How to Manage Your Boss

You've probably heard the phrase "bad manager" before. Perhaps you're in the throes of a job you loathe--mostly because of a problematic superior who doesn't do a good job managing you and others. But what about the way you manage your boss? It's just as critical, according to John J. Gabarro and John P. Kotter, authors of "Managing Your Boss," a Harvard Business Review “Classics” article. Workers must manage their bosses if they want to do their best and benefit themselves, their supervisors and their companies, the authors say. ...more

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In the Career World, Much Depends on Who You Know

Networking is one of the most important things you'll ever do for your career. Even when you love what you do, you should continue to widen your professional pool of contacts, including friends, colleagues, bosses, family. ...more

Learning to Lead

What makes a leader successful, even outstanding? Experts offer myriad answers to that question, touting lists of essential leadership traits or keys to effective management. Amid that great sea of counsel, most leaders in the American workplace must be highly skilled, constantly improving and commanding praise from subordinates--right? I don't think so. One of the common gripes I hear from colleagues, friends and family is about ineffective management where they work, which often triggers their discontent. ...more

Do You Need A Sabbatical?

Skipping out on your career could prove to be a shrewd move. That was the case for several workers interviewed in recent stories in American Public Media’s Marketplace and The Wall Street Journal. According to the Journal: ...more

What Will 2008 Hold for Our Work-Lives?

With a new year around the corner, we wonder what awaits on the career front. The Wall Street Journal's Sue Shellenbarger recently offered a glimpse of the work-life trends she's anticipating for next year. Some of what she writes is in keeping with trends my sources have mentioned throughout 2007. Continue reading "What Will 2008 Hold for Our Work-Lives?" » ...more

Your BlackBerry May Be Lowering Your IQ

Your BlackBerry May Be Lowering Your IQ Our 365-24-7 work culture, invigorating at times, may be sapping our creativity and dragging down our IQs. ...more

New Job in a New City? Before You Go, Mind the Cost of Living.

Trekking to a new town in pursuit of a new gig is an adventure fraught with excitement, opportunities and changes. Among those changes is likely to be a cost of living adjustment, for better or worse, depending on where you're headed. Before making the move, experts suggest doing some cost of living research, so neither you nor your bank account are taken by surprise. Continue reading "New Job In a New City?" ...more

Will Baby Boomers Reinvent Retirement?

America's concept of retirement is on the brink of a sea change, some say. Traditionally workers retire at or around 65, quitting their jobs and heading to warmer climes with golf courses aplenty. The next big wave of retirees are the 78 million baby boomers--the first ones turn 65 in 2011--but nothing about them has ever been traditional. ...more

Telecommuting Advances

Working from home is on the up and up. According to the new book by pollster Mark Penn, "Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow's Big Changes," 4.2 million Americans work from home, up 23 percent since 1990, and almost 100 percent since 1980. ...more

Why Should Employers Care About Employee Engagement?

Most workers around the world are not engaged by their work. That's according to a recent Towers Perrin study, which finds only 21 percent of employees engaged by their work, meaning they're willing to put in extra effort to help their companies succeed. Meanwhile, 38 percent of workers are partly to fully disengaged. ...more