Are you an oblivious worker? | The difference between being the boss and being bossy | Twitter-style hashtags could be coming to Facebook
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March 18, 2013
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Are you an oblivious worker?
Professionals with specialized skills often get so wrapped up in their work that they "ignore the world outside," said former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who participated in a panel of business experts in Arlington, Va., last week. The problem is widespread enough to make empathy a coveted workplace asset that can differentiate you from your peers, the panel said. The Washington Post/Capital Business (3/15)
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The difference between being the boss and being bossy
While many dream of becoming the "boss," the word itself can create difficulties in the work environment, writes Tim Lambert. "Using it has the psychological effect of driving a certain type of behaviour. ... [W]hat's needed is a reframing of the relationship between a manager and the people they manage: a relationship based on mutual benefit and interdependence, not hierarchy," he writes. Linked 2 Leadership blog (3/12)
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Making the Connection
Twitter-style hashtags could be coming to Facebook
Facebook is looking to borrow from rival social network Twitter by incorporating use of the hashtag, sources say. Seen as a sign of heated competition for mobile advertising, Facebook is experimenting with the idea that clicking on a hashtag would pull up all posts about similar topics or events "so it can quickly index conversations around trending topics and build those conversations up, giving users more reason to stay logged in and see more ads," write Evelyn M. Rusli and Shira Ovide. The Wall Street Journal (3/14)
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The Landscape
Drop in initial jobless claims surprises economists
Initial claims for unemployment benefits in the U.S. decreased by 10,000 last week, to an adjusted 332,000, the third consecutive week of decline, the Labor Department said. Economists surveyed by Reuters had expected an increase to 350,000. The four-week rolling average, a better indicator of labor-market conditions, reached its lowest level in five years. Reuters (3/14), MSNBC/The Maddow Blog (3/14), Medill Reports (Northwestern University) (3/14)
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Your Next Challenge
9 interviewer types you might need to win over
The various interviewers that you might encounter over your career include "The Robot" and "The Clueless Boss," according to this infographic from Interview Success Formula. Have a strategy prepared for each one, such as to emphasize your work ethic when interviewing with someone who isn't interested in making a personal connection. Mashable (3/17)
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Balancing Yourself
Startups might hold the key to work-life balance
Startup companies have the best chance of perfecting the formula for productivity and work-life balance, said Mashable Chief Strategy Office Adam Ostrow at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Mashable's entire workforce telecommuted for the first four years of the company's existence, Ostrow notes. Forbes (3/11)
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The Water Cooler
Stu Larkin is still on the road, selling bronzed baby shoes
Stu Larkin lives the old-school life of a traveling salesman -- selling bronzed baby shoes, combat boots and other objects -- and has now been profiled in a short film. "Even though I'm a professional, I've been doing this for 30 years, I make a living at this, I've made a great living at this, every single day I go out I have butterflies in my stomach until I get that first order," he says. The Atlantic online (3/12)
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-- Aesop,
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