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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…

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…

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…

Your Startup Is Failing — This Question Tells You Why
November 23, 2016
Your Startup Is Failing — This Question Tells You Why

So you want to start a company. You have done your research. And you know it will be hard work. You probably found the oft-cited statistic that 80 percent of startups…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Commute? You Could Do All This Without One
November 9, 2016
Commute? You Could Do All This Without One

I cringe whenever I think about commuting to work. The time spent thinking about actually getting something done. The bumper-to-bumper traffic and pollution. It is…

Your Resume Is in the Trash — 5 Questions Tell You Why
November 7, 2016
Your Resume Is in the Trash — 5 Questions Tell You Why

Uh-oh. Your resume is landing in the trash. Answer these 5 questions honestly for a better shot at landing your resume in the "yes" pile.

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