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5 Habits of Hyper-Productive Developers
May 14, 2015
5 Habits of Hyper-Productive Developers

The Alpha Engineer rules Silicon Valley and all great technology ecosystems. He is tough to find, a genius in thought and a workhorse in productivity. He is worth 100 or…

How to Handle the Crazy Boss Screamer
May 14, 2015
How to Handle the Crazy Boss Screamer

What a great response to Tuesday’s article, How Confident Leaders Silence the Office Screamer. In this post, I related a story of a veteran kindergarten teacher who…

Break the Hiring Manager's Rules and Make Your Own
May 13, 2015
Break the Hiring Manager's Rules and Make Your Own

I was overwhelmed by the response to the article How Successful Candidates Steal Job Interviews. It seems that many job-seekers are searching out ways to get an edge in…

How Confident Managers Silence the Office Screamer
May 12, 2015
How Confident Managers Silence the Office Screamer

I am a father of boys. They are good kids, but even they have had a reasonable share of temper tantrums over the years. The tantrums — and how to respond to them —…

How Successful Candidates Steal Job Interviews
May 11, 2015
How Successful Candidates Steal Job Interviews

Searching for a job can be frustrating, especially if you are devoting full-time hours to the process. You spend hours laboring over the perfect cover letter and making…

Why Smart Bosses Give Bad Employees a Raise
May 7, 2015
Why Smart Bosses Give Bad Employees a Raise

In Tuesday’s article, “5 Lies Managers Tell to Avoid Giving Raises,” I discussed how some managers resort to bold-faced lies when employees ask why they are not getting a…

The One Sign You Love Your Startup
May 6, 2015
The One Sign You Love Your Startup

Starting and running a business can be tough. Read on to see if you are on your way to loving your startup.

Lies Employers Use to Not Give You a Raise
May 5, 2015
Lies Employers Use to Not Give You a Raise

We all want a nice, big raise from our employer — a reward that proves that our hard work is paying off. And we want it at least once a year, please.

5 Habits of Exceptionally Successful Founders
May 4, 2015
5 Habits of Exceptionally Successful Founders

I never set out to be an entrepreneur. The word still sounds a bit funny to me because I never felt like I was taking on greater risk than others. It just sort of…

The 4 Words That You Never Want to Hear From Your Boss
May 3, 2015
The 4 Words That You Never Want to Hear From Your Boss

I had a boss that got visible nervous when she heard a new idea or when I wanted to challenge the status quo. And every so often when I needed to break with tradition, I…

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