know a little about a lot of things; specialists tend to know as much as possible about just a few things. I believe that we’re hard-wired to be one or the other. We either gravitate toward exploring many topics and integrating knowledge into a broad view of the world, or we gravitate toward exploring one topic we care passionately about until we become an expert. Continue reading

Two Awesome Hours Part 2: Manage Your Energy


Josh Davis is the author of Two Awesome Hours  , a book that tackles the tough subject of how to get things done as a human being. We are incredibly efficient at things we evolved to do: move, eat, reproduce, survive an existential threat. Paperwork? Not so much. Our brains are not wired to sit … Continue reading

6 Podcasts for Today’s Female Professionals


A guest post by Marie Johnson, Contributing Author at Enlightened Digital The dreaded workplace commute: long hours spent driving from Point A to Point B, the same songs on the radio or playlist… It can be draining. Podcasts have emerged as a popular alternative to a boring daily commute. Most podcasts are comprised of a … Continue reading

Learning to Dance


Each conversation is a dance that we discover as it unfolds, with its own rhythm, flavor, flow. The pleasure we and our partners derive from this dance will depend in no small measure on how well we improvise, moment by moment, phrase by phrase, instinct by instinct. And yes— on how well we talk! Continue reading

The Modern Administrative Assistant


Administrative Professionals Week fell this year on April 24. The modern admin assistant is tasked with a variety of important tasks, including data management, supervision, budget responsibilities, even hiring and training. Good riddance to the days when as Peggy Olsen, in Season One of  Mad Men, said, “He may act like he wants a secretary, but most of the time they’re looking for something between a mother and a waitress.” Continue reading

Making Real Connections


Confession: I’m an extrovert who dislikes networking events. I like meeting new people, but I find making small talk tedious within a few minutes of arriving. Superficial chat exhausts me, and it’s rare to make a true connection at most business events or parties.

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