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How to love your job (even if you hate it)

When I asked her “What’s the best part of your job?” she looked at me wistfully and said “Nothing, really.” She was smart, young, and creative, but somehow her spark had gone out. She told me she didn’t want it … Continue reading

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Discovering your purpose

Ask a roomful of people whether they think networking is important and everyone will knowingly nod. Now, ask them for the purpose of their network. Crickets. Most will be thinking “Networks have a purpose?” or, worse, “I don’t know, I’m … Continue reading

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5 gifts for your boss you may have never considered before

A lot of the rhetoric about management, including my own, can come across as pitting us against them. But I’m actually a manager, too. And my boss has a boss. So who’s us and who’s them? Okay, maybe your boss … Continue reading

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Why your boss is a jerk (and what you can do about it)

Complete this sentence: “My boss is a …” Did you say “role model”? Or “true leader”? No. When you start searching the Internet for “My boss is a…,” the most common completions are “bully,” “idiot,” “jerk,” “liar,” “psycho,” “moron,” and … Continue reading

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How to ask for help

If leading with generosity is the best way to build your network, what do you do when you actually want something from someone? How do you reconcile being generous with being needy? I need help all the time. In the … Continue reading

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“How’s the book coming along?”

A difficult conversation with someone who cares about you can help you confront an uncomfortable truth. I’ve been writing a book for the past 18 months. My friends will ask “How’s the book coming along?” I’ll respond with some vague reply … Continue reading

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Becoming a trusted advisor

Have you ever worked with someone you’d call a “trusted advisor”? I mean the kind of person who has a network of close relationships and gets business based on the trust they’ve earned over time. They get paid, of course, … Continue reading

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Guided mastery at work

Imagine you’re afraid of snakes. You don’t just dislike them. You’re so afraid that you can’t even walk on grass for fear a snake might be there. Like other phobias, the fear paralyzes you and the paralysis affects other parts … Continue reading

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Approaching people who are smarter, busier, and more important than you

One of the reasons many of us don’t have larger networks is we’re uncomfortable approaching people we don’t know. Here, for example, is a comment on last week’s post about relationships: “It may sound stupid but the biggest impediment to … Continue reading

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Deepening relationships through contribution

A friend of mine is thinking of relocating to another city and was talking with me about finding a job there. “Do you think my boss would let me do my job from the new location? Or maybe there’s an … Continue reading

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