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Don’t Do Like Steven Slater: 5 Questions To Ask Before You Quit
August 12, 2010 at 9:20 am 0

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With Jetblue's Steven Slater famous "jump" from his job after yelling at unappreciative flight passengers and the recently staged "Jenny" video showing her quitting her job after her boss called her a HPOA (hot piece of ass) there's lots of news about -what to do when you quit your job -when to quit -what "going too far" can do to your career -how to know when it's time to quit But before you get to the point of desperation when you're ready to light your office on fire, tell your boss where to go and leave with guns a blazin' make sure you ask yourself these 5 Critical Questions To Ask Before You Ditch Your Job Photo Credit: from Steven Slater's Myspace profile
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5 Tips To Deal With Office Conflict
July 16, 2010 at 4:32 am 0

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Recently Ali de Bold of ChickAdvisor asked me to write an article on office conflict. Office conflict is soooo incredibly stressful, and how you deal with it determines how successful you will be in your career. For the article I wrote about how to deal with office conflict, escalate to senior management, and when it's time to move on. Check out the article here
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What It’s Like To Be Your Own Boss
May 27, 2010 at 11:22 am 0
employee of the month...every month!

employee of the month...every month!

If you are like most women climbing the corporate ladder you have dreams that one day, you'll have your own office, your own employees, and yes, your very own company. But what will that be like? Recently I started my own business. It was a huge transition from the standard office environment, and for me a very welcome one. I always knew that I wanted to work for myself - partially because I'm an incredibly independent person, partially because I didn't want to be held back by corporate culture, and partially because the very thing that makes you a great entrepreneur makes you a not so great employee for the vast majority of the companies out there. If you are a super motivated, forward thinking individual that loves to try new things, test things out, and always looking to advance there is often not a spot for you on the corporate ladder. Corporations exist because a lot of people are just doing what they always do, and that keeps things rolling along nicely. If you aren't happy to just toe the line you either become a threat, an easy target, or you just don't fit in and find yourself standing alone on an island at work. Or worse yet, you work at an intensely political environment where it's more like a snake pit than an agreeable workplace - and in those places the entrepreneurial mindset does not work at all. And that very thing that doesn't work in corporate cultures does WONDERFUL things for you as an entrepreneur. Quite frankly, you just get shit done. And you do it well. And it's cool stuff that you get to work on. There are some amazing things about owning your own business: - You set the hours - You figure out how hard you want to work - You figure out who you want to work with, and who you'd rather not - You don't have to pussyfoot around irritating office politics; as an outsider you don't have to care - You don't have to deal with a boss - If you know a project will work you just go with it...often your gut will not lead you astray - You get to feel proud of what you have achieved on a daily basis - And best of all only you place limitations on your success. If you can break beyond your comfort zone and try new things, pick up the phone to make a few calls and keep it all together you'll soon find out it's pretty easy. And then there are some not so amazing things: - You may miss the company of having colleagues around - It's harder to bounce ideas of other people and build something great as a team...it's just you, and the few friends that answer your calls for creative input - You can so easily start working all the time! Last month I worked everyday (but it was worth it) - If you are not outgoing making those cold calls, introducing your company or asking for business can be absolute torture! - You may have dry periods where no work comes in and that means no money! But overall working for yourself is truly amazing. The very simple things in life are so easy again; going to the doctor is now possible without seven cancelled appointments first because your office life took a priority. You can take a walk in the afternoon for an hour to brainstorm ideas, and it actually is work! If you are exhausted on Tuesday and the work is just not happening you can stop, and pick it up when the ideas start to flow again. And it's that exact freedom coupled with discipline that makes the entrepreneurs life a dream! If you are interested in starting your own business be sure to read the following: Introducing Fabulous and Fearless Female Entrepreneurs Interview with Lisa Ng: Owner of Hello DJ Interview with Ali DeBold: Owner of Chick Advisor
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How To Deal With A Diva Boss: Get Ahead Tips
May 17, 2010 at 11:00 am 0
Bitch I'm Da Boss With all the craziness in the economy over the last two years even the top bosses are feeling insecure in their jobs...which doesn't bode well for the underlings. Crazy deadlines, no praise, damnation for small errors, and ignored emails are tell tale signs that all is not well with your boss. Here are some great tips on how you can deflect the bad energy that's being downloaded on to you from the levels above. Your boss says: It's late I know, but have this ready for me tomorrow by 8am" What she means: I know this is a crazy request, but my bosses are on my ass to get this done ASAP, so help me out and get it done! What you do: Involve your boss in the process and ask her what she would do to make it a success - by asking her and getting her advice it's harder for her to blame you later if things don't go well. Your boss says: Zip, zilch, and she never replies to any of your emails. What she means: I'm really, really, busy and very, very stressed. Keep me in the loop, but don't ask for direction unless it's urgent What you do: Don't leave all the decisions in her hands. You can keep her in the loop, and tell her the actions you are going to take by a certain date - just make sure you've given her enough time to read the emails and respond if necessary. If you really need something set up a meeting so you can have your questions answered, but make sure you come in with clear questions and have strict objectives for your meeting. The last thing you want is for her to get annoyed because she thinks you wasted her time with an unnecessary meeting. Your boss says: You haven't finished that yet???? What she means: I'm stressed, very busy, have lots of pressure to make miracles happen. Since I'm overwhelmed and you're standing in front of me, I'm taking it out on you! What you do: Take it. Sorry, that's the truth. Sometimes you're boss is going to need to vent, and if you happen to be the unlucky person standing in front of her, than you just have to take it. Don't get weepy, and don't take it personal - we've all freaked out at someone because something else was bothering us. *Image courtesy of Jewlzbailey
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