May, 2007

My Today Show Appearance

On The Job

You know the old saying about “walking the talk?” Well, I decided to put that into practice for my appearance on the Today show on May 27. I was asked to discuss some of the topics from my new book, “45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy…and How to Avoid Them.” I was told about six weeks ago when I would appear, and even though there was some general discussion about specific topics, I didn’t know exactly what I would be talking about until the day before.

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Knowing When to Quit

On The Job

In his book, “The Dip,” author Seth Godin says that the first step to becoming the best in the world is realizing that quitting may be really important for your future success. While you may think this flies in the face of conventional wisdom that winners never quit and quitters never win, Godin says that quitting something that will not make you the best makes perfect sense.

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Review my book!

On The Job

Do you want to write a review of "45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy" on your blog? Penguin Publishers will send a review copy of "45 Things" to the first 25 bloggers who are interested in reviewing it. Please send an e-mail with the URL of your blog and your mailing address to: Katherine.Wasilewski@us.penguingroup.com with the subject line, "45 Things review copy

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Do you Squiddoo?

On The Job

If you've never seen anything like this, check out www.squiddoo.com. I created a "lens" at the urging of a business associate, and it's quite interesting to see the "experts" on various subjects. For me, I've set up a lens titled, "Getting Ahead at Work," and filled it with career advice from various sources (including myself), interviews, helpful career books (including my own) and other Web sites (did I mention I included my own?)

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Blogging notice

On The Job

I am new to the blogging world, but I have to say it's been a very gratifying experience so far. I originally started my blog as a way to facilitate discussions among those interested in improving their experiences at work or boosting their careers. I also thought it would be a good chance to build a community of people who support one another and offer advice on various workplace dilemmas or issues.

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Losing your job

On The Job

If you were to be handed a pink slip tomorrow, what would you do? Put on your favorite pajamas, go to bed, listen to Nirvana and not shower for a week? Then what? How are you going to pay your mortgage? Pay off your car loan? And what about your career -- where are you headed now? Lots of questions, and lots of stress. But, be assured, plenty of people have not only survived being laid off or fired, but have gone on to have even more successful careers. Still, it's not easy.

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Help.I'm in a meeting and can't get out!

On The Job

Rambling, disorganized meetings seem to be frustrating quite a few workers these days. According to the aptly named "Ouch Point" survey by Opinion Research USA, some 27 percent of people polled said they were frustrated with disorganized meetings, followed by 17 percent who griped they were fed up with people in meetings who interrupt their peers and try to hog the limelight. And those ringing cell phones?

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More Trending

Your handwriting

On The Job

Bosses these days are struggling to read the writing of their employees, who often have horrible penmanship. The problem is that many younger workers have come from schools where proper handwriting was a low priority, and they now rely solely on computers for their writing. Of course in the workplace today, many of these same workers still have to use their own handwriting for certain things, and that's where the trouble begins.

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Decency at work

On The Job

Visions of CEOs doing the "perp walk" as they are taken into federal court by stern-faced federal marshalls, front-page stories chronicling executives billion-dollar compensation packages and top managers traveling in corporate jets while hundreds of their workers are laid off are just some of the images that adversely impact the workplace these days. Such images are demoralizing, of course. Most of us can't hope to make in our lifetimes what some of these executives earn in one day.

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