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September 26, 2012
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Getting Ahead 
  • Why success is more satisfying for some than others
    People's job satisfaction is tied whether they have "towards" or "away from" motivations, researchers say. People with "towards" motivation aim to achieve positive results and therefore experience a significant boost in satisfaction when they succeed. Those with "away from" motivation are driven by a fear of something bad happening, like getting fired or losing a client, and therefore experience less satisfaction when they succeed. Forbes (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Tips for surviving a clueless boss
    If you've got an incompetent boss, minimize the damage by taking certain responsibilities upon yourself or by helping the boss learn necessary skills, Dorothy Tannahill-Moran writes. "It seems kind of ludicrous to train your boss, but the ongoing investment will be worth it once they are savvy enough to know what you’re talking about," she writes. (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Making the Connection 
  • Your follower count doesn't mean much, Twitter co-founder says
    Measuring a Twitter account's reach by its number of followers is a crude metric that doesn't tell you all that much about a user's true influence, says Twitter co-founder Ev Williams. It would be "more interesting" to shift to a retweet-focused metric, Williams argues. "The dream metric is how many people saw your tweet," he adds. BuzzFeed (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Landscape 
  • Study: Freelancers more satisfied than permanent workers
    Freelance workers report they're more satisfied with their jobs and pay than permanent employees, a Harris Interactive study finds. Workplace flexibility and job satisfaction reported by freelancers can lead to greater health benefits, research finds. (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Your Next Challenge 
  • How to transition smoothly into a new job
    When beginning a new job, make sure you are respectful of the people and environment and don't constantly harp on how things were done at your old job, Jennifer Winter writes. She also advises not to oversocialize so you're not seen as a "Chatty Cathy." (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Balancing Yourself 
  • Your boss is probably less stressed than you, study suggests
    Senior executives at military, business, political and nonprofit organizations are less stressed than those further down the career ladder, a Harvard University study reports. "Leaders possess a particular psychological resource -- a sense of control -- that may buffer against stress," researchers wrote. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Water Cooler 
  • How to perform CPR on a panda
    Veterinarians have developed specialized CPR techniques to use on birds and animals ranging in size from parrots to pandas, including the one who died recently at the zoo in Washington, D.C. Distressed animals can sometimes be resuscitated by breathing into their snouts and performing chest compressions, experts say, but be warned, reviving an elephant by blowing down its trunk might be an impossible challenge. Slate/Explainer blog (9/24), Reuters (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing."
--Agatha Christie,
British writer

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