How to Stop Worrying About “Life-Work Balance”

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There have been hundreds of books, seminars, and consultants focused on helping people negotiate the demands of balancing life and work. Yes, there are workaholics who can’t seem to turn it off – ever. But here’s what I think: Life-work balance is only necessary when you’re doing a job you hate. That could cover a lot of careers obviously, because everyone has their own preferences. So if you hate your career (and plan to stay there) then yes – start working on the balance thing. But if you

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Why Plan B Matters for Creative People

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Every parent, upon hearing that a son or daughter wants to become a filmmaker, writer, musician, dancer, or other artist, feels compelled to encourage them to have a “Plan B.” “Take a business minor.” “Get your real estate license.” “Marry a doctor.” We’ve heard it so often it’s become a joke for creative people. But the truth is,

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How To Deal With An Insecure Boss

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Early in my career, I had a string of insecure bosses.  Guys that would steal your ideas and take credit, criticize you in front of others, and do anything to make themselves look good.  So I learned survival techniques early on.  Perhaps that’s why 10 years ago this commentary by Jeanne Sahadi connected with me.  If you’re trapped in a situation with an insecure boss, this might help transform your outlook:

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Paul Revere and the Power of Networking

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In the book “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell, he tells the story of Paul Revere and the start of the American Revolution.  Everyone knows the story – one day a stable boy overheard a British officer telling another soldier that tomorrow there would be “hell to pay”.   The boy ran with the news to the home of a silversmith named Paul Revere.  It wasn’t the first rumor Revere had heard.  He knew the British were up to something, and was aware of the increasing number of British soldiers and land and ships in the harbor.  At 10:00pm that night, he decided

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My Rules for Attending Meetings

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I hate meetings. I really do. So if I have to attend a meeting, I want it to be productive. Over the years I’ve actually fired employees who couldn’t control themselves during meetings (I’ll explain later). So if you’re on my team and attending a client meeting, branding meeting, project meeting or any other kind of meeting with me, you have to know what I expect. Here’s a list of things I want my people to know during a meeting, and the list might be worth sharing with your team as well:

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Is It Really Possible to Achieve Inbox Zero?

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Like El Dorado, the legendary city of gold, the dream of catching up on your emails, and achieving an empty inbox sits out there like an unrealized myth. Sure there are plenty of websites that tell you how to reach “Inbox Zero,” but if you’re like me, you still walk away from the computer every night unable to process every email. So the question continues: Is it possible to deal with every email, every day?

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How to Stop Worrying About the Competition

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Whatever you think of the ongoing battle between Uber, Lyft, and the taxi establishment one thing is worth noting about their fight. Whoever you are and whatever your job, someone is closing in on you. Just when the taxi world was resting easily with little competition, along came an upstart in the gig economy that’s putting them out of business. But in today’s rapidly changing world, what’s the solution? How can you stay in the lead when so many are gunning for your job? Here’s a list of things you can start right now to keep you in front of the pack:

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The Future is Not About Being a Middle Man

Why Being Critical to the Process Matters

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One of the big changes happening in the world of work is the disappearing “Middle Man.” When a business starts, hiring is focused on two places – manufacturing and sales. In other words, the two most critical positions are the person who makes the widget, and the person who sells it. But as a company grows,

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