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

Homework 101

Business / Bob Goldman /

There is one good reason why you shouldn't work from home.

Unless you let a band of gypsies use your Kelvinator, you can't steal anybody else's lunch from the fridge. All the moldy tuna sandwiches available will be yours.

Other than that, there is no limit to the advantages of working from home.

There is no dress code. You can work in the ...Read more

When You and Your Work Are Not Working Out

Business / Bob Goldman /

Ding-Dong! Ding-Dong!

That's the sound of the bell ringing in your head.

Yes, you frequently hear strange sounds at work: the rattle of chains, ghostly screams, not to mention the constant sniggering as you walk through the cube farm, but this bell is different. This is the bell that rings when you finally decide to throw off that cloak of ...Read more

Quit First. Ask Questions Later.

Business / Bob Goldman /

Go ahead! Give yourself a pat on the back.

You should have quit your job on Day One, but instead you hung on. Through thick and thin, but mostly thin, you hung. Facing constant criticism, ridiculous ridicule, and a burning realization, deep in every single one of your 114 chakras, that of all the people in the world who could do your job, you...Read more

Happy New Job

Business / Bob Goldman /

You've made your New Year's resolutions. Congrats!

Now, what are the odds you'll follow through with even one?

Remember your 2017 resolution to eat healthy? That went bust 350 Chalupa Supremes and 15 pounds ago. And don't forget your resolution to devote one day a week to charitable endeavors. That flopped big time -- unless you consider ...Read more


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