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It's Not Above Your Pay Grade
February 4, 2016
It's Not Above Your Pay Grade

I once worked with a Director of Operations who was famous for slipping out of meetings before he was assigned something to do. He often found numerous ways to avoid…

The One Soul-Crushing Mistake Leaders Make
February 1, 2016
The One Soul-Crushing Mistake Leaders Make

Get this. It’s a crazy story but true. A team heads into a meeting with the general manager of a division. He strolls in late, puts his feet up on the table, sneers at…

How Smart Employees Play Hard to Get
January 28, 2016
How Smart Employees Play Hard to Get

In every company there is always at least one of them. The one who has to be first at everything. You know who I am talking about — you might even be next to him in a…

Don’t Outsource Your Brain to Consultants
January 25, 2016
Don’t Outsource Your Brain to Consultants

If you have worked in a big company — you can almost smell it in the air. The big boss has some thorny problem or is afraid to actually make an important decision. And…

How Successful Product Managers Handle Feature Requests from VCs
January 21, 2016
How Successful Product Managers Handle Feature Requests from VCs

You just received another feature request, but this one is different. It’s a dumb idea like many of the others. But, it’s from one of your highly celebrated (and feared)…

Employees Don't Care About Your Office Perks
January 20, 2016
Employees Don't Care About Your Office Perks

My friend had it made right out of college. At least she thought so at first. She had joined a global firm in a tough-to-snag sales role. The break rooms on each floor…

Why Customer Success Means the End of Salespeople
January 18, 2016
Why Customer Success Means the End of Salespeople

I like to travel. The feeling of being surrounded by an unfamiliar culture and land is energizing. I am not so great at new languages, but do my best to mutter a few…

One Secret Every Great Manager Knows About You
January 15, 2016
One Secret Every Great Manager Knows About You

Lately I have noticed a trend in business magazines: talking about management like it is a game, with rules and strategies for winning. Some articles offer useful advice…

6 Resume Clichés Keeping You from Getting the Job
January 13, 2016
6 Resume Clichés Keeping You from Getting the Job

Are clichés wasting space in your resume? Let your resume tell your authentic story so potential employers get to see the real you.

7 People Mistakes Founders Make
January 11, 2016
7 People Mistakes Founders Make

Company founders need to build people up, not break them down. Check out this list of 7 of the most damaging mistakes founders make when it comes to the team.

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