Mistaken Identity

Business / Bob Goldman /

We all make mistakes, or do we?

When it comes to doing your job, you're famous for doing everything right. You're perfect, and that's why everyone at work hates you. (Well, it's not the only reason, but it is one we can discuss in public.)

While your faultless record is admirable, there could come a time when making a mistake would not be a ...Read more

Ai & U

Business / Bob Goldman /

Companies are trying something new: artificial intelligence.

Sound scary? It is. But you have to admit, it's better for management to actually have some intelligence, even if it is artificial.

Or is it?

According to "What's on Your Mind? Bosses Are Using Artificial Intelligence to Find Out," a recent article by Imani Moise in The Wall Street ...Read more

Musical Chairs

Business / Bob Goldman /

You want to succeed at work. This is admirable. But will the traditional methods for getting ahead work for you?

Don't think so.

Maintaining a positive attitude is one frequent suggestion for strivers, but your "can't-do" attitude is based on years of failures, flops and boo-boos. To positively believe you have what it takes to get ahead is ...Read more

Leave Me Alone

Business / Bob Goldman /

Ever dream of being stranded on a desert island?

There you are, totally alone, in the middle of the ocean, doomed to spend the rest of your days with no human company.

Sounds good, doesn't it?

Thanks to today's trend of open offices, the constant cacophony of co-workers can make work hell. Equally bad are the desk-side pop-ins from ...Read more

Power Up!

Business / Bob Goldman /

"Many young employees are frustrated when their first jobs land them in powerless positions at the bottom of the organization chart after years of leadership roles in school."

So reports The Wall Street Journal reporter Sue Shellenbarger in "How to Gain Power at Work When You Have None."

It is understandable that a new hire wants to think of...Read more

Wake Up

Business / Bob Goldman /

Be honest now -- at what point in your day do you realize that you hate your job?

Is it at 4:30 p.m., when you realize that all the clocks in your office must have stopped running because it feels like you've already put in a 12-hour day with 8 more hours to go?

Is it at lunchtime when you polish off your second Cheetos burrito, and realize ...Read more

Decision Time

Business / Bob Goldman /

Do you need a decision coach?

While you're trying to decide, let me introduce you to Nell Wulfhart, the author of "Decide This for Me," a helpful feature on The Muse website.

Wulfhart sees her job as helping people to "quit procrastinating, make important decisions, and move on with their lives."

Alas, I didn't utilize the decision coach's ...Read more

Fight or Fright

Business / Bob Goldman /

Does the thought of going to work fill you with dread? Does the mere mention of a due date set your heart aflutter? Does the sight of your manager coming around a corner turn you into a quivering lump of protoplasm?

If the answer to any of these questions is a big fat "YES!" you have a condition we workplace professionals call "nervosa ...Read more

The Hunted and the Hunters

Business / Bob Goldman /

Which are you?

Networking guru Chris Fralic sees the world as divided between the Hunters and the Hunted. Hunters network because there's something they want -- money, introductions to people with money, introductions to people who can introduce them to other people with money.

The Hunted have what Hunters want, but they'd just as soon keep ...Read more

Blame It on the Amygdala

Business / Bob Goldman /

Think it takes years of hard work to convince people that you are unlikeable, unreliable and generally untrustworthy? Think again. Meet the amydgala -- a fancy-shmancy hunk of brain matter that detects and delivers a neural spoiler within milliseconds.

That's what I learned in "The Mistakes You Make in a Meeting's First Milliseconds," a ...Read more

Anti-Social Media

Business / Bob Goldman /

It's time to talk about your split personality.

You No. 1 is a dynamic go-getter whose high-powered career is full of accomplishments and challenges, successfully met. You No. 1 is also outgoing, well-connected and constantly engaged in activities that make everyone wish they could meet you.

You No. 2 is a dynamic leave-me-aloner whose low-...Read more

The Retirement Life

Business / Bob Goldman /

Recently, it has come to our attention that there is more to work than work. There is also retirement.

Retirement is a quaint custom that used to be the rainbow's end of every worker's career path. In the good old days, after 40 or 50 years on the job, workers would receive a gold watch and a pension and live happily ever after.

(A "pension"...Read more

Work Less. Make More.

Business / Bob Goldman /

Congratulations, thought leader.

You have once again proven yourself to be ahead of the curve and ahead of the crowd.

It's true.

It took University of California professor of management Morten T. Hanson decades of study to come up with his breakthrough idea, but you -- a tenured professor of mismanagement -- knew intuitively that the way to...Read more


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