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DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE CAKE IS?


Today is Monday.  As you look around the office, do you know whose birthday it is today?  Do you know where the cake is?  Or is it someone’s retirement? Did you find the department that had donuts this morning?

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5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HR


Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the folks in the HR department can have a significant impact on your career. From compensation to promotion decisions, many people underestimate the role of HR and what a difference it can make if they’re on your side. The next time you see the HR rep coming your way, don’t duck into the copy room or act distracted at the water cooler. Smile, say hello and keep these tips from an HR insider in mind.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT AN 80 HOUR WORKWEEK


If someone said you would work past midnight for the next year, what would you say? 1. “What’s in it for me?” 2. “Well, what will I be doing all that time?” 3. “Can I come in at 4pm?” 4. “Ha! No way; I’ll quit.”   Now let me guess a bit about you based on your answer…

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WARNING – THIS INTERVIEW MAY CREATE TOTAL JOB JEALOUSY


    From practical jokes with George Bush Sr. to asking Brad Pitt for ID, Payal’s found herself in some pretty funny situations over the course of her (very successful) career – spanning non-profits, marketing, banking, and government relations. She recently uprooted herself to London-town, but squeezed in time for an interview to dish the dirt on dropping names in DC, reneged job offers, and what not to do if she’s your mentor.   Payal, you worked for President Clinton […]

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5 THINGS YOUR BOSS WANTS TO HEAR YOU SAY


  Sometimes, small things make a big difference – like forgetting to attach a speech to an important email that you sent before logging off for the weekend… Yep, I did that in my first few months of work. The CEO of the company in Singapore needed it for an event, and of course everything was perfect, except for how I forgot to attach the document! Well, luckily small positive things can also make a big difference. With that, here […]

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THE ART OF HUMBLEBRAGGING


  First things first – we all have to accept that doing a good job just isn’t good enough. You need to let people know about your achievements. Lots of people hate hearing this – but I’m telling you it because it’s true!  Critics will say work should speak for itself. Well here’s another angle on it. Why shouldn’t you be proud of the accomplishments you’ve contributed to the company – big or small? Why wouldn’t you want to make […]

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AMATEUR HOUR – ARE YOU MAKING THESE SIMPLE MISTAKES?


So you got your dream job? Congrats! Now don’t screw it up! ;) So many times, I’ve seen people’s career prospects go down the drain thanks to seemingly irrelevant things. You probably will say these aren’t ‘fair’ and that they shouldn’t impact your progress. I know! I get it! But it happens whether we like it or not – we only get to choose how we respond.

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THE MOST CRITICAL RELATIONSHIP (THAT YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW ABOUT!)


An almost universal piece of business jargon is ‘stakeholder management’ – which is basically how you deal with others within and even outside of the company. Or as Urban Dictionary says, “A term widely used in the corporate environment usually by management or workers aspiring to be managers without any intelligence or sense of how stupid they sound”.  Since they don’t suggest anything better, I’m sticking with it. 

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