Research examines the value of authenticity at work | Are you obnoxiously smart? | How to connect with the powerful, the famous and the everyman

April 26, 2012
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Getting Ahead
Research examines the value of authenticity at work
Nearly two-thirds of people admit to lying about themselves to co-workers, according to research by the University of Houston and the University of Greenwich in London. "If you?re at work and you?re not expressing yourself -- not authentic to yourself -- you?re in jolly good company. ... It?s really normal and doesn?t have an adverse relationship to quality of life," the University of Greenwich's Oliver Robinson said. Bloomberg Businessweek (4/23)
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Are you obnoxiously smart?
Whenever you feel like the brainiest person in the room, remind yourself that can be smart or effective, Patty Azzarello writes. Know-it-alls only anger people and slow down progress, so learn to consider ideas that aren't yours and appreciate the strengths of others, she writes. Patty Azzarello blog (4/24)
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Making the Connection
How to connect with the powerful, the famous and the everyman
No matter who you're trying to connect with, seven basic networking strategies can be applied, Scott Dinsmore writes. Be genuine and persistent, but most importantly always look to offer something of value. "If you spent 100 percent of your waking hours thinking about how you can help absolutely everyone. ... The world will suddenly be in your corner." he writes. Forbes (4/25)
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The Landscape
Fed lowers forecast for unemployment
The Federal Reserve says the unemployment rate will average 7.8% to 8% in the fourth quarter, lowering its initial forecast of 8.2% to 8.5%. The jobless rate will drop to 6.7% to 7.4% in 2014, the Fed predicts. Bloomberg (4/25)
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Your Next Challenge
How a resume becomes a job offer
When you send your resume to a large company, there's usually not an actual person ready to read it on the receiving end, Harry Urschel writes. An applicant tracking system will likely put it into a database, where it will sit until a hiring manager searches the database using keywords. To help your resume gets picked, use terminology from the company's job description instead of your own, Urschel suggests. (4/25)
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Balancing Yourself
4 free mobile apps to track users' health and fitness
A range of free iOS and Android applications is available to help users keep track of their health and fitness. The applications include The Eatery, which enables users to take pictures of their meal and assess how healthy it is, and the CardioTrainer, which helps exercisers monitor their progress during workouts. PCWorld (4/23)
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The Water Cooler
First sketch of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles set for auction
A black-and-white sketch that is the first rendering of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set for auction in Dallas. TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman said the picture began as a simple doodle of a single turtle. The Daily Mail (London) (4/25)
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There is nothing deep down inside us except what we have put there ourselves.
Richard Rorty,
American philosopher
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