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  • Career Woman

    My Wish List for Senior Executives

    What key skill should every senior executive (and anyone aspiring to be one someday) master? The ar…

    My Wish List for Senior Executives

    What key skill should every senior executive (and anyone aspiring to be one someday) master? The art of listening. John helps us understand why this is so important. How can you improve your listening skills this week? (We all can!) – InPower Editors Several people asked me recently what the most common goals of my clients are. When I explain that patient listening, that is, listening to learn and understand, is probably the single most common, many seem surprised. It’s true though. While everyone seems to think they are an attentive listener, few of us really are. Why is this so often the case? First, most of us tend to have problem solving minds, we do not focus on what a person is…

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  • Career Inspiration

    10 Common Stress Reactions That Onl…

    “The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions.” ― Ellen Glasgow How’s your tol…

    10 Common Stress Reactions That Only Make Things Worse

    “The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions.” ― Ellen Glasgow How’s your tolerance for stress? I’m guessing it’s pretty good. Stress is such a part of life these days that we have become experts at putting up with it. I used to be a champion at taking stress in my stride…but now I know how dangerous that can be. My Dangerous Flirtation With Stress I had a big job at the big end of town. Good money and good Friday nights were sufficient compensation, I thought, for the crazy hours I endured. Running a professional program for budding chartered accountants shouldn’t have been such a high-pressured gig. But being responsible for about 1,000 of them at a time, and with a punishing…

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  • Career

    5-Minute Tricks For A Happier Workd…

    We all get stressed at the office; it's part of the reason that 63% of people report that they're un…

    5-Minute Tricks For A Happier Workday

    We all get stressed at the office; it's part of the reason that 63% of people report that they're unhappy at work. But there's hope, according to the research. After conducting a study revealing how stressed college students are, University of Cincinnati professor Keith King made a few recommendations for dealing with the trials of a tough day. Let's expand on a few we like: Stop, pause, and breathe. "In the moment when you're stressed, you need to slow down, you pause, you take some deep breaths," King says. "Maybe you count backwards from 10. Those types of things calm everything down."  While just breathing seems like the simplest thing in the world, research shows it's a way to get a handle on unruly emotions — so much so…

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  • Career

    The Top 25 Business Schools In The …

    We recently published our list of the World's Best Business Schools.  For our fifth annual survey of…

    The Top 25 Business Schools In The World [INFOGRAPHIC]

    We recently published our list of the World's Best Business Schools.  For our fifth annual survey of the World's Best Business Schools, we asked thousands of professionals from around the world who have experience hiring MBAs to determine the best business school. They came back with a clear favorite: Harvard University. Survey participants rated the reputation of the graduates from top business schools around the world on a scale of poor to excellent (1 to 5), with excellent ratings used as a tiebreaker. We included responses only from professionals who said they had experience hiring MBAs, as well as other filters to improve optimize our survey pool. We thought it would be interesting to create an infographic that breaks down the top 25 schools by geographical…

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  • Work Life Balance

    The business of work life balance

    In my 12 years of writing about work life balance, I have watched it become a giant industry, and I …

    The business of work life balance

    In my 12 years of writing about work life balance, I have watched it become a giant industry, and I would venture to say it is only going to get bigger. All of us are struggling to create boundaries with technology making that an increasing challenge. I thought it was time to highlight the industry's evolution. Where do you think the industry is headed? BY CINDY KRISCHER GOODMAN BALANCEGAL@GMAIL.COM At Perry Elllis corporate offices, a group of employees are gathered in the company conference room, stretching into various poses and and taking deep breaths. At the front of the room, a yoga teacher from Green Monkey gives instruction. In the increasing struggle for zen, yoga businesses like Green Monkey have discovered opportunity: a demand…

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  • Career

    'I Was Scared To Death': …

    William WrightWilliam WrightAfter 30 years as an ear surgeon and a short-lived retirement, William W…

    'I Was Scared To Death': What It's Like To Be A Doctor In A Supermax

    William WrightWilliam WrightAfter 30 years as an ear surgeon and a short-lived retirement, William Wright replied to an ad for a physician position at the Colorado State Penitentiary (CSP), the state's maximum security prison housing the most violent and dangerous adult male offenders.  His eight-year experience as a general medicine doctor at CSP is now the basis of a book called "Maximum Insecurity: A Doctor In The Supermax." Business Insider spoke with Wright recently about what the prison is like from a doctor's perspective.  Wright sought the position at CSP because it was different from anything he'd done before, and he even thought it would be fun. But that wasn't how he felt on his first day. “I was scared to death," he told…

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  • Career

    'I Was Scared To Death': …

    William WrightWilliam WrightAfter 30 years as an ear surgeon and a short-lived retirement, William W…

    'I Was Scared To Death': What It's Like To Be A Doctor In A Supermax

    William WrightWilliam WrightAfter 30 years as an ear surgeon and a short-lived retirement, William Wright replied to an ad for a physician position at the Colorado State Penitentiary (CSP), the state's maximum security prison housing the most violent and dangerous adult male offenders.  His eight-year experience as a general medicine doctor at CSP is now the basis of a book called "Maximum Insecurity: A Doctor In The Supermax." Business Insider spoke with Wright recently about what the prison is like from a doctor's perspective.  Wright sought the position at CSP because it was different from anything he'd done before, and he even thought it would be fun. But that wasn't how he felt on his first day. “I was scared to death," he told…

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  • Career

    Here's The Pill That Could Mak…

    Wikimedia Commons/ParhamrPropranolol is primarily used to treat heart disease, but can also be used …

    Here's The Pill That Could Make Your Next Big Presentation A Hit

    Wikimedia Commons/ParhamrPropranolol is primarily used to treat heart disease, but can also be used to quell anxiety during high-pressure scenarios.As Jason Smoller prepared to graduate college and embark on a career as a classical musician in 2008, the prospect of auditioning for gigs and performing for paying customers was one that caused no small amount of anxiety. During his more important college performances, the oboist would sometimes suffer from a quickened heartbeat, sweaty palms, and shaky hands — an especially damaging symptom given the precision needed to play his woodwind instrument. One of his teachers suggested a series of mental preparation exercises, but the techniques gave Smoller no relief. It was then that the teacher advised him to see a doctor…

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  • Career

    This Is The Worst Way To Start An E…

    Flickr / BuzzFarmers There are hundreds of perfectly acceptable ways to start an email: "Dear," "Hel…

    This Is The Worst Way To Start An Email

    Flickr / BuzzFarmers There are hundreds of perfectly acceptable ways to start an email: "Dear," "Hello," "Hi," and so on. And then there’s one you should avoid at all costs. According to Diane Gottsman, etiquette expert and founder of the Protocol School of Texas, "To whom it may concern,'" is one of the worst ways to start an email today. Though the greeting may seem innocuous, it comes off as impersonal and old fashioned — and reeks of a mass-produced spam letter. "Ultimately, it sends the wrong message," Gottsman says.  It also makes you look lazy and apathetic. More often than not, a quick phone call or Google search will unearth the name of the individual you're emailing. If you don’t do your homework, the recipient may be insulted,…

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  • Career

    The 7 Worst Mistakes People Make In…

    Peter Macdiarmid/GettyMaintaining personal relationships requires more effort in your 30s than it di…

    The 7 Worst Mistakes People Make In Their 30s

    Peter Macdiarmid/GettyMaintaining personal relationships requires more effort in your 30s than it did in your 20s.Your 30s are typically a time for settling down, after using your 20s to take risks and find yourself. Many 30-somethings are busy raising a family and rising through the hierarchy at work. Those who have already been through that decade say that as their responsibilities accumulated, it became easier to neglect relationships and ignore opportunities that they would never get again. Quora users discussed lessons they learned in the thread: "What is the biggest mistake you made in your 30s and what did you learn from it?" We've collected some of the best responses: They abandon their loftier aspirations. Twenty-somethings are often willing to settle for a job they are…

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  • Career Coach

    The Perfect Office Creating an opt…

    If you see clients, whether as a psychologist, lawyer, financial planner, whatever, you, of course,…

    The Perfect Office Creating an optimal environment for your practice.

    If you see clients, whether as a psychologist, lawyer, financial planner, whatever, you, of course, want your clients to feel comfortable and to trust you. Of course, nothing takes the place of kind competence but how you set up your office can get you off on the right or wrong foot.In my PsychologyToday.com article today, I describe how I set up my career counseling office. You might well not want to or be able to do all I’ve done but I hope that you’ll find at least something of value. HERE is the link.

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  • Career

    10 Of The Most Ridiculous Lies Peop…

    AP Photo/Gregory BullOne applicant claimed to have been an Olympic medalist.Because the competition …

    10 Of The Most Ridiculous Lies People Have Told On Their Resumes

    AP Photo/Gregory BullOne applicant claimed to have been an Olympic medalist.Because the competition in today's job market is so fierce, desperate job seekers will literally do whatever it takes to stand out from the crowd. In fact, a new survey from CareerBuilder among 2,188 human resources professionals found that more and more people are lying on their resumes today. A whopping 58% of hiring managers have caught job applicants being dishonest on their resumes, and one-third (33%) of these employers said they've seen an increase in embellishments since the recession. So, yes, lying on your resume will certainly help you stand out — but for all the wrong reasons. Half (51%) of the surveyed hiring managers say they would automatically dismiss a candidate if…

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  • Career

    Are you a cross-trainer or a dilett…

    I told Melissa that black and white photos look stupid on my blog. Did you know Melissa edits my ph…

    Are you a cross-trainer or a dilettante?

    I told Melissa that black and white photos look stupid on my blog. Did you know Melissa edits my photos? It started out that she lived with me, and she took all the photos. Her photos are gorgeous. When she moved out of my house I knew I couldn’t take pictures as well as she did, so I asked James Maher to take photos. He brought a gritty street photographer’s eye to the blog. James specializes in street photography. He cross-trains by taking pictures of me and my kids. He makes us look much more gritty and edgy than I feel. (Actually I feel gritty but not like art-projet so much as shower-project.) If he took pictures of us like we are in a…

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  • Career

    22 Quotes That Take You Inside Albe…

    Associated PressBack in 1904, a 25-year-old Albert Einstein would spend his afternoons pushing a str…

    22 Quotes That Take You Inside Albert Einstein's Revolutionary Mind

    Associated PressBack in 1904, a 25-year-old Albert Einstein would spend his afternoons pushing a stroller.  You could find him "wheeling a baby carriage on the streets of Bern, Switzerland, halting now and then, unmindful of the traffic around him, to scribble down some mathematical symbols in a notebook that shared the carriage with his infant son, also named Albert," the New York Times wrote in its obituary of the great scientist. "Out of those symbols came the most explosive ideas in the age-old strivings of man to fathom the mystery of his universe," the Times added. In his lifetime, Einstein would change the world, describing the workings of reality better than anyone since Isaac Newton and revealing the capabilities of the atom bomb.  In…

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  • Career Woman

    Sales Skills Help You Reach Your Pe…

    Think you don’t have any sales skills? Think you don’t need them? You do! Kathryn deconstructs the …

    Sales Skills Help You Reach Your Personal Best

    Think you don’t have any sales skills? Think you don’t need them? You do! Kathryn deconstructs the most important sales skills and shows you how to develop your ability to get buy-in. What can you do to develop your sales skills this week? – InPower Editors There’s a saleswoman inside all of us ready to get out. When I speak to groups of women about how to find work at every age and stage, I first tell them all that they are not unemployed. Many who are returning to the workforce after many years or deep into a job search that seems to have no end then appear both curious and confused. Until I explain that they each have a full-time sales…

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You Deserve a Break! Why You Need a Vacation

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Are you one of those people who never manage to take a vacation? Your PTO just piles up and piles up—and maybe you regularly lose it when the end of the year comes. Maybe you even know that you should take a vacation, but you just feel like you can’t leave work for that long.

I’m here to tell you that it’s high time to break that habit and plan your next vacation. And to help you do just that, I’ve gathered the best resources from around the web reminding you why actually taking time off is so important to your sanity and your career, and how to do it—even it you’re the busiest person in the world.

 

 

Want more? Check out some of our great articles on taking the time off you deserve.

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Thinking about lining up vacation for the holidays, but nervous about asking your new boss for the time off? Here’s the memo on handling this process with poise.

 

 

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More and more companies are offering their employees unlimited vacation time—but what does that really mean?

 

 

 

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