How to be Successful

Everyone wants to be successful right?  Or more accurately, no one wants to fail.  But how can you find success in your life, your job, or anywhere else?  The answer is simple. Love what you do. There’s nothing that will make you better than doing what you love and...

How to Solve Tough Problems

“I haven’t failed, I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” ~Thomas Edison What he didn’t say is how long it took him to get through those 10,000 wrong answers.  Being wrong (or finding a way that doesn’t work) isn’t a...

What is Professional Behavior?

Be professional – you know you’ve heard it – probably from a mentor, a parent, or a manager.  And it’s pretty good career advice…  if you know what it means.  The challenge is that professionalism means different things to different...

How to Get Through a Crisis at Work

When I was 17 my car broke down on the side of the Mass Pike out in the middle of nowhere.  This was many long years ago before cell phones (shortly after the earth cooled – I know…) so I was pretty stuck.  So of course I panicked and worried and wrung my...

When Should You Compromise at Work?

Last week I was out scouring the internet looking for the exact words (and source) of the quote about a good compromise making everyone unhappy.  Not only did I find multiple versions and sources of it, but I found something else that interested me even more. ...

5 Tips for Presenting to Senior Management

Does the thought of presenting to upper management make your knees knock? Do you spend days on the presentation only to spend your 5 minutes in the spotlight talking to your shoes while the executives yawn and sneak peeks at their Blackberries? For many new managers...