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December 28, 2012
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Getting Ahead 
 
  • Have your skills reached a plateau?
    After a certain amount of training, workers tend to reach a plateau where they continue gaining experience without getting any better at their jobs, experts say. Advancing past this plateau is how super-talented professionals separate themselves from everyone else. The key to doing this is to dedicate time each week to practicing a task that expands your skills. The Wall Street Journal/At Work blog (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Leadership versus logorrhea
    As CEO of industrial-equipment manufacturer Barry-Wehmiller, Bob Chapman has emphasized the American "crisis of leadership" and gives speeches touting his own, more caring and people-focused approach to leadership. That's ultimately just "saccharine prattle," writes Michael Hiltzik, as evidenced by Chapman's willingness to abruptly lay off workers and shutter a plant in Southern California to take advantage of tax breaks in Ohio. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Why Bad Bosses Sabotage Their Teams
Ever been undermined at work? Here's what you can do. Learn more from research by Kellogg School of Management Professor Jon Maner.
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Making the Connection 
 
  • Professionals need to cultivate 3 types of networks
    There are three types of networks that you need to be happy and successful, says Lynda Gratton, a London Business School professor. One of these networks is your "posse," which is a circle of trusted colleagues who have similar objectives to you. Your "regenerative community" is composed of people who you have personal connections with. And your "big idea crowd" includes people who will expose you to unfamiliar ideas, she says. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
Get with the flow. How payment processing affects cash flow.
Cash flow is the lubricant of business. Without a healthy cash flow, business dries up. It stops. It can't function. Which is why it is vital to keep the revenues coming in as the expenses go out. But there's one aspect of cash flow that many of us are not aware of. It is how managing credit cards and other such non-cash payments affect cash flow. Turns out it has a huge affect. Download the free guide today.
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The Landscape 
  • HR pros expect compensation budgets to remain steady, survey indicates
    About 75% of compensation and HR professionals say they expect their budget for pay raises to stay about the same next year, according to a survey by compensation consulting firm Pearl Meyer and Partners. "While the employment rate has improved over the last 12 months, there are still some ups and downs in the economy. Employers are still anxious about expanding their payroll," said Jim Hudner of Pearl Meyer. Boston Herald (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Your Next Challenge 
  • How to land a dream internship
    If you're an MBA student seeking an internship, you need to focus on networking with people in your field, experts say. “You can do tons of company research, refine your résumé like crazy, do endless mock interviews, but ultimately you are being hired by human beings, and you have to be able to connect with them," says Stacy Blackman of the admissions firm Stacy Blackman Consulting. Bloomberg Businessweek/Getting In blog (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Associate - Performance Improvement/HR Strategy & OptimizationHuron Consulting GroupChicago, IL
Entry Level Systems Engineer JobSAICColumbia, MD
Associate Brand Manager - FoodserviceKraft FoodsChicago, IL
Associate Content Producer (Contract) (13382) Electronic ArtsLos Angeles, CA
Account ExecutiveZiff DavisGreater New York City Area, NY
Customer service Representative/BookkeeperDuval Art CoutureNationwide, United States
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Balancing Yourself 
  • How successful people stop stress in its tracks
    Stress is a fact of life in the business world, but, by taking the right approach, you can deal with it in a productive manner, Heidi Grant Halvorson writes. It's important to reserve some of your time for an interesting task and to get into a routine that allows you to reduce the number of decisions that you have to make on a daily basis. "Every time you make a decision ... you create a state of mental tension that is, in fact, stressful," Halvorson writes. Forbes (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Water Cooler 
  • I love you, but not your credit score
    There are some people grilling potential romantic partners about their credit scores, writes Jessica Silver-Greenberg, with a low score potentially enough to torpedo an otherwise promising first date. "It was really awkward because he kept telling me that I was the perfect girl for him, but that a low credit score was his deal-breaker," recalls one jilted woman. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
No one has the right to be sorry for himself for a misfortune that strikes everyone."
--Marcus Tullius Cicero,
Roman philosopher and statesman

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