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Aug 19 2019

What 6 Elementary School Rules Can Teach Us About Meetings

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Meetings. Even the mere word can elicit shudders and a wish to hide under the desk. Meetings have gained a bit of a bad reputation because so many of them lack preparation or prove to be an unproductive use of time. What if you had some tricks in your back pocket to help you make meetings more positive and productive for all involved? As it turns out,[…]

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Aug 13 2019

8 Ways to Turn a “Meh” Workday Around

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The coffeemaker made coffee this morning: so much, in fact, that it spilled coffee all over the kitchen counter. A neighbor decided that mowing the lawn at 5 a.m. would be a good idea, and your favorite shirt looks great on you, if you can look past the weird stain on the collar (Is it coffee? It’s probably coffee.) When you arrive at the office,[…]

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Jul 11 2019

How to Keep Your Social Media Profiles Professional

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The average person has seven social media accounts. That may sound like a lot, until you start counting your own. Instagram. Twitter. Facebook. Reddit. YouTube. LinkedIn. Pinterest. Suddenly, seven may start to sound a little low. This presents an obvious challenge for modern job seekers and professionals. Employers, coworkers, and clients will inevitably see your social media profiles—either because they’re looking or they find them organically. If you[…]

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Jul 3 2019

How to Have a Successful Technical Interview

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You just got the email: your first interview went well, and now the company wants you to come in for a technical one! The happiness is quickly replaced by anxiety. What if you get a question you have no idea how to answer? What if you freeze up and forget the answers you do know? What if you use up too much time trying a[…]

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Jun 28 2019

How to Formulate Good Questions for the Interviewer

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Picture this: it’s your fifth interview of the day. You’ve already met with your potential boss, her boss, two coworkers, and now you’re talking to the head of the entire department. You’ve answered roughly 70 questions—some of them over and over. You’re exhausted. So when the department head sits back and says, “That was all I had. Do you have any questions for me?”,[…]

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Jun 18 2019

Five Ways to Be More Confident at Work

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On a scale of 1 to 10, from “very insecure about my work and expertise” to “incredibly confident in my work and expertise,” where do you fall? According to the International Journal of Behavioral Science, 7 in 10 people experience “imposter syndrome,” or the belief that their success is due to luck rather than hard work or ability. In other words, most professionals[…]

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Jun 14 2019

How to Be a Radically Candid Boss

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Lots of professionals have stories about their coworker, mentor and, most commonly, boss being really honest with them—and that honesty helping them evolve. Kim Scott, former leadership coach to top tech CEOs and founder of Candor, Inc., popularized this concept in Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity. We highly recommend the book. But if you want the highlights, or simply a sneak[…]

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Jun 6 2019

Three Ideas for Making New Employees Feel Welcome

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The first day—whether it’s of school, camp, or these days, work—is always nerve-wracking. You don’t know what to expect, who you’ll meet, or what you’ll do. That mystery is also exciting, of course…but mostly terrifying. It might be hard to remember this emotion when you’re well-established at your job, but try to recall it every time you bring a new employee on board. They’re going to[…]

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May 29 2019

The New Approach to Networking (That Gets Great Results)

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Most people say networking with invisible air quotes (and sometimes an eye roll): “Networking.” As in, that activity we know we’re supposed to do, but always feels silly. As in, that thing on our to-do list that always gets superseded by more tangible items, such as updating our resume or publishing an update on GitHub. As in, that reason we sign up for tech talks and software[…]

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May 29 2019

The Five Most Common Leadership Styles

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Knowing your leadership style is important far before you’re promoted to management. Whether you’re an individual contributor, tech lead, mentor, or supervisor, a clear sense of how you operate best will make you much more effective. It also allows you to adapt your style to the circumstances. Read on to discover the five most common types of leadership. 1) Telling Telling is the simplest form of[…]

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