The Brazen Careerist

THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Know thyself: What you need to do in college
Published on Sep 6th, 2007
0 comments Many young people want to have their own company, but this doesn't mean they have to build the next Google or Facebook. What can you do in college to pave the way for a career that includes...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Show stopper: Myths of the stay-at-home dad
Published on Aug 30th, 2007
1 comments For those of you who don't know, my husband has brought up divorce. Many people have suggested that they would divorce me for writing about my marriage. But in fact, this is not what's troubling my...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Economic reality: You can't convince the complainers
Published on Aug 23rd, 2007
0 comments A recent study by SkillSoft found that five of the top-ten elements of workplace happiness have to do with interpersonal relationships, so it seems that most people understand the importance of being...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Don't worry: Tell yourself the 'happy-me' story
Published on Aug 16th, 2007
4 comments Advice for getting happier: Instead of focusing on what's wrong with colleagues or managers, try focusing on what's right– what makes people happy, successful, and productive. That's what...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Lots to learn: Any job can be a good job
Published on Aug 9th, 2007
0 comments A few months after I graduated from college, I got a job at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. It was the perfect job for me because I was focused on playing professional beach volleyball, and I needed...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Demanding: Young workers have negotiating edge
Published on Aug 2nd, 2007
0 comments Companies are having a hard time recruiting and retaining young talent, and as a result are accommodating what would have once been considered extreme demands. "The scales have tipped in favor of...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Age means nothing: Where you get info pegs you
Published on Jul 26th, 2007
0 comments If you want to know how old you really are, look at the media you use rather than the generation you were born into.   Generational labels are important in the discussion of the changing...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Really connect: Tips for giving good speeches
Published on Jul 19th, 2007
0 comments I just spent two days getting coached in speaking. I was snippy about the prospect. I believed there was no way I could learn enough to justify two days of not answering my email. Every day I'd see "...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Bad dads: If the CEO ignores his kids, run!
Published on Jul 12th, 2007
0 comments Recently, Wellpoint dismissed its CFO, David Colby. Wellpoint cites personal reasons. Newspapers report it was his multiple mistresses. The problem here is not that executives may be cheating on...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Tyke trouble: Kiddies complicate work lives
Published on Jul 5th, 2007
0 comments Here's what it looks like to have a flexible schedule for kids and work all day: a computer with a broken K key. Usually I tell people I can't talk after 1pm. That's when I take care of my kids, and...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Pass up promotions: They're more stressful than divorce
Published on Jun 28th, 2007
0 comments Think twice before you ask for that promotion. What are you asking for, really? The average salary increase is less than 4 percent. This money  is not going to change your life in any notable...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- American dream: The new one saves you time
Published on Jun 21st, 2007
0 comments A group of think tanks led by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that men in their 30s are earning less than their parents. For the first time ever, this generation won't make as much as their parents....
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Marriage guilt: New agenda for workplace activism
Published on Jun 14th, 2007
5 comments Should women work or stay home? This is a baby boomer fetish. Joan Walsh, writing at Salon, points out that we are generally sick of baby boomer women telling younger women what to do. And we're also...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Dodge call: Ways to avoid long hours
Published on Jun 7th, 2007
0 comments People cannot work full-speed until they die. Pace yourself so you don't burn out before you reach your potential. But don't blame your long hours on your boss, your CEO, or your underlings. People...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- BATNA thousand: Negotiate any time, any place, with anyone
Published on May 31st, 2007
0 comments During my first job interview, my mom drove me to 31-Flavors while we practiced interview questions. One question we omitted almost proved disastrous. "How much money are you expecting?" "Well, my...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Think about it: Don't change careers willy-nilly
Published on May 24th, 2007
0 comments In many respects, changing careers is like dumping your significant other. It's a lot easier to do than solving the problems you're facing. But in so many cases, hard work and self-knowledge can...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Joker's wild: Dilettantism moves you forward
Published on May 17th, 2007
0 comments Did you ever notice that most Starbucks have art on the wall? In hyper-competitive New York City, the waiting list for putting art on the wall at Starbucks was two years. I signed up anyway. I know,...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Feeling stuck? Make the change now
Published on May 10th, 2007
0 comments The worst thing about big change is not that it's so hard to adjust to. The worst thing is that we usually have to bottom out before we make a big change. Before we give in, we wait until there's no...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Feeling dyslexic? Our problems make us stronger
Published on May 3rd, 2007
1 comments Most of us have problems we hide from our business associates. In fact, most of us have been hiding problems since we were kids. My problems started at tap dance lessons. When the teacher said, "Turn...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Feeling stupid?: That's okay, new guy
Published on Apr 26th, 2007
0 comments One of the most difficult parts of making the transition from college to work is waking up every morning and getting to the office on time. After you've mastered that, the next most difficult thing...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Demanding young 'uns: Managers must manage millennials
Published on Apr 12th, 2007
0 comments It's official: Young people are in the driver's seat in corporate America. Job offers are plentiful, and hiring managers are scrambling. USA Today reports that most hiring managers believe they have...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Embrace instability: The opposite bogs you down
Published on Apr 5th, 2007
0 comments Did you know that frequently changing positions makes you a better prospect? "If a candidate has been at the same company for 10 years or more, you should take a red marker [to the resume], draw a...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Travel briefing: Here's the meeting you should miss
Published on Mar 29th, 2007
0 comments When I was younger and traveled more for business, I got hit on by just about every man I traveled with. This is not uncommon. Of course, most times it's not that bad.  Please don't write me...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Low EQ? Get some help to develop empathy
Published on Mar 22nd, 2007
1 comments Tolerance for poor social skills is diminishing, and the need to fit in with a group is rising. In the new millennieum, emotional intelligence, EQ, is how you will differentiate yourself at work. One...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Guide yourself: Four ways to look out for #1
Published on Mar 15th, 2007
0 comments It used to be your workplace identity was tied to your company. "An IBM man" is a phrase that comes to mind. Companies kept track of best practices, hot management ideas, and recent business...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Bye-bye boomers: How Obama can change the workplace
Published on Mar 8th, 2007
0 comments Barack Obama is dissing the baby boomers. But he's doing it tactfully, so people are talking about generational issues in politics, and I'm anticipating spillover into the workplace, which also needs...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Are you racist?: Reconsider comments at work
Published on Mar 1st, 2007
3 comments One of the most dangerous ideas in the workplace today is that racism is gone. It's not. Princeton econ prof Jesse Rothstein acknowledges racist thinking, even today. "Some people think racial...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Nutty U: How to learn you're crazy
Published on Feb 22nd, 2007
0 comments One of my best friends, Sharon, is a hairdresser. She is not a normal hairdresser. She's a big-shot hairdresser in Los Angeles. And one of the most important moments in my financial life was when I...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Rah-rah: The six-figure pom-pom girl
Published on Feb 8th, 2007
0 comments Most of my girlfriends who make more than $100K a year were cheerleaders in school. We are from all over the United States. We are from all different types of companies. Only a few of us can do the...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Happy search: It's not all about your job
Published on Feb 1st, 2007
3 comments One of my favorite topics is the science of happiness, or positive psychology. Most of us look for work that makes us happy. Richard Florida's current research blends positive psychology and economic...