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Product Manager Challenges to Be Aware Of
December 23, 2014
Product Manager Challenges to Be Aware Of

I got a call from the hospital. His voice was faint. “Brian, I am not going to be able to come in for a few weeks. I am not well.” “What happened?” I asked. “Well, as you…

The One Sign You Are Getting a Raise
December 21, 2014
The One Sign You Are Getting a Raise

It’s that time of year again. Will you or won’t you? And I am not taking about getting an ugly sweater from Aunt Nancy. That’s a sure thing. I am talking about the review…

Use These Cover Letters That CEOs Read
December 16, 2014
Use These Cover Letters That CEOs Read

Recently I wrote about “5 Ridiculous Cover Letter Mistakes.” It is difficult to get past the gatekeepers at an organization and even harder to reach time-challenged CEOs.…

The One Belief Destroying Your Career
December 14, 2014
The One Belief Destroying Your Career

A few years ago a friend of mine told me a story that I still can not get out of mind. It’s silly actually. He’s an accomplished doctor now with a speciality in…

5 Most Ridiculous Cover Letters
December 8, 2014
5 Most Ridiculous Cover Letters

Hello! That is what your intro email yells at me when I see it show up in my inbox. I do not know you, but I am hopeful that you will be a good fit for our company. I…

The One Sign Your Startup Will Thrive in 2015
December 7, 2014
The One Sign Your Startup Will Thrive in 2015

People often complicate life and business is no different. It’s our ability to find the essence that matters, regardless of whether we’re talking about our careers or the…

The One Sign You Hate Your Job
November 30, 2014
The One Sign You Hate Your Job

I was a Nexium addict. I was popping those little purple pills fast — because the heartburn was killing me. And I hate drugs. My job was so rotten that it was destroying…

The One Sign You Will Be Rich
November 23, 2014
The One Sign You Will Be Rich

When I was studying Philosophy at Berkeley, a friend told me that she could tell who was going to be rich and who was not. Fascinating, I thought. But when I asked how,…

Four Qualities That Make a Startup Unforgettable
November 19, 2014
Four Qualities That Make a Startup Unforgettable

When you walk into a startup where everyone is smiling and happy to be there, you know you’re in a special place. It just plain feels good to be somewhere everyone wants…

The One Sign Your Co-Worker Will Stab You In The Back
November 16, 2014
The One Sign Your Co-Worker Will Stab You In The Back

People talk about the workplace as a jungle. Some days are civil, but some days feel like a scene from Lord of the Flies. It’s dramatic, but true. While there is no pig’s…

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