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Hey Boss: You Are Wasting My Time
December 13, 2016

Hey Boss: You Are Wasting My Time

I once worked for a boss who had a Ph.D. in time-wasting. This person’s signature move? Pointless meetings. I would spend my days shuffling from one to the next. Few were…

4 Words That Make Hiring Managers Cringe
December 9, 2016

4 Words That Make Hiring Managers Cringe

I really cannot think of a company that wants to hire a jack-of-all-trades. I learned this the hard way early in my career when I was speaking with the VP of the group at a company…

9 Important Aha! Features Launched Fall 2016
December 1, 2016

9 Important Aha! Features Launched Fall 2016

Did you read the post about office snakes on the Aha! blog? I did. The article mentioned “ophidiophobia” — the fear of snakes. That got me wondering: What other kinds of phobias…

Your Toxic Boss Gets Promoted — What About You?
November 29, 2016

Your Toxic Boss Gets Promoted — What About You?

Ever had a bad boss who seemed to fool everybody? I am sure you have. You know the type. They fire off indiscernible last-minute requests. Play favorites. And take sole credit for…

Whoa! Product Manager: Your Customer Despises You
November 28, 2016

Whoa! Product Manager: Your Customer Despises You

I remember the first time a customer yelled at me. I was a senior product manager and the company was working on a new network optimization device — one we promised would save…

I Never Had a Boss Who Said "I Am Sorry"
November 22, 2016

I Never Had a Boss Who Said "I Am Sorry"

There was the boss who yelled at me for doing what she asked. There was the CEO who threatened my career when I told him that I was leaving for a new company and a major promotion.…

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