The Brazen Careerist

THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- View school II: One expensive image-management tip
Published on Nov 20th, 2008
0 comments Last week, we looked at two free but counter-intuitive tips for managing your image, something very important in the workplace. To manage your image effectively, you have to think constantly about...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- View school: Two counter-intuitive image-management tips
Published on Nov 13th, 2008
0 comments To manage your image effectively, you have to think constantly about how other people will perceive you. Are you wondering if you're good at image management? Ask yourself how you responded to that...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Generation gap? Embrace generalizations about us all
Published on Nov 6th, 2008
1 comments People don't like to be told they are similar to everyone else. But that's ridiculous, really. Because feeling special and different is a luxury only for those who are very mainstream. I can tell you...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Learning opportunity: What you can learn from Sarah Palin
Published on Oct 30th, 2008
4 comments With just five weeks' preparation, Sarah Palin did a great job during her recent debate with Joe Biden. She memorized speeches that she trotted out in good moments. And she had such nerve! Most of us...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Look good: And do good by voting Nov. 4
Published on Oct 23rd, 2008
1 comments Usually, politics is off-limits when chatting at work. But Election Day is different. Tuesday it's OK to say, "Did you vote?" And it's a good question to ask. It's not a lightning rod like, "Do you...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Get creative: Formulate a clever promotion at work
Published on Oct 16th, 2008
0 comments Every job is creative if you are up to the task. Even though it's not cool to complain about your job in a recession, people do. And one of the most common complaints I hear is that the job "isn't...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST-Five reasons: Why you shouldn't write a book
Published on Oct 9th, 2008
0 comments People ask me all the time how they can get a book deal. But every time I ask someone why they want to write a book, they have a terrible answer. So instead of worrying about how maybe you need to...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Super-rich: Learn from their career crashes
Published on Oct 2nd, 2008
1 comments The market crash is going to mean a new era of banking, but it is also bringing along with it a few new ideas about how to manage one's career. This is not the first sector to experience catastrophe...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Ruling matters: Delegate or die (of embarrassment)
Published on Sep 25th, 2008
0 comments Most managers know they should be delegating, but many managers still don't do it. They say they can't, and they cite instances where they are great and their staff is not. But the truth is that...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Dump Palin: Because she's needed too much at home
Published on Sep 18th, 2008
0 comments Sarah Palin is nuts. And the Republicans are nuts for putting her on a ticket. She has a five-month-old kid with Down's Syndrome. Why is no one writing about this? I have a special needs kid. I have...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Seven reasons: Why graduate school is outdated
Published on Sep 11th, 2008
0 comments It used to be that the smart kids went to graduate school. But today, the workplace is different, and it might be that only the desperate kids go. Here are seven reasons why: 1. Graduate school is an...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Forget info: It's all about being connected
Published on Sep 4th, 2008
0 comments I give a lot of speeches, mostly telling people how to manage Generation Y, and how to manage their careers so they're not jealous of Generation Y. My charm, I think, is that I don't prepare a speech...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Shut up: Typos aren't today's biggest problem
Published on Aug 28th, 2008
0 comments Will everyone please shut up about typos? Show me someone who's blogging every day and also complains about someone's typos. Just try. See? You can't. Because anyone who's trying to come up with...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Kindness: It's the greatest sign of 'potential'
Published on Aug 21st, 2008
0 comments The idea that we somehow have a certain amount of potential we must live up to is a crock. People who say they are not living up to their potential don't understand what living means. Life is hard....
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Growth avoidance: How you can tell if you're guilty
Published on Aug 14th, 2008
0 comments You can tell if you are avoiding personal growth in your career: you're not feeling challenged. You can tell if you're not feeling challenged if you're not scared. Being scared makes life interesting...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Annual advice: Banishing the misery of office tyranny
Published on Aug 7th, 2008
0 comments Five things that are about to stop sucking at work I used to write about my brother, Erik, a lot. I wrote about how I retooled his resumé to make his dead-end job at Blockbuster into the perfect...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Tell all: Why salaries shouldn't be secrets
Published on Jul 31st, 2008
0 comments Do you know the salary of every employee at your company? I think you should. I mean, who's being protected by secret salaries? Certainly not the employee— the more transparent salaries are,...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Crackberry woes: Stop blaming that useful little device
Published on Jul 24th, 2008
0 comments Think your Blackberry use is out of control and you need to turn it off? Forget it. The problem is not the Blackberry, it's you. The Blackberry actually gives you the freedom to effectively mix your...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Thankful: Learning from the farmer in the Dell
Published on Jul 17th, 2008
0 comments A man emailed me that I need a friend on a farm. I'm not sure how he knew I'm fascinated with farms, but I am. And I'm always curious about how family farms work: what's the life like, and why do...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Bad advice: How to know when you're getting it
Published on Jul 10th, 2008
0 comments The worst career advice I ever gave was to my brother's college roommate. He asked me if he should quit healthcare consulting to become an actor. I said, "No, that's the dumbest idea I ever heard."...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Mommy porn: The myth of perfect parenting
Published on Jul 3rd, 2008
0 comments When I was growing up, there was lots of chatter in the media about how models were bad role models. Today the news is how the media portrays moms. Take a look at the spread in People magazine of...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Twitter-pated: Keep separate selves separate
Published on Jun 26th, 2008
0 comments When I started doing Twitter, I put my Twitter feed on the sidebar of my blog. It seemed smart: more content means more traffic, and more traffic is good. But after two weeks of Twitter, I removed it...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Twitter-pated: Keep separate selves separate
Published on Jun 26th, 2008
0 comments When I started doing Twitter, I put my Twitter feed on the sidebar of my blog. It seemed smart: more content means more traffic, and more traffic is good. But after two weeks of Twitter, I removed it...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Be generous: Kind managers can change the world
Published on Jun 19th, 2008
0 comments There are lots of rules for first-time managers: never hold a meeting without an agenda, because if you don't know what you're going to do, no one else will know either. The rule about agendas is a...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Blogosphere: Your next big career destination
Published on Jun 12th, 2008
0 comments Blogging is a great on-ramp into the work world. For anyone who wants to change careers or start a new career– blogging can make things easier. What are blogs? A blog is about a writer's ideas...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Four way test: New paths to to-do productivity
Published on Jun 5th, 2008
0 comments Recently, I've fallen back into my evil habit of writing a to-do list and then ignoring it because I don't think I can get it done. I know from past experience that the best way out of this rut is to...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Childish truths: Your young self knew you best
Published on May 29th, 2008
0 comments Do you want to know what you should do right now? Do you want to know what your best bet is for your next career? Look at what you were doing when you were a kid. Nothing changes when you grow up...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Promotable? Take this quiz to see if you are
Published on May 22nd, 2008
0 comments One of the most important indicators of whether you should switch jobs is if you're in line for a promotion. It's not so much that you should be climbing a ladder, but more that if you're not being...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Meet market: How girls can find someone at work
Published on May 15th, 2008
2 comments The workplace is a minefield of sexual tension. Where else do you lock up people of the opposite sex for eight hours a day and tell them to talk to each other but not touch?   It's normal to...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Wanna star? Hire a stay-at-home spouse
Published on May 8th, 2008
0 comments I just hired someone– for $50,000 a year– to take care of my house. A house manager. This is in addition to my full-time nanny. And the cleaning service. And my assistant at work. You...