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Why the Hollowing Out of the Middle Class Matters

For the past several decades, the idea that high levels of inequality were good for the economy dominated political and economic thought. Politicians believed the trickle-down theory that enabling “job creators” to get richer would help us all, and economists provided cover for this line of thinking because they thought there was a tradeoff between […]

Swamped! How to Get Out of the Weeds and Shine After the Boss Quits

A transition in authority can be difficult on employees, but creates tremendous opportunity too. Elaine Varelas shares some tips on what to do if your boss quits and how to make it a growth opportunity for you.

With New Overtime Rule, President Obama May Have Given an Estimated 5 Million Workers a Raise

President Obama’s administration took another promised step on Tuesday towards raising the living standards of American workers, and Republicans and business groups are not likely to be able to stop it. Using the administration’s power to update workplace rules regarding premium pay for overtime work, the Department of Labor on Tuesday began taking steps that […]

Stop Tethering Your Developers to a Cubicle With These 3 Best Practices

A high-speed production culture can wear on developers' morale. Is giving them more freedom the antidote?

The 4 Types of Introvert: Which Are You?

Not all introverts are alike. Take this quiz to find out which type you are.

12 Factors Other Than Ability That Impact Your Success at Work

The hardest and smartest work should get the promotion and the praise, right? But it doesn’t always work out that way. Every wondered why ability isn’t always king? Baseball Coach Jon Loomer identified 12 Factors Other Than Ability That Impact Playing Time for his teams. The principles transfer easily to the business world, so with […]

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The king stood in a pool of blue light, unmoored. This was act 4 of King Lear, a winter night at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. Earlier in the evening, three little girls had played a clapping game onstage as the audience entered, childhood versions of Lear's daughters, and now they'd returned as hallucinations in the mad scene. Show More Summary

Indirect and Incomplete Solutions

"Perhaps we can raise the chairs somehow." "We can hold the meeting in the corner near the door." "We can try another room." "We can research similar situations." "A new policy might do it." "How about a committee?" "Or a consultant?"...Show More Summary

Why Your Clients Don't Refer You and What to Do About It!

You do outstanding work for your clients so how come they don't recommend you to their circle?

Never measure employees on metrics they can’t control

I once worked with a large insurance company, where the claims handling employees were measured on a number of factors, including average customer wait time on the phone. This is a very typical metric or KPI for call centers and customer...Show More Summary

Season 4, Episode 9: Don’t Bite That Apple [Podcast]

4 Temptations Every Leader Faces. Welcome to Season 4, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss four temptations every leader faces. Power amplifies who you are—the good, the bad, and the ugly. That means leaders have to be on their guard about […]

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The resolutions of driven men in their prime often involve moving to Tahiti, giving their fortune to some communistic cause, or running off with a 19-year-old who "makes me feel young again." - Christopher Caldwell

Women versus Men in Job Interviews and Salary Negotiations

For both genders, anxiety before the interview may be present, but studies show that women handle it better. Women adapt more proactively than men do. Women seek social support from colleagues and friends more than men do. And women are more prone to do mock interviews with those colleagues and friends more than men are. Show More Summary

Creating Strategy and Being Strategic Aren’t the Same Thing

(Editor’s Note: Today’s post is an excerpt from my book, “Essential Meeting Blueprints for Managers.” The book is available on Amazon in hard copy and Kindle, in the iTunes store, and directly from the publisher.” Before we can talk about strategic planning, it’s important to discuss the difference between creating a strategy and being strategic. Show More Summary

Did You Notice the Leap Second? Yeah, Probably Not

We all know what a leap year is: Every four years, an extra day is added to February in order to keep the calendar and the seasons properly correlated. On Tuesday, a lesser known phenomenon called “leap second” made the … More » The post Did You Notice the Leap Second? Yeah, Probably Not appeared first on EveryJoe.

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