Blog Profile / Brazen Careerist


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Archived Since:February 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

3 Rules high achievers never break

In case you were wondering what happened to the 20,000 bulbs I planted, here they are. But don’t worry that this is going to be a post full of happy Spring cheer. That sort of post would embarrass me. First of all, these bulbs didn’t come up until after spring. Partly because it was 50 degrees...

Seminar: How to make your 20s count

This seminar will show you how to make the most of your 20s so that you can set yourself up for an engaged, fulfilling life. We’ll have four days of live video sessions with chat from June 10-13 at 9pm-10pm est each evening. The cost is $195. If you sign up in the next five days,...

Put yourself in uncomfortable situations

One of the biggest changes in the workforce in the new millennium is that we have to be information synthesizers instead of information producers.  All information is available online.  So we can’t add value by memorizing it.  We have to add value by reframing it. I call this synthesizing. IBM conducted a survey of CEOs to...

How to know if you’re in a good job

One of the things I had to do as an adult was learn to see what makes a good job. Some people intuitively know how to find a job that feels good. Most of us spend the first half of our lives trying to learn what feels right and the second half of our lives...

Before you aim for someone’s job, look at the price they paid to get there

Whenever I write about grad school, someone writes in the comments about how I’m just bitter that I didn’t get a degree. But what I’m really bitter about is that no one wanted to have sex with me. Some famous poet was a visiting professor, hitting on every grad student but me. And Leslie Epstein was...

Why Jason Collins matters for your career

Jason Collins is a professional basketball player who just announced that he’s gay. It’s rare enough for a professional athlete to be openly gay that President Obama called him up to offer support, and former President Clinton tweeted his support, adding that he’s known Jason Collins since he was friends with Chelsea Clinton at Stanford. Collins...

The demo reel for my reality TV show, and how to turn a failure into a success

For those of you who don’t remember, a film crew came for three days to make a demo reel for a reality show based on my family. Here is the problem: we are too normal. I’m not kidding. That’s what the TV people ultimately concluded. But I take being too normal for reality TV as new-millennium...

Splice time in new ways to have more of it

I have been trying to think of time differently, so I don’t panic because I don’t have time to do that. I have a job that requires about 60 hours of work a week. And I homeschool my kids. So the only way to get by is to stop thinking of time in terms of...

New paths to a great job

Of course I have to open this post with something about how stupid college is. Colleges are finally responding to the problem they charge tons of money and then graduates are unemployable and in debt. Colleges are responding by becoming job preparation centers. And Frank Bruni, opinion editor for the New York Times, says this is a...

Your approach to mistakes defines your success

One of the first things I wondered about the Farmer when I met him is why he was even reading my blog. He told me, “I’m an entrepreneur.” I was hooked. I had no idea what he was talking about. But I could see that I was going to learn a lot from him, and nothing gets me...

How to get more done when you feel stuck

This post is about productivity. I have to tell you that because this is a career blog and career blogs need topics that fall into the career space. You can’t have a blog that doesn’t have a topic. Even Marc Cuban, who seems to not have a topic because he writes about basketball and colleges and...

March Madness sheds light on the real workplace revolution

The wage gap, of course, is the gap between men and women. We don’t talk about the wage gap between, say, black men and white men because the causes are so visible. Like, most black boys do not grow up with a father, and in some cities 50% of black men have been in prison. But...

Get your dream job now: Four-day seminar with Penelope Trunk

This seminar will help you get the job you thought was out of reach. It could be a position two levels up or something totally new. I’ll show you how figure out your best next job and get it.   Join me for four days of live video sessions with chat from: April 15-19 at 9pm-10pm...

How to be enchanting

So much of the world is based on how much people like you. For example, when you are in a job interview, there are three or four other candidates. All are qualified, because no one interviews people who cannot do the job—that would be a total waste of time. This means that interviews are about...

How to think like the next generation

No one wants to seem old and outdated. The key to avoiding this is learning how to think like the next generation. So recognize what you care about that younger people don’t care about. Not like a house and mortgage – that stuff is dependent on what stage of life you’re in. I’m talking about...

Get what you want by capitulating to demands of others

I get up at 5am to drive my son to his cello lessons in Chicago. On Saturday he’s in lessons for four hours. I wake him and he says, “No. It’s too early. It’s too hard to drive to Chicago all the time. I can’t do it.” I don’t say anything. I sit on the side...

How to be a creative problem-solver

I get so many books in the mail to review, and the way I evaluate which ones are worth my time is to first read the jacket flap. So while I’m not even going to pretend that I have read Tipping Sacred Cows, by Jake Breeden, but I’m going to tell you that it has...

I had to take a Xanax to read Time magazine this week

I’m at my son’s cello lesson, thinking about this week’s Time magazine. Sheryl Sandberg’s on the cover. I never used to write about women on my blog. I wrote for three national magazines about careers before I even acknowledged that I was a woman aside from saying 1. I got the column because I was a woman...

How to make it in New York City

I took the kids to New York City for a week, and while Melissa was trying to figure out what to do with the kids for the day I was working, she came up with this idea that my seven-year-old son should do an internship with a stylist. He wants to be a stylist. He talks...

Yahoo kills telecommuting. Three cheers for Marissa Mayer!

Thank goodness someone finally had the courage to stand up and say that telecommuting is officially banned. Because telecommuting has been implicitly banned for a long time in Silicon Valley, but only Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has the courage to say it, point blank, without apology.  And her honesty is going to help all of...

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