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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…

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.…

How to Outsmart the Snake in Your Office
November 17, 2016

How to Outsmart the Snake in Your Office

Do you suffer from ophidiophobia? It is a common phobia — the fear of snakes. Before you answer “no” take a moment to think. Because although you might not be afraid of a harmless…

You Are Not "Human Capital"
November 15, 2016

You Are Not "Human Capital"

There is probably no workplace department more maligned in popular culture than human resources. Remember Catbert from the Dilbert cartoons? What about the laughably dull corporate…

The World's Most Unlikely Product Manager
November 10, 2016

The World's Most Unlikely Product Manager

What degree do you think most product managers have? I will bet that you did not answer “B.A. in environmental science.” But I do know of at least one product manager who studied…

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