The Brazen Careerist

All yours: The Oscar for career inspirations goes to...
Published on Feb 26th, 2004
0 comments When the Oscars run (probably overtime) on Sunday, I'll be rooting for Lost in Translation for best picture. Not that I have seen the other competitors, but I loved this particular movie. In fact, I...
Tell a lie: Talk yourself into advancing
Published on Feb 19th, 2004
0 comments Maybe it's time to set aside all those "know yourself" advice books and try lying to yourself about who you are. You are a finance whiz. You are a sales guru. You are a brilliant writer. Any...
Cyber-terrors: Five emails you should never send
Published on Feb 12th, 2004
0 comments How many more investment bankers need to show up in court before people stop incriminating themselves in writing? Email is one of the most convenient ways to be impetuously stupid, so if you are...
Big idea: So what if it's yours?
Published on Feb 5th, 2004
0 comments Your success at work is dependent on your accomplishments, not your ideas. So can everyone please stop being so petty about whose ideas are whose? A very small number of you are strategists and...
Sports talk stinks: Learn to do it anyway
Published on Jan 29th, 2004
0 comments For those of you who cannot shut up about the Super Bowl game, think about your impact on the workplace: A study of Harvard Business School graduates found that in 85 percent of the cases– drum...
Don't brownnose: But do compliment thy boss
Published on Jan 22nd, 2004
0 comments The problem with being nice is that it's not very interesting. It's the people with dirt to dish who are magnets at the water cooler. But if you want your boss to like you, give him compliments. I...
New view: entrepreneurship for you
Published on Jan 15th, 2004
0 comments Feeling stuck? Uninspired? Perhaps it's time to start your own business. It's likely you intuitively know if you're actually an entrepreneur stuffed in a corporate cubicle. The entrepreneurship bug...
Negotiate: Get the salary you deserve
Published on Jan 8th, 2004
0 comments Sure, jobs are scarce, but if you're lucky enough to land one, don't be afraid to negotiate your paycheck. Once a hiring manager chooses you from what is probably the largest pool of candidates she's...
Don't bail: Go to your company's holiday gig
Published on Dec 18th, 2003
0 comments For all of you who are plotting to ditch your company's holiday party, forget it: You have to go. And for all of you who are really excited about the holiday party, you can also forget it: The open...
Coping: When work and grief collide
Published on Dec 11th, 2003
0 comments I am four months pregnant. But the baby is dead, inside me, and must be removed. I am devastated. I always knew this could happen, in the back of my mind. But you are never prepared for something...
Brazen move: Good managers are good firers
Published on Dec 4th, 2003
0 comments Learning to be a good manager requires that you perform a wide range of tasks, from delegating to coaching to planning. And sometimes it requires you to perform another unpleasant task: firing....
Talk it up: Your holiday job: dinner conversation
Published on Nov 27th, 2003
0 comments Beware of Thanksgiving– the holiday of disaster. It's the only holiday when everyone in the whole country gets in a car or plane at the same time. It's the only holiday where family members...
Want to advance? Clean up your cubicle
Published on Nov 20th, 2003
0 comments Here's a way to kill your career: Have a messy office. These are things that people with messy offices say: My work gets done; I know where everything is; people are too concerned about appearances....
Networking: Heaven-sent help for introverts
Published on Nov 13th, 2003
0 comments In college I was such an introvert that when I went to parties (I had to be dragged), I brought a book. It was a lonely existence, but the pain of having to talk to people in an unstructured...
Strategic planning: Make harassment work for you
Published on Nov 6th, 2003
0 comments Each time in my career that I have ignored sexual harassment aimed at me, I have moved up the corporate ladder. For example, the boss who once pulled all senior management out of the company's sexual...
Busy? Don't give me that!
Published on Oct 30th, 2003
0 comments Let's abolish the word busy. When you ask someone, "How have you been?" and they say, "Busy," it doesn't mean anything. I'm sick of it. We all have the same 24 hours to fill. Everyone's are filled...
Resume rules: Keep it simple, specific
Published on Oct 16th, 2003
0 comments Hey, all you college kids! It's time to get off your butts and start applying for jobs. Do not delude yourself into thinking you can wait until next May. Top internships, management training programs...
Beach volleyball: The joys of uncertainty
Published on Oct 9th, 2003
0 comments If you could see a movie of your life before you lived it, would you want to live it? Probably not. The thrill of living is that you don't know what's coming. In other words, uncertainty is what...
Must be: Seven ways to impress
Published on Oct 2nd, 2003
0 comments You might save your company $10 million, but if your boss doesn't know you did it, it will be like it never happened. So you need to manage up– systematically make sure your boss perceives that...
Just so-so: Maybe you're not that good
Published on Sep 25th, 2003
0 comments When you lose your job, the first thing you're supposed to do is leverage your network to find another job. But here's a question I get all the time: "What do I do if everyone in my network is...
Pet peeves: A few least favorite things
Published on Sep 18th, 2003
0 comments Here is my current list of people and things I hate. It's an ongoing project that simmers week after week until it reaches boiling point and I have to spend a column venting. 1. People who are not...
Work smartest: Being a chameleon isn't bad
Published on Sep 11th, 2003
0 comments Everyone stop working right now. Ask yourself these questions: 1. Does my boss like having one-on-one meetings with me? 2. Do my co-workers like going to lunch with me? If you cannot answer yes to...
Order priorities: Live like a millionaire now
Published on Sep 4th, 2003
0 comments The major difference between a millionaire and a working stiff is that the worker uses his job as an excuse for why he's not living his dreams, and a millionaire doesn't have that luxury. So if you...
Esther's glossies: Find wisdom in a stupid job
Published on Aug 28th, 2003
0 comments In the early 1990s, when the job market was as bad as it is today, I had a college degree that was getting me nowhere. So my friend got me a job signing Esther Williams' autograph for fans. Esther...
Four tricks: How to make more time
Published on Aug 21st, 2003
0 comments Success in the workplace depends on being a good time manager, because it doesn't matter how good you are at your job if you never have time to do it. Here are the four most important steps you can...
Desperation: Get experts to help you out
Published on Aug 14th, 2003
0 comments There came a point in my career when my company went bankrupt, the economy was in the dumps, and my network of friends and acquaintances was getting me nowhere. Like all job hunters, I had good days...
Rule-breaking: Pick your targets carefully
Published on Jul 31st, 2003
0 comments The current business climate encourages rule breakers. Not the kind at Enron– those are law breakers. Rule breakers break with convention. Sallie Krawcheck, for example, was a top stock analyst...
Read wisely: Job prospects may depend on it
Published on Jul 24th, 2003
0 comments The flair with which you grow and prune your reading pile directly affects your career trajectory. Sure, you can learn from enlisting mentors and taking on new projects, but you can learn with the...
Top-climbing: 10 tips improve careers
Published on Jul 17th, 2003
0 comments It often seems like you don't have much say about events in your hectic life. But when it comes to your career, there are some areas you can control. Here are 10 things you can do to help you meet...
Storied career: Tell stories to get ahead
Published on Jul 10th, 2003
0 comments When someone asks "What do you do?" a one-word answer will put your career on ice. You need to have a story. When you want to establish a connection with someone, a story provides social glue. When...